Monday, 6 July 2015

Presidents, postage stamps and thunder storms

Hi Everybody!

We had another very hot day, but with several bouts of very stormy weather
with thunder, lightning, wind and rain. And a few minutes later the rain had just evaporated. There are still storm warnings for the night, but I hope it will be a tad cooler tomorrow.

For Art Journal Journey, post and postage, I have another page to share. In the week before the challenge began I managed to get 19 pages made, and have done a few more in the meantime, as I wanted to have less stress with making a new page every day. Now I am stressed by having to choose which page I show!
Anyway, this is an A3 mixed media page with postage stamp men. The paper was painted with gesso, collaged with paper scraps and stenciled with various stencils to make a platform. I used stamps showing some of the US presidents, and the quote was googled.

The bird photos were taken very early this morning before sunrise, I think they were waiting for breakfast:

Shortly after sunrise the clouds starting massing for the first big storm of the day:

The rain was really heavy:

I am hoping very much that we soon get back to our 
normal 'summer' weather!

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


  1. Very funny!!!
    I like the use of the stamps.

  2. Interesting concept for the journal, nice!

  3. eine sehr schöne seite und eine tolle idee,gefällt mir sehr gut.
    tolle himmelsbilder wieder,sieht klasse aus.
    eine schöne woche für dich.

    hugs jeannette

  4. I hope you are waking up to cooler weather today- if not, hopefully you'll go to bed to cooler weather. I love this page. Its another clever piece! I love you cut used the stamp to make the people. And your quote is so true! Stay cool!

  5. Nice page you chose for today! Maybe the rain will cool things down.

  6. Hi Val! Love your fun page today, very nicely made! Great photos, too! Hope it does cool down a bit for you, and that you get more sleep! Hugs, Sarah

  7. Another Great very creative

  8. Die Seite ist S*U*P*E*R
    Deine beschirmten Postage Presidents sind eine congeniale Idee !
    Der Spruch dazu: PERFEKT!
    Schöööne Fotos as well!

  9. 19 Seiten -wow! Die hier gefällt mir sehr gut, sehr originell mit den beschirmten Herren ;) den Schirmherren des Staates sozusagen...EInen guten Wochenstart und liebe Grüße

  10. Angry sky piccies Valerie--hope it is better weather today for you. We have a sunny but windy day here so the temperature has gone down a whole lot.

    The pages you make had such incredible ideas and this one is fantastic. No need to get stressed at all your artwork is such a high standard. Love to see what you keep thinking up for the challenges.

    Have a good day

    Chrissie xxx

  11. Another fun page and so ingenious,Valerie! I really love your creative ideas. Super!
    Have a lovely day! Hugs, Mar

  12. Super photos but an even more super page, where do your ideas come from they are out of this{aNNie My Personal Blog}

  13. Mr umbrella man is so versatile; he never ceases to amaze at the positions he can carry off. He deserves to be a president or three for a day, lol. The quote is amusing.
    I hope your weather is more settled today {{Hugs}}

  14. Love how you used Mr U on this page Valerie its a fantastic tale on the theme. You have so many ideas. Great photos as well.
    Yvonne xx

  15. Beautiful postage and vintage style collage. It's very hot here as well, thunderstorms are expected tomorrow. However we are lucky to have AC inside, but it doesn't work as well upstairs where we sleep. Have a great week, Shirleyxx

  16. A brilliant piece! We have those thunderstorms heading our way now for tomorrow and Wednesday at least. With this hot humid weather they can pop up any time.

  17. Hach, das ist ja wohl eine coole Idee - tolle Seite.
    Bei uns hat es gestern auch gewittert, aber zum Glück ohne große Schäden hier in der Region, anderen Orts sah es schon schlimmer aus. Heute hat es sich merklich abgekühlt.

  18. what a fun project, love your clever ideas
    hugs from california

  19. More strips of paper on your page today which I think are so effective, Valerie. The umbrella man with a new postage face is perfect for today's journal. You have been a busy lady making so many pages for us to view every day. We also had a short rain shower yesterday which cooled things down but this morning, the sky is blue and the temperature is heating up. Back to a hot summer.

  20. HEHEHEH- just genius - that's for sure.... You are the best Valerie! I mean who would have thought to put the umbrella man's body over a presidents head - ehehehhehehehe - and the sentiment - just PERFECT, PERFECT... PERFECTLY FUN AND WONDERFUL. Oh and your photos... I always so love seeing what you capture with your camera. I would love to paint that bird in the tree silhouette. Love your posts... thanks for starting my week with fun! j.

  21. I certainly hope you weather is more enjoyable now :) Love the page and the quote is great...with some Presidents only recognition is their stamps :)

  22. Very clever use of the post stamps and a very true sentiment to go, lovely photos as always. Hope you won't have any storms tomorrow. Have a wonderful week!

    Love and hugs

  23. This is brilliant Valerie, especially how you've used Mr Umbrella man lol. I love your sunrise photograph xx

  24. What a clever idea and a very amusing (but true) quote.
    I'm astonished as to how you managed to make so many art pieces in advance as well as keeping up every day.

    1. When I start to work on a theme I need lots of supplies and make a big mess, and then it's easier and quicker to keep going and make several.

    2. That's quite a good way to work, even if you just started several.

  25. What a funny and imaginative page. I love how you made bodies for the postage stamps and that is a really cute quote too. What a nice problem to have, trying to select which page to post each day.

    Wow. Your weather sounds brutal. Amazing that the rain would evaporate so quickly, which shows how very hot it is. I hope this lets up for you soon. Do you have air conditioning? We don't have any in our house because we have never needed it. If we were hit with such heat, it would be hard to bear.

    Blessing hugs,

  26. What a wonderful page of the presidents and postage stamps using Mr. umbrella. Wonderful idea for this design. Your pics are always beautiful too and the sky shots are lovely. cm

  27. I LOVE THIS PAGE!! I think the USPS should make this their next stamp Valerie!!! Fab- you kept me laughing!! xo


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