Thursday, 9 May 2013

Paint Party Friday and Alpha Challenge *A*

Hi you all! I know I am always saying that time flies, but this week went by at supersonic speed, and it's already time for Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin.

I was wanting to show some thoughts to childhood in my journal pages, but as this is something I do not much like dwelling on,  the pages did not turn out as I would have liked. I did manage to finish them, so at least that is something. The figures on the left page have been stamped or made with a template, and deliberately left unclear, as I think the memories we have of people and faces is often vague.







YIKES!!! I just saw that I spelled 'Fragrant' wrongly! Shame on me! Now my journal will forever remind me that I didn't check my spelling! Oh, what an ass I am!!

Linking to Art Journal Journey - challenge yourself.

The orange moon WIP is still not finished. I have added some more colours, but they are hard to catch in the photo.   I will keep trying to get it finished!


For the alpha Challenge at the Craft Barn I chose the word Aboriginal and tried to do some Aboriginal art.
Now I know where the expression 'going dotty' came from!  There are rows of orange dots in between the brown and white ones, but they are not showing up here. I coloured the background using terracotta acrylic paint, applying the paint with a sponge pouncer to keep it dry and give a mottled effect. Then I fussy cut  the leguans(?) lizards or whatever, before going dotty with white, orange and brown pens. I enjoyed making it, in spite of all the dots, and will try something like this another time.







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




50 comments:

  1. Wow, these are all fantastic creations. Your journal pages are good, as always, and I really love your Aboriginal piece - great! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Loving all your wonderful creations and love your journal pages Valerie.
    Hugs Annette x

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  3. MIr gefällt Deine Kindheitsseite sehr gut Valerie... vor allem die linke Seite mit den weiss embossten Schriftzügen wirkt auf mich sehr gut!
    Du hast ganz schön gewerkelt wiedder in den letzten Tagen.. auch Dein Keilrahmen gedeiht prächtig und Deine Aboriginal Seite gefällt mir super gut!
    die Geckos sind einfach genial!

    jo bei uns war heut auch Feiertag...
    aber wie Du immer schreibst -- die Zeit verfliegt und ich hab mit ein wenig Wäsche und Ärger mit Töchterlein auch wieder den Tag rumgebogen!

    aber wie heisst es doch so schön:
    die SCHÖNSTE Zeit am RASCHESTEN vergeht!

    lg Susi

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  4. lovely pages, nice take on the Aboriginal art!

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  5. Oh what fun, I am still smiling from looking at those lizards with their lovely dots! I love the childhood page too, somewhat the way I want to see mine, very vague, ha ha. Your moon painting is beautiful, I love the colors and depth in it. You have been very productive! ~Diane

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  6. You've been so busy Valerie, love the colours on your journal pages and moon painting and your aboriginal lizards are absolutely fabulous. I LOVE them! Xx

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  7. Great pages! I love the plants impressed into the background and all that crackly dimension - lovely! They are all great! x

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  8. Wonderful selection of pages and art.
    Love the happy childhood pages and the bright lizards on the alpha pages.
    Yvonne x

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  9. The orange moon is looking good! The next clay project we are doing is inspired by Aboriginal art, too--I think your lizards are great! Happy weekend!

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  10. wow you are productive!Love the aboriginal page and those dots do make you crazy.Great job.

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  11. Love that bright orange moon. Hi Valerie. Your journal pages are colorful and meaningful. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  12. Dolls were always my best companions to turn to when I was a little girl, so I love them still today.. even paper dolls, and yours are so sweet! The lizards made me smile! Have a great weekend! ~tina

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  13. Terrific [pages Valerie--so much to enjoy on the childhood one and wonderful colour choices.

    I just adore the Aboriginal art page. What a great word to choose and the colour choice on this is outstanding!

    Have a grat day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  14. Where have I been?! It;s been 15 hours since you posted this. Ah Yes ... cutting paper. Really like your journal pages and the 'feel' of them. LOVE the orange moon - can''t wait to see what else you do with it. And your aboriginal piece --- well you have to be a bit dotty to attempt one of those. Love the lizards and their big eyes. Hugs, Donna

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  15. Wonderful work. I love your childhood memories page and look forward to seeing your Orange Moon painting finished:) Happy PPF

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  16. What fab artwork that brightened my day. Great colours and textures. Love the lizards.

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  17. Oh dear you are way to hard on yourself!! We all make mistakes.. it gives your page character and truth!! Good job your art is so lovely!! Be kind to your artist within... she is only human!! I'd not have noticed!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  18. Wow you have been a busy girl! I love your childhood pages (and would never have noticed the spelling)Your moon is stunning, I'm loving seeing how it is progressing, and the lizards have really brightened up my day. Hope you have a fab weekend xx

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  19. Hallo Valerie!

    Schöne Journal-Seiten! - und der Mond! :-)
    Die Vierbeiner sind lustig und heiter, es macht Spass, sich vorzustellen, dass sie sich etwas erzählen.

