Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Moon-faces, keys to the kingdom and birds

Hi everybody!

Another warm and sunny day has flown by here. I went to a trial session for dance-gymnastics this afternoon - ouch! For some reason I now have a lot of bones and muscles which are groaning - It was fun, but perhaps a gentler sport might be more suitable for my advanced years!

I have been having fun again with the Dina Wakley stencil I bought last week. This time I painted it onto a piece of old, rust-stained linen to make my hanging. I did not try to wash or iron it, I wanted the original distress to show. I fringed the edges, and then stenciled the faces with Viva-color Rust. The corrugated background  (17 x 37 cm) has been partly peeled, gessoed and then daubed with gold, bronze and rust paints, and embossed with Frantage vintage gold and copper. I sewed the fibres on by hand to give the faces a wild and witchy look, and added some brown glass beads from an old necklace. I  used a piece of an old bracelet to make a loop to hang it from. I know things like this are not to everyone's taste, but I do like grungy stuff. My neighbour thought the linen looked like it had come from a Mummy's tomb....who knows!

I am linking today  to Paint Party Friday, hosted, as always, by Eva and Kristin, and to Simon Monday Challenge, Rock the techniques and AJJ, living beings








The large texture canvas I started last week is finished, and I have called it  'The keys of the kingdom'. My neighbour looked at it, and said, 'Yes. Well, what is it?' Good question, no answer - I just had fun playing with the colours and texture. As I used metallic paints, the colours seem to change according to how the light falls on it.











Today a big Heron was sitting on the rocks down at the shore under the castle ruins, really beautiful, and it was fantastic to watch it spread its wings and fly off over the water.




And this duck is always the first to greet me - does she know I always have something in my bag for her?



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

58 comments:

  1. What a fantastic post! Love your quirky canvas hanging, spooky, but gooood! Your texture canvas has turned out really dreamy, so many colours and textures to see, love it. And the photos are a dream today - well don! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Your moon faces have hair like mine every day especially when I go out on a day like today - all foggy! Love your key panel. A beautiful piece of art. Looks super on the wall. x

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  3. Beautifully creative! Brilliant make!
    I love the textures of your canvas, t'd gorgeous! Xx

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  4. Love your fabric hanging Valerie. But for me this wonderful canvas overshadows everything else. It looks so rich and full of textures that I can only imagine. Fantastic work my friend. As always beautiful pictures, but I'm off to have another look at your canvas. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  5. Your canvas is beautiful, as is your piece for PPF! I am feeling the fall colours. Beautiful happy birds!

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  6. wow - dein Bild ist der mega Hammer!!! Ein echtes Kunstwerk wie ich finde!
    Auch dein Tag ist klasse - toll auf den Stoff zu stempeln und die Fransenwolle gibt gute Frisuren ab ;o)
    Ich habe heute auch einen Graureiher fotografiert - auf einem Hausdach - hihi
    Deiner hat sich eine passendere Umgebung ausgesucht.
    Liebe Grüße, Dagmar

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  7. Gorgeous colours and textures Valerie.........stunning work !!!
    Hugs Annie x

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  8. The canvas hanging looks fantastic and I do like the hair styles. The other piece is stunning a wonderful piece of art.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. Wow, wow, wow, love those expressive Dina faces and the canvas is amazing!! And if your neighbour does not understand it, - well, too bad....

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  10. Endlich habe ich Zeit und Ruhe um meine Blogrunde nachzuholen. Deine beiden Werke sind total klasse, der Canvas mit den Schlüssel ist cool. Klasse Textur.
    Die Leuchtkraft der Fotos ist mal wieder enorm. Ein herrliches Blau. Ja, es war toll dich persönlich zu treffen :o)

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  11. Your key canvas is fabulous and I love the witchy faces, they are certainly having a bad hair day! Gymnastics! You'll do yourself an injury! How about yoga or Tai Chi! Xx

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  12. Stunning pieces, really! Love the spooky face an gorgeous textures on both artpieces.
    Hugs xx

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  13. Wow, just stunning! What a fantastic project with so many beautiful colours and textures! Wow, hugs :)

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  14. Oh Valerie!!!! I knew I was going to be in love with the canvas from the beginning !!! It is absolutely beautiful and I love the way it looks so different from each angle. I bet it is even more fantastic in person with the shimmers from the metallic paints. Always love to see the Heron :) Some day I am going to have to paint him ♥ Your fabric art piece is really cool. Love all the little details and yes the hair is just like mine too.

