Wednesday, 6 May 2015

A new challenge at Moo Mania and More

Hi Everybody!
Hope you had a good day. Here we had very stormy and changeable weather, with gales, rain, sunshine and hailstones, but this evening it seems to have quietened down.

Today a new challenge is beginning at Moo Mania and More, and our theme is flowers.  You have 2 weeks to join in, and projects of all formats are allowed. 
At Art Journal Journey the theme is 'the sea', so I tried to combine them both by making a garden full of flowers under the sea. In my mixed media piece there are strange things going on under the water. A lady is dancing with a butterfly, a winged creature is holding on to a starfish, the gull is flying through the water and the fish are swimming around through the flowers. There is also a chorus of musical frogs sitting in a pond in the garden at the bottom of the sea. I used a painted background and a paper serviette transfer. The other elements were collaged. The quote reads 'I no longer know if I want to drown myself in love, vodka, the sea or flowers' - the lady is having a hard time choosing.

The sunrise this morning was mostly covered by clouds

I was lucky to get a dry, if windy slot for my morning walk. 

This huge tree is growing by the stream

The water in the Rhine is rising again

I love the candles on the chestnut trees

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

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Sea and wild flowers

Hi Everybody!
Hope your day is going well!

For Art Journal Journey, the sea, I have made another rather creepy page. For the background I layered several  different images over each other digitally. Then I added more colour with Gelatos and water colours to give it a watery look. I collaged the seagulls, fish and starfish to make an underwater dream world where once again the divisions between sky and sea, above and below have merged.

At Tag Tuesday our theme this week is wild flowers. I layered floral patterned card and printed acetate to make the tag, and added a little flower angel/fairy which I had in my stash. I finished it off with a flowery ribbon.

I was pleased to see that the ancient mulberry tree here is green with new leaves. It is always later than the other trees. Although the tree has often been propped up with supports, it managed to survive all the storms we had last year although so many others were destroyed. It is a reminder of the silk weavers who lived and worked here in the 18th century.

I love the little hedge flowers.

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

Monday, 4 May 2015


Hi Everybody!

The weekend has sped by, and the new week is already here - have a good one!

For Art Journal Journey, the sea, I am once again showing the contents of my head - or of one of my heads, at least. This head is dreaming of the sea. I used a brush-wipe page as background. I added some  colours with Gelatos. I drew the head with one of my stencils onto some water-coloured paper and collaged it to the background. The sea-weed has been made using the waste from TH's bird-branch die cut as a stencil. The ship,anchor and lighthouse/houses have been stamped and embossed.. The white birds were doodled with a white pen, the dark ones made with Dina Wakley's stencil. There is also a stenciled dolphin. I added some colour to the 'town' with inks. This was another fun make!

The sun tried to show itself this morning, but  the clouds were more persistent.

There was just one duck swimming around:

A Sunday fisherman:

My fave path long the old walls:

And four footed friends, big and small:

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

Sunday, 3 May 2015

At the Seaside

Hi Everybody!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend and that the weather is being kind to you!

For Art Journal Journey, the sea, I have made a mixed media piece, 'a Bird's Eye View'. The background is water coloured, the boats, standing seagulls, the beach-hut and the back row of deckchairs have been stamped and coloured with inks, the flying seagulls and the front row of deckchairs have been collaged, and the car with the happy holiday makers was drawn and coloured with inks. I used the inks for colouring today as they have nice, bright colours. This was a fun piece to make. I am also linking to Country view crafts, simply scenic, and to Mix it Monthly, a happy couple - I have 2 happy couples of seagulls here, and a happy couple in the car!

The moon was shining yesterday evening although it was still light

And some photos from today's walk along the Rhine, always a wonderful place to be: