My Trip to Paris

Life, Travel

Paris has been my dream holiday for ages. I love the culture, French films, the history and the language. Paris has a magical allure with it’s museums, galleries, cobbled streets and rich history of the arts. So when my boyfriend and I were talking about going away at the end of June, I desperately wanted to go to Paris!

We could only go for a few days but we packed a lot in a short space of time; I am now recovering before going back to the daily grind!

We flew over on Wednesday 27th June to Beauvais Paris airport and got a coach to the city centre. After dropping our things off at the hotel, we got the Metro and headed to the Sacré-Cœur. It was warm but rainy, but we are British and live in Manchester so I was pretty used to that!

It was beautiful inside with religious gold mosaics and they had a service going on, which was pretty weird as loads of tourists walked past them! We walked around Montmartre and had a coffee in the square, before taking the Metro again and looking for somewhere to have dinner.

The next day we got up early and headed to the Rodin Museum which I had pre-booked and looking forward to. We strolled through a beautiful sculpture garden in the sunshine and a clear sky. Below you can see his famous sculpture of the Thinker.

After the Rodin Museum we walked to the Eiffel Tower. It was mega busy with tourists and people selling trinkets, so we didn’t go up. Instead we got ice cream and sat in the park next to the famous landmark.

By this point it was very warm and sunny, and I needed some shade! We got the Metro (this time a double decker train!) and headed to the Musée d’Orsay  that my Dad had recommended. On the banks of the River Seine, this building used to be the Orsay railway station built in the 1900. It is now a museum to mostly French art and sculpture including Monet, Degas, Cézanne and Van Goth.

Mixed Media Obsession

Mixed Media

Well, my love of mixed media and art journaling have spiralled into a full blown obsession at the moment! I’ve found so much inspiration through wonderful art blogs and YouTube videos, all the journals and art are very diverse and eclectic.  Art journaling is a personal expression of ideas, feelings, thoughts and it is this that I am drawn to. Through all the other artists work I have looked at, it is the innate nature of the pieces that are so powerful.

Art Journal Pages

Art Therapy, Journal

Here are two new pages I have been working on. The first one I started yesterday and had no idea what I was going to make. I started some journalling on the left but the camera doesn’t pick up the blue shimmery pen I used. This was very organic and I played with mixed textures of paper, paint and pen.

journal page

 

The next page started off as just experimenting with some watercolours a friend gave me. This paper isn’t great for water and I didn’t intend to put so much colour on the page, but I don’t use watercolours much. I then stamped across it and used a black marker to add some definition. I actually like the way it turned out and the colours. I rarely go for blue and green. I am really loving this art journaling, I am even planning pages in my mind as I type this!

art journal1