Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Craft Barn Alpha Dictionary Challenge Time!

Another fortnight has gone by and it's time for the next letter in the Craft Barn challenge. Y was indeed a challenge! If you are wondering what I'm talking about just click here to see find out more and share in some fabulous art inspired by dictionary definitions! Back to the letter Y. I had a really good friend staying this weekend on her way to participate in a story-telling course in the heart of the Sussex countryside. This may have been at the back of my mind when I chose the word 'Yggdrasil'!
This in Norse mythology is the name given to 'The World Tree' that has its roots in the Norse Underworld and branches that reach to heaven. I used yellow to highlight my design on my journal spread - hope I used enough, as yellow had to be part of our artwork!
Here is a close-up of my definition. Just click on the images if you would like to see more detail. I used Fresco paints in Baltic Blue, Zesty Zing and Hey Pesto and Tinned Peas! I also used collage images, which I painted and distressed and  reduced prints of my own art-work along with drawing in black and gold marker.
 Once again I had lots of fun adding painted and stamped masking tape to my pages.
I imagined the Nordic goddess Freya and here is my portrait of her from my imagination.
This journal spread, as well as being my contribution to the Alpha/Dictionary challenge this fortnight, will be a memory of two lovely days spent with an old friend, talking about myths and stories! I think it was Muriel Rukeyser who said, 'The world is not made of atoms, but of stories'.



22 comments:

  1. WOW Julie Ann this is a fantastic lay out..so much gong on and beautiful colours. Good for you finding a very unusual word!!!

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  2. Oh my goodness, this is just stunning! Like you I couldn't find the linky and went back to check, just to find your linky LOL! Wow you are sooo creative! Funnily anough my name derives from Freya, so that makes this extra special for me. I don't see my name that often. Thanks for the inspiration, hugs Frea

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  3. This pages are a masterpiece, crowded , artsy and beautiful!
    An unique word for an unique page.

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  4. WOOOOOOOOW, what a fabulous post,how exciting your visit sounds, magic I would say... You certainly met with the challenge my dear and beyond. There is so much to see, so many darn gorgeous things in those 2 pages, I could tell you all the things I love that you have created,but this would be a very large comment, I will mention, the Nordic goddess Freya you drew, is fantastic. I'm going back to have a long look and to drink all of it in, oh looove your tape. Thanks for making this a fabulous visit. Have a wonderful day Cuz :O)..

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  5. Visiting from The Craft Barn ~ Absolutely stunning! What a wonderful imagination you have. The colours are just incredibly vibrant and bring it all to life for me :0)

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  6. WOW...What a work of art... These pages are amazing, stunning colours & images... That tree is fabulous... Hugs May x x

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  7. Wowzer, fantastic pages and I so must remember that word when playing scrabble lol. Elizabeth xxx

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  8. Fabulous pages. I would love to see this in real life and run my fingers over all the images. Great use of collage and painting.

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  9. What a fabulous page spread full of legend, myth and mystery - it's beautiful!
    Alison x

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  10. Stunning!!! Where do you find these words, my dictionary is very lacking in y's (and indeed z's!) and I have yet to think about it...
    I can't get over this page, it's beautiful.

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  11. Phew found you but had to come via the Craft Barn post as I couldn't access your blog from your comment. I think it is something to do with google+ which just isn't working for me. Oh well I managed to get to you. Amazing Alpha page what a brilliant word and a new for me at that. Thanks for visiting me BJ

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  12. This is a WONDERFUL page! I love every inch of it.

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  13. A stunning page and a very original word choice.

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  14. WOW!!! This is fabulous Julie Ann! Love, love, love it!
    Have you seen the recent series Vikings? I really enjoyed that...new series later in the year :o)
    Have a great weekend,
    Alison xx

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  15. Amazing word and page. I love learning new words and stories about mythology.

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  16. Wow, these are breathtaking pages - I'm really fascinated.

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  17. WOW...what clever and fabulous pages...and LOVE your unusual and original word choice!!

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  18. Ha, I chose this too, this is a wonderful interpretation.

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  19. Amazing pages, wonderful.

    Sylv xx

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  20. Kiwi in Timbertown. Wonderful page. Oh how I wish I could draw like this. Look forward to seeing more of your creations.

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  21. a wonderful and inspirational page, the tree you have created is fantastic. I am going to subscribe to your blog not to miss anymore of your artwork

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  22. Amazing page!! so much to look at
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn
    Izzy

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