Thursday, 10 August 2017

Rose thou art sick

Hi Everybody!

Time has flown by again today, I can't remember
really having done anything, but whatever it was,
I evidently had fun!

Jo's theme of 'Poetry in Motion' I made a mixed media piece
using lots of different techniques, and of course, 
lots of sewing.
 First I made a 'skin' from grey metallic paint and gel medium,
and let it dry for 2 days. Then I stamped it with my scrolls
and embossed it with bright red e.p. I sewed it to some
corrugated cardboard, catching some red gauze between the layers.
Then I stamped the Gibson Girl (LaBlanche) onto a scrap of canvas
pasted with some book paper, and fussy cut it. I mounted it onto
some cheese cloth and sewed it to the background. The roses
were cut from a scrap of cloth Donna sent me from Mexico many
moons ago. I sewed them on, and filled them with fibre-fill to make 
them more dimensional. The little paper scroll contains the text,
a verse from William Blake:

'O Rose thou art sick. 
The invisible worm, 
That flies in the night 
In the howling storm: 

Has found out thy bed 
Of crimson joy: 
And his dark secret love 
Does thy life destroy.'

For Tag Tuesday, 'use your scraps', I made a small tag
using lots of bits and bobs from one of my many
bit boxes. I am also linking to Go Tag Thursday, anything goes:

And some photos from my corner of the world.

Early morning:

Mr Heron, sitting on the drainage pipe across the little stream:

The Stork out for a walk:

Loved the names here:

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


  1. You are a very creative artist. Love all the elements of your page. The tag is extraordinary. Checked out previous days posts and love it all. Your photography brings a bit of your world into my world and I love it.

    Love, Hugs and Blessings

  2. Your work really gets lovelier and lovelier, it that's possible. What a fantastic piece you are showing today, love all the details, and the 'hidden' message, great idea. The tag is fantastic, too, what a wonderful way to use up scraps. Love those long legged birds, we saw storks recently in Saulgau. Have a nice evening, hugs, Sarah

  3. Oh my, you have created yet another stunning piece for Art Journal Journey and I loved reading about all the techniques you used to create it too - amazing! The "skin" looks fabulous with the bright red embossed scrolls on it and your use of fabrics and sewing is wonderful, as always 😁. I can just imagine William Blake writing his poetry on a scroll and it was so clever and creative of you to attach the poem in such a way - perfect! Such a pretty tag too with the little fairy and layers of beautiful papers and card, the colours are so fresh and magical. Thanks for joining this month's AJJ theme again, it is much appreciated dear Valerie! Wishing you a lovely evening! J 😊

  4. das ist wwundervoll gemacht dein Journalseite es ist so liebevoll das rot von der Rose gespiegtl wieder in der Naht aussenherum und der Hintergund auf der Pappe grossartige idee!
    Dein tag ist so sĂŒss mit GlĂŒck Verbundenheit!
    Ach, deine tollen Tierfotos und die Schifffahrt auf dem Rhein und mit den Wolkenbilder rundet das Posting heute so schön!
    Ich wĂŒnsche dir einen schönen Abend!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  5. Both beaitiful projects. Love all the bright colours and the way you put everything together
    Very beautiful photographs. The heron looks wonderful Valerie

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. Both beautiful and very nice, wundershön ;O)

  7. wow,deine rosenseite ist so romantisch und wunderschön auf der wellpappe mit tĂŒll und dem genĂ€hten,einfach klasse.
    der poem ist auch wunderschön dazu,dein tag ist auch sehr schön,und so fröhlich.
    traumhafte himmelsbilder wieder,ich mag das auch sehr.
    einen schönen abend,liebe val :-)

    hugs jenny

  8. Both artpieces are adorable and I can imagine that you were busy the whole day with sewing and layering .
    Nice photos!
    Happy PPF for you and thanks once again for supporting AJJ.

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  10. I can't believe what you do with those skins. Your journal entry is simply out of this world.

    LOVE the tag and the beautiful sewing. I'm totally impressed.

    Gotta love the names on those ships. Hidden meaning? Probably just my imagination gone wild.

    I hope to be back on Sunday and hope to have time to make a couple of scrappy tags, too. Your theme is super.

