Had another busy but happy day here. It started off cool and very misty, but the sun came out and dispelled the mist, leaving us with good weather. There was a festival in our little town today, with an arts and crafts market, a book market along the main street leading down to the river, and loads of stalls selling foods and snacks wafting tempting aromas under my nose. But I stayed strong and just had a coffee at the baker's. In the grounds of the 'Diakonie', a large church based social, welfare and health-care company, there was a huge party, with loads of stalls selling goodies, more food and drink, live music, and fun and games for the kids. I spent quite a long time talking to an artist called Michael Laux, who works with oil drums, old farm implements and scrap metal to make wonderful objects, and with plastic bottles to make creations like tropical underwater plants. You can see more of his work on his web page.
The mask was my fave:
And I got this as a present. It's A4 size, and will look wonderful with a light or candle burning behind it. There are so many colours in the burnt metal, it is fantastic.
And meantime, down at the Rhine, the swan was swanning:
The ferry was ferrying visitors across the water:
And this charming man was playing the violin for the swan, ducks and all who pass by, as he does every Sunday:
Yesterday, when I got back from the craft fair, I needed to go for a walk, and picked some leaves and ferns on my way home. I used them as masks and stamps, spraying them with blue and brown, using a sheet of paper I had already used as underground while stamping and distressing.
When it was dry I just had to try out the new stencils I got from Dinah Wakley, and kept to a reduced colour palette - black for the birds and rust (Viva) for the moon faces.
I added some white doodling, music notes and a quote:
This is something different to usual, but it was fun making it!
I am linking to Art Journal Journey, living beings; Mix it Monthly, trees; Artekarten, Stencils and Moo Mania, Music is in the air - and my music is literally in the air!
Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!