Thursday, 12 January 2017

Ice, mist and journal play

Hi Everybody!

Another week has flown by, it's Thursday already,
I need to do some dreaded housew**k,
it's cold and grey outside,
and not much better inside!

I made a cover for the second journal I got as 
a present, so now it's all set up
and ready to go. I painted the A4 cover with some 
blue/green metallic paint, which changes colour with the light,
 and added some soft white in 
the middle before stamping into the wet paint
with the swirl and script stamps. I don't need any ink on the stamps,
The wet paint gets picked up and transferred. 
The floral part of the design 
was made with a paper napkin. When it was dry
I stenciled on the birds and added some
gilding flakes:


I was pleased that the underlying stamping is still visible
through the paper napkin:





This was before the napkin went on:


Then I decided to alter a paper bag to make a pocket inside the
journal. Here it is still on my messy table:


Then I used some new and old stencils to liven it up,
adding some white dots to highlight it:


The front page was quickly painted and then stenciled:



Now I have a journal to fill with dreams.

I am linking to Art Journal Journey, Erika's lovely theme
of 'Tell me a story' and to
and to Stamps and stencils,  swirls, whirls and flourishes,
and to Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin.

And here are some icy and misty photos:











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

65 comments:

  1. Wonderful journaling, paintng and everything, gorgeous photos. Glad you have made good use of your journals. Your timing was good, just got the text before I went out! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Such haunting photographs, wonderful

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  3. I love what you've done with your new journal and the frosty photos are beautiful.
    Sorry I've not been round for a while, I'm hoping to be visiting more often now.
    xxx Hazel.

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  4. Your book cover is beautiful Valerie and I love the misty photos, especially the frozen berries! Calm, cold and sunny here today, thankfully we seem to have missed the wintry weather that some parts have had. xx

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  5. What a wonderful new journal cover. It has so much beautiful detail. And making a little bag to put inside is a really smart idea. LOve all those dream words. Gorgeous icy photos too. I know its not the nicest to be out in but they do look cool in photos. Hope things brighten up for you. Hugs-Erika

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  6. What a brilliant way to cover your journal - love how you added a pocket! Your foggy/frosty photos certainly look beautiful but I can imagine how cold it is - we now have the cold back!! Hugs, Chrisx

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  7. Your Journal cover is just gorgeous but WOW, does it ever look COLD. These photos say it all!

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  8. Ein schönes Cover und Tasche - sehr praktisch- und herrliche Winterimpressionen!
    Liebe Grüße
    Susi

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  9. That's a beautiful new journal cover. I really like how you took us through your process. The added altered paper bag will come in handy for memorabilia, too.

    We are expecting an ice storm that could knock power out, since they are predicting up to 1/2 inch of ice. 1/4 inch of ice breaks off small to medium limbs, while 1/2 inch knocks out power lines and large limbs. I'm really dreading this upcoming weekend, and fear your photos of the ice will be much nicer than what we will receive.

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    1. We have been threatened with winter storms too, let'see what happens. My neighbour took me shopping today to stock up just in case! Stay safe!

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  10. Your piece is lovely! A wonderful floral antidote to the gray skies and gloom outside. I know that gray and gloom well -- in fact, today!

    And I like the bag pocket -- great idea!

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  11. Your journal cover is lovely and the altered paper bag for a pocket.......fantastic idea!
    Napkins and tissue paper are my "go to" when doing mixed media.
    Looks chilly and gray there, no frost here this morning....too warm. That means there will be more rain on the way later in the day.
    Have a great day!!

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  12. The journal cover is tremendous, stamping, colours, birds all in a wonderful swirl.
    Lovely to see the misty frost, we've had a tiny flurry of snow not worth the bother.
    I do like the metal sculpture but it is difficult to know the size from the angle you took the photo. It looks dramatic and minimalist at the same time.

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    1. It's large, it's the decoration on the island in the middle of the traffic roundabout to give you an idea.

