Friday, 24 April 2015

Gather ye rosebuds....

Hi Everybody!

Once again I am dog tired and much too late writing my blog post, the past few days have been too busy and chaotic. It can only get better!

I made a mixed media page for Art Journal Journey and Paint Party Friday.
I took an A3 sheet and used various papers for the background, giving them a thin coat of diluted gesso. The head of the lady is one I drew some time back from a picture in a magazine. I printed and cut it out, and coloured it in shades of brown and sepia.
I painted over some parts of the background with thinned down ochre and distressed the edges with ancient linen DI. I added random stamping , using Adirondack Espresso,  and added some postage stamps and cancellation marks to them. It was finished off with some tissue tape to cover some gaps in the paper. I crackled the roses to give them some texture. The quote is from Robert Herrick (1591-1674) and is from his poem 'To the Virgins, to make much of time'.
I am also linking to Simon Monday Challenge, due date(Date stamps)









We had another wonderful sunrise:



The blue tits are great acrobats:


The horses seem to be happy to be back on their meadow:





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





58 comments:

  1. Beautiful!
    Your journal page is beautifully done. The imagery is lovely! And inspiring too!

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  2. lovely textured page today, and a wonderful sunrise!

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  3. Love that texture on the roses Valerie. Hi there, hope you are doing good. The horses seem to be enjoying their place of abode so to speak. Great photos. Very nice. Happy PPF!

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  4. Wonderful page, love everything about it, and the soft colours and stamping etc. Great that you used a verse from Herrick, too. Have a lovely day, hugs, Sarah

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  5. The texture on the roses is gorgeous. Beautiful work

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  6. Sehr schöne Arbeit! Und das Foto mit der Meise gefällt mir besonders..
    Oh ja, die Zeit verfliegt immer zu schnell und meine Art Collagen sind mal fix zwischendurch gemacht, aber etwas Richtiges anzufangen - dafür hats bei mir noch nicht gereicht bis jetzt.
    Musz sowieso erst schauen, ob von den Acrylfarben da noch irgendwas flüssig ist, vermutlich nicht -
    Liebe Grüsze und ein schönes WE mit Kreativzeit
    Mascha

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  7. wow....! Beautiful photography!! I love them all!

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  8. Gorgeous page Valerie! I love the crackle on the roses!
    Fabulous photos as always!
    Hope the next days will be less chaotic for you Sweetie!
    Happy PPF, happy AJJ!
    Susi

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  9. Everything is here today.!! Wishing you a less frenetic up coming week!

    Hugs Giggles

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  10. Beautiful page, love the vintage feel and the crackle effect on the roses. And what a gorgeous sunset you captured there!

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  11. Sehr schöne Arbeit, so romantisch und herrliche Rosen - dass das Craquelé auf Papier funktioniert ...muss ich auch mal am Wochenende testen ;) Liebe Grüße und schönes WE

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  12. gute Idee mit dem crackling zur texturverbesserung! ich hoffe, du kannst am Wochenende ein bisschen "herunterfahren" und entspannen! liebe grüße

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  13. Love all your quotes/poems artwork, but particularly love this one. The crackle roses are beautiful, and I knew the quote but not the poet, so off to discover a new body of work. Thanks for always being inspirational. Kind regards.

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  14. Hope your week settles down and that you have a calmer weekend Valerie.

    Very beautiful journal page and I love the reflective lady that you drew.

    Wonderful photographs of the terrific sky and hello to the blue tit and the horses. Nice to see pictures of the horses again

    Love Chrissiexx

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  15. Lovely journal page - I like that crackle glaze which really adds to the meaning of the quote.

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  16. A beautiful vintage page Valerie, I love the crackled roses (hmm, now I'm singing that Neil Diamond song). Have a lovely Friday and slow down! Xx

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  17. Great post that covers lots of what I love... sunrises, birds, country scenes and of course beautiful artwork.
    Love the close up shots showing all the details and textures.
    Happy PPF to you ;D

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  18. These roses are a true delight! Beautiful sunset and green meadows wonderful!

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  19. A beautiful piece and poem! Your sunrises and sunsets are always so striking, such a peaceful place you live in and so rural, great!

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  20. Gorgeous page. You changed up your style and used a printed background which looks nice with this face. Beautiful photos and hope your weekend is a little less hectic.

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  21. Wieder eine super Seite von dir - und ruh dich mal aus! Ich mache das zur Zeit auch und nutze die warme Sonne zum Auftanken. LG Ulrike

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  22. Beautiful and stunning creation made with gorgeous colours and goodies added to add to the beauty.xx{aNNie My Personal Blog}

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  23. Wow gorgeous page, I love it ! I know about being tired, I have some serious jet lag at the moment... ugh. Take care, Shirleyxx

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  24. Beautiful! Love the combination of the face and the quote.

