Thursday, 25 December 2014

Little dolls and big birds.

Hi Everybody!

Hope you have all enjoyed your holidays, whatever you have celebrated!

Today I have a wintry collage to show for Art Journal Journey. It is one of the DT projects I made for Gecko Galz. I used my giant journal again, and first of all textured the page with crumpled tissue paper and mod-podge. When it was dry I painted it with gesso, and added in the blues and yellows while it was still wet, and lots of glitter, which unfortunately doesn't show well! The images are from a Gecko Galz collage sheet; I printed them out in different sizes and glued them onto the page along with a few glitter stars and an angel. The text was computer generated. I am also linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Eva and Kristin.









Today I looked out of the window and saw the tree behind the back garden full of wood pigeons, and on one of the lower branches, a hawk. The tree is good 50 meters away, so had to zoom in to get the photos.


I had fun watching him and taking photos till he spread his wings and flew away.
He has very strong looking talons, too.



He really is beautiful





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



38 comments:

  1. Love your Russian collage and the photos are wonderful, well done on spotting that bird! Have a nice evening, hugs, Sarah

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  2. Merry Christmas Valerie. Hope you've had a great day.
    Love the collage and your theme with those gorgeous images.
    Fabulous photos of the hawk. He must have already had his lunch - passing up on a tree full of pigeons or was he in the festive spirit!
    Hugs Avril xx

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  3. beautiful wintry piece...and lovely photos.

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  4. Superb picture of the hawk, I love seeing the hawk, but let's hope he's not a regular otherwise the little birds will be scared off, although it would be very nice to see him now and then.
    Your wintry collage looks freezing, straight from Siberia, although the angel doesn't look too fussed.
    Hope you had a super Christmas Day and are still having it.

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    1. I've seen him here a lot, but he wasn't always so obliging to pose for me. My day was fun and the cake was fantastic.

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  5. Merry Christmas! Gorgeous collage! ~ Diane

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  6. Merry Christmas! Gorgeous collage! ~ Diane

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  7. oohh deine matruschka seite ist ganz zauberhaft und der falke?! ist wunderschön,ich stricke gerade pulsawärmer,das muster raubt mir den nerv *grrr*
    schönen abend dir,sweetie.

    knuddel

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  8. Wonderful collage. Your photo of the bird filled tree is amazing. Happy Holidays to you!

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  9. Brilliant creation full of wonders and love this style and colours used.xx
    {The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

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  10. lovely journal page and fabulous photos! Happy Holidays, Valerie!

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  11. Interesting backgrounds! I might try it myself. Thanks for the peek at the pigeons and hawk. I love birds! Have a blessed Christmas from way over here in Manila! patsy

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  12. The textures and color blends on your page are amazing. I also love that little hawk, since it's one of my favorite birds of prey. Hope your holidays have been filled with blessings!

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  13. Oh, that's what we need now from Russia - love!

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  14. A lovely page Valerie. I like the textures and the images remind me of a traditional Russian doll that my grandma had. The wee angel is very cute. The hawk really is very beautiful, you captured him so well.
    Wee Man had a great day :o))

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  15. This is adorable!I love the dolls!

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  16. It looks so chilly in your collage!!

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  17. luv the Russian dolls

    hope your day 25th Dec was wonderful

    much love...

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  18. Fantastic hawk capture. Hope your day was lovely. xox

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  19. I love your Russian dolls! And wow for the hawk...I just love going on your "walks" with you:-)

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  20. A beautiful post. Thanks for stopping by. I am trying to find my way.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  21. Great photos, I love your captures Hawk !! Your wonderful composition with Russian figures!

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  22. your doll pages are fabulous. I looked at them in the store the other day. They are beautiful.
    your bird photos are lovely.
    hugs
    susan s

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  23. Your dolls are just beautiful. Love the texture...

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  24. Beautiful collage--I love the Russian nesting dolls!

    I always see hawks when we are driving on the highway--they are pretty large and easy to spot, but since I am always driving, not so able to take a photo!

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  25. Lovely work!

    Smiles & Best Wishes, Saskia :)

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  26. Love how you did that background, and the colours look great!

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  27. Nice collage with great texture. I have always loved those dolls. I remember playing with a set once when I was little. It may have been at school; I'm not sure. It just seemed magical to me as I took them apart, one by one, until I got to the tiny doll at the center.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Teresa

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  28. The art is great but so are those hawk photos. Wow.

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  29. Oh your babushka dolls are adorable...love them I have a set of them from big to small...and wow that hawk is gorgeous...wonderful photos!! Happy Holidays!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  30. Winter with the trees bare is a great time to spot those handsome hawks isn't it!
    Your photos are super Valerie. We get a big thrill when we see them waiting patiently on tree branches for their supper ;-)
    Recently we visited nearby Washington DC to check on Christmas lights and such. To our surprise we found a hawk in front of the train station (Union Station). We got some fun fotos of him sitting on bird statues heads (imagine hawk on eagle head *gg*). Gosh you got me going...
    Your matroshkas are so lovely on their winter background. I have a little collection of some wooden ones and am always drawn to them in every form and fashion.
    oxo

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  31. Happy New Year, Valerie! Love the nesting dolls painting. so vibrant and colorful! Wow on getting those photos of the hawk. It clearly shows he was not bothered by your presence (a good omen!). Love seeing your photos and artwork. Have a wonderful holiday season. xx

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  32. Always admiring your photos, Valerie!

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  33. Love the dolls. The birds are wonderful. That 'little' guy is gorgeous. Happy New Year and Blessings, Janet PPF

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