Friday, 24 October 2014

More metal, birds and fungi

Hi everybody!

Hope you have had a good day.

This is another piece I made for the metal challenge at Moo Mania and More.

I embossed a piece of metal foil in an embossing folder, then heat embossed it with Archival green and hologram EP. This time I held it with a cloth so I did not burn my fingers again. I double sewed it onto red, silver, and red corrugated card.  The metal man is one that Donna sent me from Mexico many moons ago, and I fixed him to the front of the hanging with foam pads. This was fun to make! Also linking to Simon Monday Challenge, anything goes.







The sun tried to show itself this morning, but soon hid behind clouds again.


Today the wild geese and ducks were busy standing on one leg:



And the cormorant was back on his striped pole:


A huge cloud of wild geese flew up from the Rhine, I just managed to catch them. As they flew they formed their 'v'.


Somebody had evidently been playing mosaic with bits of glass down at the river, and arranged them on one of the large stones:


Thanks to the copious amount of rain we had, the fungi are sprouting everywhere:





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

Heavy Metal

Hi everybody!

It was another cold and windy day, but stayed mostly dry, so that was something!

At Moo Mania and More the theme this fortnight is metal, so I had fun working some metal foil  I found in one of my many boxes. I embossed it in a TH texture fade folder, and then embossed it with some sparkly hologram EP to give some texture. I added 'foliage' with some gilding flakes. Sorry, the photos are not good, it was dark all day. I decided to try sewing it onto the background, and much to my surprise it actually worked, I haven't tried sewing metal before. I used some golden corrugated card and some animal print for the backing. By the way, if you are heat embossing metal, it's good to remember that it gets hot....





Today I had fun watching the birds. The crow was perhaps on the lookout for some food:


The heron stood like a statue waiting for a fish to swim by:




I love these twisty trees all covered in moss




And the slug was evidently enjoying mushrooms for dinner; it's a nice, large puffball, so should keep it fed for some time.


Have a nice day you all, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A spooky forest and windswept birds

Hi everybody!

We had another stormy day here, hope you all stayed safe!
Our little town was even emptier than usual, not even the market tempted people to go out in the rain!

I have made another spooky, drippy piece. The background was once again a brush wipe page, which I sprayed with blue and purple, and let the colours run and drip again. Then I had fun outlining the strange figures which had crept onto the page. The golden figures were added with perfect pearls and TH stamps. Some of the blobs turned into houses, and others into spooky trees and toadstools,  so here we have midnight deep in the Fright Forest. I am linking to Art Journal Journey, deep in the forest, Simon Monday Challenge, and Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Eva and Kristin.











These poor pigeons looked as though they had been battling against the storm:



The cormorants were out fishing


And this one was perhaps dancing for the ducks.


All the benches were deserted again:


And sensible people evidently stayed home!


Have a great day, whatever you are up to!
Take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Nice weather for the ducks....

Hi everybody!

It was a cold, wet and windy day here, I would not have got far without my beloved wellies! The night will be stormy too, so hope that it will quieten down a bit tomorrow.

This is a mixed media painting I made last week, where I tried some new techniques, and where everything went wrong. And to add insult to injury, I had to cut off the bottom part of the picture where the table should be as I poured coffee on it. Not much, but enough to make a nasty mess! The background was made with various old papers, glued on with mod podge, and then given a thin coat of gesso. I painted the suares with thinned down acrylics. The vase and the tulips were drawn with pastel chalks, which I then tried to paint over with water colours to see if it would get better. It didn't. Anyway, I made it for Conny's Mix it monthly, 'still-life', so here it is!
And I am linking to Simon Says Monday Challenge, anything goes and Moo Mania and more, bright and cheerful.






This morning was wet, but I enjoyed my walk along the deserted Rhine, and even the ducks were trying to keep their feet dry!





This afternoon it was really wet, this is not a stream, it is the footpath.



I love my wellies!


Have a nice day, whatever the weather, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!