The Craft Barn Challenge prompts for February's calendar page are, predictably, Red and Hearts!
Using watercolour paper again, I stamped some hearts and heat embossed them in white. I then threw on some grains of Brusho in red and black, and spritzed. The stencilled girl is in Distress Inks. Next I cut some hearts out of a piece of canvas I had used to mop up a spillage of Liquid Gold (I remember that mishap all too well), and then cut the hearts again in black to create shadows.
This time of year I'm usually yearning for Spring to arrive, as I hate these dark, drab and miserably cold days - too little sunshine! So, to remind me not to wish my life away - Carpe Diem!
I did a little research on this phrase. The original source for it is the lyric poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 BC - 8 BC), more widely known as Horace. I also found this information regarding its translation:
'Carpe diem' is usually translated from the Latin as 'seize the day'. However, the more pedantic of Latin scholars may very well seize you by the throat if you suggest that translation. 'Carpe' translates literally as 'pluck', with particular reference to the picking of fruit, so a more accurate rendition is 'enjoy the day, pluck the day when it is ripe'. The extended version of the phrase 'carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero' translates as 'pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the future'.
So - enjoy your day!