Wednesday, 1 July 2015

New Challenges at Art Journal Journey and Moo Mania and More

Hi Everybody!

Today is a double challenge start, with new themes at 
and

At AJJ our challenge is post and postage.

I know most of us send emails more than letters these days,
but it is always a great feeling to find a letter in the mail-box.
Well, perhaps with the exception of bills and letters from the Tax office....
But letters from friends - especially handwritten ones, perhaps
with some art in them are always a source of joy.
This theme gives us lots of possibilities to live out our creativity.
You could journal about the history of the post, how the post works,
about stamps - old ones, new ones, special editions, first day of issue letters etc.
Or perhaps you could use old letters, love letters, letters from famous people
in your journaling. 
Or what about collages using old envelopes, stamps, letters etc?
Perhaps it will inspire you to make some Mailart and send some
love in a letter to someone. I am sure you will all be brimming with ideas,
and Susi and I will be posting examples nearly every day to get your inspiration going.

My example shows a wonderful set of stamps from the Solomon Isles  using owls.
I did not want to use the originals, so the set was scanned, printed and fussy cut.
To make it look more realistic, I pricked along the perforations with a needle.
And of course, from owl to owl post to Harry Potter and Hogwarts
was just a logical jump. 
 I painted the background with gesso, and then gave it a thin colour wash with blue for the sky. The pictures of Harry Potter and the Hogwarts crest were from Stencilry. I am looking forward to seeing your journaling for the theme of post - postage.








At Moo Mania and More the challenge is to use swirls. All formats are allowed, so let your creativity swirl and flourish, and link up your creations!
My tag and the die-cut swirls were painted with Vivacolor Maya Gold paint in ice blue. The background paper for the tag and Moo is from Gecko Galz. I added some colour-coordinated embellishments.




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

35 comments:

  1. Wow Val, I LOVE both pieces - might have known you would choose Harry Potter! Great theme and a idea. Beautiful tag, too. Have a lovely day, hugs, Sarah

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  2. Wonderful artwork on your page Valerie your ideas are mazing as are the images you have chosen to use.

    The moo piece is so different with the beautiful swirl holding it all together.

    Hope you have a lovely day and it doesn't get too hot for you

    Love Chrissie xx

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  3. wow,die seite ist ja der knaller,wunderwunderschön,bin begeistert.
    tolles thema wieder,und hab gerade eine seite gemacht.
    schönen tag dir,hier ist jetzt schon warm.

    GLG Jeannette

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  4. Ich bin begeistert von der tollen, tollen Seite und dem wunderschönen Tag für MM&M Valerie!
    YOU ROCK!
    Auf einen schönen neuen AJJ Monat liebe Valerie!
    Bussi
    Susi

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  5. 2 fabulous pieces Valerie, stunning colours on the tag. Love the Harry Potter images.
    Avril xx

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  6. 2 fabulous pieces Valerie, stunning colours on the tag. Love the Harry Potter images.
    Avril xx

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  7. 2 fabulous pieces Valerie, stunning colours on the tag. Love the Harry Potter images.
    Avril xx

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  8. Great pieces and wonderful challenge themes!

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  9. Fabulous work of art here today Valerie, guess I best think what I want to make.xxx{aNNie My Personal Blog}

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  10. Brilliant owl post page! Great way to use the fab stamps! I love your swirls are gorgeous - love the colours! Chrisx

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  11. Zwei echte Sahnestücke liebe Valerie. Eulen und Harry Potter paßt perfekt und dein Traum in Blau ist sooo schön.
    Liebe Grüße und einen schönen Sommer mit viel kreativem Input.
    Sabine

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  12. What a gorgeous post. I love the HP inspired AJJ page and the stamps are very covetable, how fab that you didnt use the originals, one would never guess, you are so good at fussy cutting. And you MM&M piece is beautiful; the blue shades are just perfect. Hope you're enjoying some sunny weather. We are here at last. {{hugs}} :o))

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  13. Love what you did with the owls :)

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  14. Love the new themes for the month and your pieces.

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  15. Really cool effect with your Solomon Island owl print. The perforations are perfect. And who could go wrong with Harry Potter -- great piece -- Mary Elizabeth

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  16. Beide Themen sind echt reizvoll und von dir hier wunderbar vorgestellt! LG Ulrike

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  17. Those owl stamps are really beautiful. Wonderful way to use stamps in art without destroying the originals. Hugs!

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  18. Wonderful Owl pages - very creative and your swirly tag is beautiful.
    xxx Hazel.

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  19. LOVE the owl post page! so fun!!

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  20. LOVE the Harry Potter theme! Owls are one of my favorite birds and I love all the images you included. And of course the new theme for AJJ should be a blast. Your swirl piece is also quite lovely. Did you paint the background paper?

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  21. Fantastic Owl Collage, very creative idea. The swirls in the background on the Moo is beautiful. Happy Wednesday, Shirleyxx

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  22. Wow, these are just stunning Valerie! Great swirls of colours in the second one and I love the Harry Potter theme of your Post piece! hugs :)

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  23. Brilliant use of those pretty owl stamps for your enchanted Harry Potter piece!
    Lovely swirl designing for your Moo also...two more fabulous challenges to inspire everyone.
    Happy July liebe Valerie!
    oxo

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  24. I like your owl post and swirly tag today, Valerie. You come up with the best journal pages every day. I also wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your collage of the June pages. It is fun to look back at the variety and wonderful ideas you portrayed on each page. Can't believe we are on he downside of 2015. Time is slipping away. May the most of every day.

    Hugs,
    C

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  25. Awesome creations Valerie. Loving the autumn hues on the first and the second is so wonderful with the blues.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

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  26. Fabulous Harry Potter piece and great theme you've chosen, Valerie! The tag and moo are really wonderful... beautiful colours and stunning background paper. Hugs, Mar

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  27. Love, love, LOVE this page and your tag is absolutely scrumptious in all of its wonderful details.
    Hugs,
    Teresa

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  28. Fun challenge for July at AJJ. Lots to add here. xox

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  29. Great page Valerie using Harry Potter. Wonderful tag, love the blue.
    Have a wonderful day. xo

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  30. Two fabulous pieces today Valerie. Love the new theme for AJJ not at all supprised to see some Hogwarts and Owl post. Look forward to trying this theme.
    Yvonne xx

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  31. Valerie!! Fabulous and even more fabulous!! I love your Owls,and I adore your swirls- gorgeousness!! xo

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  32. Breathtaking moo-tag combination!

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  33. Hahaha, love Harry Potter so love that you did the owl post! Really clever.

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  34. I love your art here. This is fabulous and I love Harry Potter to and I am 56 for Pete's sake hahaha. I do love your inspiration.

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  35. oh and thank you for your kind words on my blog.
    hugs

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