We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Friday, 2 December 2016

Its all about the balance ...

The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary challenge next letter is Y. I have chosen Yin and Yang. I've copied this fuller definition for those who are interested!

Yin Yang is perhaps the most known and documented concept used within Taoism.
A starting definition: Yin / Yang : Two halves that together complete wholeness. Yin and yang are also the starting point for change. When something is whole, by definition it is unchanging and complete. So when you split something into two halves – yin / yang, it upsets the equilibrium of wholeness. This starts both halves chasing after each other as they seek a new balance with each other.
The word Yin comes out to mean “shady side” and Yang “sunny side”.
Yin Yang is the concept of duality forming a whole. We encounter examples of Yin and Yang every day. As examples: night (Yin) and day (Yang), female (Yin) and male (Yang). Over thousands of years quite a bit has been sorted and grouped under various Yin Yang classification systems.
The symbol for Yin Yang is called the Taijitu. Most people just call it the yin yang symbol in the west. The taijitu symbol has been found in more than one culture and over the years has come to represent Taoism.

I've tried to create a balanced page! The background pieces (which I found in my off-cuts box) consist of brayered acrylic paint and some stamping.

I then cut the symbol from black and white card.

Happy December!


  1. This is incredibly gorgeous. I can't believe how well balanced the yin/yang turned out. Your choice was fantastic.

  2. What an original choice of word. I love your depiction of it.

  3. Beautiful & balanced abstract design, the background pieces are fantastic. Take care, Shirleyxx

  4. A great idea and such a well balanced result. The circles and curved stamps on the background work really well with the Yin and Yang symbol which I have to say is perfectly cut out! Love it.

  5. Love the striking black and white symbol against the coloured background. Great word!

  6. The pieces from your scrap box are perfect as a background for the black and white symbol. A great page.

  7. Such pretty soft colours for the background- this is a favourite logo for my granddaughter who is a junior martial arts brown belt. She'd love this!


  8. Love how the background patterns mirror the central symbol. X

  9. A fabulous choice and your page is very well balanced.

  10. Very arty! And a surprising choice of word.

  11. Thank you so much for the extended definition - not to mention your beautiful page! Thank you, too, for entering the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary challenge xx