Thursday, 18 May 2017

This and that and some more

Hi Everybody!

In the past couple of weeks I have been re-creating some pieces
for my family scrapbook. I rashly gave some pages
away last year, so have been redoing them from
photo. Here I have a mixed media 8x8" piece using
a substrate of partly peeled, painted, stamped
and collaged cardboard. The photo is Erika, and I don't 
know why she looks rather green here, as it is
sepia - possibly just the light reflecting on the glass. I 
sewed all the layers together. The fountain pen
has been stamped, fussy cut and given a coat
of glossy accents.
I am linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva
and Kristin, to Art Journal Journey, Gill' s theme of
grunge and elegance, and to Creative Artiste Mixed Media.

I discovered this 'street art' from young artists on my
way to the clinic:

And here are some more photos of the exhibition in
the old gasometer in Oberhausen (Ruhr Valley)

Here's my friend Miss N adding to the photos:

More photos to follow!

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


  1. Fabulous photos, I must try and visit there with the kids. Even dear P likes it! Beautiful journal page with Erika, too. I miss her! Hugs, Sarah

  2. Your page is so very well designed Valerie - I do envy your talent!!
    Sandy xx

  3. Beautiful mixed media and street art. Enjoyed the exhibition photos too. Happy PPF!

  4. Gorgeous art journal mixed media page again Valerie!!! You are amazingly!!!
    Love the street art by a future talented artist :)
    Gorgeous photos in fantastic close-ups and vibrant colors!!!

    Big Hugs~

  5. What a beautiful vintage page - just gorgeous and fantastic exhibits there in Oberhausen. Nice street art from the kids!
    Thanks for joining Gill's theme again - your support is much appreciated.
    Happy PPF and Friday!

  6. An amazing projectValerie and so well made Valerie.

    Always love to see street art and good to see they star young where you are.

    Thank you for sharing the amazing photographs of the very unusual exhibits you saw

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. wow was für Fotos in Oberhausen
    Deine gebastelte Seite ist toll sehr romantische Nostalgie und die Strassenbilder fallen auf finde ich toll mit der Kreide!
    Schönen Abend wünsche ich dir!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  8. A really bautiful piece of artwork Valerie and your photos are amazing, such lovely artwork and so unusual too.
    Have a great day tomorrow.
    Fliss xx

  9. Wow, it is an awesome page , Erika looks lovely. I always find it hard to get photos through glass as well.
    The photos looked Fantastic, a great sense of movement and action in all of the exhibits.
    Yvonne xx

  10. Your artwork is lovely and it was so nice to see the 'street art' from young artists.

    The exhibition and your photographs.
    Wow, such a different place, it looks quite dark but the work stands out so well. I really liked it, thanks for sharing, and I'm glad there will be more to come.

    All the best Jan

  11. wow- fabulous art all around in this post! LOVE your beautifully detailed and vintage looking mixed media project!

  12. Hello Valerie, that's a gorgeous artwork of Erika - so beautiful.
    Isn't the street art delightful. I think the children would have been so thrilled if they saw you taking those photos!
    Those photographs in the exhibition are incredible... wow, such impact. Miss N had fun with you there, so nice :D)xx

  13. I love the vintage memorabilia piece! Also all those giant photos of animals. Beautiful colours.

  14. such lovely pages!
    Now, GO Fish!!!!! What fun pics!

  15. Really nice, luv the pen in yor collage. The street art reminds me of my granddaughter's chalkings in the back yard

    Thanks for dropping by my blog; Happy PPF

    much love...

  16. the recreation is fabulous. I love the oblong locket type brass photo holder. I used one of these once and they make the most beautiful pieces. This looks so wonderful. Great job.

  17. The vintage page you created to display the lovely picture of Erica as part of your family scrapbook is beautiful! The layers and details are amazing 😀. Happy Friday and wishing you a lovely weekend dear Valerie! J 😊

  18. No wonder you are so artistic yourself with all of these arts around you...Fabulous scrap page and love the photos.xx Have a lovely weekend.x

  19. Love the page with Erika! That is a wonderful scrap page, and I guess it is easier to make the second time around. And I love those photos at the giant steampunk tube. What great animal photos. :) Its fun to see such cool things, even if it is for me over the computer. Happy Friday. Hugs-Erika

