Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Frida collage with paper doll

Hi Everybody!

We had cooler weather today, with lots of fluffy clouds and a nice wind. But I'm afraid it will be heating up again from tomorrow, and then once again we have to expect storms, rain etc.

I used a photo of Frida with a monkey for the background, and increased the transparency to make it recede. The Frida doll cut-out sheet was sent to me a couple of years back, and I saved it for a special occasion....I gave the image a coat of clear varnish before fussy cutting it and putting the parts together with foam pads. I used liquid pearls in champagne to add embellishments to her hair, necklace, and to the patterns in the skirt. I used some fibres to make a belt. I made a frame using oil pastels, and tried to repeat the pattern from her skirt in the corners.





This is the album I made last year using Mexican cotton scraps sent to me by my dear friend Donna, a very talented artist, who lives in Mexico. I will be filling it with the Frida pages I am making for this challenge at Art Journal Journey.


I enjoyed my cycle ride along the Rhine again, and it was good to feel the mixture of cool air, sunshine and a fresh breeze. The clouds were fascinating today, I love watching them form and change.


This is my trusty bike, and today I saw it has a name, 'Donna' - so, Donna is accompanying me on my journeys.



 The farmer was cross because one of the bales burst open while he was lifting it....

The crows were having a party:


And the clouds just sailed overhead:



Here's wishing you all a great day. Take care, have fun, 
and thanks a lot for coming by!

36 comments:

  1. WOW die Frida Werke sind ja umwerfend, ganz besonders das untere Cover, davon bin ich total begeistert, was da alles zu sehen ist, bunt wie das Leben!
    Na und die Rhein Fotos sidn ja immer was für meinereiner, danke fürs Teilen:-)
    xox Anja

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  2. Oohh vlarie,dien frdia seiten sind absolut klasse,der text gefällt mir auch sehr und das bild mit frida und dem äffchen,total schön.
    ich glaube auch das wir vom frida bug gebissen sind *gg*sie lässt mich einfach nicht mehr los deise tolle frau und ihr leben.
    ein tolles fahrrad hast du,der name donna passt sehr gut.
    ich esse jetzt noch was und dann geh ich schlafen,gute nacht.

    knuddels jeannette

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  3. Was für wunderschöne Fotos - die Wolkenbilder sind der Hit. Ich liebe Wolkenfotos. Deine Frida-Seite und auch dein Album sind total klasse. Das wird mit Sicherheit ein wahres Kunstwerk werden.

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  4. Hi Val, I love what you have made, and often wonder how and where you get so many ideas for your themes, great! The photos are beautiful as always. Good night, sleep tight, Hugs, Sarah

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  5. Wundervoll ist diese Frida Arbeit wieder..... hach!
    Und erst das Album!
    Spitze!!!

    Dein Rad sieht sehr bequem aus... und die himmlischen Aufnahmen von Deinem heutigen Ausflug erfreuen mich immer wieder- besonders gut gefällt mir wieder mal Dein Krähenbild... perfekte Komposition!

    Knuddel!
    Susi

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    1. Ich liebe die Krähen, sie begleiten mich immer wenn ich hier unterwegs bin, und nach der Heu Ernte ist für sie Party, Party.Party!

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  6. Fabulous Frida page again, I have been fading a few of her pictures as well. Donna is a lovely name for the bicycle,, enjoy your cycling.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. The Frida art deserves to be placed inside such a special journal.
    The way you used the photograph of Frida is sublime - I absolutely love this creation.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  8. Another amazing Frida page Valerie, love the effect of the colourful doll against the black an white photo!! Hope the weather stays good for you!

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  9. Another beautiful page and great interpretation of Frida. I love love love this fabulous album, you have good friends, Valerie.
    Hugs, Mar

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  10. Wonderful doll! I love the Frida background too. Wonderful work!

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  11. A marvelous day with photos to make it truly perfect. That is a fancy bicycle, Valerie.

