Monday, 14 August 2017

T stands for Ts galore

Hi Everybody!

On Tuesday we are beginning a new challenge at

🌻In my garden🌼

As always, projects of all formats are allowed, and you have
2 weeks to link your creations to us. Hope to see
YOU there!

I made an A4 mixed media piece. The background was painted,
sprinkled with brushos and sprayed with water. After it had
dripped and dried I added the main image using a paper
napkin sent to me by Yvonne. The birds and diamonds were
stenciled, and the quote hand-written. I am also linking to Jo's 
'Poetry in Motion' theme at Art Journal Journey.

Our 'use your scraps challenge at Tag Tuesday runs
for another week, so hope to see you joining the use-it-up-
scrappers over there.  I used a scrap of hand-painted paper for the 
background, and some black paper from a recycled calendar for
the matting. The image, lace, beading, Victorian scrap and ribbon were
 all in my scrap boxes. I added the rose and the die-cut word. I think the 
image is from Gecko Galz:

Today is also Elizabeth's weekly T stands for Tuesday party, so here 
a hearty welcome to all of the nice ladies of the T gang.
I have another postcard to give away this week, so if you would like to get it in your mail-box, please tell me in a comment, and I will pick a
name out of the  hat if it's more than one. Last week's card was
won by Erika, and it is on its way:

Recently I visited Duisburg, a neighbouring town with a lot of
interesting industrial pieces, reminding of the town's industrial past.
  Duisburg has the largest river harbour in the world. 
Most of the ships that chug up and 
down the Rhine and pass our little town have come from, 
or are on their way to the harbour there.
I needed to warm up and dry out, and
found a nice cafe to drink my cappuccino:

In the harbour:

There are lots of sculptures there, too:

This wheel was HUGE:

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


  1. Love your work and all your shared photos! Have a great day. Best, Yvonne

  2. Both pieces are completely different, but both are gorgeous. Love the sunny colours in the garden page. The tag is really pretty. Great photos from Duisburg, the old industrial monuments are very interesting. Have a nice evening, hugs, Sarah

  3. Awsome love the quote and the journal Hen ;O)) great tag to ;O))

  4. Wonderful art and impressive photos of Duisburg - thanks a lot for joining AJJ again!
    Happy T-Day!!

  5. Gorgeous artwork Valerie and your garden quote really speaks to me - so true. Love the metal globe pic too.
    Fliss xx

  6. What a wonderful quote -- and really great photos!

    I'll be off blog for about a week but will try to catch up when I return!

  7. o wie schön, ich liebe dein Journal mit dem Spruch und dein Tag yes so sweet und dieses letzte Journal ist eine tolle Idee so zu machen und die Ausage vom Hepurn passend dazu!
    Toll das ist echt Duisburg! Ich war da immer wegen dme Weihnachtsmarkt der war immer so schön.
    Schönen Abend
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  8. Its interesting to see the industrial side of the world. It has its own mechanical beauty too I think. What a sweet tag-you finished it off just like it should have been and I also really LOVE your piece for TIOT. What a great quote, and I love all the layering. the flowers also really add a lot of color to it. Hope you had a great start to your week. Hugs-Erika

  9. Oh I love your art page and your tag is so adorable! I'd love your postcard. The photos are wonderful, that last one especially grabs me.

  10. Fantastic Project for Try it on Tuesday with such wonderful painting and flowers. Great quote as well

    Love the sweet tag with the cute little maid. Made me think back to childhood scrapbooks

    I love photographs of industrial places and these ones are amazing. Qhat agreat place to visit. Coffee as well so it can't be bad

    Happy T Day Valerie

    Love Chrissie xx

  11. Lovely poetry garden page, your tag is so 'sweet'. Beautiful postcard and thanks for the photos of industrial Duisburg.

  12. I'm marveling at how seamlessly you blended the napkin into the lovely page you made for the garden challenge, Valerie. Sooo pretty!

    And the scraps tag is very sweet (double entendre intended). That challenge is next on my to-do list.

    I would love to receive an art postcard from you. Fingers crossed.

    That's a very impressive harbor for being on a river. I'm enjoying being an armchair traveler by way of all the fascinating posts shared at our T-parties. Thank you for the photos. I've never been to Europe.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  13. Your journal page is so beautiful. The sunflower made me smile as my sunflower bloomed today. Duisberg looks so different from you area. Very insdustrial and surprisingly clean. Love ths sculptures especially the giant pulley. Glad you were able to find a nice spot to enjoy your cappaccino. Hope your weather improves. Happy T Day

  14. wow what a neat place you shared with us-love the sculptures too.
    I love your journal page and the quote very much
    Yes please put my name in the hat
    Happy T Day Kathy

  15. Okay- all the TAGs are awesome- but the first one is out of this world. The colors and design along with the quote are just perfect together. I could look at it for hours. Beautiful!

    Fun to see the pictures from your recent outing too. So many interesting sculptures!

  16. gorgeous art projects Valerie-I especially love the first one! Super photos of your harbour visit-such wonderful architectural shots. I'd love any harbour town:) Happy T day!

  17. Wow! Your mixed media piece is beautiful! So much color and such going on in that background! Love. It!!! And your tag is very vintage and nostalgic. So pretty! I would love to go into the drawing for your pretty postcard. :)

  18. I'm already SO far behind, and now I'm even behind for T Tuesday. Your lovely TioT entry made me smile. How could it have been two weeks. Seems like August just started and it's nearly half over! I'm really in love with it and it was a great addition to AJJ, too.

    As always I'm impressed with your tag. I love the sewing and cannot believe all that beauty comes from a scrap bin.

