Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A new challenge, 'Frame it' at TIOT and Post at Art Journal Journey.

Hi Everybody!

I hardly dare to say it out loud, but today was a bit cooler outside, and the temperature is now 'only' 28° in my place tonight. Tomorrow it will be hot again, then Wednesday and Thursday will be cold, but it will be scorching again at the weekend. And at the end of the month they will tot it up and tell us that the average weather was normal....

For Art Journal Journey I made a vintage mixed media page. I used a copy of an old letter for the background, which I collaged onto an A3 sheet which was painted with a mix of gesso and titan buff acrylic paint from Deco Art Studio, to try to give the look of old paper or parchment. I added some coordinating stenciling round the edges, and stamped some images - fountain pens, nibs, vintage lady and post marks with Archival black. I used some washi tape and collaged 2 pictures of Queen Victoria and a lady cut from a 19th century ladies' magazine. The post in England was reformed and organised during Victoria's reign - the post-box is also from that time. As embellishments I added some Victorian stamps and a 'V' stamped into gold Utee cut to the form of a stamp.





At Try it on Tuesdays we are starting a new challenge today - 'Frame it'. Projects of all formats are welcome, and should have a frame on them. You have two weeks to get inspired and link up your creations.
I used a cheap white wood frame from IKEA, which I coated with plaster. I pressed mother of pearl circles and small shells into it while it was wet. I got a huge bag of them from the thrift shop for 1€.  I saw a frame like it in a gift shop here, and copied the idea. The background has been stamped with swirls and flowers using white gesso. I used a heat gun to fix the large shell and the starfish, and now it is hanging in my bathroom.








I am also linking to Moo Mania and More, swirls.

This beautiful dragonfly stopped for a rest on my balcony early this morning, and allowed me to take a photo. Isn't nature wonderful?


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


40 comments:

  1. Lots of interesting things today. That's quite the blue dragonfly. What a great shade of blue. Love the beach frame and also your Queen Victoria piece. The old letter really makes the page and also your imagery is a really fun selection . Hope your weather gets back to normal soon too.

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  2. oohh eine tolle königliche seite,gefällt mir abslout gut,und der schönen rahmen mit den seetsern und muscheln ist wunderschön.
    was für ein schönes exemplar von drangonflys,ich mag das gltzierne blau so gern.
    hier hat es jetzt mehrfach geregnet und es ist etwas kühler,ich hoffe das bei dir auch mal abkühlt.
    einen schönen tag dir


    hugs jenny

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  3. Beautiful work again, love the frame, great idea, and the journal page is superb again. your work is always good. Great photo of the dragonfly, too. Keep cool, hugs, Sarah

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  4. Eine herrliche Seite ist das Valerie und Dein Rahmen ist wunderschön - ein gelungenes Mixed Media Projekt der Extraklasse! Was für eine geniale Aufnahme da gelungen ist! Da kannst Du stolz sein auf das schöne Libellenbild!
    Keep cool furthermore Sweetie!
    ♥♥♥ from AJJ + MM&M
    and me

    Susi

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  5. herrliche werke - und toll, wie du die Libelle einfangen konntest! sie war wohl noch ein bisschen morgen-steif und hat so für dich stillgehalten. ja, nix geht über die Natur!!

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  6. welch ein lebendiger post!
    Herzlich PIPPA

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  7. The dragonfly photograph is amazing.

    Just love the wonderful image on the journal page and the beautiful colour of the background.

    Stunning ideas for the frame decoration and the things it holds.

    Yesterday was really hot in the morning and I had on the coolest clothese I could find and by the afternoon I had jogging bottom and cardigan on as the wind was really cold. You are right that makes the average for the day 'normal for the time of year' lol

    Hope you have a really good day today

    Love Chrissie xx

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  8. Amazing display for me tonight Valerie, love that dragonfly and everything is fabulous.x.xx
    {aNNie My Personal Blog}

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  9. Eine ganz tolle Journal-Seite heute wieder, schön in den gealterten Farben!

    Das Libellenfoto ist großartig, ja, die Natur ist sooo schön. Was hast du für ein Glück gehabt, dass die Libelle dich besucht hat!
    LG Ulrike

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  10. Stunning framed project.
    Your historical AJ page is fabulous.
    Hugs xx

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  11. A fabulous journal page and a beautiful frame.
    xxx Hazel.

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  12. Its a delightful result and interesting theme.

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  13. A brilliant frame love the mother of pearl edge and the shells, hugs Bee

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  14. Fabulous post today, Valerie! Love the amazing frame with those beautiful pearl circles and shells, It's really wondeful. The page is also fantastic, love the look vintage.
    You have everything on your balcony (haha)... beautiful dragonfly.
    Hugs, Mar

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  15. A gorgeous fame with the shells Valerie. It would cost many euros to buy one like this. in the shop.
    Love the journal page as well.
    Yvonne xx

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  16. Lovely page and your frame is gorgeous. That dragonfly photo is a painting in itself!

