Friday, 12 June 2015

Birds, a face and flowers

Hi Everybody!
We had a warm and sunny day today, tomorrow we have been promised thunderstorms again, and next week it will probably be cool and rainy - at least we get plenty of variety!

For Art Journal Journey, masculine-feminine, I have another mixed media journal page. I am also linking to  Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Eva and Kristin, to Moo Mania and More, anything goes and to Kim Dellow's Friday face art, a cool place to link up art with faces.

I started out with an A3 sheet of paper onto which I had smeared a bit of crackle paste left over from another project and a few scraps of left over paper. I gave it a coat of gesso, and let it dry. I painted over it with blue and purple paints, and then spritzed it with diluted white acrylic and with gold ink. I glued on some scraps of handwritten paper which I made transparent by ironing some wax over it. I always feel so virtuous when I can say I did some ironing! I drew the face using one of my home made stencils, which I have used for other things this past week, too. I used the stencil waste to mask the surroundings and sprayed the face with some white paint to make it a little lighter than the surroundings. I added colour to the features with Gelatos and a water pen. I doodled and coloured the flowers and birds. For the stylised birds I made some stencils inspired by an image I saw in a book of medieval manuscripts. The birds are holding the little bits of string mentioned in the quote from Bryan Andreas. I used a gold pen to outline the birds and leaves. 


Close up of the texture from the crackle paste:












Some glimpses of one of the gardens in the Church close - enjoy!:





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

51 comments:

  1. Hi Valerie, I signed on to comment on your journal page for Thursday and here you are on Friday. It makes me happy that you use so much of your own art on your journal pages. A journal should be about self and you are an excellent example of how you create your projects. I love the crackle effect on the one today; and, the photos of the roses are just wonderful. Hope the rain doesn't spoil them for another day or two. Have a restful weekend.

    Hugs,
    C

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  2. Lovely journal page! And beautiful garden flowers.

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  3. That background is gorgeous today. And I love your drawing and the quote. I think it would be interesting to have birds really do that, like in Snow White or one of those Disney movies. Making life magical. Would be fun. And those photos views are beautiful too. Almost magical like your piece. have a great one!

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    1. Yes, it would be fun if my balcony birds started putting bright bits of string in my hair!

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  4. Love this very feminine piece today. The background is wonderful, and love the delicate colours and the many details, just gorgeous! Great photos too, what a lovely garden. Hugs, Sarah

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  5. Gosh, the colors you've used this week are just magical! Really nicely done!

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  6. Love the colors!!So much texture in this! Great Job!

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  7. Lovely work as always! Happy PPF!

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  8. Lots of texture Valerie. Great background. I also love the church area. Thanks. Happy PPF!

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  9. Gorgeous words nice looking page and heart wrenching garden I MISS HOME in spring and summer

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  10. Wow.. WAS für eine tolle Textur und wunderschön pudrige Farben Valerie und Deine herrlichen Aufnahmen der schönen Rosen! Ich bin begeistert!

    Bussi
    Susi

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  11. Gorgeous colours and texture! Love the photos too!

    Hugs Giggles

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  12. Ironing, that sounds very impressive! And it looks great. Love the happy colours on your page, and the lightness of the drawings.

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  13. What a gorgeous page! I love those colors!

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  14. Lovely journal page and it's interesting to see the various stages and layers you go through. Lovely texture on this piece too!

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  15. wow... just love reading the process of your journal page. Really interested in how you waxed your paper and ironed to gain transparency! Gorgeous art work. Stunning roses in the church garden!!

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    1. It's a quick and simple technique using an old iron and candle remnants.

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  16. Lots of eye candy here, both your work and the photos. Love it!

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  17. Oh wonderful! Gorgeous page and gorgeous face. Thank you for linking up and the shout out for Show Your Face. Kx

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  18. an absolutely dreamy painting, and those flower garden is just gorgeous!

