Today we are visiting the Craft Barn where the latest alpha letter, X, has been chosen. Thankfully there are no twists, so it didn't take me long to determine the word I would use. I wanted it to be a word I could use for Art Journal Journey, too. I confess I had a brain fart, which is better than a brain aneurysm because I forgot that I was supposed to create this in my dedicated book I have for the Craft Barn challenge (one of the rules we are asked to abide by), and instead, created it in the journal I dedicated to my Back to School offerings. I hope I don't get kicked out of the "club" for this faux pas because this one is very personal to me. Of course, I sized everything to fit this size page, too.
Mr. Lily was my real instrumental music director when I was in Jr. High and High School. In High School in the fall, we marched on football fields, in parades, and at the state fair. When football season was over, we moved indoors and played in the orchestra.
Technically, Mr. Lily didn't encourage me to play the Xylophone, but he did encourage me to expand my horizons and play all the percussion pieces the school owned. Originally, I only played drums, but after awhile, I began playing more percussion instruments in the orchestra, including marimba, timpani, and tubular bells. So, thank you Mr. Lily for all you did for me.
The Xylophone is just one of the percussion instruments I learned to play. Here is a table model made of wood with mallets. The one I played was on a roll around stand, similar to the marimba.
My added X barely made it. It looks like it's about to fall off. But at least you can see the definition. Looks like I was a xylophonist when I played it!
Materials I used for this project began with purple pigment ink that I spread all over the words on the original page. I then sized and printed the Xylophone I found on Wikipedia to a piece of vellum. The words were computer generated, then outlined with purple pigment ink. I cut circles from a dictionary page, then spaced them on the page. I added the purple letters, then added the dictionary definition and the small X.
Since we've already honored the art teacher, it's now time to honor our musical directors, whether it's instrumental, vocal, or both.
Once again I visited everyone during the last Craft Barn challenge. It's courteous, and the proper thing to do.
So let's visit both the Craft Barn where the latest alpha letter is X,
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