Thursday, 6 March 2014

Morning mist and blue skies

Hi everybody!

Today I am showing a journal I made as one of my DT pieces for Gecko Galz. Their images are digital, and I like it best when I can use them together with painting and/or stamping to add a little more handwork. The images I used are both from the Dance Jewl it collage sheet. I painted the journal covers with a layer of gesso, and then worked with metallic paints in purple and blue tones, adding ina little green and bronze. I wanted it to be similar in style to the background of the image, without copying it. If you are making something like this you don't need to paint the part under the image.
Material list:  I used a journal with chipboard covers, metallic paints, the GG images, glitter, ribbon, a textile flower and designer paper for the inside covers.


Back view - here I added some gold and stamped swirls to pick up the patterning in the image.


The inside covers have been lined with a coordinating, striped paper, and have pockets for bookmarks.


I am also linking to Artful Times, anything goes, and Cheerful Stamp pad, anything goes

The journal page is part 2 of the London one I showed yesterday. I always have fun making things which remind me of home, so was pleased to see that Moo Mania has this theme. The text has been doodled, the London skyline has been printed onto a foil. I am also linking to AJJ - fantasy scene. London is real, but definitely fantastic!



And here are both sides for those who missed yesterday's offering:

I am linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted as always, by Eva and Kristin.
Yesterday morning I woke up and saw a thick, white mist covering the landscape. In the course of the morning it got less and less, but the sun didn't come out till the afternoon. But I love the views of the landscape fading away into the mist, and swallowing colours and sounds.




Have a great day, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by, 
your visits and encouraging comments are always very welcome.

47 comments:

  1. Love your London pages Valerie, they are very nostalgic and pictures of Twiggy brought back memories for me xx

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    1. Yes, we all wanted to look like Twiggy!

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  2. Lots of atmosphere on your photographs Valerie

    Love all the London ideas you have had and they do show the love you have for the City.

    The pages you have entered at Artful Times are Amazing with the wonderful coloured backgrounds and the beautiful dancers. Thank you for joining us in the anything goes challenge

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie cx

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  3. Love your journal, and the London pages are wonderful, I know how much you miss your London. Great photos od the misty Rhine, too, looks better than London fog did! Hugs, Sarah

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  4. Wow;ich liiibe deine seiten,ich mag b allerinas,und die farben sind einen wucht,gefällt mir total gut.
    ich muss gleich zum arzt,hab überhaupt keine lust*grmpf*Aber ich muss.
    Bis später :-) GLG Jeannette

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  5. WOW! WOW WOW WOW WOOOOOOW!

    genialer Donnerstag Valerie... mir bleibt die Spucke weg!

    xxx
    Susi

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  6. Fabulous the way you you matched your painting with the GS images, they look fantastic against that background! Totally love your journal pages too! Yes we ladies of a certain age all remember Twiggy..... great photos like always!

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  7. You've made spectacular painted covers for your book, and I like the little ribbons and the blue flower too.
    Your two London pages are very evocative of the sixties, a fantastic time so very suitable for a fantasty(c) scene.
    Walking in the misty landscape can be good, it makes familiar scenes look different and mysterious and I enjoyed these photos.

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  8. Beautiful journal covers and London inspired pages today Valerie. The photos have a British appeal too...that cloudy weather.

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  9. Gorgeous backgrounds for the beautiful images at the top. Your London page is beautiful as well. I'm a little curious how long you have been living in Germany, your sure seem to live in a beautiful area with great walks. I have not been to either England or Germany, one day I will. I hope your eye is doing well. Cheers, Shirleyx

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  10. The journal looks pretty in purple--I like how you made the pocket & bookmarks!

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  11. Pretty ballerina. what a wonderful journal. Your photos today are quite lovely, soft and dreamy. xox

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  12. wonderful pages Valerie..........its a coincidence that we have used the same artist for our Paint Party piece.........didn't know she could be bought digitally, would have saved me painting her........lol
    Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Hey Valerie - your journal covers are so electric with color. I love the colors you use and I think I need to find some metallic paints . You always bring out the best color combinations.
    Although the front cover is beautiful, the back is very intriguing - I love it!
    Your London pages are delightful and nostalgic. The skyline is fantastic!
    I know you are healing more everyday!
    sandy xx

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  14. What great post Valerie. I love your album cover and the pages look amazing. Hope your eyes are much better by now too. Hugs Rita xxx.

