Thursday, February 1, 2018

Animals, A to Z


Today begins a new month at Art Journal Journey with our new host Rike of Rike's Art, who, like Susi hails from Austria. Rike is a real artist and her drawings and paintings are out of this world. 

Rike's theme this month is Animals from A to Z.

Susi and I invite you to join us, too.  Please be aware of the rules:
Each month there is a new challenge theme for you to take part in. Our participants are Art-Journalers, Altered Book Lovers, Rubber-stamp-addicts and Mixed Media Artists from all over the world. You are invited to take part by linking via the InLinksTool. Please be considerate and remember that greeting cards or ATCs, tags  and such rather smaller artwork will not be accepted for our event and we have to delete the links - only larger artwork in an Art Journal or on Canvas or loose pages larger than DIN A 6 (105 x145 mm=4.1 x 5.8 inches) will be accepted.  Digital Layouts are welcome as well.
We would love to see a few new faces, as well as what you, our loyal participants, come up with from the current theme.

I began with what I thought was an amphibian, only to learn the sea turtle is really a reptile!


Thankfully, I ended with a zebra!

I created this page in my large art journal.  I first painted the background using both yellow and blue acrylics using a faux credit card.  While the background was drying, I found pictures of many animals from small images on the back of three animal calendars that I cut using my deckle scissors.  Then I tried to color coordinate the animals with a colored mat.  Finally, I used a metallic gel pen to write the letters.

I hope you will join Susi, Rike, Bleubeard, and me this month at Art Journal Journey.  And of course, thank you for your continued support of my art.

18 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful page, you managed to fit a lot of animals on it. Have fun! Hugs, Valerie

Rike said...

Oh, Elizabeth, thank you so much for your words - I feel me honoured!
Your journal page is first class - you collected so many different animals on it, cutted with your deckle scissors, and created an excellent background with your credit card and acrylics!
Wish you a wonderful day! Rike x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is a fantastic assortment of animals on this page and the colored frames make it into a wonderful exhibition - I like this! - We will have a lot of fun with this theme - I am sure! Wishing you a happy Day - I am prepairing my Second on the 2nd post now, nearly forgot about it again.
oxo
Susi

My name is Erika. said...

This is going to be a fun challenge for sure. I love your animal collage. You have lots of fun images. I love animals and have lots of ideas.:) Happy february. Hugs-Erika

CJ Kennedy said...

Fun theme and page. I like the mats as it looks like a window into the animal's world. Hard to decide on a favorite animal: the polar bear, wolf cub, and penguins are all in the running for cutest.

Sami said...

Quite a variety of animals from hot and cold climates.
Nice page Elizabeth.

Jeanie said...

I really like the page, Elizabeth. It will be a fun theme. That little dog in the lower left corner is adorable. It can come live at my house anytime.

Meggymay said...

This is a super new challenge theme, your page looks fantastic with all the different animal pictures you have shown us today. I am just going off to look out an old calendar, I remembered it as I read though your post.
Yvonne xx

kathyinozarks said...

good morning, I love animals so I loved your theme and newest journal page you fit allot of animals in too

Little Artbee said...

Perfect your page with all the wonderful animals.
Dear Greetings
Sabine

Cindy McMath said...

I like the way you’ve arranged the animals in a grid here Elizabeth. Some of them are just so cute too - those baby penguins!

Katie Jeanne said...

Wow! Nice page! :)

Divers and Sundry said...

So many animals! I have trouble enough with small-form art, much less full-page pieces, but I'll enjoy the creations of other artists :) Happy February!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

Elizabeth; I have artic fox and penguin on the b board here at work !! I too, got them from a calendar that had been sent my way. enjoy the challenge; looks to be fun..da tabbies say hi to bleu N squiggles and gram paw who lools like toe mas !! ☺☺♥♥ { lion }

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love this Elizabeth, what a clever idea! Looking forward to joining in! Chrisx

sheila 77 said...

You've given us lots of fascinating animals here, Elizabeth, each shown off in their own coloured frame. The variety and abundance of species in this world is beyond comprehension, so much beauty and uniqueness.

Let's Art Journal said...

You have created such a fantastic page for Rike's new challenge! I'm loving how you framed and collaged the animal images together 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a Happy February! J 😊

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Great page to start the Animals A to Z challenge, Elizabeth! It must have taken ages to find all those pictures!

Thanks for explaining the rules as well. I feel like I'm moving toward a larger journal, but I'm not quite there yet. I'm loving all that I'm learning about art from the T-ladies and their connections.