Friday, 7 July 2017


Hi Everybody!

It's Friday already! This has been a busy week with lots
of appointments, so I'm looking forward to some
rest over the weekend.
For Go Tag Thursday, in the garden,  for Mixed Media Monthly
altered embellishments and Stamps and stencils I made a large Mixed Media tag. 
The substrate is recycled mdf from the back of an old 
drawer. It was grounded with 
gesso and then painted with Titan Buff. I added some
stenciling using clear paste. The edges were distressed with
oxide inks ancient linen and wild honey. The Paris image is
a paper napkin. The Rose was made with plaster
of Paris in a silicone biscuit mold from the Euro shop,
as was the wing. They were both painted and distressed with DIs
and then given a coat of crackle glaze. The feathers, leaves
lace and small rose are all from my stash. I spritzed it all
with some white acrylic paint to finish it off.

I am also linking to Rhedd's creative spirit

red, white and/or blue
I have an A3 mixed media journal page, made using acrylic
sprays on a gessoed BG with Dina Wakley stencils. I collaged
them onto the page to make a positive/negative effect:

And I have the penultimate installment of photos from Zons:

The shops were mostly selling 'quaint' stuff: 

But I did like these frogs, and the stone sculpture with the fossils:

Medieval street art!

I loved the rugged bricks and stones in the walls:

Lots of plants and grasses were growing there:

And the arches made a good place for the garbage bins -
brown is for things which can be composted, yellow for plastic and tin, 
and green for paper and cardboard:

Have a great weekend you all, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. Your tag is incredible. I love romantic pieces and this is feminine and romantic. It is also very Parisian. I simply adore it.

    The journal page is quite nice, too. You have definitely put those stencils to good use. The colors are so warm and inviting.

    I've really enjoyed photos of Zons through your eyes. It's a great place and I was impressed with the architecture more than the kitsch. I also loved the flowers and flower boxes. I will be sad once you complete your trip to Zons. It was fun to see and learn about this town.

  2. Love everything about today's post, that tag is really gorgeous. Wonderful journal page, too, red, white and blue are always my fave colours. Great photos of Zons, where will you be visiting next? The wall there are very impressive. Have a nice day, take it easy, hugs, Sarah

  3. Tres Chic! What a lovely tag and a wonderful stroll through Zons. Thank you for linking to Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this month.

  4. great post today, love the pictures and all, and the dina wakely iam a fan ;O))

  5. A really terrific post today with the wonderful tag and the great idea of using a biscuit mold to make a flower-now why didn't I think of that? Love the floaty page with beautiful muted colours.

    Zons, or your photographs of it, is still throwing up more wonders and ideas. How I would love to go and do some painting on the many awful structures for telephones and electricity that seem to spring up daily around our area. I could start with our three bins I reckon.

    More amazing walls and I do love brick walls and the wonderful shop with the terrific makes outside and inside.

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. das ist so hübsch geworden das erste *wow* mit dieser Keksform für die Blume was für eone tolle Idee... ich bin ganz verliebt darin liebe Valerie!!!!
    Das Bild mit den Schablonen figuren und dem gespritzen Farben ist mal was gnaz anderes wie sonst toll gefällt mir auch sehr gut und klasse der Spruch und das kann ich nur zustimmen es ist ein grosses Abenteuer immer wieder was raus kommt auf einem Journal!
    Zons, ach wie es lebt so schön alles fotografiert jede Eck und Winkle haben sie so schön gestaltet mit den alten Gemäuer der Windmühle usw.
    Schönen Freitag wünsche ich dir!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  7. Beautiful make my friend and just loving the photos.xx.♥

  8. How clever of you to make the rose in that way Valerie... there's always a trick up your sleeve. It's a beautiful piece.
    Love the town photos too, those buildings have such character. Oh I love those frogs in front of the shop too - how sweet :D) Happy PPF and enjoy your weekend!

  9. A beautiful tag, love the texture and layout. Great journal page and the photos of Zons are lovely. It looks like a great place to visit. Gosh, I haven't been to Germany for 52 years, when I was with my parents and brother on our way to Austria in the car.

  10. what a gorgeous tag Valerie!! Fun silhouette page. More wonderful photos of Zons. Love the windmill. Happy PPF again:)

  11. Lovely mixed media tag beautiful texture and quote. Your PPF page is so creative with the use of negative and positive space, always learn so much from you. Thanks for the continuing tour of Zons, we use blue bins for both cardboard, tins and glass. Green bins for compost here.