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  25. gorgeous page Val-and I love those vintage looking roses!! It's such a joy to see the lovely landscapes each week too.

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  26. Ha! I never knew/looked up the rest of that quote! Lovely lady & roses! Happy to see the horses back enjoying their fields again. Hope things smooth out for you. Have a great weekend!

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  27. Such an enjoyable visit to your blog today, Valerie! Your detailed description of how you made the art work is so helpful. I hope to use the ideas you told about and do one of my own. I have lots of googled faces sitting idle around the house that I could use. I especially like the way the roses are textured.

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  28. Such an enjoyable visit to your blog today, Valerie! Your detailed description of how you made the art work is so helpful. I hope to use the ideas you told about and do one of my own. I have lots of googled faces sitting idle around the house that I could use. I especially like the way the roses are textured.

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  29. Wow Valerie, this is one of my favourites!! I keep saying that don't i?? HAHA!! I really love the realistic roses and the crackle is so amazing and perfect for the vintage feel of this!! Well done! hugs :)

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  30. The page and quote are beautiful. The pics are filled with so much nature. . I love them. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  31. A gorgeous page Valerie, I really like the vintage look of it. Have a fabulous weekend. Try and fit in some R & R {{Hugs}} x

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  32. A beautiful page looks quite vintage and romantic.
    hope you are not so tired today.
    Yvonne xx

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  33. Ok now GIRL! It's time to slow down and take care of yourself. We can only push ourselves so far these days and then we PAY! Love the art and the photos today are outstanding ♥♥♥

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  34. Very pretty page. The cool attitude of the lady is a nice contrast to the Herrick poem :)

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  35. Hi Valerie, I simply love this beautiful page.You are amazing but need to get some rest. Love the walking pics and also your resident acrobat!! Too cute.
    Have a restful weekend.
    XO

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  36. Beautiful page and great quote. I love the roses; your crackle effect is terrific. Lovely, peaceful photographs. I especially like the horses.
    Hugs,
    Teresa
    PS - Our snow piles continue to shrink and most of our little backyard has returned.

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  37. As always, beautiful work and MUCH inspiration! Hugs to you!!

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  38. Love the photos of the horses, such a pastoral setting. Your collage is lots of fun, I like the one eyed lady.

    Kate

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  39. I love that vintage rose and I am also a great fan of crackle effects. Wonderful photos !

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  40. wow,was für eine wunderschöne seite,der chrackel auf den rosen ist zauberhaft,wunderwunderschönes werk wieder.
    deine himmelsbilder sind ein traum,sieht nach urlaub aus,und du solltst dich rhig mal ausruhen,einfach nur sonne tanken,gar nichts tun und genießen.
    schönes we.

    GLG Jeannette

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  41. Great work, and the photos are truly amazing!

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  42. Beautiful colors in your art and photos. thank you for sharing your creativity!

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  43. Hi Valerie not been here for a while but am delighted to be back and enjoying your wonderful artwork and amazing photographs - have a lovely weekend

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  44. This is such a pretty page Valerie and so love those roses (my favourite flower). Your pics are so lovely too.
    Thanks for your AJJ comment and off to investigate.
    Have a lovely weekend, Fliss xx

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  45. Your journal page today is superb, top class. This poem is a great favourite of mine and you have illustrated it so beautifully. The colours are perfect, the colours of roses.

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  46. Your journal page as well as nature pics are just awesome, Valerie.. :)
    Hope you are doing good :)

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  47. Love this page - it's beautiful...

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  48. Perfect quote and creation for this wonderful springtime.
    Sometimes I wish I could slow down time to enjoy each bud and blossom a little longer.
    oxo

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  49. Roses are my favorite flowers, thus this journal page is definitely a favorite. The time is definitely flying by so enjoy each day. Thanks for the new photos of the horses. Everything around them is so green and wonderful to view.

    Hugs,
    C

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  50. Your work is always such a feast for the eyes and this is no exception! It's such a unique combination of elements, too, and I love the floral touches mixed with the sepia. I also appreciate the poetry and think it goes beautifully with the imagery. Thank you so much for sharing this project, and the gorgeous photos, too, with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  51. Just gorgeous work. Thanks so much for the close-up pics! I love seeing all the detail in the paper, drawing and roses.

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  52. wow, what a feeling in this work! So beautiful!
    Your nature looks ready for summer, we're still waiting for green grass, bigger leaves....
    Have a good week!

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  53. A lovely page! Happy PPF - Irma

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  54. What a stunning page! I love your lady - she should be in a Humphrey Bogart film, and the crackling on your roses is wonderful xx

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  55. Oh this is gorgeus! I love both the colors and the mixed media you've worked with!
    I did not find your blog until today.

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  56. Love your page! More great photos too! Chrisx

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