Saturday, January 12, 2019

Balancing Act

I want to begin by saying GO CHIEFS!! For my international visitors, readers, and followers, I am referring to the Kansas City Chiefs, a football team (U.S. football, not soccer) who will play the Colts today.  The winner will advance to the finals.  The winner of the finals will play in the Super Bowl.  The Chiefs have better league position, division, and conference numbers than the Patriots, who won the Super Bowl last year.  The Patriots play in their division on Sunday, while the Chiefs play today.  Now back to art and art journaling!

Many of you are probably aware that Alison/Craftytrog is our host this month at Art Journal Journey.  Her theme is Geometric Shapes and she has asked us to make any art we like as long as it includes something geometric.

I call this one Balancing Act although it wasn't what I originally planned.  I had hoped to balance the bird, made mostly of triangles, above the doily.  However, my 8.5 X 11 inch 110 lb card stock wasn't tall enough.  Consequently, the bird had to go on top of the doily.

I have NO idea why the gold has turned red,

but this is what it's supposed to look like.

Ironically, the gold on the tail is the only thing that didn't turn red or pink in this photo.

Much better and colors that are truer to what they should be.

OOPS, spoke too soon!


The balancing act sentiment is supposed to be gold, too!

For this page, I began by laying down swirls of blue and pink dye based ink onto the substrate.  I then pieced together blue and green triangles and a square to make the bird.  Two rectangle tickets from my stash were sandwiched between a circular paper doily and the light green circle, which was the same color, along with a darker green dye ink I used to create portions of the bird and the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting. I'm so grateful for your support and kind remarks of my use of geometric shapes this month.  I hope to see you at Art Journal Journey, too.  Bleubeard and I would love to have you join us.

25 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

This is a fun piece, life is a balancing act sometimes. Have a great day, and good luck to your team, Valerie

aussie aNNie said...

Balancing act is an everyday chore but you have made it a fun post.

aussie aNNie said...

You made me chuckle, the photo is of my granddaughter..xx

chrissie said...

Good Luck to the Cheifs!

What a great page with so many shapes as well. Just love that it just evolved and you weren't really sure where it would take you.

Have a great weekend Elizabeth

Love Chrissie xx

Sami said...

Great use of a lot of different materials Elizabeth. You made a nice piece out of it. Have a lovely weekend.

Divers and Sundry said...

My husband is a long-time Colts fan, so we'll be rooting for the opposing team in your game :) I like the way you combined shapes to make that bird.

CJ Kennedy said...

What a fun page. Love the bird. And scanning or photographing artwork and getting the colors tweaked is a real balancing act. Enjoy your day!

kathyinozarks said...

This is an awesome piece Elizabeth I really love it and think you should frame it.
good luck to the chiefs
Happy Saturday

froebelsternchen said...

This is AWESOME! I love the bird you created and you so well balanced this whole collage! It's all about quality of life to find a happy balance! A fantastic collage dear Elizabeth!
Enjoy the game! Good luck to the chiefs!
A fabulous entry for AJJ dear Eliabeth! You rock again my dear Co.-Admin!
Big hugs,

Nancy said...

Love your balancing bird- creative and expressive!

Sandra Cox said...

Loved the way you used triangles. A very clever bird.
The Bears are already out:(

Barbara said...

A resourceful use of shapes, very nice! You have a critter in your house now too. Thx for commenting on mine!

Meggymay said...

A wonderful and fun page Elizabeth, i love the idea of the bird doing a balancing act and the way you used the shapes.
I hope the team you support did well in the game.
Yvonne xx

Jeanie said...

I love the colors on this, Elizabeth. All of my favorites!

sheila 77 said...

How strange and I was amused at the way the gold turned to red and back again.
I do love your drawing of the bird (yes, drawing with shapes is drawing!) and the way it is balanced. I expect it is happier to be sitting on the doily rather than teetering on the top. It's a super collage (I'm into collages too this month).
Enjoy the game and I hope your favourite won.

Rita said...

Don't watch sports, but I do like your balancing bird. :) :)

My name is Erika. said...

I like this balancing act piece. It is pretty amazing how birds balance on such things like telephone lines and tiny branches. You caught that fact so well in your art today my friend. And just to let you know, the Pats lost in the Superbowl last year and the Philadelphia Eagles won. But I see the Chiefs really kicked the Colt's behind this afternoon. Hugs-Erika

Cindy McMath said...

Oh my gosh, I absolutely love this quirky bird! Great page!

Neet said...

I smile at every journal page you do for Alison's challenge. You think outside the box with them and bring us the most delightful pictures made up from geometric shapes. i love this latest rendition - the bird. He is so cute. Wonder what Squiggles makes of it? Hope he didn't try to catch it.
Hugs, Neet xx

Lowcarb team member said...

This is a lovely fun piece - and so colourful.
I like it :)

All the best Jan

RO said...

I like the way these colors pop, and I totally agree that life is a balancing act that I've only just begun to master being older. As a kid, that phrase was totally lost on me.(lol) Ironically, I used to live less than a mile from Memorial Stadium, when the Colts were in Baltimore, and of course living in Overland Park for a while, football Sundays were filled with people in red throughout Kansas. I'm a Dallas fan, so you already know I was disappointed this year, but there's still hope for Kansas, and I'll be glued to tv to check that game out. Hugs and Happy Monday! RO

craftytrog said...

I absolutely love this piece of collage art for my theme Elizabeth! It's brilliant!
Alison xx

Eileen Bergen said...

That's a great balancing act page, Elizabeth, even if it didn't turn out as you planned. Your pages are always so clever and thought-provoking. Eileen said...


pearshapedcrafting said...

I love this very clever little bird Elizabeth! Hugs, Chrisx