Thursday, 27 June 2013

Summer of Colour, and Paint Party Friday

Hi everybody. The week is flying by again, there never seems to be enough time to do everything I would like to. So I saved time on the H*******K and made more time for playing. I don't want to say this too loudly, but today the sun is showing itself here and there fir a few seconds - progress!

I was rather stumped about what to make for SOC, hosted by our lovely Kristin, where the colours this week are purple and lime green. Then I remembered making a canvas in these colours some time back. I gave it away as a present, but had photos, so was able to more or less re-create it. In the end, I think I like this one better than the other one, so that's something! The canvas is a re-purposed one, for which I used acrylic paints in several layers, Adirondack colour wash sprays, Stickles, some punchinella, and some bits and bobs from my stash - the parrot, flowers, ric-rac ribbon, heart etc.  I got the hearts from a florist that was closing down a year or 2 back, it's always good to have things like this in reserve. I think it took more time to FIND the things in my bottomless pit than it did to paint and assemble the canvas!











I am not as happy with the journal pages as I was last week, but they are more or less the right colours, so that's something. The camel and tree is an illustration I found in a magazine, scanned, digitally altered, and printed onto book paper. I made a nasty boo-boo on the left side, and managed to put a book on it while it was still wet, which messed up the paint, so I had to patch it, but I did not have the energy to start all over again. The girls have been made with a home-made cut out, which I used on the left to stick on to the page and on the right as a template to sponge the colour on.






I am linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Eva and Kristin.



62 comments:

  1. Love your terrific canvas and great pages Valerie. Hugs Annette x

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  2. Fantastic canvas, the green really pops against the purple, and your pages are very vibrant! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. boah Valerie..das ist beides einzigartig! sowohl der Keilrahmen als auch die Doppelseite bestechen !

    fantastisch wie Du diese Farbkombi genial hinwirfst oohne mit der Wimper zu zucken!
    Der Spruch ist superklasse!
    ich war schon wieder zu lang nicht hier.. Du bist viel zu schnell mit Deinen Werken Valerie!



    wunderbare Sachen hast Du wieder gemacht diese Woche!

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  4. the colours are fantastic and i certainly camt see any of yout boo boo's from here, hugs donna

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  5. these turned out great! love them both!

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  6. Both of these are just wonderful Valerie. I just love the pages with your sense of humour shining through lol-made me laugh out loud!

    Love Chrissie x

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    1. Life is often serious enough - we need a bit of humour to brighten it!

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  7. The canvas is a littl epiece of art, Marjie.
    But the pages... I would die for, so striking and bold!!

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  8. lovely pages and mixed media for the theme Valerie! I was stumped too, but you recovered nicely!

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  9. I do love your canvas Valerie :) and the comedy in your page :)
    Von ♥

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  10. Your canvas is so wonderfully rich and sumptuous and your journal page sentiment gave me a giggle. BJ SOC#41 and thanks for visiting my offering already.

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  11. Gorgeous!! I love what you've done here! Re-purposing that canvas was brilliant!! These colors are truly my favorites!! Good job!

    Hugs Giggles

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  12. Beautiful canvas love the bird and heart and the bouquet is gorgeous too! Great pages, love the quote, ha ha! Your work is always so much fun to see! ~Diane

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  13. The canvas is just awe inspiring. You used my favorite color...purple!!
    The parrot is perfect. I love the whole piece!!!!!

    Happy Crafting
    Tracie

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  14. The colours are so fabulously vibrant. Also, they are my sister's favourite colours (we are opposites, as I don't do brights lol).
    The heart is perfect for that piece.
    Wishes
    Lynne
    P.S. I know what you mean about no budget, although I do have a little bit of birthday money (need to stock up on Gesso and Gel Medium). I am so lucky to have those gorgeous stamps arrive through my letterbox at no cost to me.

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  15. Fabulous work Valerie! The colours are so vibrant and cheery. That heart is fabulus and the wee flowers amazing. I love what you wote about the camel. lol :0) Mo
    ps- still no s-u-n here

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  16. Sorry about your lack of sun Mo, it didn't stay long here either and it is sooooo chilly!

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  17. You do have such fun with your artwork. I like the parrot in its 3D collage and your ladies with the camel.

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  18. Hi Valerie. I love your contributions and the re-use of the canvas turned out beautiful. Those colors really are fantastic together. Great job. Have a great weekend to you.:)

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  19. I agree with Sheila, you look like you have so much fun assembling your treasures. Love the 3D effects.

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  20. Your lime & purple canvas is gorgeous--full of texture and dimension and bursting with color!

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  21. Gorgeous canvas, and I love your journal pages too - great use of the colours and I love the little green heart - it really 'zings' on the page. I laughed at the quote on the camel - love it!

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  22. wow der Keili ist absolut superklasse aber auch die Journalseiten sind echt super!

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  23. Such gorgeous colors Valerie! Made for a glorious canvas and wonderful pages. I do like your girls. Let me know when you finish greasing your camel!
    Sandy

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  24. Well, greasing camels always gives me the hump to tell you the truth....

