That's it for me; I'm all out of excuses.
Right before I left I received Elena's journal from our asian themed round robin group, and today I finished my pages.
Above is my two page spread. Elena had requested that we have a black border or frame, so I cut my watercolor paper about an inch smaller than her book and used black distress stain to make the border.
What I like most about these pages is that I think that everything I used on them is something that I received from a friend. Here are closer views of the two pages:
The first layer on the paper is a bunch of small squares cut from colored paper I received from Lee. Over that a coat of thinned out gesso, followed by some asian text from a newspaper I got from Teri. The gold and orange you see is joss paper and I think I got that from Sox. The bamboo is from a decorative napkin and if I'm not mistaken, Elena sent that to me. The beautiful images of the Japanese books are from a catalog that Kyoko brought all the way from Japan and gave to me on the cruise.
For better or worse, the haiku is all mine. I know Elena loves to read, which was the inspiration for these pages.