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  15. Beide Arbeiten sind wudnerbar und ganz nach meinem Geschmack! Sag Deiner nachbarin das ist ein ROYALES SCHLÜSSELBRETT...

    das ist der Grund warum ich meine Sachen niemandem "NORMALO" zeige..
    die verstehen ja doch nur Bahnhof..lach!

    Tolle Naturimpressionen ♥♥♥

    Hab einen schönen Tag Valerie !

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  16. Lovely heron and super cute ducks....love your project as well, the colours and keys wow you are one genious artist.xxxThe Journey is the Start


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  17. How brave of you to try the exercise class-hope the aches ease soon.

    What a beautiful way to use your new stamp-it does look amazing on the piece of old linen.

    The canvas is fantastic with so many textures and colours to admire. To me it does say Key to Your Kingdom as I see you Kingdom as being art in general as you have so many wonderful ideas and creation.

    Fantastic colours and image on the photographs. Wish is was as bright here--fog, damp and cold again for us today

    Love Chrissie x

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  18. Stunning artwork love the hanging and glad you didn't iron it. The wall hanging is stunning all that texture - beautiful.

    Nice to see your photos too

    Have a great day Hilda

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  19. I was so glad I dropped by today, because rusty fabric is right up my alley. You did a fantastic job making the rusty fabric work for you with the stencil. I was impressed with the rust as well as the sewing.

    Your "Keys to the Kingdom" is truly a work of ART. I loved the colors, the texture, and the keys you added in a well placed composition. Truly lovely art.

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  20. Valerie, I love your Keys to the Kingdom canvas - so much colour and texture! It looks fantastic on the wall. Jean.x

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  21. Nothing like a different exercise to make one aware of all the bones and muscles they didn't know they had--same happens to me!

    Keys to the Kingdom is absolutely gorgeous! It must really be beautiful when he sun shines on it. I like the faces piece--grunge is good!

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  22. Valerie, these are fantastic!! I just love all the mica and metal on your large wall hanging, so much texture! I love how you used all the natural fibres to make a background and hair on your small hanging, and the corrugated cardboard was a perfect choice! hugs :)

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  23. wow,was für wunderschöne arbeiten wider,bin begeistert.
    mir geht es nicht so gut,muss soviel aufräumen und finde keinen anfang,hab soviel zu anziehen,jetzt muss ich alles sotiren,denn im schrank passt nichts mehr rein *lach*
    dein canvas sieht wirklich sehr königlich aus,genau wie susi sagt so ist es,die normalos haben keine ahnung was wir machen.
    wünsch dir einen schönen nachmittag.

    GLG Jeannette

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  24. Love the faces, really neat stencil and I love the journal page with all the beautiful colors! Big hugs, ~Diane

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  25. good for you exercising with dance, I would be sore after that too! The texture piece is amazing , I love it, I think its what ever a person interprets it to be, thats the beauty of it!!! You have created some beautiful work and the heron is such a regal bird, they have a little floppy landings but are graceful other wise aren't they, lol,

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  26. Wunderschön, dein Tag mit den Dina-Stencils - warum habe ich sie gar nicht gesehen, die gefallen mir ausgesprochen gut.
    Die Idee mit den verschiedenen Schlüsseln passt so toll zu diesem grandiosen Hintergrund, ein richtiger Blickfang für deine Wohnung!

    Ja, die alten Knochen merken jede ungewöhnliche Aktivität sofort, nicht wahr. Gestern hatte ich einen großen Putz- und Aufräumtag, war den ganzen Tag in Aktion - und abends hat mir bis in die Fingerspitzen alles weh getan!
    LG Ulrike

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  27. Another fabulous piece of moon faces and their amazing hair. The canvas is really a great piece of art with super textures and fabulous colours, I love the keys too.
    Hugs, Mar

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  28. Hi Valerie, I bet the dance gymnastics was fun even if you are a bit sore today. Love your moon faces. The Keys to the Kingdom is fabulous. What an amazing piece.
    Great walking pics as always.
    Hugs

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    1. It was fun, but I will choose an easier course, I think it was a tad too much for me!