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  19. Wow! I love the textures on this and the quote too! It's so very beautiful! Your photos are stunning too and the lovely flowers go well with the journal page with its glorious textures and colours. Love your work, Valerie-Jael. xx

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  20. Wow gorgeous page, love your drawings and the textures you've created. The photos are also wonderful. Have a great weekend, Hugs, Shirleyxx

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  21. Oh this is really gorgeous Valerie! I chuckled at your ironing comment--that is one thing I really don't mind, LOL! The church gardens are certainly beautiful! Happy weekend my sweet friend!

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  22. Valerie, glad you did the ironing lol, that's the kind I like...now this is gorgeous, great colours and vibrant image.xx{aNNie My Personal Blog}

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    1. Yes, I am such a good housewife....

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  23. Great quote for her brightly joyful birds and sleeping beauty. That rose is a winner. xox

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  24. Love the art ♥♥♥♥ the face is great and the colors are wonderful....the quote is great too :) The photos of the flower gardens are amazing ♥♥♥ Hope you have a great weekend...sounds like our weather is going to be alike for the week.

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  25. Eigentlich bin ich ja gar kein Rosenfan, aber solche alten Sorten, wie du sie hier zeigst sind wirklich umwerfend... und wenn sie dann noch sanft duften...
    Dein heutiges Bild passt richtig gut zu der rosa Rose! LG Ulrike

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  26. I read the description carefully first, but it didn't prepare me for your stunning painting. It's marvellous, the really gorgeous colours, the stylised birds (and now you've made a stencil we may see them again), the large and little flowers and the lovely face. I'm so impressed!

    Lovely to see the roses, especially the close-up.

    We've had three warm sunny days - it has been a bit surreal!

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    1. Thanks - but you really had three warm days in a row - wow! Very hot here, but won't last.

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  27. Your AJJ piece is beautiful Valerie and the quote is so nice to go with it.
    The garden photos are beautiful, especially that single rose. What a beauty!!
    We are having a mixed bag of weather here too. It's something to do with the gulf stream being lower than usual, so I'm told. I think it's just the weather tbh, haha.
    Many thanks for your continued support and encouragement on my and Wee Man's blog posts, it's so very much appreciated.{{Hugs}} from us both :D

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  28. Gorgeous! I love the colors and textures....and everything! :)

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  29. Oh! And those roses! What a beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. The various techniques used bring out the colors and the images beautifully. Love the flowers too!

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  31. What wonderful page and colours, Valerie! Lovely details and great texture. Very beautiful!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Hugs, Mar

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  32. A beautiful lady and a wonderful page, love the backgrounds you create.
    Super photos as well, I love to see where you get to on your walks.
    Yvonne xx

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  33. Gorgeous Roses Valerie. Love your art work, the color and the texture is gorgeous. Great verse too.
    Have a nice weekend. CM

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  34. oh, I love Brian Andreas. You made a beautiful page with this quote, love the crackle paste!

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  35. oh wie wunderschön,so zart und leicht,das gefällt mir seeeehr gut.
    schönes we dir.

    glg jeannette

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  36. Wow Valerie, your artwork today was like a breath of fresh summer air! Those vibrant colours are just jumping off the page! Wonderful flower photos. happy weekend. hugs :)

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  37. I love all the texture on your painting! it looks amazing!!

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  38. Hi Valerie! I was not expecting the beauty of those pages while reading your process (thank you for sharing). Just stunning! That would look lovely framed. And thank you as always for the pictures of your world. They too are beautiful and I always enjoy them. Hugs, Rasz #69

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  39. Love the texture in this piece and the pretty face. hugs, Teresa

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  40. Love those roses. The face is charming, love all the colors.

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  41. What a fresh post - I can hear birds singing, roses gentle, almost shy scent of summer!
    We'll have our first warm summer day today 20 - 25 C, wow!
    Happy weekend!

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  42. So very gorgeous Valerie!!!!! The colors are definitely spring is in the air with all the textures and aromas that the birds will bring with it. Your pictures go perfectly with your make!
    Sandy xx

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  43. This is truly a beautiful piece. The texture helps make it so. Thank you for explaining. There are so many products I want to try and learning how-to helps me make that decision. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  44. Yummy textures and what a delightful saying- so beautiful!
    And those flower photos- stunning! xo

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