It's a Small World

October Theme
Translucent Papers
October 3
Art Challenge: Deli Paper
Journal Prompt:  You Had Me At Hello

Ooooh, I'm going to LOVE this month's challenges!

I had fun with this page - just color and play - no deep thinking . . . I felt like a kid creating it!

This is my stash of Deli Paper:

I use it as a palette for my paint when I'm working and inevitably there is always some juicy color left on it.  I will brayer it or turn it upside down on my underpaper to get up every last bit. Sometimes I like to create monoprints onto Deli Paper with my Gelli Plate.  Just for fun. They are too pretty to throw away and I am always incorporating them somehow into my work.

So when I saw this challenge, I knew I had no shortage of paper!  With the "hello" prompt, I though of how to say hello in many different languages and that led to the "It's a Small World Exhibit" at Disney World and Disney Land. If you are in the .99999999% of people who have never seen it or heard about it, here's a little clip for you -- but beware!!! You may get the song stuck in your head for days!

It's a happy little ride and I remember seeing it at the World's Fair in New York City in the early 1960's - before it was ever an attraction at Disneyland!

So keeping this in mind, I cut an "earth" out of my deli paper and glued it on the page with gel medium. I also wrote "hello" in different languages directly onto the deli paper with my Pitt Caligraphy Pen and created text bubbles and cut them out.

Next, I made a little "person" template and cut it out of all the different colored pieces of deli paper and adhered them all on with gel medium.  I love seeing this page coming together.  It really makes me happy.  It IS a small world, isn't it?

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Once I had it all together, I used a Stabilo pencil to outline the figures and to also write down some things I was thinking about with relation to our world and our fellow man.  It's a busy page, but it has a lot of meaning to me - so much for being simple and NOT thinking too deeply! I just couldn't stop - it happens!

Enjoy this week's challenge, and we are delighted to announce that the extremely talented Lori Vliegen is our featured artist.  You can see her challenge HERE.