Saturday, May 15, 2021

Body Language

 

I'm once again joining Elle from Empire of the Cat, our host this month at Art Journal Journey whose theme is Language.  And because there are lots of girls in this spread, I'm also joining the lovely ladies at Try it on Tuesday, too, since their theme this fortnight is Make it Feminine.

There are many languages and many ways of 

portraying language.
 
It could be the focal image you choose,
 
or the written word.

But there is also the very important Body Language, the title of this spread.  Ask Deborah Bull.  She's the one who provided the statistics.  And many of you know how I love statistics!

For this page, I began by coloring some pages from an old German novel using four drops each of three different green Staz-on reinkers and 91% Isopropyl Alcohol.  Now that people aren't rushing out to buy and hoard Isopropyl Alcohol, I can go back to making these great backgrounds.  Once dry, which takes little more than a minute for the alcohol to evaporate, I sewed the pages to a sheet of 110 lb cardstock using variegated thread.  I also used the same alcohol and one color green Staz-on to dye the quote.  
 
I outlined the focal image using a green gel ink pen, then sewed it and the quote to the page using the same variegated thread.  I chose the focal image because these girls looked like they were from an era where girls had to look feminine and to show how their body language was showing their different takes on how they felt about being on these ice skates.

Thank you ever so much for joining Bleubeard and me today.  We also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey with your own take of Language and Try it on Tuesday with your interpretation of Make it Feminine.  
 

21 thoughtful remarks:

Elephant's Child said...

A powerful and beautiful truth.

Valerie-Jael said...

That's a great idea for a page with body language. I enjoyed reading what I could of the German story, too, a conversation between a duchess and a shoemaker! More language! Have a great Saturday, hugs, Valerie

Iris Flavia said...

Oh, yes, well done. I remember when an Italian who worked in Ireland called me at work (work-related). No body language just the babbeling on the phone, that was difficult! Italian-Irish-accent, bu-huuu! Sadly I tend to speak louder when I don´t understand, my colleagues had fun (on me).... I asked him to e-mail me next time.

Beautifully made, too, love the colors and can even still read the writing. Wonder if my Niece could. The "s" looks like an "f" of today´s writing. And the "S" like a "G". "Fun" to read, you have to concentrate. Language sure changes. Our CRABBS-boys write taproom and continue in German... language lives... mixes...

Dortesjs said...

Very powerful,love you are using thread also give good perspektive

CJ Kennedy said...

Interesting take on language. I like the bright green and German Fraktur. I can read a little of the text. That script is what I used to letter diplomas for a private high school. Enjoy your day!

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous idea and loving the reading here. x

My name is Erika. said...

What a fantastic old photo. It makes for a great page. I have a body language page for next week. I guess it will be a popular topic. I like yours better than mine as you will see. And you asked about the round things on the beehives. They are filled with sugar water which then feeds into the top box on the hive. When there aren't a lot of flowers in bloom, the bees still need to eat. So you supplement them with sugar water. I have a top box feeder but am hoping that enough will be in bloom I won't need a big top storage feeder like that. Have a great Saturday! Hugs-Erika

My name is Erika. said...

I was so busy answering the bee hive question I forgot to say thanks for joining us at TIOT also.

Empire of the Cat said...

Love the body language page. Those girls! Especially the one on the left behind the others, I think she is saying a lot with her body language lol. Loving the green over the German pages. It was funny last year when suddenly everyone wanted Isopropyl alcohol and hand sanitiser and the shelves were cleared, but I already had plenty of both, one for working with alcohol inks and one for use with my gel plate, so I was able to share it around and people were amazed that I had it. I'm sure a lot of us had it in our craft rooms lol. Also curious about the German story now that I read Valerie's comment about it being about a Duchess and a Shoemaker! Thanks for joining me for the Language theme at Art Journal Journey this month Elle xx

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great idea for the challenge theme.

(Note: I'm very far behind on visiting everyone's blogs, so I'm doing a quick pass through, and will try to catch up later.)

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous colours on your background paper and what a wonderful image! A great quote that is definitely food for thought - I do love to people watch especially the we are out and about!! Thanks so much for this lovely Feminine entry at Try It On Tuesday too. I'm off to catch up now - been busy getting Crafty Individuals samples done! Hugs, Chrisx

Divers and Sundry said...

That we aren't even aware of 80% of what we're communicating is interesting. I wonder what it is folks are "hearing" me say...

Neet said...

You are so right about body language. How any ti9mes have uyou or someone you know read an email and taken it the wrong way. Without emotion, inflection or body language things can be misinterpreted so easily.
Great topic within your page for AJJ's challenge this month and a lovely page with great text and a fab photo.
Hugs, Neet xx

Jeanie said...

What a good idea for your theme. I really like the image and the colors on the background with that green. It's a good fit.

Helen said...

Love those ladies and your stitching!!! Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday!

DVArtist said...

I really like this photo. Yes, body language was our fist expression.

tubakk said...

So true, body language is so important. Great picture you've used.

Meggymay said...

The girls on this page sure look happy. Its a great feminine page and you can tell from the body language they are comfortable being together.
Thank you for joining us all at TioT's as well as the inspiration for for the AJJ theme.
Yvonne xx

Joan said...

Great page and an interesting read too

Thanks for joining us at Try it on Tuesday challenge

Joan

Mrs.B said...

Using book pages always makes a great background and I like your patchwork effect. Love the photograph you used and that's a great quote and very true.
Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday.
Avril x

Neet said...

What a great photograph to illustrate body language. Yes, we can read so much into the way a person interacts by using their body. I was just thinking, having read your post, about the times I get a phone call from someone with a strong accent and how I struggle to understand them. So much easier if we had a "Visual Phone".
Hugs Neet xxx