Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Blue and Green

Hi Everybody!

Another week is flying by, I wish I could run fast enough to catch up with it.
We had cooler weather today - so nice, and there was a great breeze blowing along the Rhine, so I cycled all the way to the harbour in Düsseldorf, it's about 20 miles there and back, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I had lots of breaks to take photos and have a sit on a bench, too. Tomorrow will be good weather again - I hope, and I will try to do another trip. The weekend should be very hot and stormy again, so I want to use the good days. I still can't get my thumb round the handlebar, but manage to hold on well without it.

Today I made a quick journal page. I have been busy with other things this week, but can't show them till August begins. I painted the background with blue and green metallic paints over gesso, and stamped into it while it was still wet with a dry crackle stamp. This lifts of some of the colour, and gives a textured, white crackle effect. You can then use the stamp to transfer the blue crackle to another sheet of paper, which gives another background....As I used various colours, it seems to change colours, depending on the angle of the light. I used 2 stencils (Stencilry) which I daubed with gesso using a kitchen sponge, which again gives a nice textured look. This was quick and fun to make.
I am linking to Moo Mania and More, texture, and to Paint Party Friday 






I saw other horses today, but they were also busy grazing....


I watched the hay bales being stacked and stored:




A plane on it's way to the nearby airport:


The post office tower of Düsseldorf in the distance:


The Esprit Arena for concerts and sporting events is just across the road from the Rhine:


The Trade Fair is next door:


And here another bridge and the skyline of Düsseldorf are coming into view:


Hope you enjoyed your tour today, I will keep the other photos for another day!
Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!




40 comments:

  1. Love your dreamy journal page, Valerie! The touch of stamped crackle is so nice and love the colors. Be careful with your thumb!!! Again we are having very high temperatures and I don't like that! Hugs!

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    1. I believe you, wish I could send you some of the rain, and the cool, fresh breeze we had today!

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  2. The crackle is very effective with the quote! Wow, that is a long way to cycle--good for you! I hope your thumb continues to improve. Our weather is beautiful right now.

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  3. Love your journal page, the colours are very harmonious, and the texture looks good, too. Great photos, too. I remember the trade fair well, but the arena looks different? Hugs, Sarah

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  4. Eine wunderschöne Journalseite mit ganz tollen Effekten. Herrliche Farbkombi. Bei uns hat es die ganze letzte Nacht bis mittags komplett geregnet. Anschließend kam die hohe Luftfeuchtigkeit. Das ist nicht wirklich mein Wetter .... Ich mag es lieber trocken und warm ;)

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  5. A beautiful page Valerie, the crackles look fab. I hope you have a well padded bicycle seat, 20 miles is a fair distance! Xx

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  6. Eine mega klasse Seite hast du da wieder kreiert! Liebe Grüße, Dagmar

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  7. Love this page Val. Great combination of colours. You always manage to make your pages so interesting too. Good for you in cycling 20 miles, you must be really fit to do that. Love today's pictures too. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  8. Wonderful crackle texture, love your Dream page. Enjoyed the guided tour in super photos.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. Beautiful page, I did enjoy the tour! Wow you covered a lot of ground!

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  10. Love your gorgeous page, adorable colours and fab photos, good start to my day.xxx
    The Journey is the Start

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  11. Love your journal page and fantastic sentiment. I must admit I am a dreamer!
    I really enjoyed seeing your pictures of Dusseldorf. Once again Valerie - I do really love your journal page.
    Sandy xx

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  12. The krackle texture looks so good and the whole page is fabulous. I like the colours you've used.
    Now the weather forecast here is that it'll rain and thundering is coming today.
    Be careful with your thumb,
    hugs!

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  13. Fantastic piece Valerie. So good for you to bike 20 miles. It would take me a while to get to that distance. Hubby does it all the time. Nice views you have in every direction. xox

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  14. Love the journal page Valerie it has such rich colours.

    My I am so impressed with all the cycling you are fitting in must be great to be able to go so far and see all that you do. I did got to Dusseldorf over 25 years ago but only the airport unfortunately.

