Down Under photos and travel journal... 38

Mona Pendleton | Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 11:32 PM | , , , , ,

***WARNING*** LOTS of photos!!!

Hi there! As promised, I have a "few" photos to share from our recent trip to Australia and New Zealand as well as a few pages from my travel / art journal that I made while on the cruise. Since our trip began in Sydney, Australia, I thought I would share a few more that I hadn't shared in my prior post. 

We had to visit Sydney's Apple Store ;)

This is a photo of Hyde Park that was taken while on our tour to the top of the Westfield Tower. The night before, we caught a glimpse of the colorful 35th Annual Mardi Gras parade as the parade performers gathered around Hyde Park.
A view of Sydney Harbour from the North side of the bridge:
A night view of:
 The Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour
The Sydney Opera House
The beautiful Queen Victoria Building:
Inside the QVB is a gorgeous multi level shopping mall:
a dome ceiling inside the QVB


We took a 90 minute bus tour ride to go visit the Blue Mountains located outside of Sydney where we then took a cable car ride down into the canyon where there to see the beautiful rainforest. Reminded me a little of the Grand Canyon here in AZ.
Our next stop was Melbourne. 
This is a photo of a shopping arcade from a street view:
and this is what it looks like once inside: full of little cafes / restaurants and boutiques:
another arcade
There are many little alley ways within the "art district" that have the most beautifully graffiti painted walls. Such an inspiration for journaled art pages:


couldn't help capturing the famous "Travelocity" gnome ;)


Melbourne's Train Station

Knowing that I would have "down time" in the evenings and Sea Days as we sailed to the next destination, I packed a new journal along with a limited amount of supplies. This is the journal I prefer as the pages accept all sorts of medium with minimal warping. 
I started in a "collage" kind of mood, mixing torn pieces of patterned paper while incorporating our luggage tags along with stamps and paint:




I saved a map from our daily adventure and incorporated pieces into the collage background:


More collaged memorabilia:

I switched gears and made a few Julie Nutting inspired girls:

Switched gears again and incorporated lots more painting and stenciling along with pieces of collaged maps and memorabilia:

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you enjoyed the photos that I shared today credit of my dear husband :) I have lots more to share from a few more cities ;) Hope you have a great weekend!
Be Sweet ;)
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38 Sweet Comments So Far:

Mary Reidel said...

Wow, what an incredible post, Mona! LOVE all your beautiful photos of Australia and NZ! Such awesome photography and locations! I also LOVE your beautiful mixed media collages and other projects! Absolutely amazing! Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing so much!

Sam Marsdon said...

Love seeing your beautiful photos, Mona! Looks like you had an amazing time and visited some very beautiful places! Thanks for sharing those and thanks for showing your very inspiring mixed media projects!

IrinaR said...

Wow! Such a great post ... Thanks a lot, it was interesting to go through your photos! chic artbook!

Pauline said...

Fabulous pics Mona, your art journal is amazing! New Zealand looks stunning, and how blue is that beautiful Australian sky?

Ros Crawford said...

This was a lovely visit ... thanks so much for sharing your photos and your beautiful journal pages ... Just love how you used the tickets and maps etc., in your pages and the 'girl' pages are so lovely ... great hair!

Rhonda said...

These are gorgeous Mona. I would love to see what you considered minimal supplies that you took with you. I could take everything I owned and not create these. :)

Grenouille Greetings said...

Super photos, Mona, and amazing journal! WOW!!!! Hugs, Lesley

Katrina Turner said...

Wow, thanks for sharing your stunning photos and journal Mona! It looks like an amazing trip! I love your journal, what a fantastic way to use memorabilia form your trip. I have boxes of this sort of thing from previous adventures and have been waiting for inspiration on what to do with it, so thank you, the ideas are flowing and I really must start having a play with mixed media, looks like fun, with amazing results too :)

Christine L said...

Hi Mona..

Glad you are home safe and sound... thank you for sharing your fabulous photographs... what wonderful things you've seen, and such fabulous architecture ... and the wildlife - wow!

Also... I love your journal..... fabulous mixed media!

Hugs
Christine x

Lisa said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful journal pages Mona!

Petra Swart said...

Thank you so much for sharing these lovely photo's of your trip, Mona. You must have had the a great time! I love all the old buildings - amazing architecture! Maybe one day I can visit my DS in NZ and also see some of these wonderful places!!
Your journal is stunning - you are so creative!! TFS.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Mirna said...

