Hi Friends,

So glad you have decided to visit here today!  My post is a lot later than planned due to yet another day of moving furniture, books etc – really why do I do this to myself?  LOL  My prompt for today is poetry.  Poetry is a big part of the oral tradition of Folklore, and if the people weren’t reciting poems, they were putting them to music and turning them into folksongs, keeping them alive for generations.

Today’s Art . . .

Today’s art is a page using my Day 6 prompt:  Poetry

Today is National Poetry Day here in the UK, it is held on the first Thursday of October every year.  So I thought I would start my page with some some collage, a copy of a page from the Bannatyne manuscript, which I printed out from wikimedia. (The Bannatyne Manuscript is an anthology of literature compiled in Scotland in the sixteenth century and is an important source for the Scots poetry of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.)

On top of that page, I added the words of another Scottish poet, Robert Burns.  The words are taken from his much longer poem, Halloween, which talks about some of the traditional activities that took place during Halloween celebrations, maybe of which were harvest related and in celebration of the season, not at all what we might associate with Halloween nowadays. For example on the second last line where it says “to burn their nits” which refers to them roasting nuts which would be a typical autumn activity.

After I added the words I felt like the page needed something else, it looked unfinished somehow, so I drew on the tree and then I added this little owl button that I came across today.

Hope you feel inspired to join in the challenge this month and have fun with it!  Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!

my handmade journal, watercolour paper, watercolour, collage, matte medium,


Art Journal JourneyFairytales, Folklore & Fables

Daily Prompts

Here are the prompts I will be using and you can probably tell that a lot of them are related to fairytales, but you don’t have to use them that way or you don’t have to use them at all.  I will be attempting all 31 days but I may not make it and that’s OK too.  The prompts are there if you feel stuck or in need of extra inspiration.   I just respond well to a daily prompt and I will also be sharing my pages on Instagram.  If you share your work on Instagram there is a hashtag.  Please note, that to enter the Art Journal Journey challenge using the Mr Linky tool, you will have to link from a blog since it is a blog challenge.

Or you can ignore the daily prompts completely and focus on the overarching theme for the month.  The daily prompts are there if you want to make more pages but need some extra prompting.

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October 10, 2022 8:18 pm

Absolutely brilliant! Robert Burns wrote some lovely poems although I don’t always understand some of the words! Hus, Chrisx

October 7, 2022 10:29 pm

Ohh this is really wonderful. Very cleaver indeed. Have a nice weekend.

Erika N
October 6, 2022 11:10 pm

I like what you did with poetry, and I like how I learned what the Bannatyne manuscript is. I hope you’re having a super week Elle. hugs-Erika

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