Thursday, 15 June 2017

Rocking horses and more

Hi Everybody!

For Wendy's texture challenge at Tag Tuesday I made this 10" tag. The 
substrate was cut from packing materials and painted with Maya Gold
metallic paint in turquoise. The large flowers and dots were stenciled
with  structure paste in purple, which I then bubbled with
the heat gun to give more texture. The centres were made with
small 3D balls (Pentart) pressed onto silicone glue and painted with
turquoise. I added a few glass dew-drops, the acetate butterflies
 and the sentiment, which very much
expresses my feelings....I sewed it to a piece of recycled 
corrugated card. I am also linking to
Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin,
Simon Monday Challenge, touchy feely
and Go Tag Thursday, anything goes.

For Art Journal journey, Rosie's circle theme, I made an 7 x 5"
journal page, using a quote written
 with my new quill pen and hand made ink, see here.
The background was stamped - the 'sun' is from Hein Design, the ducks from Lavinia and the plants from LaBlanche. Once again I sewed all
 the layers together.

The farm/museum I visited recently also has a wonderful
collection of toys, including lot of rocking horses, which I am
sure will please Elizabeth!

I still have more toys to show in another post!
Have a great day , take care
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. Hi Val, just got your mail before we go out, we're collecting my Mum and then all going to my sister for the day, the kids can all play together in the garden, so they'll love that. Gorgeous, gorgeous tag, love the colours and the texture you created, really fabulous. Love the journal page, too, and the wonderful toy photos, such lovely things! Enjoy your day, hugs, Sarah

  2. That's an interesting museum to visit, great photos. And nice tag, details and all. Greetings!

  3. I'm in hog heaven. This is simply the most amazing area of the museum and zoo. I am in total awe and keep going back and forth seeing more and more rocking horses that are all so different and unique. They are just amazing.

    Which of course, almost made me forget about the art work you shared, like the beautiful tag with all that great texture and its purpleness (I'm calling it a word). It is fabulous.

    But let's get back to the rocking horses. I've got one (albeit quite small) that is on rollers, and it's a replica of one that looks very similar to some you shared above.

    Oh wait. I forgot the incredible piece you made for AJJ. Not only is it lovely, it sort of fits with your feelings about Hitler. And I saw yesterday there was some sort of remembrance to something about Auschwitz, too. So the Mark Twain quote was quite appropriate. Sorry, I wasn't really watching the TV. It's just on for noise for the cats, but I did catch something about Auschwitz.

    Now let's get back to the rocking horses. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

    1. I knew you would love them- When I went in there I said, 'Elizabeth, where are you?!'

    2. I was stuck here in the U.S. wishing I had been there with you. So many rocking horses, so little time!

  4. A show stopping tag Valerie it is wonderful with the textures you created with your techniques.

    The circles piece is beautiful and the ink and writing special.

    More fantastic photographs of the things at the museum and many of them look very old. I think we both had the same thoughts with museums and old things today. Strange how that often happens with us.

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. Fabulous and interesting photos.
    Love your purple tag, at first I thought you may have used the 'melting pot' and ultra thick embossing powder. Looks awesome.
    great post.x [aNNie]

  6. great tag and wonderful texture, love the writing with your handmadeink that is great work ;O)))

  7. Amazing tag and a wonderful page - thank you for linking to AJJ again -
    the old toys are great! Happy day!

  8. I am with you as regards the sentiment of your housework never gets done! The art calls louder!

  9. Love your tag with the blues and all that texture! Interesting quote on your AJJ circle piece. Thanks for sharing the antique (wholesome) farm toys!

  10. The colors on that tag are amazing Valerie. Good choices for such a stunning piece.:) And your circle journal page is super too. That quote is so true. Sometimes it would be cool to have a time machine and go back for a glimpse of what it was really like without our modern eyes and also without only the authors of surviving pieces interpretation. And cool old toys. I am sure they delighted kids as much as ones do today. Wow, Elizabeth with be out of her mind with all those rocking horses. Enjoy the rest of your day. Hugs-Erika

  11. Look at those rocking horses!
    Love the tags. The housework can wait made me laugh.
    YOU, have a great day.

  12. A gorgeous tag and a wonderful journal page. I love the photos - what a fabulous collection of toys.
    xxx Hazel.

  13. Ein wunderschönes Tag und Deine Journalseite ebenso.
    Tolles Spielzeug ist das.

    Danke für's erneute Verlinken zu ART JOURNAL JOURNEY

  14. wie schön das aussieht dein Tag das hast du wundervoll gebastelt!
    Deine Journalseite ist mit dem Zitat toll!
    Das hat sich auch kaum verändert die alten Sachen hinter den Glasvitrinen! Tolle Fotos vom Innenraum.
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  15. Schönes Tag, die Blasenstruktur auf der blauen Farbe sieht super aus. Mir gefallen auch die durchsichtigen Schmetterlinge und die Glaskügelchen sehr. Die Karte mit dem Spruch sieht auch klasse aus mit der leuchtenden Sonne darauf. Na und die Fotos sind, wie immer, ein Traum. So schön all die alten Pferdchen,Kinderglück pur.
    Liebe Grüße

  16. Love your art ♥ Your new quill pen writes quite well ♥ Love seeing all of those old toys too. Some really unusual rocking horses ♥ Have a grand day!

