Thursday, 4 May 2017

More this and that

Hi Everybody!

On the fifth of each month we start a new challenge at
Our challenges are, as always, anything goes,
with pink as an optional extra.
Hope to see lots of you joining in, you have 4 weeks
to link to us!

I made an A3 mixed media piece. The background was gessoed,
painted with light grey and some madder red, and textured with a brayer.
The Banksy stencil is a freebie from The tulips
are from a paper napkin, applied with matte medium. The dots were also added
with a stencil, as was the text.

I am also linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Eva and Kristin.

For Tag Tuesday, Chrissie's 'faces' challenge, I made a cow tag.
The cow is from a photo taken near here last year. I love watching
cows, and just love their eyes. My mum always called me cow face
when I was a kid - believe me, that was one of her nicer
sayings, the majority were not printable! But it never
worried me as I just like cows! I painted
my version of the face, and then digitally added a filter to
give it more interest. After printing out the image I placed it
on a piece of glassine paper, which had been given a lick
of blue metallic paint from Inca Gold, and then 
embossed. I made 2 rows of stitching to hold the tag
and the 2 different backings together. I am also linking
     to Simon Monday Challenge, the great outdoors


On Sunday we had a nice sunrise, the rest of the week has been
cold and wet!

Love this idea for a garden path:

A strange bird:

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


  1. A wonderful page and tag and fantastic spring photos!
    Happy weekend! Susi

  2. Love your gorgeous page, I think you're thinking about saying goodbye at the clinic soon. Great tag, too, really beautiful. Love the drippy photos! Have a nice evening, hugs, Sarah

  3. Your mixed media piece and your tag are both gorgeous. I don't know what you did with that cow photo but it looks like a renaissance painting. I hope you will enter it into our challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies. In fact, we would welcome any of your beautiful photographs of birds and other creatures into our challenge as well. We are open to all kinds of arts and crafts.

    1. Thanks Teresa, I have linked to your challenge.

  4. Beautiful mixed media art. I love the little girl stencil and your cow tag. I liked to feed handfulls of grass to cows in the fields when I was a kid. They always seemed grateful...but maybe they were just curious. Beautiful flower photos too!

  5. Valerie, your tag is so lovely as well as the sentiment that you wrote.
    Your mixed media and that wonderful tag are always so beautifully and skillfully created.
    Your photos are so lovely~

    ~Big Hugs~

  6. Love your stenciled piece!!
    I do like that garden with all those pots and corel bell like flowers! Thanks!

  7. Wonderful mixed media piece, you have created so much beautiful detail! Your tag and commentary made me smile, and your painitng is so lovely. I loved seeing your photos, especially the one of the strange bird :-) . Thanks for your kind comments on my blog and wishing you a nice evening too! J :-)

  8. I love your cow painting - it's so good - you are truly an artist!! I like cows too, but only when they are held in by a fence!

  9. I love these Valerie, the Banksy girl is one of my favourites, and she looks so pretty with the pink. I like cows too, it's definitely the eyes! xx

  10. Very beautiful mixed media page and an amazing cow face for your tag Valerie. I just knew you would come up with something special and this sure is..

    What fantastic photographs with so many colours in the amazing flowers. Would love to walk among those.

    Sleep well

    Love Chrissie xx

  11. Your art is wonderful! I love the cows face very much. I think they're beautiful too. I also loved your lush greens and flower photos...

  12. Its a beautiful mixed media page and it has a lovely quote.
    The cow on your tag is fantastic, super layers and framing.
    I had an Uncle who always called me 'ducks' when I was little. a bit better than what your mum called you. But we always had a good laugh about it as I get older.
    Yvonne xx

  13. A fabulous journal page - I think I could manage pink! I love the tag - I too love to watch cows - part of my childhood! They do have such gentle eyes! Hugs, Chrisx

  14. wie schön alle Zwei Seiten, die Kreativität hat keine Grenzen das sieht man bei dir mmer wieder!
    Der Blechvogel ist ja cool und deine schöne Fotos mit den Regentropfen!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  15. cold and wet here too, flooding downtown by the lake that we have never seen. Lovely spring page, a sad quote. Nice cow tag.

  16. Love the art !!! Especially the cow tag ♥♥♥♥ I love cows too. It's cold and wet here to but I think the rain has stopped for a few days !!!

