Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I went to America and I saw...

For just over 2 weeks I have been travelling around the USA with my bloke, we arrived home on Friday. When Rackycoo sent me this wonderful bingo card journal, I knew it would be perfect for all the nick-nacks and paper things I would collect along the way. The pages contain a mix of found objects, collected items and a few things from my stash. I painted the pages before I left so things wouldn't get too messy, but pretty much all of the collaging was done whilst I was away, when I was sat having coffee, in the hotel or train :D

Front of book:
The gubbins inside, some of which was hard to scan since it's about 4 inches thick now!

Title page. We live in Spain, but had to travel to London for our flight.

San Francisco
Our hotel, the pier, lunch at Hard Rock, old fortune telling machines, tour of the submarine, picked up a copy of The Onion

The Pier, Cartoon Art Museum, Book Arts exhibition at the library, strawberry melon juice drink, lunch in China Town.

Napa Valley wine tasting

Walking around Yosemite National Park
We camped in Yosemite for 2 nights. I cried so much walking around here, it was just stunning.

Death Valley
Camping! Vist to manzanar Historic Site. It says 'Resort' but it was a small motel, campground and restaurant. There was nothing around for miles but earth and mountains. It was so hot in our tent we had to have the windows and roof open, and it was beutiful to see the stars and moon from there. My favourite memory from the entire holiday was watching the moon rise up over the mountains.

Las Vegas
We were upgraded to a suite in was awesome! Not to metion exactly what we needed after 3 nights roughing it! Met up with fellow craftster Babbetto for a great night! I'll have a tag from her in that space on the right soon.

Atlanta: Tag made by the wonderful Rackycoo who I met up with for an awesome visit!

Art Fair I went to with Rackycoo and Reese52

Train from Atlanta to NYC (we had bunk-beds on the train in our little room, so much fun!)
Gig on my birthday!

Found objects from Central Park (sun & label) where we had a picnic, and American Museum of Natural History.

Empire State Building, Pearl River Store, St Patrick's Cathedral. Lots of walking!

Library exhibition.

Rockerfeller Centre. The target is there because there's a funny interactive light room at the top that kept us amused for ages! I much prefered this to going up the Empire.

Museum of Modern Art
It was awesome to see work by some of my favourite artists in there.

Phew, that's it, holiday over, thanks for looking!


Karen Mowrey said...

I am not even sure how I originally found your blog but I love your fabulous journals. I know you have been away, but recently Suzan Buckner created a wonderful "private but anyone can join" art journal group called "Many Maniacs" No pressure but I think you should join in the fun and show off your amazing journals. There really is not much time commitment it is just a great forum of wonderful people. Do as little or as much as you like! here is the link and I will send you an invitation to join!

Reese52 said...

I love your journal. I reminds me of scrapbook w/o the photos. It was great meeting you and Racky.

Colorfuldayz said...

What a wonderful trip ... and beautiful journal! Wish I could have hooked up with you and Debi in Vegas. That must have been so fun. Glad you are back home safely with lots of great memories.

afiori said...

Gorgeous book!! Did you use the pages in chronological order? I'm thinkning since you painted them before the trip, perhaps you'd need other colours for your collage than the ones you'd reached? (Hope I make myself understood here...)

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Phizzychick said...

Thank you all so much!

Reese52, it was so great meeting (and shopping!) with you too! ;D

afiori, I did paint them before I left. I decided that it'd get too messy otherwise. I tried to match some of the colours in the order we'd be travelling, so Yosemite was green etc. I had to shuffle a few of them around to get appropriate colours for some of the pages. Pretty easy to do with that binding thank goodness!

gypsy said...

Your travel journal is fabulous! I love the creatively journalistic look and feel and that you did it while en route.

afiori said...

Oh, I see! I didn't think you could move the pages.... Duh! Thanks for replying!

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