Friday, 25 April 2014

Inspired by spring

Hi everybody!
It's weekend again, so hope that all those who have been working hard all week will have time to rest, have fun, and be creative.
Yesterday evening we had heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning, and I enjoyed watching the flashes from the safety of my window. Today was warm and sunny enough to walk out without a jacket - that was good.

This afternoon I managed to finish a journal page, inspired by spring and the plants which are springing up everywhere. The background has been painted with blues and green metallic paints, and stamped with my script and scroll stamps to give some texture. I stamped into the wet paint without using any ink, just transferring colour from one place to another. I wanted it to look like a backdrop for the white images. I used little fragments of old letters again, this time from the 1930s. I placed them mostly along the bottom of the page, so they are growing like the plants around them. Words grow into stories! I used stamps from Lawrence and Morgan, LaBlanche and Artemio, stamping with embossing ink and embossing with white EP. The wings of the dragonfly and the bee, and some of the flowers have been 'stickled' with diamond Stickles. I think the quote is an encouragement for me to try to be more contented with things as they are.

I am linking to PPF, AJJ - moments of happiness,  FSC - flying things, and Manon's Paper Saturdays

Here are some impressions from my walk today -

I have been watching this snail for a week, it has not made much progress climbing up the wall

And this one was crossing the tow-path at the Rhine

I didn't find a four leafed clover

Another of my fave paths:

And trees holding hands....

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


  1. Love your journal page, wonderful colours, and the photos are lovely, except for the snails! Do you remember when we read Patricia Highsmith?? Hugs, Sarah

  2. Beautiful journal page. Love the colors you have achieved and your stamping and embossing is remarkable. Love your photographs also...looks like you live in a lovely state. New York is still waiting for Spring to arrive.

  3. Stunning journal page Val, really exceptional! I love the images in white, the torn notes and the beautiful quote, all gorgeous! The trees holding hands is really cool. the walk was beautiful and peaceful too, thank you. ~Diane

  4. Super white images against the background on your gorgeous pages. Loved the photos, and the trees holding hands.

  5. Valerie
    Sorry I haven't been around.
    The background is quite stunning and the idea of the white against the background makes for such an eye catching effect.
    So very beautiful.

  6. I love the stamped images against your colourful background. x

  7. Wow Val, a totally stunning journal page, - that blue and green just glow and look amazing as a backdrop the the white elements! I also really love how you tucked the letter fragments in between the flowers at the bottom. The photos like always are amazing, you have such an eye for detail! Those trees holding hands look amazing. So many people would just walk past something like that, it takes an artist to see things in that way. Oh and a beautiful quote too!

  8. Happy PPF, Valerie! Your art this week is absolutely rivetingly beautiful! The background is wonderful, but your stamping and embossing job is to be envied! Gorgeous dragonfly. I love diamond stickles and hope I never run out of it. I also like crystal stickles, but diamond is my all time fave.

  9. Really pretty page. Love the colors. Love the photographs. Felt like I was taking that walk with you. And yes, I am one of those people who after working hard all week am delighted to have the weekend arrive to have rest and more creative time.Happy PPF!

  10. beautiful spring inspired page. You have such lovely walking paths, and great capture of the snails.

  11. Loving your pretty page Valerie and all those fab photos. Annette x

  12. Hi Valerie, what a pretty spring inspired page. I love the dragon fly and the colors. Beautiful verse too.
    Your walking pics are great today as always. Love the trees holding hands. Hope the snail makes his journey!!
    Have a great weekend.

  13. schöne journalseite,gefällt mir,die bäume die Hand in Hand sind sind ja klasse,was es alles gibt....schöne bilder wieder,ich war heute auch draussen,das Wetter was sooo toll.
    schönes WE für dich :-)

    GLG Jeannette

  14. I really like this piece of art. There is so much truth to the words. The colors, texture bring so much life. Your photos always make me happy. That is one impressive snail. LOL
    Have a happy weekend

  15. Das ist wieder eine super schön gestaltete Journalseite - der tolle Hintergrund hätte auch super zu einer Unterwasserwelt gepasst - Klasse Farben!!!! Deine Fotos sind wieder so schön und auch ich finde die Bäume genial - was die Natur so zaubert :-). Danke fürs Lächeln auf mein Gesucht zaubern. Dir ein schönes Wochende, liebe Grüße, Dagmar

  16. I adore this fabulous page, Valerie. All of it is perfect. Especially I love the pieces of old letters and the dragonfly. It's so fragile and beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos. Spring is really there.
    Wish you a happy week :)

  17. Wonderful page and a very beautiful sentiment. I always find your posts optimistic and encouraging as is your artwork :)

    The photographs each day are such a joy and you seem to find all the things I love most. Clover is an all time favourite of mine from when I was a child and I can't pass a wild rose without taking in the heady scent. All way ahead of ours which still have brown stems and tiny buds so far. I am trying to grow some from a Rose Hip I collected 2 years ago and they look quite healthy :)

    Have a wonderful day

    Love Chrissie x

  18. Oh the dragonfly stamp again!! How I love it! :) That last photo taken between the trees in beautiful!

  19. Lots of lovely Spring images both in your fab journal pages and photos. TFS xx

  20. Your work is always filled with emotion. The way you used the negative form of the imagery was brilliant, and I also love the photograph of the couple of trees that appear to be holding hands. Blessings!

