Monday, 2 May 2011

May calendar pages

Time is going so quick this year, we are already into May and for once, I have managed to do my calendar page on time! Check out everyone else's pages at The Kathryn Wheel.


April's finished page


May's page

I used Dylusions paints and sprays, stencils and stamps to create my background. I painted a maypole on a white sheet of paper, cut it out and glued to the page. Then I painted ribbons hanging from it and stamped flowers around the top. The verse is an old folk song.
Beltaine (mayday) is one of my favourite celebrations of the Pagan year. I was up at 3.30 am to climb up to the Longstone in Mottistone to watch the sunrise. The Men of Wight Morris dancers do their first dance of the season at the Longstone on Beltaine morning and there is always a big crowd gathered.Yesterday afternoon I celebrated with friends and we danced the maypole. None of us know how to do it properly but its always such great fun getting in tangle! The Maypole is a phallic symbol that represents the God and the crown of flowers at the top represent the Goddess. Dancing the maypole and weaving the ribbons symbolises the union of the God and Goddess. The God comes to the Goddess at Beltaine and their union brings summer back to the land.

On another note... my friend Dawn has just started writing a poetry blog. She is new to blogging but has been writing poetry for many years and has been published in a couple of poetry books.
She has a lovely style and her words are beautiful and very inspiring, so if you like poetry please go and check out her blog and maybe become a follower of first light poetry

TFL
Sami x



31 comments:

craftattack said...

Beautiful pages, Sam. Love the colours, which remind me of spring and blue skies. Have a great month and nice to meet you! Hugs from Germany, Valerie

Piddawinkle said...

I love your pages, your coluring and painting technique is fab, Siobhan

AssiCrafts said...

MM... Sounds like you had a wonderful Beltane. Love your pages for the calendar challenge. BB

Jamie said...

So beautiful!

Kimberly Gruber said...

Sam, I LOVE your colors. I sure wish I had those Delusion colors here in the states! Brilliant work!

Uniflame said...

Lovely pages! Your may page looks really cheerful :)

Poppit said...

Well hat's just FAbulous! Really rocking that Maypole look! :-)

artistaprilcole@gmail.com said...

So much yummy, playful colors here!
Great journal pages :]
Thank you for sharing your work, it is wonderful.

Carmen said...

What a perfect page for May - I love that May Pole and the rhyme... just perfect Sam :)

Erika said...

April looks fab Sami, and I love May, great minds think alike....loving your maypole too.

Fiona said...

great squares! love all the different ones in April and the detailing around the ones in May. Must remember and try that!

Carol Q said...

great theme for your May pages. lovely colours.

Lorraine said...

like your calendar lets just hope that the lovley sun stays aruond

LadyBug said...

I'm still singing Hal and Tow!!!!! well just not when Trav's about as he keeps giving me strange looks ;) must be my singing ;) What a great day yesterday was :) :)
loving the pages from April nice to see the school holidays allowed me to be montioned plenty in April :) looking forward to seeing mays again at the end of the month! loving the may pole :) Px

PaperPumpkin said...

I love your April calendar with the outline of the umbrella- holding...and I LOVE your May pole!!! Oh,the memories that brings back to me...♥ Thank you for sharing this! Your colors are so wonderful.~kath

RuthArt said...

your backgrounds are gorgeous, I love the gradations. And you have so much to say in a little space!!! Awesome work.

Katrina said...

Love the beautiful colours and lettering on you May page.

Sherry Edwards said...

Two gorgeous pages again Sam! I love the man in the doorway on April - and I never knew that about the maypole! Sounds like you had a wonderful time x

Dawn said...

How great are your April pages? and now May love them all. Thanks for visiting me it's always nice to see a new face

Love Dawn xx

thekathrynwheel said...

I really love the addition of the maypole - wonderful! Great pages :-)

flutterbycrafter said...

Great pages, love your painting and colours

qwiksave said...

Gotta get myself some of those paints/sprays, lovely colours. Interesting info about maypoles too.

Yes, feel free to use my wallpaper background idea in your journal :-)

sandra de said...

Gorgeous style and colours that you have chosen.

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Stunning colours for your May pages.

Terri Kahrs said...

Awesome pages, and I'd no idea of the symbolism and meaning of the May pole! How very interesting! Thanks so much for your recent visit and your lovely comment. Hugs, Terri

Lynette (NZ) said...

Love those colours for May - very sweet Maypole :-)

Laura said...

WOW these pages are stunning, i love your maypole page xxxx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Yummy colours for both April and May :-) I love that you've included a Maypole. Where I live in Gawthorpe, Ossett, they still have a May procession; this Saturday; complete with a May queen and we have a permanent Maypole.
Anne x

Nicks said...

I just love both your pages, cant make up my mind which is my favourite

chrisg said...

Looks like you had a busy April Sam!
Loving both pages (April fave though) and the colour schemes
are so scrumptios

Steph said...

Lovely pages and colours Sam x