Thursday, June 16, 2016

Craft Barn's latest letter: K


This fortnight the Craft Barn challenge is the letter K.  There is no twist, which meant I could choose any word I thought was appropriate.  That's when I decided to once again join Art Journal Journey where this month's challenge is Maps which was chosen by our host, Mary C. Nasser.  Mary often uses maps in her mixed media art.

I chose Kilometer because of the pronunciation.  We in the states have a tendency to place the emphasis on kill-om-e-ter.  The correct pronunciation places equal weight on kilo and meter.

This is the actual pronunciation as well as the definition.

Once again I'm showing where I live in my city.  I live between two rivers, the Arkansas River and the Little Arkansas River, and many say it's why we had so many floods before the city built what is now called "the Big Ditch."  The back story on the Big Ditch is that we had even more floods than we had this year.  My home (basement) was flooded in May, but it would have been even worse had we not had the Big Ditch.   Apparently this was no surprise, since Wichita was built on a floodplain and settlers referred to it as swampland.  Because of the many floods, the Big Ditch was built in 1959.  I'm so glad they did that!  But that's a story for a different day.

Today we are paying homage to my K word


and it's proper pronunciation.

 I think it's time we all learn how to pronounce this word properly, because when I hear it mentioned on tv or the radio, I keep wondering why we in the States can't pronounce it properly.

Materials used include two maps from Kansas, computer generated words using the rubber stamp font, a real rubber stamp, and deep blue pigment ink.

I visited everyone again during the last Craft Barn challenge and plan to do so again this fortnight.  I can't wait to see what others use for their K word.  And I plan to do that in the morning because, after the flood (literally because we are under a flood warning until 9 am, which will probably expire before you read this) we had here tonight, I won't have to water my veggie garden in the morning which will give me about an extra hour of computer time.

Please visit both Craft Barn and Art Journal Journey for lots of incredible mixed media art.  And thanks for visiting here, too.  Your visits mean so very much to me.
 

24 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Another lovely page for Craft Barn and AJJ has profited, so thanks for joining us there again. Great idea with the map. Interesting to read the history of the place where you live. We are always in danger of flooding here, too, as you know. Have a lovely day, hugs, Valerie.

kaybee said...

So pleased to see where you live and the history of the area. Hope you got through the flood intact.

My name is Erika. said...

Love the new map page of Wichita. Kansas is one those states I haven't been too and I really didn't know much about it, except that its fairly flat-at least compared to all our hills here in NH. Its interesting to hear about it and see what there is to do, at least in your corner of the state. One of these years I am going to visit more of the mid-west. Have a great day! Hugs-Erika

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Love to learn more about Wichita - a fab page Elizabeth! I did check out the different pronounciations -- in British English , American English and German just now on Linguee ... o.k. all is different - but just nice to understand... an international word.
So happy you had another nice idea appropriate to AJJ and craftbarns letter K!
Thanks a lot for your support dear Elizabeth!
I made 7,8 kilometres for me 14243 steps already today with the dogs - love my pedometer --- what a fancy idea to say
KEY LOW ME TUR -- lol!
oxo Susi

Pamela Gerard said...

i love maps in art -- very nice. And I am finally getting a sense of where you actually are!

~*~Patty S said...

This made me think of the saying:
you say toe MAY to
I say Toe MA to LOL
How people ever learn English is beyond me.
Fun using the map of your area and interesting too.
Even Washington DC is built on a swamp.
What's up with that?
This piece looks great E.
oxo

Meggymay said...

Another interesting post and a great page. I am learning about the area you call home.
It has me thinking about our dialects here in the UK, Even though we all speak the same language, it is often difficult to follow conversations in some parts of the country. Still that makes us all what we are, individuals happy with the way we speak.
Yvonne xx

WendyK said...

A great page, and I loved seeing where you live. I have never been to the US, but would love to visit before I get much older.

Sandra Cox said...

That's fun seeing where you live on the map.
Flooding...scary stuff.

Dawn C. said...

I always learn something when I read your posts. I can see how your artwork is influenced by science and research. Thank you for sharing!

Linda Kunsman said...

love your map art and getting to see and know a bit more about Wichita! I mix up my pronunciations fairly often because I tend to use a European version quite often:)

Scrapmate said...

Love reading the background to your page. The only thing I knew about Wichita before this was the old Glen Campbell song 'Wichita Lineman'. No floods for us (thank goodness) here in London but it has been raining like crazy and although it saves watering the garden the slugs and snails are in heaven and playing havoc with my plants.

Cindy McMath said...

Ha Elizabeth. I got a real kick out of this post. pronouncing kilometre is on the test at the Canadian border. Haha. Seriously though, fun page and always enjoy your fun facts.

thassos456 said...

This is so brilliant. I love it. Very clever 😃

thassos456 said...

This is so brilliant. I love it. Very clever 😃

Let's Art Journal said...

Wonderful page! I love how words have different meanings too, especially US to UK e.g. sidewalk and pavement, PTO and holiday (PTO means Please Turn Over the page here in the UK), trunk and boot(of a car), chips and crisps, elevator and lift, cookie and biscuit ... the list goes on and on! Wishing you a great weekend :-)

Craftyfield said...

Well I hope you've got dry feet... floods are not fun. We've had awful storms in the UK this week with torrential rains totally out of character for the season or the country (think tropical monsoon)!
Anyway I love your page with maps and I'm amused by your annoyance at the pronunciation of kilometres. Personally I was pleased if the people I met in the US on my travels knew what they were...

Julia said...

Wow! That is such a clever way to use K in your artwork. I love maps so it goes without saying that I love this page and your story makes great reading too. Isn't language amazing.

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

So much of this country was built on swamp land I guess because we needed the rivers for crop irrigation so we built close to them. Hope your basement is fully dry and no musty left. I love your map pages and your bits of history. When I think of your city I always hear the Glen Campbell song in my head Witchita Lineman.....xox

Lesley said...

Great page and I love the way you have used the word you chose! Interesting to see the map too! Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog xx

Crafty Claire said...

I really enjoyed reading this post as well as your great dictionary page. The thing I love best about the challenges and blogging is connecting with other people. Thank you for sharing a little of your life with us. I do hope you weren't flooded but if your veggies benefit that's a little silver lining.

Lou said...

Lovely idea to use maps on your page. I always think they have such an arty quality. Interesting point about the pronunciation, I've always said kill om eater too! Lou x

PS sorry, deleted my last comment as I realised it was riddled with predictive text errors!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Lovely page! So wonderful that it is of another place that you lived. I really like the movement of this composition and the inclusion of text.

maggie said...

I'm learning such a lot through this challenge! You've made me reach for the atlas to pinpoint the area in which you live precisely in the US. It was interesting to read why you chose this particular word. Another great page.