  21. Thanks for another lovely post, Valerie. I suspect this page may be even more beautiful in real life, although it is certainly lovely here on my screen. I really love the line of white flowers and plants.
    Beautiful photographs as always and I especially liked the ones of the snails, creatures who are going about their every day business like everybody else.

  22. Gorgeous colours, love the effect you've achieved with those paints. Glorious photos too,
    Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
    Claire xx

  23. You're such a party ppf party animal Valerie...this is gorgeous...and the photos...are wonderful!! Beautiful color!!Love the trees holding hands and the snail in full regalia!!

    Hugs Giggles

  24. Gorgeous journal page, love the blues. Your photographs as always are also beautiful. Enjoy your weekend, Shirleyx ps.. it's cold & rainy here... Spring is colder than normal this year.

  25. I love good thunder storms. Gorgeous journal page Valerie! Such a fantastic technique and I do love your use of metallic paint. My favorite picture this time - the trees of course!!
    Sandy xx

  26. Was ist das wieder für eine prachtvolle Seite Valerie??? Wahnsinn!

    Und Deine Fotos sind so himmlisch schön..
    Du hast es geschafft, dass ich jetzt auch mehr draußen fotografiere..
    na ja nen Blick wie Du habsch noch nicht dafür..aber das wird vielleicht noch!

    Knuddelgrüße und einen wunderschönen sonnigen Sonntag wünsch ich Dir schon mal!
    Danke liebe Valerie für Deine tollen vielen wundervollen Arbeiten für das Glücksmomente Monat bei Art Journal Journey!
    Du bist die Beste!
    Aber das weisste ja hoffentlich !

    1. Ja, klar! Aber Frau hört es trotzdem gern!

  27. Very pretty Valerie, the white embossing is fabulous. You certainly had a nice sunny day, it's been like pea soup here for 3 days! Xx

  28. Val, this is just wonderful art work! Adore the whites and blues and the slight addition of gold adds to it perfectly. Love the trees, so romantic.Enjoy your weekend.
    Annabelle : )

  29. love this work, especially the white against the blue!

  30. I love the beautiful colors in your journal pages!!! and your photos capture a perfect spring moment!!

  31. Valarie, you would not want to walk here today! It is cold and extremely windy. Your walk is so beautiful. Love your journal page with the white images and text against that gorgeous blue background, so striking! Happy Weekend!

  32. I've gone from intensely disliking snails to really liking them and drawing them often. Your artwork and photography are lovely. I love the white images. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  33. The greens and blues are so beautiful together and really show off the white! As usual, Valerie, your photos are delightful! I still can't believe how much things have grown, spring still is just a little sparkle here in Alberta, Canada. It snowed all day here. Just the other day it was 26 degrees C, however!

    Thanks for sharing, and for all of your words of encouragement on my blog!

    Happy weekend to you!


  34. Was für eine herrliche Journalseite! Ein fanatisches Sinnbild für den Frühling ... einfach großartig und traumhaft schön!! Wunderbare Fotos ... besonders die Schnecken haben mir es angetan! Einen schönen Sonntag für dich! LG, LonettA

  35. fab pages and love the photos.

  36. Wowwww, die Seite ist einfach fantastisch. Gefällt mir sehr.
    Deine Fotos sind mal wieder klasse gelungen. Ja, besonders das Schneckenfoto.

    LG Carola

  37. Das ist eine wunderbare Kombination auf Deiner Journalseite! Diese tollen blaulilagrünen Hintergrundfarben mit den weißen Zeichnungen und den alten Briefen macht sich so toll. Und das Bild mit den Händchenhaltenden Bäumen ist ja wohl obertoll! Ich bin ganz hingerissen davon!

  38. Deine Frühlingsseite gefällt mir ausgesprochen gut, die Farben sind so herrliche leuchtend - traumhaft. Das ganze Gegenteil zu dem heutigen grauen Wetter. Und auch deine Fotos - einfach nur klasse.

  39. Oh, such a beautiful journal page. Love the colors, the words and that sparkly dragonfly. And those trees holding hands, what can I say? Nothing short of charming. You gave me a big smile this morning.

  40. I love going for a virtual walk with you and I am trying to figure out where abouts you are but have no Idea. Happy Paper Saturdays! That white lettering looks amazing BTW! ManonX

  41. Fantastic page and fabulous colours! Really love it.
    Lovely fotos too.

  42. Aww look at those trees lol Gorgeous journal pages Val, you 'do' these colours so beautifully xx

  43. Gorgeous! i love embossing. :)

  44. Fabulous journal page Valerie, love the vibrant blue background with the white stamped images.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avri lxx

  45. Your journal page is beautiful. I love all the techniques you have used. Blessings, Janet PPF


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