Hello everyone, hope you are having a good week. We had a long weekend here for the May Bank Holiday, which I was so looking forward to but unfortunately I didn’t get to enjoy any of it as I haven’t been very well and ended up being poorly over the weekend and carrying over onto today. Apologies this post is so late but I wasn’t able to function earlier.
As you know, I am Guest Hosting the May challenge over on Art Journal Journey this month and my chosen theme is…
You can find a nice list of ideas about language inspired pages in my introduction post just click here.
For today’s post, I decided to make a French language inspired page. French was the second language I ever learned and I loved it. Everyone seemed to hate French class but I loved it! I also had a very scary French teacher that struck fear into everyone, but I loved French so she seemed to like me for that. At one point my French teacher wanted me to become a translator! My French was so good, that I used to think in French and then make mistakes in English as I would write French words instead of English words and they would be marked as spelling mistakes. I never really believed that I could have a job as a translator, it was something that seemed so beyond anything I could have dreamed of, and very exotic, so I never went any further with it. I often wonder what would have happened if I had chosen that path. Maybe in an alternate universe there is another version of me who is doing just that!
But meanwhile, we can look at this page and dream…
There are lots of stamps on this page including a Paperartsy stamp of this very elegant aristocrat, several Tim Holtz stamps, and some French language stamps. Some leftover diecuts and scraps of paper, a teabag tag, and some word stickers.
I started with a watercolour stamped background using some Jane Davenport crayons. I like them for this kind of thing as they are very soft and creamy. It looks messy when it’s wet but nice when it dries.
I have more than a few French language stamps including this cute one from a French company and then also this Paris skyline stamp from Tim Holtz.
I covered my background with the stamps, using a grey Archival ink which might be called Watering Can. I don’t have any more process photos this time, due to not being well and this was a fairly quick process, except when it came to the part where I had to choose which elements to keep on my page – there were more! My page was actually going to be a bit different but I couldn’t make it work and had to stop trying lol. So instead, here are some close ups of all the little word stickers I added in the frames…
Also on the background are a few smaller Tim Holtz stamps that are in French script and a smaller French dictionary stamp.
Some Paris postmark stamps from Tim Holtz and then I wrote La Vie Est Belle across the top of the page, which can mean Life is Good or Life is Beautiful.
All of these little diecuts were already in my stash, leftover from other projects but just waiting to be added to this one and made useful. I just needed to paint them all black, or in the case of the teacup, gold.
I decorated my little teacup with lots of gold and a crown, and wrote the words Ma Tasse de Thé which means “My cup of tea”. I guess tea has been on my mind a lot over the last few days as I have been drinking a lot of milky tea, which is something I only have when I don’t feel well. I can’t remember the last time I drank tea this way but it has been a while, and I have been drinking multiple cups of the stuff, at least it’s decaf though!
I hope you feel inspired to join us at Art Journal Journey this month. Language is all about communication, and I would love to see you communicate using language on your pages, in whatever form you choose. I have a lot of ideas for language-inspired spreads to share with you over the course of this month, so do keep checking back if you need some inspiration or ideas, or even just to say hi! I can’t wait to see what you do with this month’s theme and I will be dropping by to see all your lovely creations.
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
My handmade art journal, Jane Davenport crayons, black and gold acrylic ink, paper scraps, gold pen, lots of stamps, black stazon ink, watering can archival ink, stabilo, teabag tag, variety of leftover diecuts, glue,
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