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  12. Loving both of your Frida's, fab work, Annette x

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  13. Very creative art work Valerie. Great phots as always.

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  14. I love your fragile Frida art work. She is such an unique person that there is so many possibilities to express her - of course if you are as talent as you are, Valerie.
    You have a beautiful bicycle and you've got a gorgeous present from your frien, lucky you!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Hugs xxx

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  15. Beautiful collage! Very creative indeed!
    Xx

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  16. Wonderful work on this latest Frida page Valerie and also I love the album cover you made with the beautiful fabric pieces.

    Great photos of the beautiful scenery and the clouds. Your bike looks nice and sturdy and it certainly takes you a long way to enjoy the area around you.

    Lots of rain here today and a little bit cooler as well--all very welcome for us but not for the many holiday makers that are here :(

    Love Chrissiex

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  17. Another wonderful Frida page, you're going to end up with a fabulous journal.
    xxx Hazel.

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  18. Another great Frida page. You have so many creative ideas on this theme..

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  19. The attention to detail in this new Frida piece makes it all the more special! Very well done!

    How funny that your bike has a name! Hope "Donna" takes you on many fun adventures!

    We are having changeable weather here again, too!

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    1. I've had the bike for 7 years and only just noticed the name!

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  20. Oh such fun! I had forgotten about the beautiful scrap journal you made - a perfect place to hold all your wonderful Frida art. Love the piece you did in today's blog - doll is gorgeous and you are so good with digital 'stuff'. OK, are you sure that your bike's name is "Donna"? .... or is that actually my bike? haha. Love it. Looks like a wonderful bike to ride. Great pics. Have a great day. hugs, Donna

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    1. It's my bike, but I am love the thought that you are always with me!

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  21. Your Design is beautiful Valerie, I love that verse too. So very true about life.
    Great pic of Donna. Love the basket on the back. Your sky pics are stunning.
    Enjoy the day.
    Hugs

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  22. Your Frida piece is stunning, I can see why you saved that piece, it is very special but will grace your journal from Donna beautifully! Love the photos from your bike ride, like that your bike has such a sweet name too. Big hugs, ~Diane

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  23. Well Donna is a beauty!!! Ride her with pride :) Great Frida art again... love all the details you gave it. I am so totally in love with the album you made and it's probably a good thing there is an ocean between us or I would be sorely tempted to swipe it from you. ♥ Have a great day my friend you have made mine more pleasant with your beautiful art and photos.

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  24. Fabulous Frida art as always... so beautiful...I adore the verse...Donna looks wonderful enjoy the wind in your hair...you can't beat it!! your photos are fantastic... Have fun... Hugs May x x

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  25. Gorgeous fabric on your Journal Valerie - perfect for all if your Frieda pages. Beautifully made page and the colors are so very pretty especially the wonderful fabric Donna sent you.
    Sandy xx

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  26. Wow, was für eine tolles Werk! Großartig! Ja und das Album ... einfach fantastisch!! Schöne und stimmungsvolle Fotos zum Genießen!! Dein Fahrrad sieht sehr bequem und robust aus und Name passt so gut!!
    Liebe Grüße, LonettA

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  27. That is one of my favorite Frida quotes Valerie!
    You have used the special paper doll in a really powerful way
    and I like how special "Donna's" are in your life.
    Your journal cover is WOW...
    You and Donna get to see some lovely sights...thank you for sharing them with us.
    oxo

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  28. haha, warst du in meinen stoffvorräten plündern;) - das war mein erster gedanke... die hab ich nämlich fast alle auch. deine collage mit dem spruch ist wieder total schön!!

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  29. Beautiful pages again Valerie, and your album cover is brilliant! Hope you and Donna had fun today :-)xx

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  30. Well I love your Frida's but that Donna has just got me under her spell. Great basket too! xox

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    1. Yes, my Donna is beautiful and sturdy, and cheaper to buy and keep than a horse! I use the bike a lot, for getting my shopping too, so it is a great help.

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