Wow, love seeing all these wonderful photos!!! Australia and New Zealand look like beautiful places to visit! Thanks for sharing! Love your beautiful mixed media projects too! Wow!

Tracey Sabella said...

Wow amazing photos and such gorgeous journal pages. It's amazing what you accomplished with limited supplies!!

Kelly said...

Amazing photos!!! Thanks for sharing!

Lora DeJardins said...

Thanks, Mona, for sharing your vacation photos with us! So beautiful! I would love to do that cruise one day! New Zealand and Australia look amazing! LOVE your magnificent mixed media pages too! Wow, you are so creative! TFS!

S said...

Mona--Thanks for passing along your photos and journal. These just blow me away. There definitely is a beautiful world out there, and I am so happy you thought to put them on your blog. Your card for Tina was beautiful and thoughtfully done. I am sure she was very surprised. Your mind never stops working, and I really appreciate your taking me around the world. I will keep checking in......have a great weekend.

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE all of the photos, Mona, cracked up at the first one being Apple! LOVE LOVE LOVE the journal pages with the maps and tickets! And the hair and dresses on your girls is so modern and amazing! Just blew me away!!!

FeistyCrafter said...

Looks like you had fun on your vacation. Thanks for sharing your pictures, love traveling and pics. Your journal pages are just amazing :o)

Pammy said...

Awesome photos!! Wow, looks so beautiful! Glad you had a fabulous time and still found time to create such gorgeous projects! Your mixed media work is absolutely stunning and inspiring! TFS!

RobinH said...

What gorgeous art journal pages, Mona! You really were busy and creative on your trip! How did you ever find the time with all the wonderful locations you visited? Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos with us!

Deborah Frings said...

Welcome home! Your photos are absolutely fabulous. And I am in awe with your beautiful art journal - just fabulous!

Chris said...

Wow, neat photos, Mona! Looks amazing and so do your beautiful projects! You are just incredible! TFS!

Linda R said...

I am LOVING your photos. What an amazing trip. And your journal pages look amazing. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

PaperLover said...

Awesome photos, Mona! Looks like the trip of a lifetime! I find it even more amazing that you were so creative on your trip! Everything is gorgeous!

Helen Berry said...

So glad you had such an amazing time - those photos are wonderful. Can just feel the sunshine radiating through them! Oh for some sun!! So cold and wintry here in the UK. I'm a big fan of the mixed media pieces- I love the girl canvasses and what you did with their hair ;)

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Thanks for sharing your photos and thos fabulous journal pages! What a great idea! Your girls are just so cool! Love them!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Looooved the photos, Mona! Looks like I have to go there once as well, hi hi. And your journal is really awesome, the colors and layers are amazing!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Kerry said...

Wow, your photos are amazing, Mona! Thanks for sharing with us! This trip is on my bucket list!
Your art journal pages are magnificent! You are so darn creative! TFS!

Vickie Z said...

Wow....wow!!! Pics are fabulous!! Art journal is fabulous!! What a wonderful trip!!

Ashley said...

Magnificent art journal pages! All are so creative! I would love to learn how to do this kind of stuff! Also, thanks for sharing your wonderful trip photos! WOW!

Yesnir said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like a wonderful trip!!! Thanks for sharing these!!!! And those art journal pages are incredible! Can't believe you were able to do that away from your studio! WOW!

Stacey Pembroke said...

Wow, Mona!!! LOVE all your beautiful vacation pix of Australia and New Zealand!! Looks like a beautiful place to visit! I will have to put them on my "to-do" list! LOL! Thanks so much for sharing! You were a busy lady with your "down time"! All your journal pages are amazing! Love all the collages! WOW!

Karla said...

Amazing trip! Love seeing your photos! Thanks for sharing these! Love your mixed media pages too!

Crystal said...

Wow, so many wonderful photos from your holiday! Love the night photos of Sydney! Beautiful photography! And your art journal entries are incredible! Thanks so much for sharing!

Alina said...

Gorgeous art journal! Great idea!

Jan Evans said...

Awesome photos! New Zealand and Australia look amazing! Can't believe you were able to create all these wonderful pages on your vacation! OMG! So beautiful and creative!

Mercedes said...

Wow, gorgeous journal pages, Mona! Really wonderful mix of elements! I find it incredible that you did all of this on your vacation! Your photos are so interesting and beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Wonderful photos, Mona! And your travel journal is just gorgeous! Love how you incorporated some items from your trip!


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