Sunday, 7 October 2012

Fall fearless and fly challenge and Happy Mail

Hi you all!
For this challenge at Artists in Blogland  three prompts were given, of which we had to use at least one:
a headline prompt - Inventing the future
a colour prompt - warm colours - reds, oranges, pinks, yellows
a quote prompt - The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time ( A. Lincoln)

I decided to go with the colour and quote prompts. I started off with gesso, and added yellow metallic and pink acrylics painted with a thick brush. Then I used some red spray over some templates and leaves, and stamped over the still wet pages with a script stamp.

Then I collaged various images, keeping to the colour scheme. Like life, past or  future, there are many layers hidden beneath the paint and the pictures, The script, which is partly visible, tells part of  the story. Other quotes have been written and then covered or partly covered by other things. As in life, we always see only a part of the story. The butterflies symbolize new life and metamorphosis, faces change in the course of time,  The lady - perhaps from thousand and one nights - symbolizes dreams and hopes; Buddha stands for strength, wisdom, continuity. I could write more, but I think it is important that everybody must make their own journey of discovery, based on the past, and headed towards the future.  The quote has been printed onto a transparent foil and laid over the right side. 

The profile has been cut from DP, the other images were in my stash, the head of Buddha is from a serviette.

I stamped the corners using archival black and a stamp from LaBlanche.

And I got some happy Mail on Friday from Annette. I won this lovely little tag hanger in a little giveaway on her blog. It is already hanging on the wall in my kitchen. It is beautifully made, with several layers of textiles and lace.

And these goodies came with it:

Thanks a bunch Annette!

Have a great day you all, take care, and thanks for visiting!


  1. Lovely wirk from you again. and also from your friend, Enjoy Hugs Sarah

  2. Catching up again Valerie! Your journal pages are jaw droppers - totally stunning and the colours and images look just amazing!!!
    Lucky you to win Netty's lovely hanger too.
    Have a lovely Sunday.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  3. Great journal spread, Valerie. :)

  4. Loving your fab journal spread Valerie and pleased you liked the hanger and goodies, they couldn't have gone to a nicer person. xx

  5. OOOOO LA LA! This piece really pops - LOVE it! The layering is fabulous. Lovely Happy Mail too -- enjoy playing with your new toys. hugs, Donna

  6. Lovely textured pages and quote Valerie, and congrats on the beautiful gifts from Annette!

  7. Your journal pages are so beautiful Valerie and a fabulous hanging and goodies from Annette. I just love that new CI bird stamp she's used. xx

  8. Fabulous art work Valerie - love the colours ad your images.
    Lovely mail too - the hanger is so pretty.
    Hugs xx

  9. The pages have wonderful layers to them Valerie and I love that quote.
    What great goodies you received in the mail.

  10. Love what you did for FF & F... such gorgeous elements.

    The hanger you won is so pretty.... lucky you :)


  11. These pages are wonderful Valerie, I love the layers, and how you have explained it! Hugs, Barb

  12. WOW! These are all just beautiful!

  13. Wow Valerie, this piece is stunning! It really speaks to me, much as your message did, so true that in life, we always see only a part of the story. I could look at this for hours and I keep seeing more. The font with the eyes is so fitting and I love the butterflies and the images. Truly a magnificent piece. Annettes wall hanging is gorgeous and her goodies look fun, so sweet of her!

  14. The pages are very well done! Amazing layering and detail!

  15. Your journal pages are always a joy to see Valerie :)
    Von ♥

  16. Gorgeous pages Valerie, I love the details and background to the collage.
    Yvonne x

  17. really lovely layering on these pages. And the composition on your collage is beautiful. I love your writing and your use of symbolism and metaphor. Thanks for joining us in Fall Fearless & Fly!

  18. A really amazing piece of art with such wonderful colours and images.

    Love the Autumn leave falling on your blog.

    Best Wishes Chrissie xx

  19. So beautiful! I love your layers!

  20. These journal pages are gorgeous! I love your symbols. I have yet to make mine and hope to get them done by the deadline. Great goodies!

  21. I always love the depth you put into your journal pages. Both in meaning and in beauty. Just gorgeous!

  22. Hello Valerie!
    Your journal pages look "terrific". :]
    LOVE SEEING YOUR "HAPPY MAIL" TOO, always inspiring and fun.
    Take care. ~xx

  23. Love your journal pages, Valerie. The colors are fantastic and the sentiment couldn't be more true!

  24. I absolutely ADORE this spread, your collage is amazing! Each element just looks like it was made to be with the one next to it! (Also, that lettering is FABULOUS)

  25. You really create some of the best journal pages! Love them! What a nice mail day for you! Fun stuff! Off to catch up on Friday!

  26. Fantastic journal page Valerie. This is my fav so far. Love all the different layers. Gorgeous little hanger from Netty. TFS.
    Florence x

  27. This is stunning! I love the butterflies with the collage elements are so feminine! Thanks for joining Fall Fearless and Fly!


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