Monday, December 21, 2020



Since I have a few hours between Monday Murals and T Tuesday, I'm once again joining Tracey of Hotchpotch Creations, our host this month at Art Journal Journey, with her theme What is the meaning of

Today I'm asking what is the meaning of Enrichment?

I am taking my cue from this Japanese temple.
I even created some cherry blossoms.

The lovely Buddha statue adds different colors and flowers.
The geisha girls are lovely and colorful in their traditional costumes.

It is obviously springtime with all the cherry blossoms in bloom.

Can you feel the beauty and value of living in such a peaceful and serene place?

For this page I created for my 7 Continents altered book, I began with 110 lb cardstock to which I added two images from two Japanese travel guides.  I cut the images and matted them on red construction paper using my deckle scissors.  I punched lots of flowers and assembled them to resemble cherry blossoms, then added the stem using a water soluble crayon.  I deconstructed a box for the two small oriental decorations.  Finally, I added the title cut from my Merriam-Webster dictionary which I matted on red construction paper.  In case you can't read the definition it defines the word enrich, a verb:
To make rich or richer; add to the quality, value, beauty, or enjoyment of.
To that, I circled the word enrichment, which is a noun.

Bleubeard and I are thrilled you chose to visit us today, and we would love to also see you at Art Journal Journey with your own take on The Meaning Of

10 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful journal page, love the colours.Have a good week, hugs, Valerie

Mae Travels said...

The striking thing about the temple photo is the lack of a crowd. The shutters are down on the shops at the right, so I guess it must have been photographed at some outlandish early-morning hour. That was an interesting choice on the part of the photographer.

Your collage is very nice.

be safe...mae at

My name is Erika. said...

We have to be on the same wave length as I am just reading a book about Japan's cherry blossoms. When I opened this up my eyes popped wide open. These are wonderful photos and I love you punch out cherry blossoms. What a super page. If I ever go back to Japan I want to go during the cherry blossom season for certain. One interesting thing they said in this book is how the military government starting in the 1920's used the cherry blossom to describe life. How each person was like a cherry blossom and should live fast and beautiful and then die a death for Japan while young. The military government created such militaristic fever that that was how you could have kamikaze pilots and other soldiers be so willing to die so young. Now they don't look at cherry blossoms quite the same way. More as passing beauty that must be celebrated, much as life goes by quickly, but not shortening your life as during the war. Thanks for sharing. Happy new week and see you for T soon. Hugs-Erika

Sharon Madson said...

Very nicely done, Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing.

craftytrog said...

Wonderful images and a great page Elizabeth!
Alison xox

Divers and Sundry said...

Lovely! I'm always calmed by a Buddha statue for some reason.

Jeanie said...

I love the thought and symbolism you always put into your art, Elizabeth. And this is a lovely piece with your cherry blossoms and those wonderful geisha in their kimono. Happy week!

Susan Kane said...

What an awesome idea to use those jewelry boxes!

You are so creative.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

This is a very peaceful page Elizabeth, the cherry blossom tree reminds me of the one outside my house it's a wonderful sight to see when in full bloom. With their dynasty traditions they really are beautiful, rich and exotic.
It makes for a great page Hugs Tracey x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Elizabeth, this is such a beautiful page and I am so sorry I missed it. Not sure how long I will let at the computer so starting here! Hugs, Chrisx