Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dreaming of Travel

I was inspired by the upcoming Chinese New Year to make this page with an Asian flare. Then that got me thinking about traveling someplace fun or exotic, because the travel bug seems to hit me every January.  Must be the short, cold, (and this year)grey and wet days.
No travel plans right now though. Or I should say, lots of traveling dreams and  ideas but no definite plans right now.  :(
So this background paper on my page is this ancient yellowed construction paper. I am guessing it used to be white. I have a whole stack of it which I think I found while going through some of my parents things when we moved my mom into an assisted living in 2015. I like how it looks so old and a bit stained.
So I created a collage  with stamping, tape, paper scraps, die cuts, paint, metallic rub ons, some plastic gemstones and an old fortune I collected along the way.
I am linking up to Art Journal Journey. This month's theme is Every Journal Page Tells a  Story. And you can make up a lot of stories from this page.
Hopefully yesterday's ice isn't a big problem today. It was just nasty yesterday-strong wind, snow, ice, rain, more ice. We had a delay at school but I didn't want to deal with driving 35 miles with so many icy roads so I called in sick and stayed home. Then I couldn't get out of my way all day and spent more time lounging than doing anything.  And I had a big stack of papers I really needed to grade since the semester is just about done and I have grades to get in. Oh well. There's always today.
Glad you stopped by to visit. 


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I LOVE how you are honoring Chinese New Year with this oriental inspired AJJ entry. The colors are perfect, and I love the repetition. I think it would be fun to travel together. We probably have SO much in common, we'd never shut up or not find things to talk about.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What a lovely idea to celebrate the Chinese New Year! I love the composition on your page and how this Chinese girl sticks out!
Hope you can drive safe today!
You are such an inspiring hostess Erika, your performance this month simply stands out!
Thank you very much!!!

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful journal page Erika, love the Asian look. The vintage look is great! Take care when you go out into the cold! Hugs, Valerie

Rike said...

Those little details look very beautiful on this old paper! It is fine to collect some things for years - and then use it for an art piece.
Ice, strong wind and coldness are not things I like ... too :)

Blogoratti said...

Great work and symbolism. Warm greetings!

Meggymay said...

Its a wonderful Oriental page and yes I think I would look at this and for me, I would imagine a visit to Japan.
Yvonne xx

Sandy said...

Wonderful Erika! I would love to go to the Orient. This day and age, traveling in my dreams is a heck of a lot easier than traveling for real. And cheaper too!!!
Sandy xx