Thursday, May 3, 2018

Flora and Fauna

I really wish T Tuesday didn't land on the first day of the month, because I was really excited about joining Jo at Let's Art Journal, our host this month at Art Journal Journey.  In case you haven't seen, her theme is flora and fauna.

I created this in my Challenges altered book.

In case you didn't know, the dictionary definition of fauna is:
Animals, especially of a region or time.

I found the perfect image showing both animals and plants of a specific time period.

In addition to flora (plants of a specific region or time) and fauna, there is also fungus:
Any of a large group of plants without chlorophyll, including the yeasts, molds, smuts, and mushrooms.

I was so glad I found this image that complimented Jo's theme perfectly. I first washed some blue handmade shimmering mist over the page, then added the focal image.  I outlined and framed the image with washi tape hoping it would feel like a time line.  Finally, I cut definitions from two dictionaries, and added some circles I punched after I colored the paper using the same shimmering mist.

Yesterday when I visited Alison, she shared her latest calendar pages.  It was then I realized I hadn't decorated mine for April (and still haven't), nor had I finished the month, nor scanned it.   So here is my April calendar page, just as I had left it on my nightstand, without filling in the final two days, or any days in May.

I had planned to make this a bit more attractive, but I bought this cupcake stamp at Dollar Tree (red rubber on a wooden base) for $1.00 (USD) and tested it on my calendar page.  Other than that, the last few days this month had me working in the yard, creating a rock garden, and planting a few plants.  Most will still need to go into pots, though.  One nice thing, it's been so dry this year, this was my first mowing for 2018.

Thankfully, May, 2018 is ready to write in.

Thank you beyond belief for visiting me today, not laughing at my puny calendar, and hopefully joining Susi, Jo, and me at Art Journal Journey.

22 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful journal page. Have fun filling in your calendar page for this month. Valerie

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Love the flora and fauna page. It's breathtaking!

Lenie said...

Nature is so divers and beautiful, just like your page!

Jeannette said...

love your flora and fauna page, i love the forest and the deers too,beautiful nature page have you creadet,my friend.
love your calendar pages too,the little cups are so cute.
happy weekend,dear.

hugs jenny

craftytrog said...

I love the image and composition of your journal page Elizabeth! It's interesting to read the definitions.
I was nosy and reading your diary page to see what you'd been up to. I love the little tea cups and saucers!
Alison xxx

My name is Erika. said...

Gorgeous page Elizabeth. It reminds me of one those winter throw blankets that have a deer or bear or some animal on them. Only prettier, because I just love the green on this. :) It sure is flora and fauna. :) You really captured this theme for sure. I am behind on my calendar journal right now too. I need a day off at home. Oh well, almost the weekend for me. Enjoy your day. More summer heat here, maybe that's why I feel like I should be on summer break. Ha-ha-Hugs-Erika

CJ Kennedy said...

I like the blues and greens on you page along with the tape gives a feeling of since the dawn of time. Didn't April go by so quickly!

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a beautiful page for our theme over at Art Journal Journey! I love the image you have used with the magestic deer, little wren, red squirrel, fungi, trees and plants - perfect 😁. The timeline and flora and fauna definitions are a lovely touch too! Thanks so much for linking this wonderful artwork to AJJ and all your support! J 😊 x

froebelsternchen said...

I love this page Elizabeth! Great! And I wish you fun filling your calendar this month! Thank you for a fantastic page for Jo's theme! I don't have any time just now - Christian is here and we enjoy every minute time for internet and art.
Hugs, Susi

kathyinozarks said...

great art page! and No I did not know that fauna referred to animals-so thanks for that.
enjoy your Thursday Kathy

Barbara said...

The perfect flora and fauna image! You embellished it in a way to inform with the dictionary definitions. It speaks for itself!

Sandra Cox said...

I love this piece! A lush, mystical forest.
Another full calendar:)
Love the teacup stamps.

Gibby Frogett said...

Wonderful journal page Elizabeth - I love the image you found and its just so perfect for the theme.
Your calendar is great too - nice teacup stamps :)
Gill xx

da tabbies o trout towne said...

Elizabeth; the journal page is really nice; the blue background reminds me of sky !!! I hope all grows well in the garden; we had a first mowing here recently too ...da tabbies say hi two bleu N squiggles ~~ ☺☺♥♥

Meggymay said...

I love the woodland scene and all the animals on this fabulous page it was good that you could add the words from the dictionary as well.
The diary pages look great, the months are sure passing by quickly, its hard to believe we are in May already.
Yvonne xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love your woodland page Elizabeth!I would never laugh at your calendar journal pages-I'm sure I've mentioned before that you always make yours so interesting by the colours and variety of pens you use! You were correct in thinking that we met Patty and Jim in 2016 - it's there on the 9th! Big hugs,Chrisx

Rita said...

Lovely page with the forest and animals!
Calendar set and ready to go. Welcome spring! :)

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Barbara said...

Elizabeth, thanks for your comment! I just want to say the slime in my “Kitchen Sink” paper pulp plants didn’t seem bad at all while rinsing it. I rinsed it outside with a colander and a hose until it ran pretty clear. I think there is supposed to be a little bit of slime because I read that’s how to test if it has simmered long enough. I stopped simmering after only 1 hour. Some plants were not slimy at all, but others were slightly slimy, so I hope this paper shows some interesting texture. Also important, I was very careful to add only 1 level Tablespoon of Washing Soda per quart of water for simmering, no more. I didn’t weigh anything, I just measured the water. I did all that yesterday, blended it up and put the resultant pulp in a jar in the refrigerator. I read that it should last for a week if refrigerated. I had done enough by then, so I plan to try my first sheet of paper today. There is definitely a learning curve with this process, and I’ve come to believe that the simmering time and Washing Soda amount are the most crucial things. I’ll know more later, stay tuned to my blog. Sorry this is so long a comment on your blog, but your blog comments are “no reply”, and I don’t know how else to be in touch. However, this works if you don’t mind. Have a Good Friday!

Cindy McMath said...

This is terrific Elizabeth. Perfect for the theme.

Cindy McMath said...

This is terrific Elizabeth. Perfect for the theme.

Jeanie said...

That's a really nice piece, Elizabeth. And the calendar -- so full and now so blank (which means it's filled with possibilities!)