Saturday, October 22, 2016

Craft Barn's latest alpha letter: V


Craft Barn's latest alpha/dictionary letter is V.

I chose the Vatican because I have a photo from there.
I have photos of the museums and St. Peter's Square, along with photos of the Sistine Chapel.  However, when  I was laying out the photos, I realized I only had room for one.

This is a vacation photo of the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope.  It includes the Papal Apartments from St. Peter's Square.  

This lucky shot includes the pope standing in the window of his apartment.   The window is marked by a maroon banner hanging from the windowsill.

Here is the definition from my Merriam-Webster pocket dictionary.

I began this page by using my brayer on a sheet of copier paper.  I'm not good with a brayer, so this wasn't a particularly successful background.  However, it provided the color I needed to match the mattes I used behind the photo, the description taken from an old (1937) encyclopedia, and the definition and letter V from my Merriam-Webster dictionary.  The other element is a vacation photo showing the Vatican.

Thanks as always for your visit.  It means the world to me, especially when it's reciprocated.


21 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Great idea to choose the Vatican, it is such an interesting place, and made a wonderful journal page. Have a lovely day, hugs, Valerie

chrissie said...

Clever arrangement on this page with so much information added to the design.

Love Chrissie xx

Mickie said...

An interesting choice and highly informative - superb! Thank you for joining in The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge xx

gardenpinks said...

Another clever choice. Actually the brayered background looks good - most decidedly distressed which takes a lot of skill to perfect:) Great piece.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What an interesting theme for a page! Great!
Happy Saturday Elizabeth!
oxo Susi

sally said...

The Vatican is an amazing place, I have only visited the piazza but it was early morning, around 6am, many years ago with not a soul about - the perfect alignment of the rows of columns when you stand in the right spot is quite incredible!

Sally

My name is Erika. said...

I am wondering about the one window that looks open in that picture of the Vatican. I think that's the Pope's chambers. Maybe. Maybe he was giving a wave before the photo. Otherwise it was a hot Roman day. :) Nice page though Elizabeth. So there was some flooding in my area with our 3 inches of new rain, but nothing too major I believe. This rain is so needed though. The lady who runs the doggie day care the dogs go to has a dry well, and I know a few others whose wells have gone dry. I just keep my fingers crossed ours doesn't dry out, but knock on wood, so far so good. I did have a little rain puddle at the bottom of my cellar steps that we always get in heavy rain, because for some reason the soil outside the back of the house always drains to that one spot, and its sandy so the rain goes right through it. But another rainy day, which is nice and needed. Have a wonderful day! Hugs-Erika

Sandra Cox said...

Ooh, what a great V choice!
Enjoy your weekend:)
Hugs

~*~Patty S said...

Great choice for the letter V Elizabeth.
I like the texture you got with your brayer and can almost hear the smacking sound the paint might have made rolling over the paint and paper.
We have a family story that my younger sister will never be able to live down. We were camping just outside Rome one summer while my father was stationed in Germany. We were waiting for the Pope to appear and give the crowd a blessing when my 2.5 year old sister said she had to pee. WHAT!!! we'd waited for so long couldn't she hold it for just a few more minutes. Being newly potty trained she took this very seriously so we missed the Pope's appearance. Funny now looking back. My parents even told her it was OK to wet her pants HAH! But she would have none of that. They were really looking forward to that blessing weren't they.
Happy weekend to ya.
Hope I didn't cross the TMI line LOL oxo

Meggymay said...

Its a wonderful destination for the letter V. a fabulous way to showcase the photos and the lucky glimpse of the Pope at this window.
Yvonne xx

kaybee said...

Love that photo with the pope - how lucky to get it! The page really comes together, and although you say you can't brayer, you do create some interesting textures which adds to the overall look.

Craftyfield said...

So great you could use one of your own photos, makes it that n=much more personal.
I too thought I wasn't good with brayers but apparently the secret is to keep going even though you think it's rubbish, keep adding paint. At some (miraculous) point there will be a good result. Can't say I always follow that advice but I thought I'd pass it on anyway...

Halle said...

I love how you are always a teacher at heart (even though that wasn't you're major or intended field)...giving info with your art.

pearshapedcrafting said...

What fabulous page - great choice for V! The Vatican museum is such an amazing place and St Peter's …well….!!! Hugs, Chrisx

Crafty Claire said...

Lucky you to get a photo with the Pope in the window. There's no right or wrong with a brayer...keep going until you get something you like!

Elaine said...

Great idea to use the photo and base your page on the Vatican - love it!

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Another great history lesson as always, we've learned so much from your craft letter posts. xox

WendyK said...

Great word for your entry, I nearly did that one, and chickened out. I did have some nice photos from a visit 20 years ago (Gosh was it that long ago) and thought they would be better for a journal page.

Scrapmate said...

A great word and a fabulous collaged page which is a wonderful personal memory. Thanks for your kind words.

Julia said...

I love that you chose Vatican because you have a picture of it! The page is great. I went there many many years ago but don't really remember it so thank you for bringing back that memory. x

maggie said...

The brayer is a difficult tool to master - something I'm still trying to do. I'm far too heavy handed, it needs light strokes and keep turning the paper. Leandra of PaperArtsy has some good you-tube videos on the subject.

I like your distressed background and the photo and definition sit perfectly against it.