Sunday, 3 April 2011

Art Journal April and a Shadow Box

Hi you all, another nice day weather-wise here, hope you are also enjoying some sunshine.
I was busy again yesterday, and got 2 projects finished – my art journal for April and a shadow box.
The backgrounds of the art journal pages have been painted with water colours this time, which was then stamped after drying. I did it all a bit differently, used a stamped frame from Hein design for the days instead of paper squares, and also wrote the title and week days by hand. The stamped images have all been coloured in using water colours and a fine black ink pen. I very much enjoyed doing this rather child like picture, and am entering my pages into *Paint Party Friday* and Kathryn Wheel Blog

I took pictures while I was working this time. The first one shows the colour wash of blues, red and green on the pages, and then the consecutive build up of different layers of stamping and colouring.












The shadow box is a recycled salt and pepper set box. I covered it with paper strips and mod-podge, and then painted it with pink metallic structure paste, to which I added some gold glass glitter while the paint was still tacky. I wanted to do something really spring like while the sun is shining here. I filled the box with lots of flowers in pink and white, and used a hot glue gun to fix them in place. The head has been made in a mould and polished with inka gold. I hung a bird cage in front of the head and left the bird to sing on the roof.


I am entering the shadow box into the *Alter it monthly*challenge with the theme spring, which can be interpreted as the season or as a coiled spring.
Both pieces were, as usual, great fun to make. Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

36 comments:

  1. Lovely work, Val. Both pieces are great. I'm trying to have a quiet half hour before the family wake up! Hugs, Sarah & Kids

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  2. Lovely,lovely work Val.
    The shadow box is stunning - looks like spring.And I really enjoyed being able to see how you built up your April background.
    The sun is shining here and I'm going out to crop soon...plus I had a lovely Mother's Day card from DS...a great day.
    Hugs xx

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  3. Hi Sue, enjoy your crop. My friend is coming here today to crop with me, too! Glad DS remembered to send a card!

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  4. I love your art journal pages, lovely colours and your shadow box is gorgeous.
    xxx Hazel.

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  5. A beautiful Art Journal and Shadowbox! Just gorgeous!
    I missed the hatch yesterday because we were on our way to Arkansas for the "hatch" of our new Grand-daughter :) I'm off to peek in on the eagles now...I'm hooked on them, too :)

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  6. hi Val, loving both very much, Loving thise pink flowers and bird so tweet but the journal has the edge for me today. love all the little images like the dogs and sheep. you should enter this in to the Katherenwheel blog to

    love Dawn xx

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  7. Thank you for coming back to alter it monthly :)
    your piece is full of spring and summer with the soft pink blooms and bird song. Nice job.

    Z x

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  8. Lovely pages, did you use watercolour crayons on these? Smashing shadow box as well. Have a great day today. Annette x

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  9. Fantastic journal pages, Valerie! The shadow box is exquisite, my friend!

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  10. Lovely work, love them both! Hugs, Barb

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  11. Thanks Ladies! Annette, I used wet paints this time, but I do often use the water colour crayons, especially if I'm in a hurry!

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  12. Both items are great, Valerie, the picture in your book looks good underneath all your squares. The flowers in the box are beautiful, I like this piece a lot. Thanks for your comment on my card today, I somehow knew you'd think "Wot, no Tilda??" he he. CoB

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  13. I love the sheep in the sweater!

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  14. Ah Sue love this to pieces...blue is my favorite colour...you really are inspiring to be free and flowing with your artwork..
    connie paxman

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  15. Love the Shadow box and the Calendar page Val. Dawn's right you should enterit into the Kathrynwheel blog.

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  16. Oh I love the calendar pages - great way to do the squares - great colours and stamping.

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  17. Wow, your calendar for April is really lovely, and it's great to see how you built up the pages. Love all the details :-) thanks for being a part of the 365 calendar challenge, Kate x

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  18. Lovin Your April Calendar! And the So Pretty in Pink Shadow Box!
    The little Pink Bird on top is my fave! Hugs Tee

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  19. Wow, love the journal page you have created, the scene is fab - love the cheeky sheep peeking over the flowers. Shadow box is gorgeous - I can almost smell the roses! xx

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  20. Very pretty journal page! I keep thinking that is a neat idea but I never have got around to doing it.

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  21. I'd love to be a fly on the wall of your crafty kitchen when you are working. Adore your April calendar ... I am a L-a-a-a-a-mb lover myelf. Imagine the fun of looking back over years past in one of these beautiful books. Your bird is so happy I could hear her spring song all the way over here. Is it possible to have tooo much fun? I don't think so ... however, if it were possible, I might say you were doing it. :o)

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  22. I love your journal pages. Very nice. Happy PPF.

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  23. Fabulous shadowbox love the face in the bird cage! take care, gerri

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  24. awesome journal spread and the shadow box is just perfect for spring! Happy belated PPF. :-)

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  25. Oh I just love this page!! The colors are awesome and the dogs running are so cute! I love everything about this page. Great job!

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  26. Adorable, fun, and creative...I love your work! Loving those PPFs!! (Sometimes the party lasts all weekend.) :)

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  27. Its lovely to see how your April page came together as you took pictures of each step :) gorgeous background colour! x

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  28. Lovely to see how you have made your journal come together. Really lovely especially the cute houses and water colour backgroung.

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  29. WOW this journal page is FAB and i love that shadow box xxx

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  30. your pages are amazing. such detail. well done.

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  31. Stunning!!!!!!!!! I adore your journal Val, so pretty, you're very talented! Suzie xxxx :)

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  32. Wow your April page is wonderful, very original

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  33. your pages are very pretty and eye catching.

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  34. Love your April pages so creative x

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  35. Wow, fabulous pages!
    All the details... beautiful!
    Greetings, Anne

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