Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Building sandcastles

Hi Everybody!

Today I have another mixed media piece to share, using an
altered photo of Miriam as a baby. She had been lounging on the
couch, watching me sew.....I digitally altered the photo to make
it grainy, and then added some soft colour to her. Then it was 
sewn onto various substrates, using different textiles. To finish it off
 I added a piece of pink netting to make a nice contrast to
the neutral tones. I am linking to Yvonne's lovely challenge of 'colour 
in my world' at Art Journal Journey 
and to Paint Party Friday hosted by Eva and Kristin:







After visiting Neuss on Sunday we fortified ourselves with
plenty of cake and coffee and then sent off for Duisburg,
another neighbouring town. A group of people there recently made
the Guinness Book of records with a 17 metres high sandcastle.
I had watched it's progress on the news here, but wanted to
see it 'live'. It's in the middle of a wonderful 
industrial park, where you can see the giant machines used in the 
manufacture of iron and steel, and that was an even greater
highlight for me. I will definitely be visiting here again when I
have more time and energy:





The track back to nature:










And then we got out first view of the magnificent pyramid-castle:




Here you can see the progress shots:



More photos to follow next post - watch this space!

47 comments:

  1. Love the piece with Miriam - she was really a cutie! Great photos, too, the old industrial machines look huge, and very interesting, but the pyramid is really a wonder. What a fantastic job they made of it. Looking forward to seeing more photos! Have a nice evening, hugs, Sarah

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  2. great piece with the baby and love your photos

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  3. Your page is a wonderful way to preserve a cherished memory. Such a cute baby. The sand castle is just...ausgezeichnet! the huge machinery and giant sand castle look like toys for giant children.

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  4. Dieses Baby sieht zum Knuddeln niedlich aus, schön wie du es digital bearbeitet hast. So umgeben von schönen Spitzenborten und dem rosa Band ist es Vintagelook vom Feinsten. Gefällt mir sooo gut. Diese große Sandburg sieht ja fantastisch aus. Die erste Sand-Art Ausstellung hab ich vor vielen Jahren in Berlin besucht und war total begeistert davon.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine

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  5. oh wow that castle is amazing!! and to be able to view it in person must have been so much better. Loving your mixed media piece with all the textures-very sweet
    Hugs Kathy

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  6. I love your baby piece Valerie, so pretty. That sandcastle is amazing, no wonder you wanted to see it! xx

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  7. Such a beautiful piece of work Valerie-and great photos too!
    x catherine

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  8. Beautiful artwork with the lovely baby photo Valerie. Such love embellishing and detail. Fabulous pics of the park too and really enjoyed seeing the architecture and that amazing sand castle.
    Fliss xx

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  9. It is an adorable page , using the baby photo and all the beautiful details and materials you added look fantastic.
    I love the colours today in your world.
    Fabulous photos, that looks like a destination that I would be happy visiting. I love seeing old machinery and buildings.
    The sandcastle looks amazing, such talented people to have the vision to build this in sand. I wonder how long it will stay like it is now.
    Yvonne xx

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  10. wie süss dein Journal ach toll deine Arbeit wieder!!!
    Das sind ja super Fotos von dieser Ausstellung und diese Sandbau was für eine Grösse die hat *wow*
    eine gute Nacht wünsche ich dir!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

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  11. Miriam is cute as a button. And what a fascinating spot. Great photos. As for the sandcastle, all I can say is WOW.

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  12. How incredibly sweet your piece with Miriam is, there are so many beautiful details. The sandcastle looks amazing!

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  13. Miriam is really cute, and you made a beautiful piece with her photo. Love the texture you added to it. The industrial photos are cool but that sand castle- wow! That is really amazing. I will be back to see it tomorrow for sure. Hugs-Erika

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  14. Lovely mixed media piece for the challenges. Wow that's some sandcastle.

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  15. I just love vintage photos mixed in with fabric and sewing.So Beautiful!
    Kate

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  16. Miriam was a beautiful baby. She looks so adorable surrounded by all that lace, texture, and netting.

    You have NO idea how much I enjoyed that old machinery from those photos. The rust, the patina, all had my heart racing a bit faster. I kept going back and forth admiring each photo. I LOVE this post!!!!!!

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    1. I was thinking of you when I was there - I knew you would like it!