    Hope your today today is just as good--we have had about 10 minutes rain which was lovely

    Chrissie x

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  15. Eine großartige Seite ist das wieder und Deine Fotos sind auch soooo klasse, Valerie

    Danke für's Mitmachen bei MOO-MANIA & MORE

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  16. Thank you for taking us on a trip. I love the area you live. You make it so inviting you should be a spokes person for the area. LOL
    Lovely art as well.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  17. Valerie, the crackle effect is wonderful on your new piece of art. I need to try that myself. A 20-mile bike ride is L O N G and my rear would be pretty tired by the time I returned home. Good for you and also for the new photos of an entirely different area. I enjoyed them so much.

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    1. Yes, when I rolled out of bed this morning my rear was definitely hurting!

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  18. Wow das ist eine tolle Seite Valerie und die Technik dazu ist cool. muss ich mir merken... klasse Effekt!
    Deine Fotos sind toll ..bitte pass auf beim Radeln, ja?!
    Ich wünsch Dir einen schönen Ausflugstag für morgen wieder..ich bin in Wien..werd nur am Morgen kurz noch online sein vor der Abfahrt um zu gucken ob mit der AJJ Challenge alles in Ornung ist und meine Seite, die ich vorberietet hab zu verlinken!
    Ich drück Dich!
    Werd wohl erst Samstag Abend wieder online kommen schätze ich! Wenn überhaupt, denn meine Tochter braucht Samstag vor unserer Rückfahrt noch IkeaMöbel,weil bei uns hier ja kein Ikea ist ..das wird sicher uranstrengend durch den Ikea zu latschen und alles zu suchen -auch wenn wir schon alles ausgedruckt haben!

    drück Dich!
    xxx
    Susi

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  19. Beautiful journal page Valerie. Love the background and the verse. Enjoyed the tour today too.
    Have fun bike riding but be careful with your thumb.
    Hugs

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    1. I am being careful and wearing my support.!

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  20. Diese Seite ist fantastisch! Interessante Technik ... sieht klasse aus! Diese blau-grünen Farben mag ich sowieso ... das weißt du ja! Ein tolles Werk!
    Ganz liebe Grüße, LonettA

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  21. Lovely dreamy page Valerie and good for you getting out on your bike :)
    Von ♥

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  22. You are such an amazing woman, I really admire that you get out and do it all! The journal page is gorgeous, I love the crackle effect too. Take care and have a good evening. Big hugs, ~Diane

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  23. Everything in your area looks so clean and fresh and tidy, I love to see the buildings and architecture.
    Your art today is just wonderful, love these blues and greens and the lettering, and the whole mysterious page.
    What to do when you have a sore thumb - cycle 20 miles and make outstanding artwork.

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  24. Wow, just beautiful Valerie. Love your photos and your work, very impressive. Happy PPF!

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  25. Love this new style of journal page...very cool and congratulations on being featured this week!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  26. thanks for the tour!! i enjoy seeing your photos...a mini vacation for me :)

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  27. Your photography is fantastic. . .you show up the place you live to such beauty. I would love to walk in that rural environment with all the animals. Your Journaling is wonderful. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  28. Wonderful - as always! Love the crackle texture!! Great photos, too!! Happy PPF!

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  29. I love this--the words, the way they pop from the page--your colors and that wonderful crackle finish--just marvelous!

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  30. ♥ Love the journal page! Great colors and great choice of words. Lovely pictures as usual ♥

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  31. Lovely journal page - I love the texture the crackle gives to it!

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  32. Such a beautiful journal page. I love that crackle effect. Nice! Und wie schön, ein paar Fotos von Düsseldorf und Umgebung bei schönem Sommerwetter zu sehen! Liebe Grüße! Silke

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  33. Brilliant journal page Valerie such rich vibrant colours. Well done for holding onto your handlebars for so long! xx

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  34. awesome cracks and beautiful colours :) amazing work

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