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  13. Very cool- I loved the piece before the napkin just as well!!
    brrrrrr! yes, we had that same nasty weather! All of snow is now melted and it is mild outside, actually smelled of Spring yesterday- but not to be fooled, they say February will make us shiver with every snowfall that is to deliver! keep safe & warm hugs,Jackie

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  14. Those are wondrous photographs. I can feel the chill.
    Love the cover and pocket. You are so creative!
    Hugs

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  15. Schönes Cover für dein neues Journal und eine feine Idee für die Innentasche. Sieht klasse aus!
    Deine Nebel-Bilder sind sehr stimmungsvoll ... toll fotografiert!
    Liebe Grüße, Annette

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  16. Gorgeous cover you created liebe Valerie with all of your splendid layers. Each step adds to the richness and beauty!!!
    ♥♥♥ oxo

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  17. your journal cover and pages are exquisite, gorgeous details, beautifully done. looks chilly where you are. looks like a good time to stay in with a hot drink and nice music! xo

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  18. lovely misty and frosty images.

    Your cover and pocket are wonderful. I can only imagine that they will make it a pleasure to pick up this journal to create in. Is it for writing nighttime dreams, or artful dreams? Maybe both.

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  19. beautiful cover and pocket, gorgeous flowers. Such cold misty photos, beautiful to look at I'm saying, winter begone!

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    1. We're expecting a big snow storm here, so I'll say amen to 'winter begone'!

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  20. What gorgeous cover art and the pocket is lovely! Your photographs are so beautiful too...

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  21. such a really pretty journal cover!! Love that it will be filled with dreams. I must say, those foggy pics are just super-and yes I would venture the cold just to walk about in it a bit:)

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  22. Its a beautiful journal cover, I liked what you said about filling it with dreams, a lovely idea.
    Super misty and frosty photos.
    Your weather is on its way to us as well. Stay safe and warm.
    Yvonne xx

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  23. Although it is cold here, it is not cold enough for ice.
    Beautiful journal cover.
    Sandy xx

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  24. Ohhh what a beautiful post. Your art, the photos just beautiful. Ohh I said that already.

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  25. how wonderful is that journal, cant wait to see what you put in it

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  26. An amazing cover for your journal Valerie. So many wonderful ideas you have shared with us on this.

    Sorry it so cold and grey for you but the photographs are wonderful and I can feel the cold and the mist just looking at them.

    Here is cold and bright because we have snow. Forecast is for heavy rain so it may all be washed away again.

    Have a good day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  27. Wow das sieht ja aus wie ein Glasobjekt so schön durchscheinend und schimmernd, gefällt mir sooo gut. Aber auch die anderen Seiten darin und die Tüte sind genial gemacht.
    Ja und deine Nebel und Frost-Fotos sind so schön stimmungsvoll,klasse!
    Hab ein schönes Wochenende und halt dich warm, es wird kalt in Deutschland. ;)
    Hugs
    Sabine

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  28. Hello Valerie, your journal cover is gorgeous - I love those birds, and the gilding is so pretty.
    You've been very busy this week! I also enjoyed all your photographs, beautiful misty scenery... brrr lots of rugging up. Those icy berries make a great picture.
    Bye for now and Happy PPF :D)

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  29. Oh wow, you had quite the ice! Wonderful photos and a beautiful journal cover that you created and made yours. I always love seeing the process.

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  30. What a lovely job you made of the journal cover - I like the step by step process and the colours are really nice (and quite in keeping with the wintry theme of your photos!

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  31. Wonderful job on the journal, Valerie! Your photos are so beautiful too. We are sweltering in the heat here so it's refreshing to see some 'cool' photos. :)

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  32. Fabulous photos, amazing when we are in a heat wave here, fires etc and seeing these pics is so refreshing... Great page too, have a good one this weekend.xx{aNNie}

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  33. Wonderful colorful art, very sensory and magical. I also love your gorgeous-atmospheric photos..especially the icy berries...
    Have a magical day

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  34. Das sieht wunderschön aus, wirklich wie ein Glasobjekt! Auch die Innenseiten sind toll mit den vielen Layers! Traumhaft schöne Nebelfotos!
    LG Rike

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  35. Very creative with the paper bag! What a fun idea! Your photos are beautiful. I love winter and these show it off in a gorgeous way.

