A longtime colleague is departing at the end of this week, and it is bittersweet for her as well as for those of us staying on. For some time, she has wanted to teach at the same school her children attend--which will significantly simplify her life, we hope--but she has been with us for many years and we all feel like family.
She loves orange, and wears it well. I wanted to make a going-away card for her that expresses both her favorite hue and the fire within her that makes her so strong and ambitious! Inktense pencils, lightly brushed with water, give a flame-like feeling. For the ornamentation, I remembered learning from Harvest Crittenden how lovely it is to combine gold leaf and shell gold (see the halo in this post); this is the "poor man's version" with gold leaf over Instacoll, and painted Finetec gold and silver. I love the dimensional look it gives!
The shadows on the Sickels lettering are Zig gray suede (a heretofore under-appreciated brush pen that has patiently awaited attention in my studio) and HB graphite; outlining is done with a fine-tip Pitt pen. The paper is Crane's correspondence card, mounted on a piece of old greeting card (cut with deckle scissors), a piece of metallic gold (ditto), and a Fabriano Medioevalis card. The final touch was a scattering of random crystals from Michaels, glued on. Hope she likes it!