Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tag Tuesday and Happy Mail

Hi Everybody!

The lovely weather has disappeared for a few days, so we're back to cold, wet and windy! Variety is the spice of life!

At Tag Tuesday our new theme is 'Poetry'.

I was busy preparing lots of other projects today, so time was a bit short for my tag. I used a piece of hand-painted paper, which was stamped with crackle and swirl stamps while wet. I make BG papers as much as I can with leftover paints, so there is always something handy when I need it. At least if I manage to find it!

I wrote my poetry onto it with my white pen, and mounted it onto black scrap card, and added a little tassel as embellishment - finished!


Here you can see the patterning in the background.


A couple of weeks back Debbie had a birthday giveaway, and I received this beautiful card and one of her coloured art-card sketches, so beautiful. And it is especially dear to me as it as a duck.... Thanks a lot Debbie, it will hang in my arty kitchen.



Yesterday I was pleased to see that the statue of St Swidbert has evidently been cleaned, or freshly painted, as he was gleaming in the sun:



I took this photo from a bench on one of the fortification-walls where I often sit, looking across the meadows to the Rhine, and shaded by the beautiful trees when it is hot:



The hay is almost all gone:


And I enjoy taking photos of the fungi, although all the squatting to get a good pic is not always good for my knees.


These ink-caps are evidently edible before they start to discolour, but I don't think I want to try them.



The Kittlebach, the stream that flows near our house and ends in the Rhine:


Have a great day you all, take care,
ad thanks a lot for coming by! 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Deep in the forest again....

Hi everybody!

We had another wonderful and sunny October Sunday here, and I spent a lot of time outside, making the best of it. Hope your weekend was good, too. We have a storm front on the way bringing wind, cooler temperatures and rain for a few days, but we have to take it as it comes, and cherish the good days!
I was pleased to see that I was chosen for the spotlight again at Simon Says Monday Challenge Autumn.

Today I have another page for Art Journal Journey, deep in the forest.
I used the larger version of the CWS stencil which was used in yesterday's journal page. This page has been made in my A3 journal. I painted the background with grey acrylic, and then stenciled the trees over it in white. The idea for the little verse about the fairy queen came to me a few days ago, and I wrote it down, and collaged bits and bobs to my journal page to fit to it.
I am also linking to Craftroom challenge, make your own background.








At Schloss Kalkum the ducks were enjoying being fed:


I enjoyed the shadow play of the leaves:


This is the crest over the main entrance:


And as usual, the combination of the old walls, trees and the beautiful reflections are very pleasing to look at.





Afterwards I walked to visit the brown cattle, who were once again dozing in the sun. That's my shadow falling into the picture.




The skies were once again magical:



In the afternoon the darker clouds rolled through:



Have a good start in the week you all, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Joint Venture and blue skies

Hi everybody!
Happy Sunday!

This piece is a joint venture made with a little girl, Sally, who I looked after for an afternoon this week while her grandmother had an appointment. She enjoyed making this page for 'Deep in the forest' at Art  Journal Journey. She chose colours which I would perhaps not have used, but they are her favourites The paper (and my kitchen floor) were sprayed well with a pink spray. Then she chose 'Dark peony' fluid chalk ink and I showed how how to rub it into the cracks of the CWS stencil. I held the stencil, so my fingers got to be the same colour! When it was dry she looked through my bit boxes to find nice things to put into the forest. She made up the owls from a decoupage kit, and the fairy was one I stamped some time back for a challenge and did not use. I helped her with the mushrooms, and showed her how to use my Big Shot, with which she cut TH's bird branch. She spent the rest of the afternoon cutting images with the Big Shot, and took them home with her when she went, so she was a happy bunny. It was fun working with her!







We had a golden October day here, with wonderful blue skies, which looked really magical. I spent a lot of time outdoors walking round and taking photos. Here are some impressions.

Morning sunrise:




Blue skies:



The castle ruins -
Can you see the little crescent moon at the top left?





And the evening sky



Saturday, 18 October 2014

More scary stuff....

Hi everybody,
Happy Weekend to you all!

Today started off dark, wet and dreary, but this afternoon we had sun and patches of blue sky, which was nice.

I couldn't resist making another piece for Halloween. I altered a box I rescued from the recycling bin by painting it with black acrylic, into which I sprinkled some fairy dust for a bit of glitter. Then I added some crackle glaze to  parts of the frame, and distressed it with silver ink. For the background I used an old calendar page, and stamped it with various motives (TH and Close to my Heart) using perfect pearls medium and perfect pearls in gold and blue. After trimming it to size I fixed it into the box as my background.




Then I set to work with the decorations. The houses and trees are TH die-cuts, which have been treated with crackle accents and distressed with soot black DI. The bats are  from Sizzix. The witch was stamped with black archival, clear embossed and fussy cut, as were the ravens. The skeleton, missing a few bones, was in my stash, so I dug him out to come and play. I am linking to Artist Trading Post, mixed-media, Halloween; Craftroom Challenge, make your own background, Simon Monday Challenge, O is for (October and HallOween) and a Vintage Journey, to die for.







I had fun making it, and a little girl I know is looking forward to having it for Halloween.

This was the blue sky this afternoon:


Some more photos from the Square by the Basilica, a place I love to be:





This is Saint Swidbert, who founded the town 1300 yeas ago





Have a great weekend, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!