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  36. Liebe Valerie
    WoW, was für ein Post, ich kann mich gar nicht
    entscheiden, was mir am besten gefällt, das muss ich
    auch nicht ;-) aber die Nebelfotos sind schon einzigartig.
    Ich wünsche dir ein schönes We.
    LG Sadie

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  37. Great idea to stamp into wet paint. It gives a lovely result. Beautiful way to start the new year with a new journal to be filled with dreams ....

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  38. BRRRR, I get cold looking at the photos! But love seeing them and your lovely journal work.
    ~~ Irene

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  39. I will excuse the use of the dreaded 'H' word because your work is gorgeous and those photo's are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us at Altered Eclectics and giving us a run through of your creation.

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  40. Very creative journal project and wonderful share of photos

    HAPPY PPF

    much love...

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  41. Your journal cover is very innovative and beautiful. Much creativity shown.

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  42. Mystical pictures! Love the close up of the frozen berries.

    Also- your journal cover is gorgeous. Great to see your process and how you went about getting the final effect. Beautiful! :)
    ~Jess

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  43. Wow love your journal cover!! At first glance it looked like a casserole dish...so beautiful. Thanks for the close ups on it too! Gorgeous. I am in the midst of trying to finish up about four journals. Great photos!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  44. I am in total love with the journal cover!!!! I have a couple that I need to do cover for too but waiting on inspiration. Love the icy photos. We are having an ice storm right now and it's super slick out there. I went out two days ago and did all of the shopping and stocked up on batteries, candles and propane canisters for the camping cook stove in case we lose power. The neighbor came over and helped me move firewood next to the basement door so we can heat with the fireplace if necessary. ALways like to be prepared if I can be. Hopefully it won't be as bad as they are saying.

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  45. The cover looks great! I bought myself two new journals for the start of the new year, and I usually leave the covers fairly plain, but you've inspired me to customize them! Happy PPF!

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  46. Love LOVE your journal cover... when I saw the first photo, the shape made me think you were decorating a serving dish.
    I always love looking closely at your photos to see the layers/patterns and textures - this was fabulous!
    Lovely wintery photos - although not so lovely if you have to be out and about and its slippery.
    Winter arrived here a few days ago but most of our snow gone already.
    Gill xx

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  47. Beautiful art today Valerie, I really love the use of the paper napkin. How clever! Your misty shots are wonderful, so eerie and yet peaceful. Love the frosted berries shot, we didn't get much in the way of frost this year. Happy weekend!

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  48. Loving the swirls and whirls and much nicer to create than do housework! A beautiful result form all the layering. Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils and what beautiful frosty photos too. Ruth xx

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  49. Hi Valerie. A beautiful new cover. I really like the floral napkin idea, one I have never tried! What did you use to adhere it? You will enjoy tucking things away into the special pocket! The photographs are beautiful. I like the one with the trees and sun trying to peek through.

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  50. I often forget to do the cover until the journal is filled :) Really must do it first next time... The green and white on your cover is lovely - gives it a 3D feeling.

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  51. I love the cover and the pocket you made Valerie! You are so talented! Never stop dreaming!!!
    Beautiful photos! You live in such a pretty area!
    Big Hugs!

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  52. What a gorgeous journal cover, really lovely, and your photo's today are stunning! xx

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  53. Gorgeous art work and photos Valerie!

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  54. Happy this year!
    You seem to be ready for this year...great, I just started to warm up :)
    I love that first b&w photo, amazing!

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  55. Your journal cover looks great! And I love that paper bag that you added! What a great idea. Great photos too, such a wonderful winter atmosphere.

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  56. Beautiful journal cover and the details are fabulous. The misty photos are calming to the soul.

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  57. Dreamy photos of the icy landscape! Your journal cover is beautiful :)

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  58. Amazing journal cover I love all you did with it . .good thinking on the sack/pocket. The photos remind me of here (OK). Blessings, Janet

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