Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Winter Whites Collage and more

Hi Everybody!

Today started off very cold and frosty, but at least we had some sun. The next few days will be cold and icy - it's winter!

Today sees the start of a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday, 'Winter Whites'. Our challenges run for 2 weeks. so hope lots of you will find some time to enter your lovely creations. I made a collage, as that is our theme at Art Journal Journey. I used an image from Gecko Galz 'From Russia with love' collage sheet. I lightened the colours digitally, as I did not want too much colour in my winter whites.  The image was placed in my giant journal after painting the page with gesso and sprinkling it with white and silver glitter. I then added 2 sorts of texture paste with a spatula  to make the snow and ice and  painted over it with white, and gave the sky some blue shadows with pastel chalks. The falling snow was added with puff paint, and the trees, sledge and reindeer were painted and liberally glittered before I fixed them onto the picture along with a few stars. I added lots of Stickles to the image.

We also have a new theme at Tag Tuesday and I will show my tag here tomorrow, as I want to show the pictures from Kevelaer, which we visited on Saturday. It has been a place of pilgrimage to honour Mary for almost 400 years. There are many shrines and chapels there, all beautiful, but for me the best thing was to see so many people, young and old, standing or kneeling reverently, praying, and lighting candles on a dark and cold night. The atmosphere was very touching, and felt really special. We lit candles there and said prayers for some sick friends, and it was a great experience, even though it is not my religion.

There was a Christmas Market in a hall, and in the centre  was a nativity scene with living animals. It was wonderful to see the donkey and sheep walking around and munching on their straw.

This is a statue of a pilgrim in historical dress.

All in all, a wonderful day out!

Here's wishing you all a great day, take care, 
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. ooh wow,was für eine wunderschöne collage,traumhaft schön.
    die bilder sind einfach super,die krippe ist toll.
    ich war ja gestern zum mrt und es war nicht so schlimm,nun bekomme ich heute oder morgen den befund,die frau beim mrt sagte es sei nichts schlimmes.da feil mir eine große last vom herzen und ich und auch mein schatz haben geweint.
    ich hab auch gerade was eingestellt zum thema.
    wünsch dir einen schönen tag.


  2. beautiful wintry piece and thanks for sharing your wonderful day out!

  3. Was für eine wunderschöne winterweisse Arbeit Valerie! Zauberhaft sieht das aus!
    Toll wie Du alle Herausforderung kombinierts und etwas so Schönes dann immer zauberst!
    Was für schöne , stimmungsvolle Bilder !
    Das glaub ich gern, dass das eine besondere Stimmung war !
    Danke für's Teilen!


    Hab einen schönen Tag Collagemeisterin!

  4. Wunderschön, dein zauberhaftes Winter-Wunder-Land!!!
    Sehr beeindruckende und stimmungsvolle Fotos ... Danke fürs Zeigen!
    Liebe Grüße, Annette

  5. FABULOUS Just love this and the textures are just super....great photos again today.xx
    {The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

  6. Ooooh, Val, I LOVE this one, it really looks cold and wintry, just fantastic. You have great ideas, as always, and astonish me every day anew! Wonderful photos, very atmospheric, and fitting to your wintry theme. A SUPER post today! Hugs, Sarah

  7. Very beautiful photographs today Valerie with such a wonderful warm feel to them-thank you for sharing your special day.

    Love the white piece of art and the beautiful image in the centre.

    Have a beautiful day--very cold and frosty here with a mention of 80mph winds later--not here I hope but on the west where my daughter lives.

    Love Chrissiex

  8. Die Collage ist traumhaft schön - es wirkt als kämen die zwei gerade aus der verschneiten Landschaft herausspaziert! Gerade durch die davor gesetzten Zweige hat eseinen tollen Ausdruck und Tiefenwirkung. Die Fotos sind wunderschön - was für eine besinnliche Stimmung. Ganz liebe Grüße, Dagmar

  9. Die Winterstrukturen hast du ja ganz toll herausgearbeitet. Wunderschön!
    Ich glaube, so langsam sollte ich mich jetzt auch mal auf Weihnachten einstellen.
    Lieben Gruß von Ulrike

  10. da ich die größe der gestanzten bäume kenne, kann ich mir jetzt auch die größe deines journals vorstellen: echt riesig! und diese weiße seite gefällt mir ganz besonders gut!

  11. Thanks for sharing this process. I'm definitely sharing with my painting students today. Always looking for ideas to get them creating in their art journals.

  12. Wow, your page is so beautifully wintry and gorgeously made. The texture is perfect.
    Thanks for beautiful photos also.
    Have a wonderful day,
    hugs xx

  13. I have just fell in love with your wonderful card Valerie. The images are so beautiful. Love these stunning pictures too. Have a Good Day my friend. Hugs Rita xxx

  14. Lovely wintry art.... your day out sounds great!

    Karen x

  15. What fantastic winter page, Valerie! Love the beautiful image and the great texture. The photographs are amazing today.
    Have a lovely day!
    Hugs, Mar

  16. What a gorgeous winter scene Valerie! Love your soft whites and vintage image together, great texture with the snow too! Fabulous pics today, that's quite the nativity scene! holiday hugs :)

  17. Your collage is absolutely beautiful ♥♥♥♥ I love all of the winter white and the texturing is perfect! Very nice photos from your day out too.

  18. Hello Dear Valerie ~ I have missed you and your creativity while I was away.
    Your white collage is so beautiful...it reminds me of the Russian Snow Maiden which is something that has always charmed me...so lovely and textured!
    What a special festival...your photos gave me chills of the good kind.
    Thank you for sharing!

  19. Stunning white journal page. It is magnificent and would also make a wonderful holiday card. I have enjoyed your photos over and over and have never seen a nativity scene with live animals. The donkey is precious. Thank you, Valerie, for starting my day off on a positive note.


  20. Wow, the photos are stunning, what a fantastic day out you had on Saturday, it must have been a joy to be there.
    Love your journal page as well, the whites and textures make it look so magical,
    Yvonne xx

  21. Your white on white is stunning! Gorgeous pictures and a very moving story of the pilgrimage too. Big hugs, ~Diane

  22. Beautiful collage piece and I love the animals at the Nativity!

  23. Oh wow Valerie, absolutely adore your white on white piece, stunning textures in the background and a wonderful central image. Great photos too, wish I could show my grand daughter that nativity scene, - so sweet! Love the look of the donkey and the sheep!!

  24. What a very stunning white art, love the snow and your deer with the sled.
    And thanks for another enjoyable virtual outing, your area is so diiferent from here.

  25. This is a gorgeous collage. And I enjoyed your photos too.

  26. I adore your collage! So beautiful and magical!!
    And your photos are always so interesting - I love to view a bit of life from afar! xo

  27. Your white collage is just stunning! I enjoyed the photos of Kevelaer which were simply gorgeous. It is wonderful to know that people still visit and pray at this lovely site.

  28. Was für ein tolles Werk, die Textur ist ein Traum.

  29. Valerie! Your art work is gorgeous - beautifully done. Your pictures are all gorgeous . I don't know what the Jewish Holy days are but I do want you to know that I am thinking of you and hope this holiday season is a wonderful one for you. I hope your family in Israel is safe. I pray for peace. I am going to write to you tonight.
    Sandy xx


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