Hello Everyone and welcome back to my blog!
Something very different from me today but I have decided to blog about my mixed media journaling, so you will see more of that this year.
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So for this month’s journal page I was really inspired by Marta Lapkowska from Maremi Small Art and her latest YouTube video. If you don’t know who she is please visit her YouTube channel, she is a crafter, cardmaker and mixed media artist and she is amazing!
So for my January journal page layout I chose to represent Home. When we divided our Vassilopita on January 1st the lucky coin fell to our house, so I wanted a reminder of that.
I am giving Wikipedia‘s definition of our tradition:
the Vassilopita is a New Year’s Day bread or cake in Greece and many other areas in eastern Europe and the Balkans which contains a hidden coin or trinket which gives good luck to the receiver, like the Western European king cake. It is associated with Saint Basil’s day, January 1, in most of Greece, but in some regions, the traditions surrounding a cake with a hidden coin are attached to Epiphany or to Christmas. It is made of a variety of dough, depending on regional and family tradition, including tsoureki. In some families, instead of dough, it is made from a custard base called galatopita (literally milk-pita). The pie is also known as Chronópita (Χρονόπιτα < χρόνος: chrónos ⇨ time/year + πίτα: píta ⇨ pie), meaning New Year’s Pie.
The Ritual is as this:
On New Year’s Day families cut the vasilopita to bless the house and bring good luck for the new year. This is usually done at the midnight of New Year’s Eve. A coin is hidden in the bread by slipping it into the dough before baking. At midnight the sign of the cross is etched with a knife across the cake. A piece of cake is sliced for each member of the family and any visitors present at the time, by order of age from eldest to youngest. Slices are also cut for various symbolic people or groups, depending on local and family tradition. They may include the Lord, St. Basil and other saints, the poor, the household, or the Kallikantzaroi. In older times, the coin often was a valuable one, such as a gold sovereign. Nowadays there is often a prearranged gift, money, or otherwise, to be given to the coin recipient.
Since following Marta and her channel I have been saving a lot of clothing tags, packaging in general and business cards that are interesting to my eyes.
So on my pages I started arranging tags, business cards, plastic bubble wrap and cardboard from packaging, a coffee filter. When I was happy with the layout I glued everything.
I then brushed two layers of white gesso on everything.
After that I started using stencils with modelling paste to create some interest and add dimension to my pages.
I made sure everything was dry before starting playing and coloring the pages with sprays and water.
I let everything dry and used white gesso to brush over everything to add highlights.
When I was happy with my highlights I added some touches of black acrylic paint at the edge of the pages to frame the layout. I also used a stencil and black soot oxide ink to add more details to the pages.
To finish my layout I chose some houses made of chipboard and adhered them on the bottom of my pages with the glue gun. I also created my own sentiments, I wrote all the words on white card stock cut them in small strips and used a black pen to create the lines around them.
So there is my journal page for the month of January,
I had so much fun creating it and I hope you like it!
Supplies I have used:
Prima Marketing, white heavy gesso
Søstrene Grene, Modelling paste
Tim Holtz stencil, Shifter dots
Tim Holtz Distress spray, festive berries
Tim Holtz Distress spray, pine needles
Panduro, black acrylic paint
Tim Holtz, Distress oxide, black soot
Søstrene grene, wooden houses
Please feel free to pin the pictures on your Pinterest board for later reference and inspiration.
Thank you for visiting!