Friday, 2 June 2017

Old and new Umbrella men

Hi Everybody!

Today it's time to dig out an older post for the 2nd on the 2nd 
link-up at Elizabeth's.

I made this mixed media collage 2 years back:







anything goes, and Paint Party Friday 
I made a mixed media piece, using various papers, Mr UM, painting, 
doodling, stamping and sewing. This will be another new journal cover, 
the last one for the time being:


I started off with a left-over piece of painted
and stamped card:


The other layers were added, glued, sewed on etc:





The metal studs/ buttons are left over from old jeans:


I am also linking to mixed media monthly, #34-buttons:


As always, I enjoyed walking along the Rhine:



Love the flowers growing on the old town walls:

I took this photo especially for Elizabeth, it's the
official sign here for a footpath:


The ducks were having a midday snooze:



The swan has been around again, but doesn't like the
heron or the ducks and geese....


And more visitors to my balcony:



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

44 comments:

  1. What a fantastic post Val. Both pieces of art are fantastic, I am always in awe how you manage to recreate yourself every day. And both pieces are so different, even though Mr UM is in both. Fabulous! Love all the photos, too! We're off to the zoo today, so hope the weather stay fine. Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Both the pieces are fantastic. The first one made me think of Poirot.

    Wonderful photographs today the swan is amazing and so close up and your special pigeon looks wonderful with the flowers in front. Even the feathers on the neck stand out so clearly. Thank you for sharing all of them

    Love Chrissie xx

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  3. ich bin hin und weg liebe Varie was für ein Kunstwerk. Das ist famos grosartig!!!!! Deine Fotos sind wunderschön vom Rhein und die Vögel!
    Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Freitag!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

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  4. Ilove that black and white movie poster-like page, you so captured an old world feel with it. Visiting from PPF.

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  5. Hello Valerie, both your umbrella men and their quotes are gorgeous and really inspiring. Thanks for showing how you go about construction and all the close up photos - they really are appreciated.
    Another beautiful walk. I love those climbing roses and those ducks having their snooze... ha ha... on one leg, so cute.
    You have the most charming visitors to your balcony too - delightful!
    Cheers now and Happy PPF :D) xx

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  6. Fabulous umbrella man design. Love your gorgeous nature pics, just beautiful.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    [aNNie]

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  7. It's ironic how you have incorporated your UM in so many designs. You never seem to tire of using him and I love that. The first piece I like because it shows the black and white of it all. I think I remember this original entry. It certainly looks familiar to me.

    Your newest piece, the journal cover, is wonderful because of the UM and the incredible sewing. It's incredible that although your art has changed and grown, your UM still plays a big part in your art.

    Thanks for sharing your UM with us for a second look on the 2nd and thanks for sharing him in the updated version, too!

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  8. I pressed publish too fast and forgot to mention how much I like that sign. It appears I stuck my foot in my mouth when I originally thought it was a restroom sign and read that men can use it, too (big grin and red face).

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    1. Its really a good sign, one oft My faves 😂

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  9. Super art - old and new!
    Great photography!
    Happy Friday and happy start of your weekend.

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  10. Love how you have used that umbrella man Valerie! Wonderful photos , and that swan-gorgeous!

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  11. Fantastic masculine mixed media pieces and the photographs are beautiful. Looks like it's beautiful as always there. Take care xx

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  12. Love how you doubled up on the umbrella man and used all those wonderful ephemera. Your photos are beautiful, especially the swan.

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  13. That's a great comparison of old and new. Perfect for the second. And am wondering if its cooled down any? It looks a little hazy like it hasn't. Hope its a great start to your weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  14. Wow!!!! This piece is stunning. My eyes didn't focus on the woman in the corner and when she popped out it was amazing. Love this piece. Wonderful photos too.

