Thursday, 16 June 2016

Meilleurs moments in Paris

I have been playing in my journal trying to kickstart something else…
My mind wandered to Paris(of course!)and this is what happened..
The page started out as a piece of inky mop up paper towel stuck onto a page.
I added some sprinkles of Paper Artsy Infusions, spritzed then waited until it dried. I then added some random stamping and stencilling.
The lady with the Eiffel Tower on her head advertises one of the Grand Magasins. I layered the map onto some green gauze and a scrap of white lace from my little scrap box - inked with some Vintage Photo DI to blend in. The paper with the flowers on is from a sheet of stickers that have been around for years  - untouched - time to use them up I think! I added some stamping and some TH Botanical remnant rubs to tone it down a bit. The postage stamp and the butterfly on the lady's hair are from the same sheet.

The map I used was part of a ripped free one that we had used on our walks, I inked around the edge with Bundled sage to help it blend in. 
I picked an area where we had visited several places on different days - all were within walking distance of our hotel(just off the map)

There is the Promenade Plantee top right - it is right above the Viaduc des Arts where there are some great shops including a Fabric shop.

The Cite de la Mode et du Design where My Sister in law and I went to Paris Scrap next to the Seine bottom(ish) left
On the left of the map is Le Jardin des Plantes which led to the Natural History Museum where hubby became ill! So concerned was I that I stopped to take a few photos!!
 I don't know the significance of this rusty anchor...
 …or why this has a mysterious border of this couple taking a selfie in front of this magnificent magnolia tree...
 …that was big enough to stand inside!
I'm glad I did stop though as we went out by another gate!
Hubby was fine by the way - and his first words to me were "What are you doing here?"
We had a walk through the Parc du Bercy (bottom right)another day..

It led through to Bercy Village - a modern shopping and eating area.

Do I need to mention that I got a little distracted while looking for photos and I still need to get back to my craft desk? 

I would like to enter in the following challenges

Our Creative Corner - (where sadly this will be the very last challenge) - the theme is 'A Beautiful Mess' - my mop up paper towel was definitely beautiful enough to inspire me to create this page.

Art Journal Journey where Mary Nasser's theme of Maps sent me back to Paris!

Moo Mania and More where Valerie's photos are such a Photo Inspiration  

Thanks for looking, Chris


Valerie-Jael said...

Love the photos, especially that huge, rusty bone. Lovely journal page with lots of clever details, cleverly combined to fit lots of challenges. Thanks for linking to us at MM&M and AJJ, much appreciated. Have a nice evening, Hugs, Valerie

pearshapedcrafting said...

Ha ha! Now I see it! Chrisx

Helen said...

your journal page is gorgeous.. and so are the pictures of Paris! that magnolia is magnificent!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I got distracted with the rust. You know me and rust! It was lovely, whether it was a bone or an anchor!

Loved the journal page, and think I should be outlining my maps better, since they were lacking in mine, but made your map virtually POP off the page!

This was an incredible journey, both in your journal and your lovely photos of Paris. You can't do better than Paris for art, can you?

Brenda Brown said...

Great journal page Chris and beautiful photos of Paris, you always make yearn to go back and explore more of this amazing city. Have a great weekend xxx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Such a wonderful page! I love how you brought all the lovely elements together in such a harmony --- fantastic - what a great way to remember the trip once more and the photos are fantastic ! Thank you so much for joining AJJ and MMM at once with this beautiful page ! Happy weekend dear Chris!
oxo Susi

chrissie said...

Terrific journal ideas Chris and wonderful photographs of Paris. You are making me want to go there again with all of your adventures.

Love Chrissie xx

My name is Erika. said...

Love your Paris page and your photos today. Adding the cheesecloth to the page really gives it some nice light texture. Interesting anchor. It is in the shape of a vertebrae, probably like in a whale's back. Really cool shape (coming from the bio gal). Paris was sure in bloom and greening up when you visited-how nice. Happy weekend! :) Erika

Marjut said...

What a fantastic jornaul page!

Redanne said...

I loved your page even before you decorated it further - and now it is superb! I always enjoy seeing your photos, that magnolia tree is magnificent! Hugs, Anne xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Fabulous journal page Chris! I love her Eiffel tower hat!! Great photos, wow! That Magnolia tree is really something, holy moses! hugs :)

Annie said...

Love your journal page Chris x guess I will have to give in and purchase infusions as everyone is loving them and your background looks amazing x
Such gorgeous photographs too, especially that Magnolia............ Bet it smelt heavenly

TF's and best wishes
Annie x

Mrs.B said...

A great journal page Chris, love the images, especially your lady with the hat! Lovely pictures from France too.
Avril xx

Sandy said...

I love your background and it could stand alone as a work of art. I really enjoy seeing the images on your page as you relive moments in Paris.
I loved every single picture. Unbelievable Magnolia trees! I live in Magnolia country - have one in our front yard. Love the flowers!!
Sandy xx

JoZart Quilts said...

Lovely interesting post. Love your alternative views of your Paris trip including itms other folk would pass by.
All great inspiration for your journal.
Jo x

Rita said...

That magnolia tree is amazing!
Lovely pages. :)

Meggymay said...

Paris is wonderful destination any time, its a fantastic page and the photos look lovely.
Yvonne xx

~*~Patty S said...

Well you know I am extra delighted with your Paris theme (I have that same girl with her Tour Eiffel chapeau here next to me...I adore her and want to use her on a page in my French Journal).
Your collage with that super background is lovely.
Thank you for the spring walk too ♥

Joi at RR said...

Ahhh - what a fun and lovely journal page Chris. And WOW - your pictures are all just so incredible. What a great to see your post. Thanks bunches for joining the "A Beautiful Mess" challenge at OUR CREATIVE CORNER. j.

Sara Barker said...

Chris, I love your journal page and that you used the mop up for your background--clever! I'm working on a page now, and I'm not finding it as therapeutic as I had hoped! Should have used a paper towel for my background; it would have looked better! Your's is a work of art by itself! But I love the lace and fabric bits and the Eiffel Tower on the lady is so imaginative! I've got Paris on my mind!

Your photos are a delight to see, and make me wish for a Paris visit myself, although I am not much of a traveler. I did have a chuckle at the anchor and I can see that for sure. I see it's already been pointed out by others that it is a bone...we have a similar whale vertebrae at our aquarium. I love the rust there!

Thank you for the inspiration and many hugs to you!

butterfly said...

Looking at the photos you can absolutely see the influences which make up your beautiful textured page. From the mop-up paper towel to the lovely fabric and lace textures, to the soft florals and sharp funky Eiffel Tower fashion model, it's brilliant!
Alison x

Gez Butterworth said...

Beautiful photographs Chris, thank you for taking the time to write about them, I was hanging on every word. The white tree looks amazing. Fitting journal page ♥♥

Mary C. Nasser said...

What fabulous layering and textures in your art journal page! I love Paris!

Little Artbee said...

Wonderful Paris page dear Chris and you give me with your different to mine photos a sight of Paris I have not seen when I was there. The rusty anchor looks like a whales vertebra to me, maybe it is a metal model of some.
You,Patty and me we have a lot of nice Paris memories to keep.
Dear greetings