Hi everyone and happy Friday.
Today I have another page for Elle's language challenge at Art Journal Journey that is about one of my wishes in life. That wish is that I would be fluent in at least one other language besides English.
I did take 5 years of French back in my school days, and I can get by at the most basic level, but that hardly makes me fluent. I just don't think I have as much an ear for language as some people do. Add that to the attitude I grew up in. My dad was a World War 2 vet, and he grew up in a home with English as a second language. Being a man of the 1950's and the American post-war patriotism of that time, he felt being American meant speaking English. He never spoke his first language to us at all, ever, although I heard him babbling away with his mother and siblings often enough. And my mom knew a few phrases of a few languages, but she didn't speak any other language. No one encouraged me to excel at French when I took it. I'm not complaining, but I guess one of the flaws of being an American is that many of us (but certainly not all) are not very multiple language savvy.
Those were different times and now speaking multiple languages has a much more important role in the world.
I made my page today by first stamping various phrases in various languages using stamps I had. Then I used watercolors to make my background. I made a "floor" out of washi tape so the 2 ladies would have something to stand on. The people are cut out of an old FLOW magazine, although they were only from the waist up, so I drew in their skirts, legs and shoes. These were then painted. Finally I made some word bubbles and wrote in the speech.
I picked the phrase in the left world bubble because after dealing with a languages class, I would need some wine. Probably a lot of wine. Or preferably a beer. Smile.
Wishing you a great start to your weekend.