Thursday, 26 January 2012

Postcard time again... China



So this week has been a little bit stressful with some major work hours...  but I did manage some fun too and some crafting.
Firstly met up with a sister from the circle journal group which was lovely and perfect. Felt like she was a real sister to me. Only problem was I couldn't stay for long but know at least it won't be the last meeting and what's more I have another 8 yet to meet!
Tonight I met another lovely friend, who despite having to share some upsetting news about another friend, was nice to catch up with.
And finally a catch up with the postcard challenge over with darcy at http://art-and-sole.blogspot.com
This week we have gone to China... I was very undecided on how to go with this as had too many ideas. So I went on another trip to the library. 
First to the travel books, then the history books where I found a book about the Empress Wu...
Apparently she schemed, seduced and murdered her way to become and living god and also reinvested a lot of the writing in the language.   
So I chose this symbol... Country/ Nation... Wu kept the symbol of the box and put her name symbol within the centre.
I copied the symbol freehand in pen then added the red wash in Dylusion ink and then Distress inked the edge with the Black Soot ink.
In the end a simple construction but one I love...  enjoy!
Now off to tidy up the art stuff and hope for a good journey to China for my postcard friends.

16 comments:

  1. Clever research and a beautiful outcome with the character symbol! Lovely!

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  2. Did you find your sexy lady?

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  3. No Diane... But to be honest didn't bother looking again. Will drag everything out at the weekend to find her. Did some other stuff instead. Lovely to see you last night ... And see you are mentioned up there... C xxx

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  4. oo love it, yes simple but very classy and i love the story behind it, so great that you are tying the card to your research.

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  5. Murder oh I want to hear more!!!! Lovely card!

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  6. interesting facts you found in your research. Classy card.

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  7. Stunning card, it doesn't need anything more! ♥

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  8. Interesting research, this is educational as well as fun. Your postcard with the symbol is beautifully done.
    Jen x

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  9. Love the info on Empress Wu, and your card. And what a confession...invaded her privacy!!! :D XXX

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  10. Love your card, especially the distressed edges. A xx

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  11. great card I love distressing nearly always ink the edges of every layer I do x

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  12. A very classic card...love your calligraphy. Appreciate the story and the research. And I'm curious what invasion of privacy has occured...

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  13. K I S S keep it simple - sure (lol) it works very well for this Love It!

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  14. Simply divine! Love the graphic approach & the red says China but also passion, lovely!

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  15. Beautiful postcard. I love its simplicity.

    Janet xx

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  16. Fab post card, love the calligraphy and its a very beautiful and simple design. Love the red tones.
    J

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