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  17. Wow Valerie, that frame is just incredible!! I love the giant starfish and shell in the middle and the mother-of-pearl discs are amazing!! Gorgeous frame, that'll look great hanging on the wall! hugs :)

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  18. Love your frame it creation. I have made one for my bathroom, too and every time someone goes in they always complement me on it. Love the starfish.
    Hugz, Z

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  19. A wonderful page with Queen Victoria, Valerie, the frame is simply wonderful, a very clever idea for the bath room. The dragonfly is so beautiful, they are my favourites in the summer. Hope you get some cooler weather.

    Have wonderful week, sweetie!

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  20. Love both your projects, Valerie! Gorgeous pic of the dragonfly.

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  21. Thank for your kind comment Valerie which cheeered me up!
    Love your beautiful vintage page and your seaside frame looks gorgeous.
    Fliss xx

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  22. Hi Valerie, lovely to catch up today. After a day of migraine headaches, I think I am able to see the computer now!! Love your creation and your bathroom design is perfect. Love it. You captured a great pic of the dragon fly. Have a good day. cm

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  23. Beautifully done projects Valerie. Love your journal page. The bathroom wall hanging is extraordinary. Love it. Your photography of the dragonfly is beautiful. Love nature and the colors are often not reproducible.

    Hugs and Blessings
    Jim

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  24. Valerie, your frame turned out really well. What a terrific idea to change something so plain into a beautiful piece. I also like your Victorian page today. Hope your day remains cool. It is heating up here again.
    Hugs,
    C

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  25. OH your dragonfly is fabulous and magical and what a perfect photo Valerie!
    At the Lotus gardens the dragonflies do a wonderful job of eating mosquitoes which otherwise would make visiting an aquatic garden a not fun experience.
    Wonderful artwork to enjoy and such a fine variety. Starfish always get my attention as do seashells!
    So far I have postage art only in my head.
    Our son is coming home for a visit after being away for a few years.
    We are SO excited.
    oxo from HOT and HUMID Virginia ... it's like a sauna when you step outside

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    1. It's sauna here outside AND inside!

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  26. Both of your creations are soooo good Valerie. Love the journal page the most. It's really great. And the frame is really lovely too. But let me tell you... your photo of that dragonfly just set my heart to a pitter patter.... it's just SPECTACULAR. But I love dragonflies so this was a huge treat for me. Are you going to paint him??? If not... let me know if I can try to!!!! I'm in love with him! What a fun post - three incredibly wonderful treats. Thanks bunches. j.

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  27. I may try sometime but I would love you to paint him!

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  28. Love your pieces today Valerie, so glad it's 'cooling down' lol. Your photograph of the dragonfly is amazing! I've never seen one pose like that before xx

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  29. What a lovely page!I love the sentiment- I always love receiving letters from my sister who does not use the internet!
    So , what does your 28 figure to in Fahrenheit?It made it up to 96 F here today and the rain is on its way with cooler temps right behind! 70's
    Your frame is gorgeous! Love those tiny shells! And your dragonfly is just stunning!! xo

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  30. Your frame is stunning, those lovely delicate shells! Great page too - love all those elements making up your collage! Chrisx

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  31. Was für schöne Werke! Herrliche Kollage mit vielen schönen Details. Absolut großartig ist dein maritimer Rahmen .... ganz, ganz zauberhaft!
    Fantastisches Foto ... was für ein Blau! Du Glückspilz, das sie sich hat fotografieren lassen!
    Liebe Grüße, Annette

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  32. Deine beiden Werke sind mal wieder wunderschön geworden, besonders gut gefällt mir die Collage :) Und das Foto der Libelle - ein Traum.

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  33. Your page is gorgeous, Valerie. I love the pen nibs and the old-fashioned letter box. That pop of red is striking.
    OMHeart, your frame and wall art piece is stunning. You could sell these in a heartbeat in any gift shop.
    Love the close-up of your dragonfly visitor. He reminds me of the phrase, "Fly on the wall".
    Hugs,
    Teresa
    PS - So funny what you said about the weather people totaling up the temps for the week and declaring them normal.

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  34. Great take on the themes Valerie! Stunning page and I love the sea frame.
    Have been born and been living by the sea my entire life and I can feel the sea mood on your frame!

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  35. Great take on the themes Valerie! Stunning page and I love the sea frame.
    Have been born and been living by the sea my entire life and I can feel the sea mood on your frame!

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  36. Wow, wow, wow! I love the Warhol project and that frame and page are incredible! The photos are wonderful and the way you captured that beautiful dragonfly is amazing! Enjoy!

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  37. Fabulous frame for the large shell and starfish Valerie, the blue background makes everything 'pop' Love the journal page with all the collage of Victorian images and details.
    stunning picture of the dragonfly, they always fly away whenever I've tried.
    Avril xx

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  38. Fabulous frame for the large shell and starfish Valerie, the blue background makes everything 'pop' Love the journal page with all the collage of Victorian images and details.
    stunning picture of the dragonfly, they always fly away whenever I've tried.
    Avril xx

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  39. Fabulous frame for the large shell and starfish Valerie, the blue background makes everything 'pop' Love the journal page with all the collage of Victorian images and details.
    stunning picture of the dragonfly, they always fly away whenever I've tried.
    Avril xx

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