Saturday, 10 June 2017

Pigs and goats like eating oats

Hi Everybody!

Today I have the second of the masculine tags I started some 
weeks back. The first one went off to a friend, but I don't yet know 
who will be getting this one. I started out with a 10" tag
which I gessoed, painted with gold & brown metallics,
and collaged with various scraps. I stenciled the numbers
and the diamonds with structure paste, and added more
collaged scraps in between when it was dry. I used lots of 
gilding flakes to give more colour. 'My' man was drawn with
charcoal. I sewed it onto 2 layers of recycled card.
I used a ball-chain and paper clip instead of ribbon
or twine for the hanger.

I am linking to Simon Monday Challenge, masculine and to 
 Mixed media monthly, a year of choices - I chose # 32

For Sandra's Go tag Thursday I made a digital 
tag for her theme of fruit. Having recently seen the wonderful
Lucas Cranach exhibition here, I was inspired to use one of his works.
The quote is from Martin Luther, who was painted
frequently by Cranach. As there are animals on it, I am also 
linking it to our challenge at Tag Tuesday
and to Digitally made, where I made the Top 3 last month:

And last but not least, I made a hybrid piece for Rosie's
circles theme at Art Journal Journey.
I was just having fun making colourful circle doodles in
'my' head and using my own painted backgrounds:

The post title is the beginning of a little verse I learned as a child:

Pigs and goats like eating oats,
Goats and pigs like doing jigs.

Well, the ones I met in Neuss on Thursday weren't doing jigs,
but they looked happy and contented. 
This pig sat looking at me and grunted each time
I said something to him, too funny!

And here the second one:

The goats and rams were very funny to watch:

This one was very curious and liked being fed by G, which
gave me the opportunity to take the pics:

More photos to follow!
Have a great day you all, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. haha, love your title, one didn't know what to expect. Awesome photos and even more awesome tag, the colours and texture are just amazing...hug.xx

  2. Gorgeous tags and a creative circle page today! Your pig and goat photos are amazing, it makes me sorry we eat them.

  3. As always, love the pieces. I might have to borrow Dear Mind for WW. And aren't those animals the cutest?
    YOU have a great one.

  4. Fabulous post Valerie love all your art work and the first one especially as the I love the colours and textures.
    Great photos - those animals are so sweet - that looked a fun day.
    Hope you had fun today at the museum too.
    Have a great weekend.. Gill xx

  5. You really have the best photos! I love that you share them. Your tag is super awesome, Valerie-Jael! Wonderful mixed media techniques, and the colors you used - I think I am in love!! The blue with the red/orange is a winner! Happy you've joined us this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! Maura

  6. What a FANTASTIC post today, so much to see and enjoy. My kids LOVE the animals, R. wants a goat now, at least she's not asked for the pig! Wonderful art, love the tag, such lovely colours and textures. Adam and Eva look good on their tag, too. And that is so true what you put in your head, isn't it always just lie that! Have a great weekend, hugs, Sarah

  7. Wow, Valerie, Du warst echt fleißig, wundervolle Werke zieren Deine Seite und deine Fotos sind auch wieder allererste Sahne.

    Danke für's Zeigen bei ART JOURNAL JOURNEY

  8. Brilliant post Valerie...packed with wonderful delights. I really like the colour palette you use and those pigs are just adorable. I better not let my hubby see he has the girls (hens) he's making noises about getting pigs and goats!
    Happy PPF to you :D

  9. Your art is amazing! I love the tags and what a great idea to use a different kind of hanger with the top one. I very much enjoyed the pictures of the happy animals as well.

  10. Not sure which I like better, the various artwork you created, or the adorable animals. That one goat needed to be combed or sheared, though.

    LOVED each of the tags, but my favorite had to be the way you hung the first one.