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  25. What a fab colour combo Valerie, I love the zingy lime green. Your pages remind me of the time I rode a camel whilst on holiday in Tunisia, have to say my dismount wasn't very elegant! Lol,xx

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  26. I love this colour combination and your canvas just sings Valerie! Think I need to try it at some point. The camel and girls are very clever - why buy a stamp/stencil when you can do this?! Your little quip about the camel gave me a laugh. Like Suze, I rode on one in Dubai and it wasn't a very good experience - they seem to be very bad tempered and do exactly as they please!
    Juliaxx

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  27. Well, the part about being 'bad tempered and doing exactly what they please' could be a description of me....

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  28. Oooooh, I like the homemade cutouts.. however you did them, I like them!!.. The canvas you made is beautiful too!... As for looking for things in the bottomless pit? I SO-oooo know the feeling! Now that Summer is here, I have big plans. They feel overwhelming, but I know that if I chip away a little at a time, and build up things the way I want them a little at a time... It really is all POSSIBLE to do!! So, organizing AS I GO ALONG is KEY!!.. Have a great day!.. ~tina

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  29. The canvas is fantastic, love the details especially the lime green heart.
    Great pages with the camel and the girls, love the words you added.
    Yvonne x

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  30. What great texture! Love that canvas and the green heart really pops! The pages are incredible and I love that purple! Hugs!

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  31. I love both of these!! Really enjoying your journal pages with the girls, that is one thing I haven't tried yet but want to. The saying is a funny one, we all need a good laugh so thank you!!
    Sending you warm wishes for the weekend!

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  32. Love both of these, but the first one blew me away!

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  33. Oh Valerie you do make me smile!

    Great art pieces this week.... I do love that cheeky looking camel :)

    Have a great weekend

    It's pouring down with rain here today :( Oh well I suppose it's doing the garden good and I am doing housework today anyway :) !

    Karen x

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    1. Same weather here, went shopping wearing wellies!

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  34. Ohh, I'm reading this with a big smile on my face!. HOW gorgeous the canvas is!!. That green heart, steals my heart. Seriously, how fun this is, yummy texture. The journal pages are swanky too, love the camel quote!

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  35. That canvas is so eye-catching - I love it. All that lovely texture and the little heart, flowers and parrot look fantastic together. Bet you wished you made one for yourself earlier to have on your wall!! x

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  36. Yes, really amazing, wonderful composition, I love that heart!

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  37. Great color and love the variety of mediums! Awesome canvas! <3

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  38. That first canvas blew me away, but I think I like your journal pages even more. Fantastic quote about the camel and those sillhouettes - oh my! Happy PPF!

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  39. Love the canvas, Valerie. In fact I find it an inspiration to do one myself. It would be a new art form for me. Your colors are gorgeous together. I love the green heart.

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  40. That little heart is gorgeous, and I love your journalpages! The colour is spot on, I love your cutouts, and the way you did the camel and tree. It looks wonderful on those bookpages.

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  41. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your beautiful and very unique canvas collage. The composition is perfectly balanced, the texture is mesmerizing, and the pop of lime green over the purple is amazing. Blessings, my friend!

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  42. Nice job all around, love that thread heart in that green! Pop....Happy PPF xox

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  43. I really like how you explored this color combination. It's gorgeous in both pieces.

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  44. your canvas is positively GORGEOUS and I love your journal pages!! Love how you used the SOC colors-just fab! Happy PPF too!

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  45. Grandiose neue Werke von Dir, liebe Valerie! Echt super gemacht.
    Hab ein schönes WE.
    LG MARTINA

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  46. Oohhh I love this first piece. Wonderful colors and textured items.
    Have a nice weekend
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  47. love those purples..my fav colours

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  48. Oh my goodness - that is such a wonderful canvas. So much texture and I love those colors - you really got the lime green right. Mine is a bit too deep - but that's what worked! I really like those cut out girls on the journal pages. HPPF

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  49. wow these are really great pieces - what fun colour schemes to play with! Challenges like that are so fun :D

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  50. Wonderful mulit media piece. The little parrot and heart are so sweet:)and perfect for this weeks SoC colour combo. The quote on your journal page made me laugh, I havent heard that one before. thanks for sharing:)HPPF

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  51. WOW,da war ich grad mal ein paar tage nicht hier,und schon sind hier wieder grandiose sachen entansden,der canvas ist obergenial gemacht und deine seiten sind auch der hammer,gefällt mir alles megaklasse.

    Schönes WE :-)GLG Jeannette

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  52. Love these, they are stunning. I love the deep dark purple against the lime green! Beautiful.
    xx

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  53. What a gorgeous canvas and fab AJ pages. I love all those wispy fibers and different textures on the canvas itself. Looks like you had a ton of fun creating this!

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  54. Mir gefällt der Hintergrund von deinem ersten Bild besonders, ich liebe die Farben!
    Die Journal-seiten sind sehr schön mit den Figuren, grossartig sie als Ausschnitt und als Schablone zu nutzen!

    Happy PPF
    Ilona xx

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  55. WOW! I love them both! Your first work is full of so many wonderful textures and colors, and your second one is so fun and creative. Both are very beautiful!

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  56. I found these colours very hard to use!! :) Love all the textural elements on the canvas and the journal spread made me smile!

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