Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Give thanks

For Day 26 I'm celebrating that uniquely American (U.S.) holiday we call Thanksgiving.  Admittedly my favorite holiday of the year, there is no pressure to give gifts like on Christmas or Valentine's Day, and it's often the time immediate families get together because they usually spend time with their own family at Christmas.

Today I'm giving thanks.



 


 






I'm giving thanks because I'm grateful for all my friends who take the place of family who are no longer with me.

And special thanks go to my loyal internet friends, followers, and readers.  In many ways, you too have become my family.

I'm showing special thanks to all the friends I've made at Art Journal Journey with Suzi as host, who I'm joining with my take on autumn colors.  I'm also thankful for Moo-Mania and More because they were the first challenge group I ever joined and created art for.  This fortnight their theme is layers, and I seem to have lots of those.

This tribute to Thanksgiving was created starting with a book cover to which I added scrapbook paper, handmade (by me) paper, a dictionary page, a tag, a paper doily, fancy fibers, and various silk and natural leaves and flowers.   I scrunched the tag, then added pigment ink to the high parts, after which I stamped (yes, as shocking as it may be) the words onto the tag.  This is where my art is displayed for the Thanksgiving celebration.  It will sit among the desserts on this Hoosier type free standing kitchen cabinet.

In addition to Art Journal Journey and Moo-Mania and More, this is Day 26 of AEDM.  Only four more days and I'll have actually made it through Art Every Day Month.



20 thoughtful remarks:

Dianne said...

Happy Thanksgiving dear friend! A lovely piece for the day...a wonderful feast of textures! great work...:) enjoy yourself!

Valerie-Jael said...

Your Thanksgiving collage is very beautiful, love all the layers, and the beautiful colours. Even when our lives aren't always perfect, we have so many things to be truly thankful for, you are right there. Have a lovely day, and thanks for being a friend! Hugs, Valerie

Valerie-Jael said...

Forgot to say thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey and Moo Mania and More! oxox

Helen said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Elizabeth, hope you have a good day. Your book is gorgeous.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Happy Thanksgiving dear Elizabeth! This is a wonderful collage -wow!
Thank you so much for hoining us at Moo Mania & More AND Art Journal Journey Sweetie!♥♥♥

Thank you for being my artfriend in blogland!♥♥♥
And thank you for all the inspiration you always give me!

Halle said...

Love this piece you created! Simply perfect. Definitely can see your floral arranging skills shining through on this one as well. Happy Thanksgiving!!
I've got 2 pumpkin pies in the oven and my stuffing(dressing some might say) prepped. Going to my in laws today.

Darla said...

What a beautiful work of at with a special sentiment. Hope you are having a great Thanksgiving Day.

Divers and Sundry said...

This piece is lovely, perfect for the day.

I'm thankful for the community I've found through your blog and T Tuesdays. I appreciate you more than you can know. Have a wonderful day! :)

Linda Kunsman said...

a perfectly gorgeous piece Elizabeth! A happy and blessed thanksgiving to you and yours.

Pamela Gerard said...

Lovely piece! Happy Thanksgiving to you.

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love your wonderful collage! I hope you are having a great day! I am thankful for the way our paths finally crossed - I think they were always going to eventually! I have seen the shopping trip post at last and left you a (rather long ) comment there! Hope you can access your e-mail! Happy, happy Thanksgiving dear Elizabeth! Hugs, Chrisx

Nigel Roberts said...

Happy Thanksgiving, your display piece is beautiful

Meggymay said...

A realy gorgeous project to celebrate and give thanks. I hope you have had a lovely day.
Yvonne xx

NatureFootstep said...

a great post. Thanks for sharing it. :)

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Had a lovely family afternoon and it was nice to sit with my husband's 98 year old Dad. Now I'm catching up with my blog world family. Great dimensional collage to give thanks. So sweet and you are right no pressure today, just quiet times with the ones we love. Happy Thanksgiving. xox

Rita said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Elizabeth!! :)

Stacie said...

That is a lovely piece! I love the colors and textures, and it's reminder. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I love all the layers and every detail you added is just perfect. I think the dried element are very striking. Hope you had a wonderful day.

I am thankful for many things, among them you...who is always so encouraging and ready to share techniques and amazing art.

I am knee deep in helping DD pack for the move tomorrow. With 2 other commitments on Monday & Tuesday, it will be a challenge to participate in both T Tuesday and 2nd on 2nd, but I will try!

light-of-summer said...

YES re "I'm giving thanks because I'm grateful for all my friends who take the place of family who are no longer with me"—I feel that, too. Thank you for all your wonderful comments to me during Art Every Day month—they've been bright spots for me on many days!

I think I'm now caught up with replying to your comments over at my blog, but just realized you'd technically been commenting as Anonymous, so wouldn't be getting notifications of my replies. So here I am, letting you know that there are some messages for you over there!

I also wanted to thank you for opening my eyes to a new aesthetic—I haven't been good about commenting, but seeing your posts, this month, has shown me that there's a direction my art could go that I hadn't been aware of before. I'm just beginning to experiment with it, so the only place it's at all visible is in the flow/release piece from a couple days ago, but I wanted to let you know. Thanks again!

My name is Erika. said...

Love your piece today. The blue on the tag really pops and makes the piece more interesting as it is unexpected.