Saturday, 27 May 2017

Vintage and grungy

Hi Everybody!

A couple of weeks back I made this mixed media piece
as a cover for an A5 journal that is almost finished
and looking rather tatty and worn. I started with a tag
made with a stamp from CI, stamped with vintage
photo DI, mounted onto 2 pieces of scrap card and sewn together. The background was stamped with 2 stamps from LaBlanche using the 
same colour. It got mounted onto some gessoed corrugated cardboard, 
 which was smothered with Utee into which I stamped using
diamond and script stamps, also from LaBlanche. I glued 
the layers together and sewed them onto some canvas with
fringed edges. I got given a whole roll of ready gessoed
canvas because it was a bit stained and grungy -
I am linking to Gill's 'elegance and grunge' challenge at
Art Journal Journey; Tag Tuesday - anything goes, and
Allsorts challenge blog, vintage style.

And I made another digital tag for Go Tag Thursday, countries -
I chose Paris, and made a similar tag to the one from

 Yesterday I saw a woodpecker in the tree in the field behind
our garden. I zoomed him in - it's about 50 yards away -
clicked, and he was gone:

Then I saw him come round again from the back of the branch:

And then I got him:

I have some lupins on my rather messy balcony, and the bees
only like the white one:

I tried to find shady ways for my walk today, as it was very hot.
One of the neighbours has this lovely rose hedge:

The horses were also in a shady place:

The farmers have been busy mowing the fields and
making hay while the sun shines....

Here you can buy strawberries, fresh from the fields:

There are loads of wild roses along the Rhine path:

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

Friday, 26 May 2017

Friday This and That

Hi Everybody!

Hello from sunny and warm Kaiserswerth, where we have
been enjoying blue skies and sunshine for almost a 
whole week - a wonder!

For Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin, I have a
journal I altered. The cover was plain craft paper, useful
but boring. I painted it with gesso, and then added the
robin image using a paper napkin from my lovely friend
Yvonne. I added some extra colour with gelatos, and stenciled
the diamond pattern using Archival forest green. The stamp used
is from TH. I rubbed some white chalk into some of the little
cracks and folds to give more texture. 
I am also linking to Art Journal Journey, Gill's theme
of elegance and grunge, to Simon Monday Challenge,
little critters, and to altered eclectics.

Before the alteration:

For Go Tag Thursday, where the theme is a country,
I chose France and landed in Paris. I made a digital tag
using elements from Serif, Mischief Circus, Astrid and me. 
Astrid often offers wonderful freebies on her blog, thanks!
I am also linking to Tag Tuesday, anything goes:

Some photos from my walks:

In the hospital gardens:

I love to see plants growing in the cracks and crevices
of walls:

The horses always look happy and relaxed:

The rusty arches sculpture in the castle ruins:

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

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Summer is on its way

Hi Everybody!
Today is a public holiday here for Ascension Day,
so I'm planning a restful day at home.

For Tag Tuesday and Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin,
I have a 10" mixed media tag. The background was painted
with gesso and then with Vivacolor metallic paint
in blue. I collaged it with scraps of old letters. The alphas
 and numerals were applied through a stencil using some
textured embossing paste. The next layer was some
gilding flakes. The lady was cut from a copy of a Victorian 
magazine and mounted onto double foam squares to give 
her depth. The wings were cut from a TH die. For the top 
layer I used one of my old calendars with some added 
gilding flakes, the underneath layer was cut from an
old exercise book. I mounted it all onto more recycled
calendar pages.

Here is another 8x8" page for my family scrap book, 
the second one I re-created after giving the original away.
Once again I have used corrugated card and various scraps
as a background for the photo of my elder brother
and sister with me in the middle. I sewed the layers together.
The beads were home made 
from rolled, painted paper wrapped with wire. I am linking to
Art Journal Journey, Gill's theme of Elegance and grunge

Roses and other flowers are blooming everywhere, here
some photos from my walk through our little

This heron is always on the meadow where the
horses are:

I wonder what he's seen?

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