Friday, April 7, 2017

Jumping on the magic ocean liner

Today I'm joining Hazel of Hazels' Creative Moments, this month's host at Art Journal Journey.  She wants us to take a magical mystery tour.  It can be anywhere, past, present, or imagined.

Now I may have been a bit too kind (and possibly misleading) when, in the past, I have called the places I get many of my pictures from "travel magazines."  It all started two years ago when I requested one of these disposable advertisements for cruises to South America.  I got on their list, and have been inundated with these brochures ever since.

The problem with these brochures is, there is never information with the photo, just the name of a city.  Even I, the most geographically challenged person I know, can tell you that Paris is in France and the Eiffel Tower is in Paris.  But how many who don't travel the world, have heard of places like Riga, which I learned is in Latvia, or Visby, which I learned via an internet search is in Sweden, or Moorea, which is in French Polynesia.  BTW, where in the world is French Polynesia?

So of course, I see beautiful pictures, and have to go on the internet to find similar pictures that describe the images I'm cutting from these "travel magazines."  It takes time, and there have been times I've gotten it wrong.

So today I'm heading to Santorini, in Greece.  After all, our imaginary journey took us out and about to Greece last month, why not stay there and hop around the isles on a luxurious ocean liner.

Santorini is an island created from a volcano in the Aegean Sea, southeast of Greece's mainland.  The windmill is one of the most recognizable buildings in the town of Oia.

According to Wikipedia:
The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption (sometimes called the Thera eruption), which occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of metres deep and may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km (68 mi) to the south, through a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.
It took me awhile, but I found the large picture above was taken from Oia, one of the cities in Santorini.  The Oia church with its whitewashed walls and blue cupola are a favorite of both visitors and travel brochures.

Again, the windmill is often shown in these travel brochures.

Besides the pictures from the disposable travel brochure, I used leftover cardstock as backing for these photos.  Unfortunately, I didn't have enough black, so had to use the last of the pink, too. 

I had enough images of Santorini, I was able to create  two spreads.

This is a smaller image of the larger one of Oia I have above.

I found this on Lonely Planet under landmarks.  There is a clock tower just out of view below the blue and gold dome.  The blue dome with the plain cross was also shown under landmarks, but all that was listed was Oia.  Not much help.  A second photo showed a Greek Orthodox Church, but the smooth dome's cross was more ornate.

I created both these spreads using used file folders as my substrate.  I sprayed some of my handmade shimmering mists on both pages.

I found these stars in a box I was planning to toss due to the flood I had in my basement.  I washed them is soapy bleach water and used them as embellishments instead of pitching them.   I used the very last of my black and pink paper as mats.

This is Day 7 of 22 in my recycling efforts.  I recycled two used file folders, and six images from what I call travel magazines, but are really just ads for a cruise liner.  I saved two stuffed fabric stars from the trash, and used the last of my leftover black and pink cardstock/printer paper.  And I also found a way to join Art Journal Journey.  

Thanks for joining me today, as we went to Santorini.  I am so grateful for your interest in this yearly recycle project.  Your interest and comments keep me going.

5 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful Pages, love the Background. Hugs, Valerie

Sami said...

You've made some nice pages about Santorini. By the way the French Polynesian islands are a cluster of islands in the South Pacific ocean, half way between the east coast of Australia and the west coast of South America. Tahiti is one of the most well known. Somehow I couldn't leave a comment via my computer, just via the mobile, not sure why, couldn't even open any links. Have a great weekend Elizabeth.

chrissie said...

Terrific pages today and it is wonderful to use the travel brochure to take to to far away places

Love Chrissie xx

Barbara B. said...

Oh, I like Santorin and more Naxos! Wonderful destinations.

hazel said...

A wonderful post, I've never been to Santorini but I think I'll have to put it on my list of places to visit.
xxx Hazel.