Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hot and Wild in Africa

I saw this Hot and Wild challenge on Try it on Tuesday, a challenge blog I've seen, but never considered joining before.   However, two of my good internet friends, Susi and Chris, are both design team members, so I thought it would be fun to make a Hot and Wild page in my 7 Continents AB.  Even though this is my first time creating something for TioT, it probably won't be the last, especially since we have two weeks, or a fortnight as my European friends call it, to create something for the challenge.  I give you my take on Hot and Wild.

Please join me in Africa for a hot and wild time.  As always, I started with a used manila file folder, over which I painted burgundy and yellow acrylics.

I used a genuine earring that was made in Africa, and some of my handmade paper for the wording. 

The wire embellishments were also hand made in Africa by, according to the package, "communities in the African Republic of Zimbabwe."  Also, according to the package marketed and sold by Provo Craft
(they use) skills that contribute to enhancing the lives of the artisans, mainly underprivileged women and their families.
I hope you like my take on Hot and Wild out of Africa in my 7 Continents AB.

Of course, I couldn't stop there,

not when I had genuine African glass Krobo trade beads and leftover embellishments (one metal, one an embroidered iron on) that fit perfectly on tags I cut and decorated on both sides (sorry, I really DID clean my scanner, but apparently not good enough).   These trade beads are made of decorative glass and were used between the 16th and 20th centuries as currency in exchange for goods, services, and slaves.  There are even a couple of Millefiori trade beads I added to the mix, too.  Krobos were made in Ghana and Nigeria in the 20th Century and the Millefiori in Venice in the 19th Century.

Thanks, as always for looking, thanks for joining me with my first entry for Try it on Tuesday, and I hope you learned a bit about Africa like I always do when I work in my 7 Continents AB.

13 thoughtful remarks:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wow.. I am thrilled about your gorgeous page and the tags are just amazing Elizabeth! And yes I learned something about Africa as well! Thank your for this and also thank you for joining us at TIOT's.
Great to have you with us!
I wish you a happy new week!

johanna said...

this post is so Close to my heart, as i love africa so much. the wilderness there (wonderful Zebra page!) and the fantastic bright Patterns People create there, be it in Cloth or the glass beads they used for Money in earlier times. (i bought a pendant of those in venice many years ago, not cheap, but i still love it so much! though i seldom wear jewelry)

"out of africa" is also one of my fave movies (Streep and Redford, swooning...). the landscape is unbelievable...

btw, talking of my scrapsquares... the wouldn´t fit the ajj-challenge, as they are too small in size... otherwise i might have thought about making a few new ones.

have a good week, elizabeth! xo

pearshapedcrafting said...

Your 7 continents pages are always so interesting! I have once again learned something new - the beads are beautiful too. The tags look gorgeous! Your page has certainly captured both 'hot' and 'wild, wonderful colours and image and especially....... real African embellishments! I really am so pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

sheila 77 said...

This is great, such an inspiring collage. I like the way you have painted the background and the way the wire makes an asymmetric frame for the lovely picture of the zebra. Make me want to go and make a collage right now.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Both of these are really nice! The colors on the manila folder really pick up the tones in the zebra picture. The metal embellishments were a great find for this piece.

The tags are just adorable, and it is always fun to learn a little about vintage supplies!

Dianne said...

Really gorgeous pieces today Elizabeth! guess I am a sucker for jewelry and bright colors, but you probably knew that...wonderful tags with beads, and love the page for your AB with the earring!

Divers and Sundry said...

We are hot here but not so much wild, so I enjoyed a taste of the wild side with you. All I get are chipmunks, so the zebra is definitely a fun addition to the heat lol

Corrine at said...

Perfect Africa, tribal theme. Great movie that was. And of course the book first, too. xox

Lucyna Marynowska said...

Love your african page and tags! Great take on the theme!
Thanks for sharing it with us at TioT challenge.

Meggymay said...

Your African page looks fabulous and the tags with those beads are wonderful as well. So pleased you joined us this time at TioT's and hope we will see you here again.

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful, thanks for joining us at TIOT, Valerie

~*~Patty S said...

Your page turned out brilliantly.
You certainly did capture Africa beautifully and those tags with trade beads are just perfect too!

zandra said...

I love zebras and all the layering for the background. Great take on the challenge and thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
Hugz, Z