Thursday, 25 May 2017

Summer is on its way

Hi Everybody!
Today is a public holiday here for Ascension Day,
so I'm planning a restful day at home.

For Tag Tuesday and Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin,
I have a 10" mixed media tag. The background was painted
with gesso and then with Vivacolor metallic paint
in blue. I collaged it with scraps of old letters. The alphas
 and numerals were applied through a stencil using some
textured embossing paste. The next layer was some
gilding flakes. The lady was cut from a copy of a Victorian 
magazine and mounted onto double foam squares to give 
her depth. The wings were cut from a TH die. For the top 
layer I used one of my old calendars with some added 
gilding flakes, the underneath layer was cut from an
old exercise book. I mounted it all onto more recycled
calendar pages.

Here is another 8x8" page for my family scrap book, 
the second one I re-created after giving the original away.
Once again I have used corrugated card and various scraps
as a background for the photo of my elder brother
and sister with me in the middle. I sewed the layers together.
The beads were home made 
from rolled, painted paper wrapped with wire. I am linking to
Art Journal Journey, Gill's theme of Elegance and grunge

Roses and other flowers are blooming everywhere, here
some photos from my walk through our little

This heron is always on the meadow where the
horses are:

I wonder what he's seen?

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


  1. Most beautiful tag, your Victorian lady is absolutely beautiful, colours and design. Loving your grunge work of art too, amazing.
    I would loved to be a bee in your bonnet Valerie when you go walking, just to admire the gorgeous photos you take...might just buzzzz over to you.xx [aNNie]

  2. Hi Val, you were up early again! LOVE the wonderful tag, very beautiful, and the journal page is great, I must show my Mum the photo to see if she recognises your sister. Love all the vintage details, and the scrap of paper lace. Great photos, it really looks like summer, it's been arm here thee past few days, too. Have a restful day, hugs, Sarah

  3. That tag is beautiful. I love the blue colors you chose for the background. Stunning. I also love how you layered the tag. It seems like the layers went on forever.

    You were an absolutely ADORABLE child. I really liked the photo, but also the background. And those beads are fabulous. I like the vintage look you gave this AJJ entry. I would actually call this elegance.

    The heron was awesome, as were the horses. Of course, the beautiful flowers you shared during your walk through town were out of this world. They are fantastic photos today.

  4. das ist wunderschön dieser Tag mit dem Blauen Hintergund und die Flügel passen super dazu.
    Herrlich diese Rückblende von dem Journal wie du sie gestaltet hast ist der Hammer fantastisch harmoniert alles zusammen.
    Ach ich sehe da war ich auch schon tolle Fotos sind das von diesem Städtchen und der Fischreiher ist dir prima vor der Linse gekommen und auch die Pferden .. so herrliches Wetter noch dazu.
    Ich wünsche dir noch einen schönen Feiertag!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  5. Wow Valerie two great and inspiring pieces of art! Your tag is so beautifully layered and this wings are spectacular! I love your family page too- a great way to keep your memories! The roses aren't showing their full glory here yet - your town looks such lovely place to be! Hugs, Chrisx

  6. Beautiful tag and page, lovely family photo and what a pretty walk today! Happy PPF!

  7. I don't know how you improve on perfection with your pieces and tags, but you do:)
    And the photos, wondrous, especially the horses. They look so content and healthy.

  8. An amazing tag and wonderful page - thank you for another fantastic piece linked to Gill's theme - and really beautiful impressions of your walks!

  9. Have I told you lately how much I love your tags. Those wings are spectacular. And this has got to be my favourite of all your journal pages. I love the lace and those beads are wonderful. hugs, Teresa

  10. OH VALERIE! I love everything about this entire post ♥♥♥♥ The tag is great and you know why I love it so much :) and that family journal page is fantastic. A real treasure ♥ Then the lovely roses and my most favorite bird visitor "MR/MS HERON" You've made my day... I have a secret to share too...we have another new butterfly today and so far it appears to be healthy ♥ So keep your fingers crossed!!!

  11. A gorgeous tag and a beautiful family page- truly beautiful work Valerie. We are having lovely weather here too - though our roses aren't out yet. Enjoy the rest of your evening. Xx

  12. Wow. You have very summery and beautiful weather 😀 The flowers are gorgeous. I love you family scrapbook too. Good thing you have the photos and I wonder if you have the same supplies or are having to change those up a bit? Your rage is great too but to me what really makes it are those wings. You were smart to chose such colorful materials to make them with. They really stand out. Hope it was a wonderful holiday. Hugs erika

    1. Yes, I still have a box filled with the scraps for my family album.

  13. Oh Valerie, your blue tag is the most beautiful I have ever seen I audibly gasped when I saw it. And boy, that family scrapbook is a real treasure. Isn't it wonderful to have the photos? I know I cherish mine, too.

