Friday, April 29, 2022

April is Almost Over

 Hi everyone.  

 Friday is here.  And the month is very quickly winding down. April has flown by, hasn't it? The last few days have been on the cold and windy side, so I hope when May arrives it will warm up because it hasn't felt very much like late April.

 Although the month isn't quite over yet, today I am here to share my last page for Alison's challenge at Art Journal Journey. This month as you probably know the theme at AJJ has been Play It Again Sam

Thank you Alison for this fun challenge, and thank you everyone who joined in. I loved learning about some new movies and songs I didn't know, and I enjoyed seeing art for all the movies and songs included. I could say this month really rocked, no pun intended.

My last page started with some watercolor paints on the white paper. I then cut this solar image from a sheet of scrap paper and added it. 

I should say my page actually started while I was cleaning out some stamps and came across these 4 Zinsky people from Paper Artsy. I looked at them and immediately thought band members. I stamped them on white paper and fussy cut around them. I thought the solar background from my scrap paper looked a lot like something that could be created with lights on a concert stage. That's how this page really came into being.

As it is my last page for this challenge, I added the title with some stickers, and before that I added some torn bits of washi tape to create the curtain. Even the band member on the right looks like he is waving goodbye.

I didn't think of the connection right away for Alison's  Play It Again Sam challenge (other than the band having a final performance), but then I remembered the album and 1976  concert film called The Last Waltz by the Band. Here's the Wikipedia page about it in case you don't recognize it and are interested: The Last Waltz.

The Band was a mostly Canadian band back in the 1960-70's. For their final performance, they also invited many other big named artists to join them on stage including (but not only) Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Van Morrison. If you like watching concert movies and/or if you like old fashion rock and roll, then you should watch this film or listen to the music. 

I also want to share another tag for Sandie's  Animals: Tame or Wild (no insects) challenge at Tag Tuesday.

What's more gentle and sweet than a Mom and her baby? 

I am also linking up to Gillena's Friday Art Lunch Break (Art for Fun Friday #6) post. 

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great start to your weekend and end of the month.


sirkkis said...

Hi Erika,
Time goes by and so soon that it makes hurry!
Your last fun AJJ page could be perfect for our big spring celebrate the 1st of May 😀
It's the funniest event of the year. It's like a carnival. Weather isn't just good for that outdoor festival but you can dress warmly 🤠
I wish you most joyful weekend and happy start to May,my friend 💗🌿🌼

Sandra Wright. said...

What a wonderful Tag Erika, I love it.
Thank you very much for joining in with my theme at Tag Tuesday x

Gillena Cox said...

Your giraffes are adorable. Enjoyed your cut out stickon piece as well.
Happy you dropped by and linked in at Art For Fun Friday


CJ Kennedy said...

This month went by in a blink. Love those band people and the page background. Sunny and chilly this morning. Stay warm

Barbara said...

Thanks for visiting Friday Faceoff. It’s an extremely fun challenge! I love your Mom and baby giraffe tag, so sweet. We were up your way recently for our daughter’s first child birth, so I’m all about Mothers and babies right now. 😍

Mae Travels said...

Giraffes are so unexpectedly appealing — that’s a neat photo you used.

best… mae at

Jeanie said...

Lovely art! And that was a terrific theme for the month. I enjoyed it all!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Hey Erika, your piece would make a great album cover. So very cool! So is your sweet tag of mama and baby giraffes. :-) A joyful day to ya.

Christine said...

Lovely art Erika

pearshapedcrafting said...

So much to comment on as I haven't been able to comment on a lot of your posts! I love this page and the 'She's a maniac' page. Some fun figures on both! Your macaroni meal looked great too! How fabulous that you got a day out with your daughter and saw your mum too! Your garden is certainly showing signs of Spring now! Good luck with the craft room - looking forward to seeing it! Hugs, Chrisx

DVArtist said...

Wow! I love these. So different and so much talent. Have a wonderful day.

Neet said...

I've never seen those Zinski figures before - they are gorgeous and so do look like band members.
This is a brilliant page - I love the solar panel you chose, it is perfect as a backdrop for the band and the lettering is just perfect.
Hugs, Neet xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Sounds like a great film Erika I must try and seek that one out. Your found stamps are a real fab four, definitely perfect band members. The background looks very psychedelic spot on for the era. April really has flown by..
Catch you in May Hugs Tracey xx

Iris Flavia said...

Oh, how bitter-sweet is that first page!
Final is such a sad word, and yes, time flies like crazy, can´t believe April is nearly over!

Sweet tag. To a happy last day of April. Shoot. Here in Germany May 1st is a public holiday. Mean to fall on a Sunday!
Hugs from here - do you dance into May?

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a great way to end the month at AJJ. I don't remember The Band, but I'm sure I've heard them. LOVE how you used the washi tape curtains. Thanks for sharing this wonderful final entry at Art Journal Journey using Alison's theme.

That is a really touching tag, too. Such a sweet image.

Tom said... isn't a dress rehearsal, live each day as if it's your last!

carol l mckenna said...

Oh Wow ~ wonderful last journal page and so fun and creative! Xo

And great tag art too ~ love giraffe and message is wonderful! Xo

Wishing you laughter and love in your days,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

dsnake1 said...

I like how you break down the process of creating this lovely and witty piece, The Final performance.
Thank you for the artwork. :)

Divers and Sundry said...

Awww :) Such a sweet tag.

NatureFootstep said...

I find your Journal: Interesting, and your Tag: very sweet :) :)

pinky said...

Those giraffes are adorable and perfect wording with them Erika. Love your journal page too! Thanks for joining us at tag Tuesday this week.

Soma @ said...

The AJJ page is such a fun one, would make a wonderful album cover. The tag is so lovely and sweet.


Aimeslee Winans said...

love your page and tag. Sorry so late, trying to catch up because of my meds. xoxo