Exotics Flowers and Places: Mixed Media Art Journal
Visiting Exotic Places
Peonies are beautiful flowers that are sometimes mistaken for roses. And they are one of my favorite flowers along with the Bird of Paradise, Orchids and the Lotus. I happen to have a thing for unusual and exotic things and that runs in flowers as well. Peonies are native to Asia and whenever I see them, I think about far off places that I would love to visit.
Speaking of far off places, my hubby and I visited Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last weekend. While It wasn’t far away in distance, it was far off in culture. I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. While it wasn’t rural, things were spread far enough apart that we had to take a car every where. We currently live in a rural area and if you aren’t careful, you might hit a cow or an Amish buggy while driving too fast on those windy back roads. And while I may be a city girl compared to my hubby, I definitely prefer our current situation to that in the city. Not only is it really loud but there are so many people. Me, being the skeptic that I am, am very un-trusting of people. Especially those running after you with a sad story, begging you for money. Yes, this happened on our trip. And it scared me. Particularly when the guy kept saying, “I’m not going to hurt you.” I have no problem with helping people out, but that guy’s story had too many inconsistencies to be true.
I enjoyed the time away with my hubby and the little bit of culture that we experienced. And the food was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. But to be honest, I could do without the city. I can get my culture fill by shopping online and reading blogs. And there are no scary people involved.
Creating the Journal Layout
My background is patterned paper. I used the Art Deco Peacock Feather Stencil with texture paste and embossed over top. I also stenciled the Collage Textures and Patterns, Circles with black gesso and a white pen.
I sprayed with a few different colors in the background. The beautiful Peony stamp was colored with Fresco Finish Paints, fussy cut and layered over fiber cloth.
All the stamps and focal image are by PaperArtsy (with the exception of the Peony).
While we were shopping in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, I found the Allegany Coffee and Tea Exchange. I purchased this yummy White Spicy Peach Tea and have been drinking it since. It has a light taste due to the white tea but a spicy flavor from the cloves, allspice and cinnamon. It was a delicious tea despite it’s lack of peach flavor. Now I wish I had purchased more teas. If we ever go back I will be sure to visit and stock up.
I am joining all the Tea Ladies over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard‘s for T Day.
Thanks for looking!