    I was most assuredly impressed with the harbor at Duisburg. I always love any and everything industrial, and was simply mesmerized by the beauty of this. I know others may not consider it beauty, but, like rust, I certainly do.

    I was super impressed with the sculptures. The globe reminded me of the one created for the world's fair in New York. I got the privilege of seeing it when I drove through New York State.

    The wheel was absolutely fabulous. I was of course, in love with the rusty areas you so lovingly photographed.

    Then there's your wonderful T entry. It was great to see the cappuccino from another town. Thanks for sharing it, as well as your art and architecture photos with us for T this Tuesday.

  19. Hi Valerie, all your projects and designs are amazing. I love the garden and library quote. It's always been a favorite. The sweet tag is darling too.
    Love all your photos and interesting architectural shots. Have a great week. xo

  20. Was für ein schönes journal!

    tolle Bilder von Duisburg.

  21. Wonderful quote and page for Art Journal Journey, thanks so much for bringing sunshine and happiness to my garden today after all the grey clouds and rain yesterday 😁. The quote and colours are perfect! I love the drippy paints and Brusho background, and the layers of napkin images are lovely - I can just hear your rooster crowing to the hen whose hiding in all those pretty flowers... lol 😉. Another beautiful tag too with the pearl embellishments and lace. Wow, the harbour is full of amazing things, I enjoyed seeing how they have incorporated ship parts into the design, the sculpture and those wonderful wheels. Thanks again and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

  22. Stunning garden project and most adorable tag. Your cuppa cino always looks delish...
    You inspire again and again.

    Enjoy your icecream today if you are still planning on having one.xx

  23. You page is so beautiful Valerie, I love it! Also love that sweet tag, and interesting photos as usual.
    Wishing you a wonderful day,

  24. Absolutely lovely page and beautiful tag and photos.

  25. Eine tolle Seite mit einem wahren Spruch. Das Tag ist toll und Deine Fotos, wie immer, super

  26. I usually visit you on a Monday, but I’m late this week and arrived on Tuesday – the perfect day it seems.
    I do have a garden and a library and I love, love, love this mixed media piece. Actually, I love everything about this post! Thanks and hugs Barbara

  27. Hi Valarie you art page is gorgeous, love the textures you've built up. The tag is very pretty as well. Of course I would love to receive an art postcard if I was lucky enough to win. I hope you are doing well, Hugs, Shirleyxx

  28. I love that garden/library quote and the way you did the flowers. The colors and that rooster! :)

    I don't usually think of industrial as a style for art, but that huge wheel is striking!

    Happy T Tuesday

  29. My favorite art, this week, is the garden and library piece....just stunning!
    I enjoyed the harbor photo a lot, everything looks so interesting.
    Of course I would love to win your post card, loved the saying on it.
    Happy T-day

  30. Love your quote in the top photos... although i might add 'craftroom' to the list of things you must It's really very pretty Valerie... the colors just pop !
    What a nice trip you had... it does look wet and cool out... and that cappuccino must have tasted good to warm you up.. Thank you for sharing all your lovely photos this week! Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  31. What a wonderful journal page Valerie! The colours are like a sunny day and I love the way the drips have worked! Your scrap tag has such a sweet image and the pieces you have added to it really do it justice! I loved seeing the action in the port! Glad you found somewhere warm and dry for your cappuccino! Happy T Day! Chrisx

  32. I love the quote on your page Valerie! It is so true!
    Along with your stunning design makes it perfect for our challenge!
    What an inspiration!
    Lula oxo

  33. A really beautiful page, Valerie! Love the words, I agree with you!
    The tag is super!
    Hugs, Mar

  34. A really beautiful page Valerie ans the quote is fantastic. I totally agree that nothing can beat the garden or nature and a good book.
    It was a lovely post to read and see your super art and photos.
    Yvonne ss

  35. Truly stunning art pieces! love them all...and the photos you've shared too. sculptures are inspiring, and even the heavy equipment is rather sculptural. Happy T Tuesday!

  36. What a lovely tag. And your mixed media page is lovely too. I love that quote by Audrey Hepburn.
    Thanks for sharing the potos of the harbour área. That touches my heart as I grew up in a harbour town (Rotterdam). I remember those cranes very well.
    I wonder what the Wheel was for....
    Happy T-Day,

  37. Love your mixed mecias..gardens and libraries..two of my favorite things! And Audrey Hepburn...such a classic beauty, lovely quote...and your tag is certainly sweet. Great globe sculpture 😊happy t day!

  38. A lovely page Valerie and a very true quote and there's nothing nicer than sitting in the garden with a book on a lovely day. Love the tag, so pretty.
    Avril xx

  39. Beautiful page Valerie, lovely colours and the quote is so true. Love your photos too, so much to look at on your blog!

  40. What a busy busy post!! Your posts artwork is beautiful and those quotes- fabulous!!
    hugs,Jackie xx

  41. Such a wonderful and beautifully coloured page, and that quote is perfect!
    Glad you found a nice café in Duisburg to enjoy your coffee.

    All the best Jan

  42. Love your garden art!!! The quote is perfect too... mostly I"m reading these days. I walk around the garden and look for eggs and pick whats ripe but I've given most of it away as I have no energy to do anything with it. We did get some rain today so ole "HANK " and I have a rest :) Love the sculpture with the world in it ♥

  43. Oh I couldn't agree more! I am loving this piece so much, I've been so attracted to yellow of late. It's a colour that has been sort of subjective for me over the years!! Always fun to see where you've been!

    Peace Giggles

  44. Your art work is so gorgeous! I love it!!! And, I love your photos!! Truly amazing!
    I would love to be entered into your postcard giveaway, if it's not too late! Big Hugs!


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