I am here with another journal page for Tracey's The Meaning Of challenge at Art Journal Journey.
Today I want to share my page that celebrates holiday family traditions.
I started my page by painting some white translucent paint on some black watercolor paper. I then added the candle image, which I colored with markers and paint. The holly is stamped and red paint spots added as berries. The tree is a die cut out of some sueded paper, and then I stamped, colored and fussy cut the Dala horse.
I know these colorful Swedish Dala horses are not really a Christmas symbol, but I take my collection of Swedish pieces out every year for the winter holidays.
Both of my father's parents immigrated from Sweden to the United States, so that side of my heritage is very Scandinavian. According to my DNA (that I had tested a few years back) there is also some Norwegian on that side of the family tree. (On my mother's family there is quite a bit of DNA from Sweden and Finland, and also some from Latvia and Poland. My maternal Grandfather immigrated to the US from Finland, but there was also some Swedish in his side of the family too.)
Here's a few of my mostly Swedish decorations. And you get to see some of the books on my living room shelves too-smile.
You can see some of my horses and also lots of small tomte that I have.
The sheep below \is a souvenir I brought home from when I visited Iceland.
Many of these pieces were gifts from my uncle. He used to give me one every Christmas. He has since passed away, but I have these to remember him. A few of these became part of my collection when I visited Sweden in the 1980's. I spent some time with my great-uncle and his family in the central Swedish city of Ornskoldsvik. (Sorry, no sets of upper dots/umlauts on my computer so I had to leave them off the Swedish spelling.) I bought a couple while visiting and was gifted some from his family. Although I have traveled to many places, I hope to go back to Scandinavia again, especially now that I know more about my DNA heritage.
That's all for me today. I am off to see a new specialist today about my hives and the joint pain I am getting. Lets hope there is nothing else seriously off in my body, but I can get some swelling and itch relief. I've been in a bad break out period for the last month, and the itch is driving me crazy. OK, enough said.
Hope your day is going or goes well!
As always, thanks for visiting my blog!