Sunday, October 4, 2015

The capital of Brazil (in my 7 Continents AB)

Be honest.  How many of you thought Rio was the capital of Brazil?  The only reason I knew was because I did research on Brazil before I ever started creating art in this country.  And today I'm also sharing this page in my 7 Continents altered book with Art Journal Journey's latest theme, which is architecture provided by October's host Sheila of Orange Esmeralda.

Here is the completed page I created on a used file folder that I scraped acrylic paint on, then allowed the paint to dry.

You don't have to tell me I spelled Brasilia wrong in this first blurb.  Since I used some rather expensive vellum and had already run it through my printer and cut the pieces before I noticed the mistake, there is nothing I can do but apologize for this really bad goof.

One thing you should note is, the day Brasilia became the capital is also Earth Day.  And those of you who are long time readers and followers of my blog know it's also my birthday.  This is one thing I will ALWAYS remember about Brazil.

This is one city best seen by air, although I could find no photos of it from the air on the internet or in any encyclopedia, dictionary, or travel brochure.

I'm sure you can see why this qualifies as an Art Journal Journey entry.  The architecture of the Cathedral of Brasilia is simply stunning.

It's a beautiful representation of a cathedral, and so different from any I have seen before.  It appears to truly belong in such a unique and mid-century modern city.

One final look at the materials I used, which included the used file folder, acrylic paint, vellum, and a travel brochure image.

Thanks for looking and thanks to Sheila for choosing Architecture for this month's Art Journal Journey.  Don't forget to visit because there are already some genuinely stunning entries.

17 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful architecture in Rio, the cathedral is outstanding, and love the background of the page, too. Thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey again! Have a lovely day and take care of yourself, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Rio is so beautiful and I love what you made here with the colors Elizabeth - fantastic page! WOW!
Thank you very much for joining Art Journal Journey with it!
Have a great Sunday Elizabeth!

Viktoria Berg said...

I did know about Brasilia - once saw a documentary about how they built it all from scratch out in the jungle. Some amazing architecture there, too! I have to say, I absolutely love (love!) the green treatment to that page. Had to save it to my inspiration-file; I don´t know how you did it ("scraping acrylic paint on" - I don´t believe it was that easy), but it is gorgeous. I think going colour-less for a month is opening me up to influences in that regard, that I hadn´t expected.

dawn said...

Hello! I LOVE the background colors, gorgeous! I didn't know anything about Brazil so glad to read this, same birthday as you, how fun to know that!!

Read your tree post too!! How awesome that you were published, such a cute poem! Great back ground again, you are so good at them.

Hope your weekend is going well. We are cold and windy and rainy here but good. Should be able to post for T time, just not link it since I will be gone.
Take care!

sheila 77 said...

That was jolly interesting, I didn't know any of that.
Your green background is fascinating, I can see all sorts of images there, including a rather sweet cat. I must try your method of making a background.
And what a cathedral, mega wow, absolutely stunningly beautiful.
A great entry for the theme, thanks Elizabeth (and Bleubeard if you helped with this one).

Sami said...

Brasilia has some amazing architecture. Loving your book pages Elizabeth.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Elizabeth! I love that paint blending you have done - shows off that beautiful cathedral so well! I had forgotten that Brasilia is now the capital of Brazil! Hugs, Chrisx

Halle said...

Ok...I know I've said it many times before but I so very often learn something when visiting. Today was no exception. How wonderful that the theme for AJJ fit in your 7 continents never ending AB!!

Dianne said...

I often come away from your posts with information I had never really thought about before. That is really an amazing looking cathedral! I would never have known of any mis-spelling if you hadn't pointed it out...shhh. next time don't tell ;) Beautiful page!

Darla said...

Very interesting pages and suit the architecture theme so well. I hear of other Brazilian cities once in awhile but don't recall anyone talking about Brazilia.


Kelly Deal said...

I love the topic for that journal and your page is really cool too!

My name is Erika. said...

Great travel page. I am so enjoying this little arm chair trip-and nice learning about Brazilia too.

Monica said...

I love your page.

Corrine at said...

You've had architecture going for a long time! Fantastic building. xox

Becky said...

A great page and thank you for all the info. I love that building certainly stands out. x

~*~Patty S said...

Architecture certainly is another great challenge over at AJJ.
Your entry is wonderful.
I am not always a fan of modern architecture but that church is stunning. The light inside must be special too I imagine.
Odd to imagine a city that is not for walking?
Interesting stuff E...thanks for the info and for sharing this with us.
That font looks really nice...I like how you print on all sorts of things!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Yes, I thought it was Rio! I enjoy your informative arty posts so much! That is a stunning cathedral.