  11. Ein schaurig schönes Gedicht liebe Valerie, deine Rosen-Lady-Karte gefĂ€llt mir dafĂŒr umso besser,toll gemacht. Auch das Tag mit der sĂŒĂŸen kleinen Elfe, Schriftschnipsel,Rose und etwas HĂ€kelspitze ist total schön komponiert,super!
    Deine Storchenbilder sind so gut getroffen, hab selten einen so nah gesehen, da diese Tiere sehr scheu sind. Ohne gutes Teleobjektiv geht es da nicht, um sie gut abzulichten.
    Schönen Abend und gute Nacht.

    1. Sie waren keine 5 meter weg, war ganz toll!😂

  12. Wonderful tribute page to the rose today! Your tag is beautiful and enjoyed your photos!

  13. Oh My Goodness - what a dramatic page - you really have captured those words to make this page! Brilliant tag! I have finally cleared a space in front of my sewing machine so should be able to sew again (if I haven't forgotten who to thread the darned thing!) Loved you photos - especially the Heron and the Stork! I have finally caught up - apologies for getting so far behind! Hugs, Chrisx

  14. Your first piece is so moving and lovely and the tag is so very sweet! Your photos are also such a delight.

  15. Its a gorgeous journal page, love the deep red roses that add to the feeling you get when reading the poem and looking at the page.
    The tag is so lovely as well, beautiful bits and pieces from your box today.
    The photos looked super as well, I do like Mr Heron and the Stork, it must be so good to see them in their natural habitat.
    Yvonne xx

  16. Just love the tag, the fairy is so sweet.
    Beautiful photographs again, so nice to see the heron and stork.

    I can't believe it's Friday tomorrow, the week has flown by.

    All the best Jan

  17. Your rose page is so beautiful. I love how the roses really stand out. Cute tage. I have the same fairy cutouts, but mine are languishing in a box. Really cool cloud formations. I've never seen a stork. There's a blue heron in the area, but I've only seen him in flight never standing still. The coloring is amazing.

  18. Fabulous pieces or art,love the roses. Beautiful photos too


  19. A fabulous and intriguing post and just love the roses art. xx [aNNie]

  20. those roses look fantastic on your piece and I'm in love with the heron, he's gorgeous! Happy PPF!

  21. Wonderful art and photos Valerie! I love the heron!
    Happy PPF!

  22. Interesting mix with your art. The photos are all gorgeous too.

  23. I'm loving your fairy..such a gorgeous Tag for our challenge at Go Tag Thursday.
    Thank you for playing along in our challenge this week...xx

  24. Wow! Both pieces are beautiful, but I do believe that first one is my all time favorite. Just gorgeous.

  25. Lovely creations all ~ my favorite is the little fairy girl ~ delightful and wonderful photography of nature ~ ^_^

  26. Beautiful art, the mixed media at the top is fabulous and the second has gorgeous layers and sewing. I hope you are doing well, Shirleyxx

  27. Fab textures in your projects

  28. Really beautifuL! All the little special details are wonderful! Lovely photos as well! Happy PPF!

  29. Love all the layering and the nature photos.

  30. Brilliant dramatic interpretation of the Blake poem, and your scraps card is completely charming. I grew up with Cicely M Barker's flower fairies, so seeing them always makes me so happy!
    Alison x

  31. I cannot help but wonder how happy you must be as you prepare and complete each project. All so lovely.

  32. What beautiful pieces! The colors, the stitching, the 3D them! Happy PPF (I'm catching up a bit late).

  33. Fabulous pieces (of course) I love the roses and brilliant photographs xx

  34. Sehr schöne Arbeiten! Happy PPF und einen kreativen Sonntag! - Irma

  35. Gorgeous skyskates and birds! How I do love the names of the boats!

  36. Such creative pieces! Bravo!

    Love the morning sky pictures. So lovely to watch the world around us waking up. :)

  37. 'Wow your cards are simply amazing! I love the 3D effect of the roses, they look so real for me!! And your fantastic photos of the nature you are sorounded by! So beautiful! ♥ Conny

  38. Both pieces are totally gorgeous! WOW!! The creativity and work you put into your art is breath taking! I truly mean that! Love your photos!! Love the bird photos and the boat names!! Big Hugs!

  39. Oh how lovely this first piece is Valerie! I thought those roses were real fake roses, not paper! The sewing gives such a 3d look- fabulous!!
    Your tag using your scraps is just as sweet as can be! I lover her little wings!
    sending hugs,Jackie

  40. Love all your pictures...favourite being Blake's interpretation. Great one, Valerie! :)

  41. I am loving these multi layered stitched piece...stunning work. They should be framed!!

    Peace Giggles

  42. Another lovely tag, Valerie. You are so talented ... and prolific!


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