  20. Oh this is so lovely Valerie with all the wonderful ephemera and fab details and such a sweet photo of Erika.
    I don't know why some colours don't show correctly sometimes - it's frustrating and why sepia would show as green is weird.
    I don't like to alter photos of my pages but one I did that should have been green showed as blue (or might have been other way) and I ended up editing to look like it was in reality.
    That was a different kind of exhibition - unusual but great photos.
    The street art was fun - kids don't seem to have chalks and draw on pavements like they did years ago.
    Hope you have a good day and wonderful weekend...
    Gill xx

  21. I love all of the little details on your scrap page! I really love the way you did the stitching around the edges, and added the cute little button. So nice! I'm so behind on my scrapbook. I kept up with it until my daughter was one or so but now she's 4 and I haven't touched it in all that time. lol!

  22. Hi Valerie1 WOW! Your work of art is absolutely gorgeous. It doesn't even look like a scrapbook page - it is a beautiful work of art. I just love all of your amazing little artistic details. And I especially enjoyed seeing the street art by little, budding artists!! Thanks for sharing the interesting and beautiful photos of the exhibition. Another WOW!

  23. Loving your pages and your chalky doodles! Happy PPF!

  24. Lovely page with the photo of Erika, a treasure to keep. Love the young street art - when we were kids we would have been told off for chalking on the pavement!
    Wonderful photos from the exhibition.
    Have a great weekend.
    Avril xx

  25. That takes scrapbooking to a level I haven't tried. It's very imaginative and creative.

  26. I really love this. Hardly seems like a scrapbook layout -- more like a piece of fine art. Your Erika is so adorable. Beautiful and very meaningful work!

  27. Beautiful and creative collage work ~ and wonderful photography show ~ thanks,

    Happy weekend to you ~ ^_^

  28. your art collage has beautiful details.
    fun street art too.
    Wow to those photos, such a unique show.

  29. Fabulous details in your project! Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month, Jane (DT) :) x

  30. Your art is just lovely. I really like how the photo is green. What an amazing place. I would love to go there. Have a very nice weekend.

  31. How sweet and beautiful your art is. I love it! I also enjoy seeing exhibits through your lens.

  32. So schön dieses Scrabbooking mit all den tollen Zutaten und dem netten Kinderbild,super gemacht. Die Streetart ist auch klasse. Die Fotos vom Gasometer sind faszinierend,eine richtig tolle Ausstellung. Schön auch, daß du liebe Gesellschaft mit dabei hattest.
    Liebe Grüße

  33. Fabulous idea of the family scrapbook. I adore your page it's absolutely the sweetest!! Great street art too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  34. Beautiful mixed media piece Valerie. I love the ziz zag stitching you added and the little postage stamp strips. What a wonderful art museum, so many beautiful photographs and statues, fun! hugs :)

  35. Beautiful pages Valerie and those photos are awesome and sometimes scary.

    1. Some photo were really scary, especially as they are so huge.

  36. This post could be called a contradiction. First is the beautiful entry for AJJ and others with beautiful Erika and your fabulous sewing. It is certainly elegant and beautiful. The copper holder provided the exact amount of vintage you were going for.

    Then there were those scary and very unique photos from the museum. Miss N looked like she was getting into it and was really enjoying herself. Personally, I thought some of those fish were absolutely UGLY and strange.

  37. Love, love, love your journal pages. Also love the fact that you stopped to capture a photo of the sidewalk art. It could have been washed away before anyone saved it.

  38. Your vintage page looks fantastic. I love the way all the details compliment each other and come together.

    What a museum! I could spend hours there. Love seeing nature in the spotlight. :)

  39. Lovely mixed media piece. So much texture!

  40. Your mixed media piece is wonderful Valerie, Erica looks so pretty and really at home on your vintage page. I'm loving these photographs, what a fabulous exhibition xx

  41. The exhibition photos are amazing. . .the vintage page has so much variety,I love the crochet, the envelope/stamping/stamps. . .all if it is so a part of your story. Blessings, Janet

  42. What a wonderful journal page! Fantastic little details! The exhibition looks amazing! Chrisx

  43. I love your art creation my friend! How precious!!!
    Love the street art! What fun!
    Amazing pictures of the exhibition! Your friend is cute!
    Big Hugs!

  44. Your mixed media family piece is just exquisite Valerie!! The details and articles you used, well they marry perfectly!! How special this is! You inspire me to start making some of my own!

    Great street art and wow on those photos! Every picture in there was larger than life for sure! What a cool place!Tell Miss n thank you for posing! lol


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