Friday, 31 July 2015

Last Day of Post at Art Journal Journey.

Hi Everybody!

Friday has come round again, so it's time for Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin.

I made a collage of all the journal pages I made in the course of the month, one each day, so here they are together:

Here is my last page for Art Journal Journey, with a Paris theme. The A3 background was painted with gesso and dribbled with some colour. The bottom half of the page has been made with an image transfer using mod-podge. This is the largest one I have tried up till now (A4), and I was happy that it worked so well. But it was a lot of rubbing! I printed the image using my normal ink-jet printer, and it worked fine. It doesn't need to be a laser print. I added stamps and some stamping to the top half of the page, and used a stencil for the lettering.

Here are some more photos from my hike through the beautiful forest this week:

This used to be an ornamental pond, which nature has turned into a little swamp filled with these delicate green plants

And here are 2 more of the inhabitants of the nearby village. The other photos are on my blog post from yesterday.

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

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Thursday this and that

Hi Everybody!

 This week is flying by again, I never seem to get as much done as I would like to, but I think that happens to a lot of us. Our weather was more like April than the end of July - sun, wind, showers and heavy rain alternating. But I was able to get out for a long walk for nearly three hours, and although the clouds got very dark and threatening while I was on my way home, the rain didn't start till I got into the door, and then it came down with a vengeance, so I was thankful to have got home on time.

For Art Journal Journey I made another page using one of the pages from the old Sears and Roebuck catalogue as a background, and Mr Umbrella man posing as US presidents again. Then I framed it and turned it into a stamp. 

And then I made more stamps as I was having fun playing:

Here are some of the photos from my walk in the forest yesterday. I love looking up into the sky through the tall trees:

It is very overgrown and mossy, as it is not used any more:

This was a short cut from one side to the other - walk the plank! We decided to take the long way round, we didn't want to fall into the water underneath

The narrow paths were all slippery from the rain, and often very steep, with obstacles to climb over, but it was fun!

When we came out into the open we discovered a small and very old Jewish 
grave-yard in a tiny, fenced in place. Some of the stones were still easily decipherable, others were very weathered and crumbly. This one shows the hands spread in the priestly blessing.

The grave yard was started in 1790, and I was happy to see that it survived, as so many were destroyed and desecrated by the Nazis in the time leading up to  the Second World War.

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

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

New challenge at MM&M and lots of this and that

Hi Everybody!

At Moo Mania and More we have a new challenge beginning today, 
'At the Beach'

I made a 6x6" card. The sky was painted, the sea and beach were made with strips of torn, hand-painted paper. The ship, deckchairs and beach huts were painted, fussy cut and fixed on with foam squares. I added some cut outs and a sticker-fish, a stamp and a star-fish charm. The birds were drawn. As always, projects of all formats are allowed, and you have 2 weeks to join us. Hope to see you there!

For Art Journal Journey I made another 'stamp' using a painting made a couple of years back. The painting with the heads is  one of my fave pieces.

Today my neighbour invited me to accompany him on a little outing to a forest near here, where we enjoyed walking along muddy, narrow and steep paths. I will show pics of the forest tomorrow. Here are just a few photos of the village nearby. I hope to visit there again!

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