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  15. Wow! Die Doppelseite mit der Ballerina ist so wunderschön!! So wunderbare Farben ... ein Traum!
    Die Erweiterung deiner London-Seite ist einfach perfekt!! Fantastisch!!
    GLG, LonettA

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  16. The journal so brightly colored is one of my favorites! Love the way you picked up the style and colors so beautifully! Your London pages are great, they look fun, I know you love England! The walking photos are beautiful even through the mist, take care my sweet friend. Big hugs, ~Diane

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  17. Love the stunning journal covers. Great colours. Fantastic page for your London theme.
    Yvonne xx

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  18. Gorgeous depth of colour on your journal covers. Your london pages are fab too. x

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  19. Fabulous journal covers, love the vibrant colours. Love the London pages too.
    Thanks for sharing the pics with us.
    Hope the eyesite is improving.
    Avril xx

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  20. I was very skinny and was called Twiggy, but I don't think in the nicest of ways! Love your journal pages and covers. All so lovely! Enjoy the weekend! Hugs!

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  21. I just love metallic effects and your pages glow and shimmer.

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  22. Lots of gorgeous color here! Love the journal...very patriotic...good job on all the pages and photos!

    Hugs Giggles

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  23. Valerie your journal covers are gorgeous! I love how you combine the digital with your own artwork, and your London piece if brilliant - this is how I picture London in my head xx

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  24. Those journalpages are so wonderfully colourful. And I love all the quotes about London, especially the one from Yeats....

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  25. Love the purples and the blues. A Lovely journal cover front and back. Happy PPF

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  26. Hi Valerie, your journal is gorgeous in the bright colors. Purple and blues are stunning together.
    The verses for London are a great touch too.
    Your walking pics are very mysterious in this post. Love the foggy mist.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  27. Absolutely beautiful colors on your journal, Valerie. It's mesmerizing. I also love the serenity of the photographs.
    Thank you for all the positive comments you always leave on everyone's Tag Tuesday entries. Caught my attention. :)
    Have a lovely weekend.
    xoxo's

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  28. Valerie, your pages are beautiful. The background colors are some of my very favorites at this time.

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    1. Mine too, can't tear myself away from them!

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  29. Beautiful photos, is wonderful as you catch the colors of these beautiful landscapes, pleasantly intoxicating!

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  30. "the landscape fading away into the mist, and swallowing colours and sounds." so very perfect description. The landscape does have a British feel to it. Lovely journal pages Val and Yeats is a fav of mine, much like England. : )

    Annabelle : )

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  31. Your new journal pages are stunning, Valerie. I also enjoyed viewing more of your LONDON spread. Both fun and inspirational. I need to check out the collage images.

    Hugs,
    C

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  32. I love the look of your misty morning Valerie-I don't mind walking in it one bit-so long as it's not a COLD mist :) Your book covers are superb!!! I love how you coordinated the background colors with the imagery-great vibrant colors.

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    1. Yes, the mist is really beautiful, I love it, too!

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  33. The ballerina pages and the London pages are marvelous! I'm wowed by that beautiful landscape.

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  34. Wowness...such beautiful art..I love dancers..so gorgeous and inspiring! and love those photos..stunning!! AWesome!

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  35. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous crafting for Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 81: anything goes , Hazel, DT - hope to see you again soon x

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  36. i love early morning fog, the way it covers up and lets nature peek through is always so intriging to me. I really enjoyed your photos and art today!

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  37. This is magical! Thanks so much for joining us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad.
    xoxo
    Karla B - DT

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  38. What a beautiful backdrop you painted for the DT images. I love fog photos and yours are stunning.

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  39. Hi Valerie a gorgeous creation it has a mystical feel whilst feeling vibrant, lovely.
    The journal pagers are fab. Hope spring is with you soon as it has arrived here in Suffolk. Hugs Sandra XXX

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  40. oh Valerie your journal is gorgeous and dreamy! love the cover! thanks for joining the anything goes challenge at the cheerful stamp pad! xo

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  41. Just love your journal pages, the colours are fabulous. All the other entries are fantastic as well.

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  42. I grumble when it is misty but doesn't it create a lovely atmospheric picture - thanks for showing us these.
    Your thumbnail on Artful Times was so striking I could not wait to get to your blog - and I was certainly not disappointed. What a fabulous jewel like creation you have made on that journal cover. WOW! That is fantastic and I love both the pictures you have used - they work so well.
    Your London journal pages are brill too and I found them fascinating to look through.
    Thanks for joining us at AT and thanks for the photos you include for us all.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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