Saturday, September 21, 2019

Happiest of holidays


Once again, I'm joining Erika, aka Bio Art Gal, our host this month at Art Journal Journey with her themes polka dots, stripes, plaids, and patterns.  However, this is a scheduled post because I'm off celebrating Smithsonian Museum Day and don't have access to the internet.

I know everyone most think it's too early for Christmas and so do I, but I have several sheets of this Christmas plaid paper that is perfect for Erika's theme.

I think the artist tried to emulate Norman Rockwell,

but no one can match his style.

You can see where I got the title of the post and the journal page.

Yes, it's Happiest of Holidays.

Bleubeard was tickled to see the cat playing with the ornaments, too.

For this page, I began with a sheet of 12 X 12 inch (30,48 centimeter) scrapbook paper that I cut down to 8.5 X 11 inches (21,59 X 27,94 centimeters). To that I added German Scrap across the top and bottom of the page using E6000. Finally, I sewed the focal image in place using variegated thread.  Because I can't drop my feed dogs, I decided not to try to sew around the top of the tree.

Thanks so much for joining Bleubeard and me today.  I hope you will also join us at Art Journal Journey


20 thoughtful remarks:

froebelsternchen said...

hat's a wonderful festive page Elizabeth! Gorgeous!
The sewing always makes your work so special! Just three months left and x-mas is reality again!
Unbelievable how super fast time flies!
Another amazing entry for Erika's topic ! You are a rocking Admin!
Have a great day!
Hugs,
Susi

aussie aNNie said...

Gorgeous page this is what family used to be like at Christmas....xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely page with a happy Christmas picture. Lots of things with tartan get used in England - my fave was always shortbread biscuits in a tartan tin which I could use afterwards to fill with 'treasures'. Enjoy your day out! Valerie

kathyinozarks said...

This is a great page-would make a pretty christmas card too enjoy your weekend! hugs

Sandra Cox said...

I love this! It is the Happiest of Holidays.
YOU have a great weekend.

butterfly said...

What an interesting illustration style - those slightly over-sized heads but otherwise hyper-real look... I can't quite work out whether I like it or not! It's just ever so slightly freaky!! But I do think it's a great image of a family Christmas, and your plaid surround is the perfect festive frame for it.
Alison x

butterfly said...

What an interesting illustration style - those slightly over-sized heads but otherwise hyper-real look... I can't quite work out whether I like it or not! It's just ever so slightly freaky!! But I do think it's a great image of a family Christmas, and your plaid surround is the perfect festive frame for it.
Alison x

CJ Kennedy said...

Love the plaid background. While it's still too early to think about Christmas, this would make a great Christmas card. Have a fun Smithsonian Day!

Let's Art Journal said...

Fabulous page! The plaid background looks lovely and the family looks like they are having lots of fun, I love all the smiling faces 😀. Happy Saturday and weekend! Hugs, Jo x

My name is Erika. said...

This is a super page Elizabeth! Yup, too early for Christmas but then there are many who say it is never too early for Christmas. I love the plaid and the image too. The orange cat reminds me of my Leo. He used to be all in tree decorating, even if that just meant jumping into the box of ornaments. And I can't wait to see where you decided to head off to for the museum day. It sounds like you are taking a little journey. I hope we don't have to wait too long. The hubby and I are doing a little local museum this year (again) since we have never been there and it is such a beautiful day we have some other things on our agenda. Hope you're having fun. hugs-Erika

Caty said...

This is a Fantastic Art journal page Elizabeth !! This image is wonderful, yes and so so happy!! That´s a great family, and a so tender cat ! I like very much your background and the german scrap is very beautiful. Great your Art !
I wish you a very nice weekend, and send big hugss
Caty

Barbara said...

A pretty reminder of what will be upon us sooner than we know! Enjoy your weekend!

Divers and Sundry said...

Yes, it's too early for Christmas _except_ for folks who need to begin thinking/dreaming/preparing for their Christmas crafts, art, and gifts ;) So you're good :)

I love that plaid.

Rita said...

I love Norman Rockwell's work! This does seem to try to imitate him. Still cute. :)

Aimeslee Winans said...

Hello Ms. E. Oh that plaid paper is nice and that image is wonderful. I would so have to make a journal page for it, too. Your stitching completes it well. I rather like the artist's rendering here, but I agree, nobody ever matched Rockwell's style. I did dive into JC Leyendecker's illustrations last year (he was the creator of the Arrow Shirt Collar Man and was Saturday Evening Post's illustrator for 2 decades before Rockwell). You should check him out, still, not the same. Brilliant in his own right but different. It goes all over me that he and Rockwell during their lifetimes never got recognized as true artists, always "illustrators" like that was second class and not art. One awesome thing about today, the barriers are breaking and lines are blurring. More more inclusive now in the art world. xoxo

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous festive page Elizabeth , Christmas will be creeping up on us faster as the autumn day shorten and winter shows its face.
Yvonne xx

Lowcarb team member said...

I simply love this, a fabulous festive page.
Enjoy your day out.

All the best Jan

Iris Flavia said...

Ohhh, the cat :-) One day.... I´ll have one or two, also.
Interesting style. Christmas was always stressy for me as my Dad always put real candles on the tree.
The fire distinguisher always right beside. When I was a very young kid we had an Advent wreath that really burned down and ever since I was afraid it might happen with the tree - it never did :-)
"German Scrap"??? Funny name!

Jeanie said...

Christmas and plaid are two things that go together well!

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Kudos to you for using up those dated patterned papers in such a creative way. No wonder your annual craft supply budget is so low! Gosh, I fondly remember Norman Rockwell-style Christmas cards like that. Eileen xx