  11. Wonderful art and amazing animal photos! Great to have your lovely piece linked to AJJ again.
    Happy Sunday!

  12. Hi Valerie, I adore your masculine tag and that inventive hanger!!!
    All of your art is so beautiful! You are truly a talented artist!
    Love the animal photos, too, especially that darling pig 🐷

  13. Great title for the post Valerie. Pigs and goats like eating anything at all and they are lovely..we have both in Sewerby park and they love people watching.

    The tag is stunning and your background is spectacular with terrific design and texture as well .. Love the second tag with your additions and your take on the fruit theme.

    The circles page is brilliant in all ways with the wonderful colour and the head trying to sort out the sleep dilemma. Hope it works

    Sleep well and have a great day tomorrow

    Love Chrissie xx

  14. Those tags are great Valerie and love the first one with so much detail it is fabulous!! Great animal pics. Sorry for not having been around lately life has been so busy!!

  15. That pig has quite the personality. He's rather cute too! I always love your "heads" and the circle head is really a cool idea. And finally, nice tags. This is full post, tags and journal pages. :) Just a treat. Hugs-Erika

  16. Lovely art pieced! The pig and goat photo portraits are beauties!

  17. more marvelous tags! loving these farm animals too. xo

  18. gorgeous tags, verse and sweet pictures of animals love pigs and sheeaps my self. great pictures youtake, you must have a great camera. oh and by the way i just linked to your blog on my blog think you have very interesting blog and wanted to come back. ;O))) do have a wonderful day.

  19. Fabulous artwork and wonderful photos of the animals.
    xxx Hazel.

  20. Your tags look so good, I especially like the words you've used on the circle themed one!

    Fantastic photo's again, those close ups are amazing.

    All the best Jan

  21. Wonderful tag and I enjoyed the use of a different hanging mechanism. Circle in our heads, oh yes, sometimes we do go round and round with ideas don't we. Well those pigs are quite the characters and a nice variety of goats. xox

  22. A fabulous post to read and look at the awesome photos.
    Your artwork looks fantastic and I loved the large first one with the great colours, details and textures.
    The animal photos are great, that pig was the star for me, you just have to smile when looking at that face.
    Yvonne xx

  23. Oh my goodness. I just love those pigs and goats. So adorable! Beautiful photography!

    Great tags too. I can relate to the one with the quote about sleeping. :) Thanks for sharing.

  24. What a fabulous tag Valerie, I love those colours, and your charcoal man is perfect! Your digital piece and head are wonderful too, why is it that your brain wakes us just when the rest of you wants to sleep. Cute(?) pigs and goats too, they have such lovely faces! Have a fun week, Sue xx

  25. Fabulous Fruit Tag..perfect for the challenge this week at Go Tag Thursday....super photos of the the one of the farm equipment..xx

  26. Hello Valerie,
    I love all the photos of the pigs and goats and the little rhyme.
    I’ve been trying to think of two more lines to add to it but failed miserably. I’m sure you are better at that kind of thing than I am so a second verse next time – maybe?
    Lovely post, I enjoyed all the photographs and your amazing artworks. Hugs Barbara

  27. Love that masculine tag with that wonderful color combination Valerie!! Beautiful digi tag and fun colorful circle art too. Oh aren't the pigs and rams so sweet! I'd have a hard time walking away:) TFS!

  28. Fabulous tags Valerie! Of course I love seeing the head with the circles inside, a bit like I feel at the moment! Hugs, Chrisx

  29. I love your tags, especially the colors and layering on the masculine ones. And your animals -- you do have a great camera and you clearly know how to use it! Or else you are the animal whisperer and they just pose for you!

  30. What a great post!!! I love your art and those animals are too cute! Love the pigs! Big Hugs!

  31. Valerie your tag is just FABULOUS! all the layers and the details....LOVE. THANKS BUNCHES for playing along with The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  32. Love the masculine tag! The metallics are awesome! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  33. Great work. Thank you for joining the challenge at Digitally Made. Hope to see you again next time.

  34. What a superb tag!!! Love it to pieces!!! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous and inspiring work with us over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog! Hope to see you again soon!! :)


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