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  29. Stunning work Valerie.
    xxx Hazel.

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  30. I love that hanging piece, so different and attractive! Your canvas is striking, full of mystery and golden mellow light, it holds the eyes and makes them dance.

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  31. The 'Keys to the Kingdom' is an awesome piece, and the wall hanging is very lovely. What a beautiflu blue sky there is in your photies and the colour of the water is wonderful :o) Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend ahead :o) x

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  32. I'm really late signing on today, Valerie. Your cloth wall hanging is terrific with the moon faces and their fancy hair styles. I had to laugh at the comment from your neighbor about your gorgeous canvas, Keys to the Kingdom." Hubby always asks me something similar when he views some of my projects. Quite often it is, "And what do you do with that?" I love your canvas and the gorgeous colors and numerous keys. It is really beautiful! Tomorrow is art club and we are going to use torn paper for our cards. It should be interesting.

    Hugs,
    C

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    1. Have fun at your art class! People do sometimes ask strange questions about art, that's true!

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  33. Love the moon faces and texture in your work! Happy PPF!

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  34. Love the adorable fun faces on your piece of linen..what a creative piece! The canvas colors and texture are beautiful!

    Hugs Giggles

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  35. Wonderful faces, I really like the look of your hanging. The textured canvas is fabulous. Hope you recover from the dance class. Happy Friday!

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  36. Great art, but I am really drawn to the Key to the Kingdom, it is awesome! Hope the aches wear off! Love the heron.

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  37. hahaha, 'what is it?' Art is what a watcher sees and feels...........
    Great works, I like them!

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  38. Dance Gymnastics sounds like fun - I used to do jujitsu, it killed me but it was good! Love your pieces today Val, the rusty linen is perfect for these faces, and the keys canvas is just wonderfu! Have a great weekend xx

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  39. such a great idea, that canvashanging! Love how you used the stencils, very unique! And your big textured painting is gorgeous.

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  40. Awesome face hanging made on the cardboard. I love that stencil too. I love how you gave them that funky hair. And you painting- the texture and colors is beautiful.

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  41. Valerie I so love your work. The Keys to the Kingdom is just gorgeous - and the answer to what to do with it or what is it - it's art - you look at it and enjoy it. I know some people think art is a painted photo - but I was always a lady who loved texture. Your canvas faces are wonderful. Again - for some people it has to be a photo like portrait. That's ok - but the negative comments are not!

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    1. Thanks, but I do not worry about silly comments from neighbours. Some just do not understand anything about art!

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  42. Very creative way with face stencil! And really like the metallic canvas. Why does art always have to "be something"? Really?!! Loved them both. Happy PPF!

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  43. I stand spellbound with these compositions, which delicacy in all, beautiful!

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  44. Super!!! Deine beiden Werke sind einmalig schön. Das Schlüsselbild hat es mir besonders angetan.

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  45. Lovely! Wonderful textures in your work as always - and I love the addition of the metallics and fibers. ;0 xo

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  46. the canvas is simply amazing, but I really love the wall hanging... and perfectly photographed so we can enjoy the textures... really fabulous post...xx

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  47. A beautiful post full of eye candy! Love your wall hanging, especially.

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  48. Love the expressive faces on the "mummy fabric"! Your neighbor is silly - I think "keys to the kingdom" is explanation enough! It might be fun to paint something truly crazy and just see what they have to say. Wonderful photos, as always - and have a great weekend!

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  49. Your photography is amazing, and I'm enjoying watching your sparkling waterfall with keys take shape. The three ladies, enhanced by your talent and creativity, are stunning!

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  50. WOW! This is amazing work - i love both pieces so much!!! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!! - Ashli :)

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  51. These pieces are both fantastic!! Love the wonderful textures and metallic shine. Such clever use of Dina's stencil on the first piece and the colours are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

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  52. Keys to the Kingdom is quite appealing. I had a business Key Treasures (jewelry) at one time and the Key was my symbol. I love the 3 witches. . .good creativity on that one too. I love birds and photograph them all the time. My ducks will come running down the sidewalk to meet me. They know us. We are the Bird Friends. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  53. Beautiful pieces, love the layers, textures and warm colours.

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