    Looks like Harry the Heron has crossed the pond from my pond to yours! Lovely photos, all!

  14. Beautiful tag and journal page too! I love how you re-purpose so many things in your artwork.
    I enjoyed the photos of your town, thanks for sharing.

  15. Your page for your family journal is absolutely fantastic and I do love homemade beads.
    I always enjoy your pictures - I get to see things I don't ordinarily get to see and your flower and sky pictures are always gorgeous!
    sandy xx

  16. Both of these are beautiful but the first one is captivating.

  17. Love the big tag for those beautiful wings! And your photographs, including the header banner, are so gorgeous. You live in such wonderful surroundings.

  18. Stunning projects both of them, the vibrant colours on the tag look amazing and wow, I love that Victorn lady! The scrapbook page looks super too, those beads are such a great touch, and love the summery photos!

  19. Such an enjoyable post, Valerie...gorgeous art! Beautiful photos too, especially loved the heron.

  20. Oh what a beautiful tag Valerie - that Victorian lady and the wings you added are stunning. And thank you for linking your special family page to AJJ - another stunning piece with the lovely textures. Your photo is really lovely and happy :)
    Enjoyed seeing the Heron and lovely flowers everywhere.
    Gill xx

  21. Lovely journal pages. I always look at them and say "someday". Yours are so inspiring.

  22. really beautiful tag and journal page Valerie. You put so much attention to all the details. Lovely to see the town in full Spring mode. Enjoy your holiday and happy PPF!

  23. Summer is here! It's SOOO very hot here today! I do love looking at lovely flowers in the sunshine though :) Happy PPF!

  24. Your tag is tremendous! WOW! And your 8x8 page is gorgeous vintage goodness! Amazing texture and subtle contrast. Have a great weekend!

  25. The art work is wonderful love the touch of crochet.. .. and the Butterfly. The pictures view a spectacular place to live. . I want to move there. Excellent photography. Blessings, Janet

  26. Your little town is as beautiful as your art.

  27. Your Victorian lady is wonderful! You amaze me how you find the perfect bits for your collages and those old letters couldn't be better. Happy PPF

  28. Oh how I love your fairy maiden and your scrapbook page is so sweet! Your town is so beautiful and picturesque.

  29. Hi Valerie! Great post! Your tag and family page are both wonderful keepsakes. I am not sure what most people do with the tags but they sure are beautiful! Lovely pictures from your part of the world, as always. I want to go visit that shop, it looks so cute and inviting. The rose bushes are so tall! All the flowers are beautiful. You really got a great photo of the that heron. What an awesome bird. We have them where I live too! Thanks for all you share. Happy PPF. Hugz, Rasz

  30. Wow those roses, i close my eyes and images their sweet fragrances, luv the collage Angel

    Happy PPF

    much love...

  31. All I could think of when I click on this post was " All things bright and beautiful" Wow gorgeous vivacious post full of gorgeous art and eye candy!! There is such a hopeful feel to all of it, even your banner!! Crispy crunchy yummy good blog post!! Love it ALL!!

    Hugs Giggles

  32. Love this wonderful post with tags, family, roses and the Heron! What a kool idea, to wire wrap paper beads! Yum!
    Happy PPF!

  33. Those wings are just gorgeous, Valerie.

  34. A lovely tag and a most special photo of your elder brother and sister with you in the middle.

    The flowers you've shown in your photographs are gorgeous, and good to see the heron and horses too.

    All the best Jan

  35. Hello Dear Valerie, your pieces are gorgeous - I love her wings.
    The photo of you and your brother is wonderful and so sweet how you've placed it within your beautiful artwork.
    Such vividly colours flowers on your walk - always a treat to see around your part of the world. Cheers now :D)

  36. I love all of your mixed media work but the lady piece is incredible. Wonderful layering, textures and detail! Happy PPF!

  37. Your tag is gorgeous and I love your page for your family! You are so creative! Really love both pieces! I love the rose pictures that heron is amazing! Big Hugs!

  38. Hello Valerie!
    I am behind with my visits as my son came to visit me for a wonderful week! Sadly he had to leave yesterday morn "(

    Your layout with the photo of you and your siblings is priceless!
    And your tag is beyond gorgeous!
    Sending love,

  39. How creative you are! And your photos are magnificent. I especially enjoyed the ones of the big blue heron.


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