  17. Hi Valerie, WOW I love your large tag and the quote is so true. I would much rather create then do house work! haha. Lovely journal page too. Great quote that one too. You always create the best designs. So enjoyed the photos from the farm museum. What a great place to visit. Your photos are wonderful!! Thanks for sharing. Have a great rest of the week!! xo

  18. You have such fascinating museums in your area, farm-type toys, what fun.
    Your tag is super, I like the words. Your circles piece is great too, I remember quill pens, or at least their relatives, scratchy pens. You seem to have controlled yours, I never could.

  19. Your large tag is gorgeous, loved the metalic shine on the flowers, also the stitching and of course that quote is the best I've seen in ages.
    The toy photos were wonderful, I have been looking at them for ages tonight.
    Yvonne xx

  20. Love the tag Valerie and I agree with that fabulous quote.
    Wonderful photos of the toys at the museum, some of the rocking horses look fabulous.
    Avril xx

  21. Love the Tag with the purple flower. Great quote. I try to remind myself of that when I have housework to do but the day is beautiful and I should be outside!

    Look at all those toys. Wow! I wonder if kids today still have rocking horses...

  22. Beautiful makes but I especially love that huge purple flower against that vibrant green background!

  23. Wow I love this first piece. I too use a heat gun to form bubbles on my paintings. It gives such a unique texture. The Farm museum is excellent. I have been to a few here in the US but this one feels very special.

  24. What a lovely tag, the techniques combined top make for a beautiful piece. And what a fun plethora of rocking horses!
    Ah, Mark Twain! My middle granddaughter had eggs and pancakes this morning in the (rainy) park worth her classmates for Huck Finn day! Happy PPF!

  25. Oh my gosh, your tag is super cute! I love all the 3D elements and the wonderful vibrancy of the colors!

  26. Wonderful color on your tag. The fabric makes a neat textured background. Happy PPF

  27. Such a lovely tag, I thought the background was fabric until you explained 😀. The glittery flowers are beautiful too. So nice to visit the farm/museum again and I can see why Elizabeth was in heaven with all those rocking horses ... lol! 😁 Happy Friday and weekend! J 😊

  28. The tag is filled with fabulous color and textures! I must say I especially love your page for AJJ-just beautiful Valerie. What a fun museum to visit-thanks for sharing. Happy PPF!

  29. That museum looks like so much fun. My friend has an obsession with rocking horses so I'm sure she would love it there. Also, beautiful tag! I love the purple flower on that background. Hope you have a great weekend!

  30. Thanks for today's interesting share. Really really luv that textured piece
    happy you dropped by my blog today

    Happy PPF

    much love...

  31. I love the beautiful flowers on your tag!! I agree with the quote - I should be cleaning right now, but am on the computer instead - lol!!

  32. Great tag...beautiful and creative! Love the primitive crafts shown in the museum displays! Loved seeing them all.

  33. The tag is amazing, I especially love the colors and that ink you made looks great. I love the rocking horses too.

  34. Hello Valerie, the texture and beautiful lines of your tag is wonderful. The close up shots really show all the design so wonderfully. Gorgeous colours and, wow, I love the quote too! ;D)
    The rocking horses are great to see, such crafting - many hours put into them. My Dad used to make them many years ago (a more modern version), but there's something about them that really stirs the joy of childhood.
    Cheers and have a wonderfully happy weekend xx

  35. Love your tag!! I could look and look and look, and just be fascinated with all the detail! LOVE the stitching too, and I have to remember to do more of that on my own work! I got a small, inexpensive machine JUST for that purpose too.. Crazy, I still don't think to USE it! Have a wonderful weekend! ~tina

  36. Wow - so much color and texture in that piece . Nice quote, too. And what anintereting museum. Thanks for sharing! Happy PPF!

  37. Love all the textures going on in your tag!

  38. The tag is AMAZING!!!! love the colors and the texture!!! I also had fun watching and reading the rest of the blog post! So many inspiration to learn from!
    Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, we all hope to see you again next week!
    x Zoey

  39. Enjoy life housework can wait ... Love it!

    There is something about rocking horses I really like ... I enjoyed your photographs.

    All the best Jan

  40. As always, your artwork graces my eyes with its unique color and texture. What wonderful art! And such beautiful photos.

  41. Great textured tag, love the sentiment. Great photos again.
    Hugs Wendy

  42. A truly beautiful tag..I love the flowers,they just rich in colour...
    Thank you so much for playing in this weeks challenge at Go Tag Thursday..x

    Fabulous photos of the museum..The mangle reminds me of the one my grandmother had..I can see her now putting the white cotton sheets through the mangle...

  43. I really love your tag and journal page!! Amazing my friend! Cool toys! Love that museum! Big Hugs!

  44. i feel as though i can actually feel this tag from the photos. wonderful texture piece! xo

  45. I love the tag and all the different art you used to obtain that look. As an Historian, I love the wonderful museum. I could stay in those for hours thinking about what was going on during that time and what the kids did. Blessings, Janet


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