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  17. Beautiful page with the touch of pink. LOVE the photo's my goodness how interesting.xx [aNNie]

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  18. Very beautiful page Valerie with fantastic ideas

    Another amazing place you visited as well. I thought of my dad visiting there when it was up and running as he went to Gernany many times with his job in the steel industry. It must have been amazing to see the sandcastle appear among all the old workings

    Love Chrissie xx

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  19. I would like to comment on the comment you left on my blog earlier. I had never heard of this technique before, but I was standing at my neighbor's house on Sunday (she's gone for two weeks and I'm cat sitting) and looking at some real cloisonné on her wall. I sort of dissected it and before I realized it, the thought of how I could make faux cloisonné came to me. Not exactly how I pictured it in my head, but I wasn't TOTALLY disappointed given the tools I had to work with.

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    1. Well, you evidently had some brilliant thoughts there! Well done!

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  20. A wonderful mixed media piece Valerie, with that sweet photo!
    Alison

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  21. Lovely project! Thank you for joining AJJ.

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  22. What a precious tag, love the added laces! I've never seen an industrial park before, how wonderful! We have a historic train station that we plan to visit in the spring, think that's as close as we get. sending hugs :)

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  23. Came to see what Elizabeth (and Bleubeard) was writing about and just love love love your industrial pictures. That sandcastle is amazing too and was a complete sukrprise to me to find it amongst those other fab photos.
    Thanks for sharing
    Neet x

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  24. I love your piece. It's so delicate and it speaks to the heart. Such a sweet baby.
    OMG that sandcastle is amazing. Are they going to or did they add something to it to keep it from washing away?
    Hugs,

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    1. The last day for viewing the sandcastle is September 24th, after that it gets demolished - it's just some summer fun!

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  25. Oh my gosh she is just too cute. Those cheeks! And I love all the different textures.

    Those sandcastles are pretty incredible too!!!

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  26. This is a great piece of art. Lots of texture and wonderful grain. Thank you for sharing your photos.

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  27. Wow! The sandcastle is amazing! Happy PPF!

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  28. My favourites are photo #8 and the first collage . Another stunning week end. Happy PPF

    much love...

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  29. darling fabric collage Valerie. Great photos, and that sand castle-amazing!! Happy PPF!

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  30. You must have an amazing work space as you have the most interesting assortment of bits you use in your work. How do you keep it organized so you find what you want, when you want it? This is lovely! And I love how you added texture to the photo. Happy PPF!

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    1. My apartment is small and I don't have a lot of space and am also untidy - but I do have a good memory, and mostly manage to find what I am looking for quickly!

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  31. I can see why you liked the industrial park 😀 Such great colours and angles. One thing that did strike me was that rusty colours really brought out the green in the nearby foliage. It felt much greener than than what I am used to here. Great contrast.

    Lovely piece of artwork as well. I like hoe you used the lace and making the image grainy was really effective.

    Thanks for sharing and happy PPF.

    Best wishes,
    Liz

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  32. What a lovely piece of your daughter! Adding the pink was the perfect touch. I enjoyed the photos as well! Happy PPF!
    ~~ Irene

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  33. WOW!! That sand castle is so amazing! And I love the digital alteration on your photo and the lovely art piece that resulted. So adorable! :)

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  34. Very clever mixed media piece! Fantastic photos!

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  35. such a cute piece of art! The things you added to the picture fit really well and make her look even cuter. That sand castle is awesome!

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  36. Love the splash of oink in the art piece this week.

    Wow- those machines are huge!

    I can see why the castle made the Guinness Book of World Records. :)
    ~Jess

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  37. Such a gorgeous precious piece of art Valerie...I love it!

    Peace Giggles

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  38. Darling baby collage and love the word cherish ~ and wonderful photography too ~ ^_^

    (A ShutterBug Explores) ~ Happy Weekend to you.

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  39. I too love that you used the word Cherish, it is so special.
    Utterly amazing sand structures.

    All the best Jan

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  40. Miriam is absolutely gorgeousness! What a darling photo and I just love the way you have displayed her!
    Wow, As for the machinery, reminds me of a "MadMax" movie!! heehee
    Jackie xx
    The sand pyramid is mind blowing!!!

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  41. Valerie!! I love your banner!! And, I love your art piece! Priceless! So cute! Very special!! And, that sand pyramid, WOW!!! I really enjoyed the video and the other pictures too! Big Hugs!

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