Saturday, 24 January 2015

'Inspired by'.... on Saturday

Hi Everybody!

It's weekend - enjoy it!

For 'Inspired by the Masters' at Art Journal Journey I was inspired by Ellen Jackson, an artist from the USA who works with paper to produce woven art, paper patchwork and mosaics etc. Her works integrate weaving and contemporary art. Lately I have enjoyed playing with scraps and strips of paper and fabric to make collages,  and to experiment with art forms other than 'just' painting or sewing. This week I had a parcel from Susi, and it was wrapped in grey packing paper. While watching TV I tore it into narrow strips, and that, together with an A3 cardboard from the back of a drawing pad, were the main ingredients for my work. I am sure this is not to everyone's taste, but sometimes I just like to have fun experimenting!


It started off like this:


I splashed some acrylic paints, fairy dust and some sprays onto it. 


When it was dry I added in some more strips of paper (this was the wrapping paper from my Galaxy chocolate from Suze)


I added more colours with pan pastels, wove in some strips of old letters and printed papers, and added some leftover alphas, which for me always represent the words we speak or think. I wrote a quote along some of the strips, 'The normal happenings of everyday life, that weave the fabric of life's big scrapbook'. The words are part of the 'about me' I wrote on my profile when I started my blog some years back, and tell what I was aiming for in my blog.
This was a fun project, and I have already started some more paper-play pieces.





Today was very cold and frosty, and rather misty, but I enjoyed my walk along the Rhine:


The water level is still dropping, the tree on the right was standing in the water last week. The blue balloon has gone!


The ducks, geese gulls and the heron were all looking for food:





This ship made a nice splash of colour in the grey surroundings:


The little robin was all puffed up to keep itself warm


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

35 comments:

  1. Lovely and creative use of the gift wrap. I didn't know robins puffed up like that when cold, interesting.

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  2. Das sieht FANTASTISCH aus Val, boah...
    super dass Du auch zeigst wie das ohne Farbe aussah!

    Ganz toll!
    Die Fotos sind auch wieder so schön Valerie- Danke!

    ♥♥♥
    Hab einen wunderschönen Samstag!

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  3. Love what you have made, Val, very unusual, and liked seeing how you built it up and wove it together. Great bird Photos, too. Have a nice weekend, hugs, Sarah

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  4. Your artistic woven work of art is just amazing...how long does this take....gosh it's amazing. Love the journey today.xxx

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  5. schöne farbeb,tolle technik-.
    schöne batur bilder wider,danke dafür.
    schönes we.

    glg jeannette

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    1. Dir auch eine schönen Wochenende, hier schneit es....

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  6. tolle Webkunst.. schön, auch den Prozess zu sehen, wie das farbe angenommen hat!
    schönes Wochenende, val!

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  7. Interesting photographs today Valerie-the robin is wonderful and looks so pleased to be there.

    Love the artwork and the way you introduced the colours along the way-amazing

    Have a good day

    Love Chrissie

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  8. I just love these woven collages Valerie.

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  9. I really do like your woven pieces and was amazed at how you added the color. The quote is perfect!

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  10. Wow Valerie, you have a lot of patience to be doing all that weaving! I think I would go cross-eyed! Love the colours, so bold and beautiful! I sure hope Mr Balloon found a good home! lol. big hugs until tomorrow my friend :)

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  11. your at today is a masterpiece! You are so full of creativity, this is beautiful, I love the texture this one has, beautiful photos, so much wildlife!

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  12. Your woven paper is fabulous and I like your quote. I don't do paper weaving very often as it is sooo fiddly and liable to drive me nuts, lol. Thank you for the tip about heating the wax colours on my page. It worked!! ((hugs)) :o))

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  13. Wow! Einfach fantastisch, liebe Valerie! Interessant die einzelnen Schritte zu sehen ... vielen Dank für dies Inspiration!
    Schönes Wochenende für dich!
    Liebe Grüße, Annette

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  14. Wonderful creation. Colours are lovely.
    Hugs, xx

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  15. Hi Valerie, your artwork is very beautiful, thanks for showing the steps, it's very interesting. I've missed a lot here this week, have taken a peak and must say that I love the gorgeous photos of the mushrooms on the trees... love them! Happy Weekend, Shirleyxx

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  16. Great textured weaving, Valerie! Love the photos today! Hugs!

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  17. What a transformation! Awesome work my friend!

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  18. marvelous red everywhere in this post. Love your piece. xox

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  19. It must've been cold, don't think I've ever seen a robin quite so puffed up! I love how you get so much enjoyment from the packaging of a gift! Your weaving looks fab, I really like it. Enjoy your evening! Xx

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    1. Nor have I, he looked round as a ball, poor thing must have been freezing.

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  20. This is a really cool piece. I love how you have put such personal elements into it and also how you have recycled things that we usually toss in the trash. Not only that, but they are reminders of gifts you received from friends.
    Your nature photos, as always, are beautiful. Have I ever asked if you belong to Paint My Photo?
    Blessings on your Saturday,
    Teresa

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  21. Hi Valerie, Your woven work is beautiful. Love how you applied the color and used things that might have been thrown away. It's great to utilize all the little pieces we have in our stash and bits and bobs from special gifts.
    Love your walking pics and seeing all the birds. That little Robin is precious and must be a sign that spring is not far off.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  22. Love all of your pretty bird photos ! It does look cold and damp there. The art page is great ! Lots of details and great color ♥

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  23. What an interesting project! I particularly like where you added the paint and fairy dust. So pretty! Love the birds, too!

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  24. What a fun and creative art piece! I think about doing mixed media pieces sometimes... I love the photos too, I hope the birds found some food. What a cute robin!

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  25. A fantastic piece of weaving, you are so inventive in what you use, it looked like materials at first sight.
    Yvonne xx

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  26. WOW What a gorgeous collage! I love the weaving and those colors- yum! xo

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  27. Of course, after you have admired the present you have to play with the wrapping paper.
    I really like this modern work of art and enjoyed seeing it take shape and colour.

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  28. You can tell you are having fun with your weaving and your use of color is a delight! Once again, wonderful pictures especially of the birds.
    Sandy xx

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  29. Wow, das sieht aber Klasse aus! Ich bin ganz begeistert von deiner Komposition und den Farben.
    Und deine Vogel Fotos sind wieder erste Sahne.
    LG
    Gabriele

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  30. Wow, what a gorgeous piece you have made! ~Diane

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  31. Dein Papier-Gewebe sieht ganz großartig aus, ganz tolle Idee!
    LG Ulrike

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