  12. More wonderful art and gorgeous photos of Zons.

  13. I love the tag with 3D elements. So pretty! The photos are gorgeous as always. I love the places you get to visit :)

  14. Fun page and that tag is just glorious. How clever of you to upcycle that MDF. hugs, Teresa

  15. Your posts are always so jam packed with lots of goodies Valerie.
    Great artwork and you certainly beat the challenge.
    Have a wonderful weekend :D

  16. Beautiful!

    If each brick could talk, I wonder what stories they would tell! So full of history!

    1. Exactly my thoughts as I walked through those streets!

  17. Very clever creative idea for the lovely board!!
    Loved the window shopping and the wind mills!
    Enjoy your weekend and hope your week goes smoothly!

  18. Your tag is lovely and your photos of the windmill, perfect. What a gorgeous old building, stonework is something. Rest up and enjoy your weekend. xox

  19. My favorite is your mixed media artwork ~ Divine! Lovely creations and photography ~ especially of the windmills ~ ^_^

  20. What a lovely stroll through Zons, the place looks deserted.
    I'm totally fascinated by how you made your tag, especially using the back of an old drawer and a biscuit mold.

  21. Amazing art and photos ! So beautiful!
    Happy weekend!

  22. What a gorgeous tag, again! I love the texture and details. And cool silhouettes. That's a great idea. I like positive and negative spaces. And still enjoying Zons. Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

  23. Both are fantastic makes Valerie, the tag looks super with those gorgeous flowers and other embellies. The posotive/negative page is very clever too!

  24. Another gorgeous tag, and quote. You always seem to add amazing quotes to match your art. The silhouettes looked awesome as well.
    Yvonne xx

  25. Oh how gorgeous that tag is! The sentiment is so beautiful too. I also love your red, white, and blue. The photos are so wonderful too.

  26. Such a lovely mixed media tag! The Paris theme looks so romantic and feminine with the pretty lace, flowers and feathers - beautiful! I love all the brick work and textures you captured on your photos too! The little blue cat reminded me of Bluebeard 😀. Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

  27. A stunning Tag for our challenge at Go Tag Thursday this week..Thank you so much for playing along.
    Loving all the photos too..especially the streets and buildings..I love those types of places/images...if only they could talk..I wonder what they would say...x

  28. Well, you know I love Paris so of course your tag really made me smile. You know what else did? Those windmills! I love windmills, even the new wind turbines, but I really am captivated by the classic style. Very nice photos!

  29. How I loved all your pictures Valerie - would love to go there!!
    Sandy xx

  30. Oh - love this! Such wonderful details and layers!

  31. this is just gorgeous! LOVE it! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  32. beautiful art journal page...I love how you used the positive and negative images...thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  33. Lovely post Valerie. The first piece was absolutely amazing and what a really lovely quote that was.
    So many amazing buildings at Zon I adore that windmill especially.
    Hope you've had a lovely weekend.. Gill xx

  34. Wow this is fabulous loving the texture and wording.Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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  35. A lovely tag and journal page Valerie,and both quotes are perfect! xx

  36. A lovely textured tag combining architectural elements with the pretty! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Ruth x

  37. It is always a pleasure to see your art work. The tag is beautiful and the page innovative. Your photography shows your artistic eye to perfection.

    Love, hugs and Blessings,

  38. It is always a pleasure to see your art work. The tag is beautiful and the page innovative. Your photography shows your artistic eye to perfection.

    Love, hugs and Blessings,

  39. The media tag is gorgeous. . .I do love the photos. What a beautiful place. The positive/negative is very creative.

  40. I hope you are well my friend! Both your art pieces really touched my heart!! Beautiful art and beautiful quotes!! I love the standing blue cat! I would have bought that! LOL! I love your photos!!! Gorgeous! Big Hugs!

  41. Beautiful Paris tag Valerie.. I am loving that little rose... great photos much artzie inspiration in your parts!!

    Hugs Giggles

  42. Oh I am so glad I did not actually miss this project, wow, such a stunning tag ( and being Dutch originally I of course specially also love those windmill photos). Thanks so much for adding your tag to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!

  43. A wonderful piece of art! Great work! Loved peeping at your photos too! Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils this month! Hugs rachel x

  44. At first I thought your Eiffel tower collage was an Eileen Hull journal! It would work just as well for that. I just love it. Your layers and texture are exquisite. Such a beautiful project. We are so pleased that you shared with us at Stamps & Stencils. Hugs, Autumn


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