Friday, 9 June 2017

Tags and peacocks

Hi Everybody!

For Michele's challenge at our Tag Tuesday, with the 
theme of animals, I made a triptych of animal
themed mixed media tags with an African feel.
I found this painted background under many layers
on my table, which I  cleared off this week. (Yes!)  I chopped it into
3, added the motives with stencils and black paint,
and highlights with my sakura pen. The middle one got
some added rusty diamonds so I could play with my new
goodies again. They each measure 9 1/2 x 4 1/2"
I sewed them onto some recycled black card.
And you still have till Monday evening to join
the challenge, for which a prize is being given.

Yesterday I visited a children's farm in Neuss - an old farm, made into a
petting zoo/ museum/park. A friend was kind enough to drive me there,
the weather was good, and we spent several hours meeting all
the animals. The peacock was the first one we saw. He lives with his
 'harem' in an enclosure, which they share with a few very pretty ducks.
It was hard to get photos as the wire fences blocked the view a bit,
and I had to poke my camera through the holes:

Isn't this duck gorgeous?

And I even got a feather that was on the floor!
More photos of the animals and the rusty, old implements and
toys and household goods etc
will follow in the coming days, so watch this space!
Needless to say, I had a wonderful time,
and big thanks to G for taking me there.

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


  1. Wonderful theme and blend, peace is all we need in the world right now. Thanks for sharing, and great photos too.

  2. Great tags Valerie - the monkey was fun and was my favourite.
    Loved bird photos and that was lucky getting the peacock feather too...
    such beautiful birds.
    Have a lovely weekend... Gill xx

  3. Lucky you finding a peacock feather! Your tags are very apt, I'm just back from a road trip to Chester zoo with my daughter, they had baby giraffes and elephants! We had a lovely time. Hope you are keeping well. Xx

    1. Oooh, I would have liked to see those babies, they are always so gorgeous!

  4. Wow! Your tags are magnificent ~ colorful and textural ~ divine photos of the zoo animals ~ ^_^

  5. Hello Val! Your tags are wonderful again, this is a great set, love the fiery colours, just gorgeous. Great photos, too, peacock are always very beautiful to watch, love their intense colours. Hugs, Sarah

  6. Wonderful tags and such a pretty peacock at the children's farm.

  7. Amazing tags with the very hot backgrounds and wonderful animals

    How lovely to go to visit the animal farm and to see the proud peacock with his peahens and the ducks Your photographs are stunning for sure

    Thank you for sharing those

    Love Chrissie xx

  8. Oh how I love those tags! They are so beautiful and I love the animals in them. Beautiful peacock photos and the duck is lovely too.

  9. O sind die Tags super schön geworden mti diesem Audrcuk der Farbenform sieht ja klasse aus.
    Die Ente die ist so gemischt aus verschiedenen Entenarten... was für eine Farbenpracht. Tolle Fotos von dem KinderBauernhof da war ich 5 Jahre lang dort. Ich find das so toll dort!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  10. Its a fabulous trio of tags Valerie, wonderful hot African colours.
    The animal farm looks a great place to visit, the peacocks look magnificent their colours are wonderful and exotic.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

  11. What fun tags. I really love the African theme and a great way to use up old stuff on the table!

    1. Yes, and there is somehow always old stuff lingering on my table!

  12. Lovely colourful tags.

    The peacocks are gorgeous but that duck is fantastic, I don't know what it is the colours are amazing.

    Have a lovely weekend

    All the best Jan

  13. Mr. Peacock and Mr. Duck are both quite stunning. Funny how in the bird world it is usually the males who are so beautiful. They say it because the females like it and see it as the most suitable males. I can't wait to see what else you saw. And I love the African themed tags. It feels like sunset on a hot night on the savannah. Hope you have a great start to our weekend. Hugs-Erika

  14. STUNNING, all of these are just WOW.XX

  15. You certainly are having a ball with the animal tags. The are all very lovely, and each is so different, even though they were created at the same time.

    I was SO impressed with the peacock and the duck. The photos were simply out of this world. So much detail, I felt I could reach out and touch them both. These were wonderful shots!

  16. Lovely animal tag - beautiful and great photos - love the peacock.
    Happy weekend!

  17. I forgot to answer your question about the internet provider. There is one other company in town and it is cable (cox). My provider is over the phone lines. Cable is MUCH faster, and far more expensive. Nearly double, in fact. Wish I could afford cable, but it's not to be at least for the moment. So I put up with my crappy internet that goes down nearly every time it rains.

  18. Gorgeous tags, and totally amazing photos of lovely animals. Peacocks are always so stunning.

  19. Your red tags are terrific, I especially like the giraffe.
    I've haven't seen a duck like that, he is so beautiful and he knows it, he's got attitude.
    I neve quite believe peacocks when I see them, their tails are magical.

    1. The duck seems to be a banded teal - whatever, it was just gorgeous!

  20. I love the Africa tags. The hot reds bring to us the heat of African scenes. Love that peacock in your petting zoo trip!

  21. Schön diese Africa Tags mit diesem tollen Sonnenuntergangsfarben. Aber der Wahnsinn sind ja diese Photos wieder, so klasse Aufnahmen von diesen gefiederten Schönheiten. Die Ente hat ja eine tolle Färbung. Danke fürs Teilen mit uns,immer ein Vergnügen.
    Liebe Grüße

  22. so many gorgeous animal tags! i love the peacock too! xo

  23. The rust colored tags are fantastic. Love the colors. The peacock is gorgeous too! :)

  24. Love your art pieces!! They turned out wonderful!! Amazing peacock and duck photos! Both creatures are so beautiful! Big Hugs!

  25. What a great start you had to make these fabulous tags! I loved seeing the peacock - the last one I saw was not behind a fence and I didn't like to get too close! Chrisx

  26. Your tags have great dynamics and color. And oh -- speaking of color, those peacocks have everyone else beat! They're wonderful.


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