Onto Artful Times. Naughty Von and Neet have completely tied me up in knots this time! When I saw the title 'Asian Theme' I had a few kittens because I don't really have anything in my crafting stuff suited to this. I looked at the lovely samples made by the girls and I thought they'd have to count me out of this challenge. I then got confused about Asian themes and Chinese New Year so I decided to attempt to cover both with my make. Not sure if it's right but it's always nice to get inky and play isn't it? (What it really means is that my brain is a little dense and I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do!).
After a rummage, I found a set of Creative Expression stamps consisting of peacocks and other related items. After doing some research, I can confirm that peacocks were important to both the Chinese (gung hay fat choy) and to those of the Hindu religion (Asian religion).
To the Chinese, the peacock is a symbol of good luck and good fortune so great for the Chinese New Year. It has also signified high rank status in the past too. I think this may be true for Japan as well.
To Hindus (there are large numbers of hindus in Asian countries), the peacock is associated with one of their gods called Lakshli and is believed to symbolise patience, kindness and understanding.
Phew!! Lecture over. Here's the card (yes, I did say CARD!!) that I've made:
|The light was all wrong for photography by the time I finished so my apologies for the standard of the images.|
|To add extra interest, a small bead was made from some left over card and coated with a layer of glossy accents (which dripped everywhere!). This was mounted using some twine and leftover card.|
|The green layer started out life exactly the same as the yellow toned layer. I kept adding inks until I was pleased with the effect. I used a twining background stamp in versamark then embossed it with gold details.|
Julia, this is a stunning make!i absolutely loveit!thecolours are so gorgeous and so many wonderful details! Loveit! Hugs trace xReplyDelete
Gorgeous colours and love that bead xxxReplyDelete
I saw their challenge too and my eyes got big and I thought like you, I get those cultures mixed up and didn't have anything to play along, but here you go, thinking outside the box and doing a wonderful job at it too! I LOVE your card, that peacock is beautiful and I am fascinated by your paper bead, just stunning! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥ReplyDelete
It's beautiful Julia! Wonderful images & colours!ReplyDelete
I have to admit, your skull freaked me out completely! Lol!
See you Sunday,
Simply beautiful Julia, I LOVE it! What a technique packed card with some amazing outcomes, stunning and inspirational work as always sweetie.ReplyDelete
Huge hugs x x x x
This is stunning you did a fabulous job for Chinese New Years, don't worry its fantastic and I like it the best in the challenge, thanks for sharing...ReplyDelete
This is incredibly stunning! Great artwork and design. I love this.ReplyDelete
A CARD...yessssss Julia and it is great...lovely details and great colous, stitching etc etc...lovely!ReplyDelete
hugs, Alie :-)
We certianly caught you on the hop there Julia but you have worked wonders with what you have done, wonderful colours and great choice of image :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for joining us at Artful Times
Julia, this is absolutely fabulous, gorgeous design and colours! Loving that peacock and the bead is amazing, not made those for ages! Stunning work. Oh, and no I am not adding a Q to my name any time soon.....lol. Hugs, Anne xReplyDelete
I don't know how it happened but I missed your skull!!!!! WOW! it did make me smile, not becuase its funny but your idea to use a skull was inspirational! I really love it DReplyDelete
Now this card is just beautiful Julia! everything about it is luscious!
Have fun with Andy xxx
This is Wonderful, love your design and info very much xReplyDelete
Stunning! Thank you for the step-by-step too! Beautiful work!ReplyDelete
Hi Julia, again fantastic card with so many great details! I love gold embossing and paper bead! Hugs from SloveniaReplyDelete
Sorry Julia if you end up with this comment twice but sat back in my chair to read it over (just in case of spelling mistakes hee he) and it disappeared before my very eyes !ReplyDelete
So once again this is superb and love the rich colours, the peacock and that fab bead! and my turn to apologise for not visiting but unfortunately other parts of my life (kids work etc ) intruded on my crafting time - grrr .But hopefully back to normal now! x
Absolutely stunning! Love your peacock! They are gorgeous and regal looking to me and this one is no exception...perfect! Love the gold borders...fabulous work!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful piece Julia - love the look of peacocks but I can tell you that when one wandered in here and stayd for a few days we could not wait for it to be GONE!How cool your little bead is too!ReplyDelete
Okay I think this is my new favorite creation of yours. The colors are so pretty- and love the embossing in gold and the paper bead- FABULOUS!ReplyDelete
Very very beautiful card JuliaReplyDelete
Great colors and lotst of lovely details.
This is so rich! Love the gold embossing and how you colored the bird. The handmade bead is an awesome embellishment.... what a beautiful piece, Julia!!ReplyDelete
A beautiful card in great colors. Love the sewing.ReplyDelete
Sorry you got muddled (as did others re comments above) but last year or the year before when I was in America I was informed that it is no longer PC to say "oriental" and that "asian" is to be used. Eager not to offend I have adopted this although in my head I think of Chinese as being of 'the Orient' and Asian being something different. Ah well, who am I to query? Perhaps the write up should have clarified this but it is my love of the Chinese culture that spurred me on to choose this theme.ReplyDelete
Thank you for entering our challenge with this stunning piece of work Julia, it really is lovely and the colours you have used are so rich and enticing.
Hugs, Neet xx
Such beautiful, vivid peacock colours throughout, a really beautiful card. The circles are a wonderful background to the swirling flourish of that magnificent peacock's tail - and my word the sentiment looks amazing!! I've been falling behind on visiting, but it's lovely catching up with beauties like this!ReplyDelete
Another stunning creation, love all the detail.ReplyDelete
Looking great! Love your word tiles!ReplyDelete
Where do I start with this Julia!!! Peacocks are a real favourite and you have chosen such perfect colours for this. Love the gold touches, the embossing (especially the clear embossing) and the little bead. A feast for the eyes. Hugs, Jenny xReplyDelete
Wow Julia a truly beautiful card so much to look at, I love it and the hand made bead is perfect. Hugs Sandra XReplyDelete