Wednesday, 10 December 2014

It's Wednesday already....

Hi Everybody!

It was a cold and wintry day here, and the forecast has promised us gales and storm for the next days. Bad weather days are good crafting days!

For Art Journal Journey I have a different sort of collage today. I started off with a 6" wooden heart, which I painted with gesso. Then I collaged it with tiny scraps of old paper from letters and books, and scraps of some non-woven material. When the mod-podge had dried, I gave it a coat of varnish, and added the rub-on roses. The gilding flakes were the next step, and then another coat of varnish. I used a sheet of distressed paper as background, and sewed a pocket of antique linen, a border and some hand-crocheted lace onto it. I used double sided tape to fix the heart to the pocket, and added a pin and a key. This collage (12x8") will be the 'packaging' for a little present for a friend.








The day started off quite wel, with some sun, but it was very cold.





I wonder who lives here? I think it might be the robin.



I still enjoy watching my feathered visitors. They sit in the tree first, and make sure the coast is clear before descending onto my balcony. A black bird pair has joined the others now, and they eat more than all the others together....But I must confess, I am also more hungry when the weather is so cold!



I love the way they creep up:





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

31 comments:

  1. Lovely collage! The birds seem fine in the cold!

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  2. Love this collage, with the beautiful collaged heart and old linen and lace, really beautiful. The birdies seem to know where to come for good service. It's nasty weather here, stay warm and dry! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. The heart and pocket collage is very beautiful Valerie-the flower images stand out so well. Such a lovely idea to use it for packaging.

    What amazing photographs today as well. I love all of them but particularly like the sihouette twigs against the sky.

    Have a great day--cold here brr.

    Love Chrissie x

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  4. wunderschön ist deine herz collage,und die bilder sind traumhaft.
    ich sitze hier und warte auf den befund,hoffentlich geht alles gut.
    schönen tag dir.

    GLG Jeannette

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  5. Eine wunschöne Collage - richtig romantisch angehaucht.
    Hier ist es auch grausliches Wetter und ich denke der Tag wird mit backen und basteln gut rum gehen :-).
    Liebe Grüße, Dagmar

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  6. ich liebe es, wenn Collagen mit Stoff gearbeitet werden... es juckt mich in den fingern, aber ich weiß nicht, ob ich mich aus meinem Journal lösen kann;)

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  7. Fantastic way to package a gift for some lucky friend, the gilding flakes are beautiful! I love that picture of the sunrise, such a great way to start your day, even if it was a bit frosty! Until next time, holiday hugs :)

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  8. Was für eine zauberhafte Mixed Media Collage ist das wieder? Wunderschön!
    Und die Bilder sind so schön, ich bin besonders angetan von denen wo die Kakteeen dabei sind!
    Tolle Aufnahmen!
    EInen schönen Basteltag Dir noch!
    KNUDDEL!

    Susi

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    1. Die Voegelchen verstecken sich gerne hinter den Blumen!

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  9. Your collage will make a very sweet package! Thanks for the invite to post my tea collage on AJJ...I'll try to do it this week!

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  10. I loved the image on your white journal page yesterday Valerie and today your vintage collage is just as beautiful. It amazes me how you can turn your hand to any style! Weather is wild and woolly here today, wish I could plump up my feathers like the birds do! Lol xx

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  11. Gorgeous piece Valerie!! I love the fabric as the main base! I just received a bag of gilt in the mail- must get in on some art! thank you for the inspiration! xo

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  12. Another lovely piece and your photo skills are as good as your art skills, you are amazing! ~Diane

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  13. Well what a lucky friend, I would be happy with this alone as a present. The way you have decorated the heart is beautiful and the lace adds something special.
    Love the lemon sky in the third photo and love to see the birds coming to your balcony.

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    1. Don't worry, there won't be much inside it!

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  14. Das ist ja süß, wie deine Balkonamsel durch die Blumenreste guckt!
    Gestern war hier auch noch ein wunderbarer Tag - heute allerdings morgens richtig Sturm und Regen. Leider soll es so auch bleiben...
    LG Ulrike

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  15. Wow! Valerie that heart is breathtaking! Love how elegant and classy it is along with the flowers on the heart! Beautiful I tell you! Oh and love all the wee birdies! Enjoy and stay warm!

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  16. Is Blogger picking on me because I've been absent or is it playing havoc with everyone's lives?!
    Valerie, this is a triumph. Rich in texture and simply so gorgeous.
    We've also had (and still having) bad weather, in fact, it is a Weather Bomb we are experiencing. There was thunder during the night even though it was quite cold and with rain and high winds - the weather is certainly acting very strange.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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    1. I think Blogger is trying to drive us all round the twist!

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  17. Gorgeous collage, love how you made the heart it has stunning colours. Horrible weather here as well, gale winds, so a stay home day tomorrow for me .
    Yvonne xx

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  18. Deine Fotos sind wieder wunderschön. Auf blauen Himmel mussten wir heute leider verzichten, es war alles grau in grau und teilweise hat es sogar geregnet.

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  19. What a pretty heart!!!
    I always enjoy your photos too!

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  20. Really like your collage and sure your friend will be very happy with her gift ♥ The sunrise is beautiful and I love all of the bird shots. Have a lovely day!!

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  21. Beautiful sun picture - love all the birds too. Valerie, your make is absolutely delicious. You are very creative, not to mention talented!!
    Sandy xx

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  22. Nice combnation of materials. Looks like something you would find in Grandmother's trunk. You can tell it's cold in your photos, the sun looks different. xox

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    1. I am grandmother, but it won't be staying in my trunk!

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  23. Everything about your heart pocket is oh so lovely!
    So nice seeing your lovely feathered friends and the bare branches have such charm too.
    I agree about being hungrier in cold weather :-)
    Sending warm hugs your way oxo

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