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  15. What lovely and masculine pieces.I love how you used the man with the umbrella on both projects.
    Kate

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  16. Now who doesn't love Hercule Poirot and David Suchet was fabulous in that role - beautifully entertaining!
    You new would be journal cover looks really good! I know how much you love the Umbrella Man - you seem to use him regularly.
    sandy xx

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  17. Gorgeous photography ~ love the bird variety ~ and your artwork ~ collaging ~ love how you use black and white to create ~ Wonderful!

    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

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  18. Lovely work for the challenges, enjoyed your walk around the Rhine today!

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  19. Wow diese alte Umbrellaman Seite sieht total klasse aus, aber auch die neue Seite gefällt mir sehr.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine

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  20. WOW!! WHAT a fabulous bridge - and that swan with her reflections- beautiful! Happy PPF!!

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  21. Oh my, you've out done yourself today with your stunning Mr.Um journal cover! I adore the sentiment paper you used and how you layered the two colours of paper to add dimension - amazing 😀. Lovely photos of our feathered friends too! Happy Friday and wishing you a great week! J 😊

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  22. Aww I always love your UM art and these are both beauties, the first one reminds me of an old movie poster, it's a little bit Godfatherish lol. Have a fun weekend xx

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  23. What a wonderful collage and book cover! You are amazing. Such sweet bird visitors you have too...

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  24. Very interesting black and white piece. I love the touch of red and the different texts. And I also like how you sewed on the second card. It really gives a great result! Happy PPF! xx

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  25. Awesome page. Love all of the texture on it. Beautiful pictures of nature also!

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  26. Gorgeous all of it! You are creative with your art. I love the bubbles on the first one. and the contrast of the man with the umbrella on the other one, so nice with the yellow contrast to the dark color! Beautiful birds, river and nature!

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  27. Good to see Mr U. again, I remembered the first version. The new one looks fabulous as well, it will be a great cover for your journal.
    Loved the photos especially the beautiful swan.
    Yvonne xx

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  28. Beautiful mixed media piece, Valerie! Any Sherlock Holmes fan would be in love with this!! I always enjoy the photos you add too! I am so glad you shared your wonderful creation with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! hugs, Maura

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  29. The umbrella men TAG is so cool and I love the journal cover. You are so clever with the way you put things together. I love the textures!

    Beautiful photos. I love watching birds and ducks. :)
    ~Jess

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  30. I LOve your art very much-and wow just gorgeous photos-great capture of the birds
    Kathy

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  31. That's a wonderful collage, Valerie - definitely worth a second showing! The photo of blue headed bird with yellow/orange beak and striping you captured is spectacular. Some sort of parrot perhaps? Beautiful.

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    1. It's a wood pigeon, they are very pretty, but make a lot of mess!

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  32. Lovely work - and so fun to see your photos! Happy PPF!

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  33. Love both of your mixed media male look pieces... wonderful!!!
    Gorgeous, gorgeous photos, too!!! I especially love the swan photo Valerie! So beautiful!!!

    Hugs 💕

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  34. Interesting and wonderful details!! Love the colours and mood it creates too! There is a real cohesive feel to your art and photos this week!! Lovely!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  35. Love both of your UM! The photos are fabulous - it's good to have some warm weather! Chrisx

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  36. I do like your umbrella men and there's always so much detail to your journal pages with all the clever little additions.

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  37. Wow both pieces are really cool, but I am so digging on the second one with the circles! I really love circles right now for some reason! heehee
    Hugs,Jackie xx

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  38. Another fab post with cool artwork/projects and a beautiful shot of the swan :)
    Gill x

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  39. So much to see - I love your art pieces and all of your photographs, especially the swan and the sleeping ducks.

    All the best Jan

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  40. It is always such a pleasure coming to your blog! Big Hugs and thanks for being you!

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  41. Fantastic post/art. The ducks are fantastic. It is beautiful where you live. Blessings, Janet

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  42. An original journal cover, I love this free style, thanks for playing along with us at Creative Artiste Challenge.

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