Wednesday, October 23, 2019

If wishes were fishes


Today I'm once again joining Eileen aka The Artful Crafter our host this month at Art Journal Journey.   Her theme is Dreams and/or Wishes.

Don't ask how this saying entered my mind.  Apparently, I didn't even get it right.

"If wishes were fishes" we'd all swim in riches.  However, the real saying

is actually a variant of a nursery rhyme from Scotland:
If wishes were horses then beggars would ride,
If turnips were swords I’d have one by my side.
If ‘ifs’ and ‘ands’ were pots and pans
There would be no need for tinker’s hands!
After doing a little digging on the internet, apparently the phrase "if wishes were fishes" is used to express the impossibility to make a wish come true.

My carp (top) and perch (below) don't seem to know that, though.

They swim mindlessly happy  

without a care in the world.



For this page, I started with 110 lb card stock to which I added titan green and teal fluid acrylic paints.  Once dry, I stamped the two fish, both from River City Rubber (now a defunct red rubber stamp company that originated in Wichita, KS) and leaves from a Dollar store flower (all stamps are red rubber and wood mounted) that I thought looked like ocean flora.  Finally, I sewed the computer generated words to the page using variegated thread.

Thanks so much for joining Bleubeard and me today.  I hope you will also join us at Art Journal Journey with your own take on dreams and/or wishes


26 thoughtful remarks:

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I love your variant of the original Elizabeth, if wishes were fishes.. i'd swim free without a care in the world. Like a bird flying high.
Super journal page, those stamps are divine and highly detailed, red rubber always gives fab results.
No need to apologise to me for late visits, i'm all over the place at the moment. Just catching an hour of online time before I head out again.
Take good care of yourself Tracey xx

anonymous said...

Great page Elizabeth. I love the colours and the concept. Love the fish stamps too!

froebelsternchen said...

This is amazing. I love all about this page Elizabeth!Perfect!
Happy day!
Susi xxx

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful page and quote, great fun. Have a nice day, Valerie

Iris Flavia said...

Oh... if wishes were fishes my Hubby sure would be very disappointed, LOL.
In Carnarvon, Western Australia, he bought fishing gear and stood on the jetty for days, over hours. Once he got a Blowfish, people had to help him drag in back into the sea as it´s poisonous.
We were there more than three weeks, on the jetty every day and only once he got a mackerel.
Ewww, with me, and I didn´t like it, poor man!

I like your rhyme - but wishes should come true once in a while...

Being without a care in the world is the best wish to come true!

Beautiful work, I like the sign with the fishing like best!

RO said...

Your artwork is fun and reminds me of when I was a kid with a goldfish that lasted about 2 weeks, and that I need to be eating lots more of it for health reasons.(lol) Hope you're doing well! Hugs, RO

My name is Erika. said...

I get it. There used to be so many fish in the lakes, rivers, oceans, etc. that if you had that many wishes (to be rich I guess)...you get it too. Love the fishy page, but then I like fish. This is a fun take on the Eileen's challenge. Very clever too my friend. Happy Wednesday. Hope life is going well this week.

Barbara said...

Very artistic and very, very pretty! The colors meld beautifully, the composition is on point, and the elements do not overwhelm the pretty background. You could easily have put more things, plants and fish, but you knew when it was just right. The quote is perfect, again not overwhelming but just enough. I’m envious your machine can do that. I’m still in the 60s with my mechanical machine. Lol.

kathyinozarks said...

awesome interpretation of the theme and love the fish-

Jeanie said...

The fish stamp is great and I love the blend of the background. Such a nice flow between each one. Love this page, Elizabeth!

Caty said...

Woww I adoooore this Art journal page Elizabeth !! It´s really Amazing, love the fishes, love the colours, and most of all, looove the quote!!
Fantastic !!
I wish you a very nice day, and send biiig hugs,
Caty

Divers and Sundry said...

I've never heard the expression "if wishes were fishes" but I do love your fishes :) The colors! :)

bill burke said...

The fishes are very cool, I like them.

Sandra Cox said...

What a fun post. I enjoyed both the piece and the fish wishes:)

da tabbies o trout towne said...

just sayin... but thiz post getz R vote for fave oh rite oh de yeer ~~~

with wavez two ewe bleu N squiggles !! ☺☺♥♥

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous page and the colours you used give a lovely sence of gently moving water. How interesting to read the original rhyme, although as you say, those fish don't seem to care.
Avril xx

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

OMGosh, Elizabeth, you did a wonderful job on this page. I was actually toying with using the "If wishes were horses ..." verse this month; because our mother used to say it often. I always thought "huh?" because it made no sense to me.

I like your "If wishes were fishes" better. But what's the tag line? "Then no one would starve" perhaps.

Verses aside, the page is great on its own with the gorgeous fish stamps and the gradations of blue for the water.

Thank you for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey. Eileen xx

Meggymay said...

I can imagine the water with the fish swimming, wonderful colours and lovely fish images. You chose a super quote to go with the page, that verse was often spoken in my grans when we were young.
Yvonne xx

laurie said...

It’s a great quote and I had never heard the complete version, your fish are beautiful, thank you for sharing this!

Rita said...

I never heard that saying so I was fine with the wishes and fishes--LOL!

Birgit said...

I like that Scottish poem and how you placed it with fishes. Your colour wash is nicely done and love those fishes swimming about

pearshapedcrafting said...

A fabulous page and it seems my Gran got it wrong too - She used to say 'If wishes were fishes we'd all have riches' Maybe it depends on where you live!! Chrisx

Lowcarb team member said...

I didn't know the nursery rhyme, enjoyed reading it.
I do like your fishes.

All the best Jan

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a fabulous page! I love the words and you fish look wonderful in their watery scene - perfect 😁. I hope you've had a wonderful week! Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

Rike said...

If wishes were fishes - the sewed words with the hanging yarn are the real eyecatcher of this page! But I like the background too and the stamped fishes as well. I enjoyed reading the nursery rhyme from Scotland, you made a wonderful variant of this! Your carp and perch swim mindlessly happy :)

craftytrog said...

I love your fishy page Elizabeth! That phrase was a great idea too :-)
Have a wonderful week,
Alison x