  17. Beautiful tags! I just love the cow tag-she is so sweet!
    Our weather is so similar to yours, and the rain is so gloomy "(
    Looking forward to the sunshine again!
    hoping you are feeling well ")
    sending huge hugs,Jackie

  18. My tulips aren't quite ready to let go -- in fact, they are beginning to hit their stride. But they will be gone all too soon! I love this piece and your cow too!

  19. I have always found raindrops on petals to be beautiful. Something about it strikes me every time I see a picture with dew or drops. :)

    Love your tags! I am a big fan of cows. They are just so cute. The one with the balloon actually made me get tears in my eyes. Thanks for sharing. :)

  20. Lovely work. Thank you for also sharing your lovely garden photos.
    Best wishes, Margaret (MMM DT)

  21. Very wonderful art. I too love cows, so this is my favorite today. We get a LOT of rain here on the Oregon coast but this year we have had more rain than we have had in 100 years. It is horrible and I am so waiting for it to stop.

  22. Beautiful the cow art!! They do have beautiful eyes yet sad at times! What was with people back in the day that they couldn't be nicer to children. So sad! Those things are forever embedded in your soul!! Great post!!

    Hugs Giggles

  23. Love how you used the Banksy stencil - beautiful page. The cow tag just melts my heart, I love them too, so nice to rub their necks... such a lovely warm feeling which you've conveyed so well.
    Gorgeous colourful flowers and funny birds! Cheers and PPF Dear Valerie :D)

  24. The rain is due to arrive here today and last for a good week. I'm happy with that since I will be going into the hospital so let it rain. :) Your page is perfect Valerie. It fits my day since it is the last day of school for me and I am saying goodbye to the kids. At least for me being their teacher for the rest of the year. The little girl and her balloon is a great symbol for that. Hope all is well with you. Hugs-Erika

  25. Fabulous MM and love your fabulous pics and tag...Have a lovely weekend.xx ♥[aNNie]

  26. Luv that cow, the raindrops we could use some of those here; its hot hot hot hot

    Happy PPF

    much love...

  27. Love your mixed-media piece and your tag is beautiful. Great photographs, too. My favourites are the sunsets; stunning.

  28. I LOVE your pink stenciling and the gorgeous cow transfer - AMAZING! Hugs, Autumn

  29. I do love cows - their faces are beautiful. When your sentiment said "time to say goodbye" I thought What? What's going on here and then when I saw the cow's face I thought is this cow going to the slaughter house?????
    Wonderful post as ususal!!
    Sandy xx

  30. Love your journal page and the sentiment. Happy PPF

  31. The journal page is great. Love the cow art, too. Lovely bunny header banner.

  32. Love the look of your cows!

    Always so lovely to see your photographs, love the lush greens and I also like the way they have done the path.

    All the best Jan

  33. Hi Valerie! I love your Friday posts, they are my absolute favorite. I joined the More Mixed Media too. Last month's Yellow was tough. I actually have two yellow paintings that will be covered up with gesso and used for this month's pink. I love your pink piece. Your photos of all the plants and flowers look great wet don't they? The raindrops give such depth and color. I enjoyed every picture, especially the blue bells! I haven't seen blue bells in...forever! Thank you for a wonderful post. Big hugz, Rasz

  34. Oh, that sweeter CoW's face!! Well done! I've got believes blooming as well (Oregon) and love the shot with the Lady's Mantle! Happy PPF!

  35. Love your makes Valerie and must say that cow face is beautiful..Hugs Lozzy x

  36. Fabulous mixed media work and tag - smiled at the 'cow face' comment - wonder if that is a London expression?
    Great flower photos with all the water droplets on.
    Hope you are feeling better than you did earlier in the week.
    Gill xx

  37. Cute and creative, love the cow and the way you made it. Thank you for joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week!

  38. Wow, many wonderful photos as well as art work! I love your cow, how charming!

  39. Hi Valerie! OH how I love your cow tag! My grandparents had a farm so I love seeing cows, chickens etc. Beautiful tag! Gorgeous photography as always.

  40. I love your art pieces my friend! Letting go is the best thing we can do and I love your cow tag! How precious! I love cows too! Gorgeous photos! I love that funky bird! The garden path is beautiful too! Big Hugs!


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