    Herzliche Grüsse
    Ilona

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  20. Hi Valerie, wow I just love your work; I came here to have a look at your dictionary page in the Craft Barn challenge, but I found so much more! I'm your follower now! I have just started my own mixed media blog and love finding inspiration with other bloggers. Would love it if you would pop over and pay me a visit too! Here's the link: http://messymixedmediabyfrea.blogspot.nl
    Hugs Frea

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  21. Hi Val,
    A bright and beautiful post and the orange moon looks so deliciously rich : ) I look forward to seeing it complete. Thanks for sharing.

    Annabelle O,O

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  22. Your journalpages came out great, and I love that aboriginal art. And that little spellingmistake .... if you hadn't mentioned it I wouldn't even have seen it ....

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  23. I'm dotty about your A page Valerie...sorry.... couldn't resist lol, great journal page can't wait to see your WIP painting finished...

    MaggieH

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  24. Marvelous enchanted childhood bursting with life. Happy PPF

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  25. So many different looks in your post today, Valerie. I love the aboriginal piece. I love the one with the misspelled word (which I didn't notice until you called attention to it!!!). A wonderful and diverse post.

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  26. I love your dotty lizard painting but then I am a fan of dots anyway!!

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  27. Loving those lizards!! Great color and design.

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  28. Lots of amazing art this week! Love seeing what you are doing. HPPF!

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  29. LOve your journal pages, so sweet! Your moon WIP is looking amazing, it seems to be one of those paintings that are even more spectacular seen with one's own eyes! The lizards are fun and really look aboriginal to my (unprofessional) eyes. <3

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  30. fabulous journal pages, don't worry about the spelling, I'm always making mistakes, thank goodness for spellchecker! :)

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  31. So many beautiful pieces of work Valerie! I love your wonderful background on the Paint Party piece and the little pink girls are perfect!(Don't worry about your spelling! We all do it sometimes).
    Now to your Craft Barn pages - er, wow! Love your choice of word and your design is just spot on!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Juliaxx

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  32. lovely different art like the aboriginal ones and the layered piece happy ppf

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  33. Valerie, you had me laugh so hard! I have to tell you that I did not even notice and mishaps with spelling, but then went to look and funny thing is that I could have done that using "Fragment." I am sure you will fix this, but you know there are no mistakes in art! Love these pages and can't wait to see the finished WIP! Happy Weekend! Hugs!

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  34. I laughed about it afterwards, but I was wild at myself for a while!

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  35. Lots of wonderful creativity here ~ Gorgeous work!
    Happy Weekend ^_^

    Thanks for visiting.

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  36. Lovely creations, Valerie! Thank you for sharing!

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  37. It is amazing to see aboriginal art in reali8ty... the images are so complex and it is hard to comprehend how much time and patience some of it takes.... I love the line drawings rather than the dots and some of the contemporary stuff is very exciting... I recently saw a fabulous exhibition ... and I do like your page... the pigtails on those cut outs could have been mine growing up... I had Pippy Longstocking plaits!!!

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  38. I really like the subtle children coming through on the left side page. LOL on the spell check. I won't tell.

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  39. Wow...so super beautiful..the gorgeous color splashes of pink and the symbolic treasures adorning your pages....feather..flower..birds..and lovely words..a truly poetic visual piece...wonderfully touching..and a tribute to childhood..very heartwarming!! I love all of your pieces..magnificent work!
    HUgs
    Victoria

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  40. I really like your journal pages - I think you captured some strong elements of what childhood is and I love the colors. That purple and gold are stunning together. I am still loving that textured piece. The lizards with their dotty background are just adorable. HPPF

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  41. Your childhood pages are lovely and very evocative with so much depth and so much to look at, I'll have to go back and look again. I especially like the pink cut out girls with their plaits.
    What fun to make Aboriginal type art, it looks very good indeed. You are so prolific and your art is so varied, Valerie.

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  42. WOW valerie,du hast ja in den letzten tagen wieder so viele wunderbare gemacht,deine kindheitsseite gefällt mir mega gut,die ganze gestaltung und farben sind allersete sahne,aber auch deine geckos sind richtig genial und die aborigi seite ist auch gaaanz fantastisch,gefällt mir alles seeehr.

    glg jeannette und einen schönen sonntag :-)

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  43. Gish I'm so behind with commenting but just have to say how much I love all of these creations :)
    Von ♥

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  44. I especially love the color combinations on the top piece--really lovely.

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  45. What a fabulous piece of art.

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  46. What a wonderful page, love the Aboriginal art with those fabulous colours. Love all the textures on your childhood page, another great page.

    Sylv xx

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  47. Wunderschöne Seiten sind das, die du gestaltet hast! Am besten gefallen mir die Kindheitserinnerungen.

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  48. Your childhood journal pages are really wonderful...I am admiring that sweet bird and how exactly you cut the wings = I am impressed!
    Greetings from AJJ
    oxo

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  49. Great entry, those lizards are fun !!
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn
    Izzy

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  50. Super aboriginal artwork there, caught my eye on the linky list. BJ

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