just breathe - paper collage

in chinese culture, bamboo symbolizes integrity and an open heart, two characteristics I value deeply in myself and in others.

for this 11"x15" collage, i layered handmade art papers on top of heat-distressed lutradur. i cut the leaves from patterned batik paper and accented their white outlines with mod podge dimensional magic. i love how the glossy edges contrast with all the rougher textures. the background stencil is one of my faves from the crafter's workshop.