Thursday, 16 November 2017

Collage and fish

Hi Everybody!

Another week is flying by, and I am trying to catch
up with myself.

For Paint Party Friday I have a mixed media collage
made some weeks ago. A few months back I 
cleared out a lot of old journal pages and
paintings, some of which I cut into pieces and
re-used in other pictures. The BG was painted
and textured with a brayer. I added all of my bits and 
bobs and 2 figures cut from magazines,
who are wandering through the maze and
looking at everything. The face in the middle
seems to be watching the visitors....
I did lots of sewing to
hold it all together, and stenciled some diamonds 
over it to bring it together. I am also linking to
Simon Monday challenge, it's a stitch up:

Recently I visited the newly opened Aquazoo
in Düsseldorf. It was closed for renovations
for nearly  2 years, so it was great to visit the
refurbished museum this time. In the entryway we were 
greeted with a bust of  Theodor Löbbecke,
after whom the museum is named:

The museum follows  educational and recreational
purposes, and is very well laid out:

I loved the fossils:

There were lots of aquariums giving a glimpse into 
the under-water world, it was a bit like watching
TV but it was real, and everything was moving:

I loved the colourful jelly fish, too!

More photos to follow!

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


  1. What a wonderful piece you are sharing today. Love the idea of using up scraps of old work and making them into something new. Great colours, too. The photos from the aquazoo are wonderful; must go there with the kids during the holidays, they would love it, too. Have a nice day, and look after yourself! Hugs, Sarah

  2. Great stitching and gorgeous colours.xx[aNNie]��

  3. Your art today is stunning Valerie. It made me really think because I think it says something more than just a typical journal page. The face in the middle looks a little angry. I hope the other 2 women are able to work it out with her. And I would love to visit the Aquazoo. You have been going to so many interesting places lately. I love all the fossils and skeletons. There is something very relaxing watching little creatures swim around. Have a fantastic day and start to your weekend. Hugs-Erika

  4. A terrific Mixed Media piece and very intersting photos!

  5. I love the colors of your page and the way it looks like a quilt square. And who is exploring? Did the face in the center open up a doorway to find two women? Or are the two women on a quest to get to the cente of the labyrinth for some wisdom from the figure peering in?

    Love to visit the aquarium. So many colorful fish and creatures. A peek for us into an alien world. Have a great day!

  6. Was für ein wundervolles Bild liebe Valerie! Ich bin ganz hin und weg davon wie du das gemacht hast grossartig!!!!
    Ideenreichtum pur für jedes einzelne Detail auf dienem Bild!
    Wie wunderschön der Aquazoo von Düsseldorf, was habe ich davor gesessen und Fotos geschossen, herrliche Erinnerungen mit deinen schönen Fotos hoch geholt für mich danke dir!
    Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Tag und hoffentlich besseres Wochenende wie letztes Mal!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  7. What a creative way to use old art. I would never have thought of that, but I think it's brilliant. Your sewing skills far outweigh mine, too.

    That new museum looks wonderful. I was super impressed with the skeleton, as well as the aquarium. This seems like a fabulous museum and it's so close to your home, too. I look forward to more photos.

  8. I think it's fun to repurpose old art for something new and even better! And I loved the visit to the Aquazoo. What a great name and your photos are terrific. I am mesmerized by aquariums and this looks like a wonderful attraction for your city.

  9. I love the mellow yellow art page. and also loved the museum visit!

  10. OMGosh!! I just love your piece Valerie- that is so cool!!! Digging those ladies and their groovy outfits and the whole piece is just put together so well! Great job repurposing!!

    Wow what a neat museum!!
    Are those huge bones from real creatures of one time? How awesome!
    Jackie xo

  11. I love the textures and stitching in you collage.
    Spell binding photos of the museum, thank you!

  12. Love the journal page you created!!! I'm clearing out a lot of my old supplies too and it's amazing what you find stuck away in little hiding places :)
    The museum looks great and I love seeing those fossils from creatures long past.

  13. Gorgeous artwork as always and glad you enjoyed your trip. The exhibits look very intriguing.
    Fliss xx

  14. Its a fantastic page Valerie, I love how you joined all the pieces with your sewing. The lady in the center does look like she is watching everyone.
    Lovely photos, it looks an interesting museum to visit.
    Yvonne xx

  15. Wow! You got some fabulous photographs of your visit.
    Loved seeing the fossils, and the jellyfish are so colourful.

    All the best Jan

  16. I am glad you visited this great museum, Valerie. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos. Your page is wonderful, my friend. Kisses.

  17. Beautiful stitched collage today, love that you were able to use recycled bits. Thanks for the aquazoo tour, nice photos!

  18. Love the stitching. :) Thanks for sharing the photos.

  19. Fabulous piece Valerie. I love the zigzag stitching on all of the pieces! Great colours, the vintage hues look great with the pops of red and the blue background! What an interesting museum, I love fossils and underwater creatures!! :)

  20. What a fun mixed media page...and so abstract. I love how you always seem to think outside the box. Something I wish I had a little more of. The stitching, primary colors and those dancing ladies really come together nicely!
    Love all those interesting pictures from the museum. I hope you are feeling better.
    Happy Weekend,

  21. Wonderful collage, absolutely love the stitching, and the colours are so bright and happy!

    That looks like one amazing museum too, - great photos!

  22. What a wonderful cover/header! Love the penguins. And your collage is gorgeous. The stitches and the embossed "explore" really add so much.

  23. fabulous mixed media collage Valerie! And yet another wonderful looking museum to peruse. Happy PPF!

  24. great header, love the penguins and as always your photos and collages are great. thank you ;O))

  25. wow that quilt art is amazing, so so good. I love going to musuems

  26. Fabulous art, gorgeous and colorful and I always love stitching in art, stunning work. Fantastic museum photo..thanks for sharing!

  27. What a great piece! I love the two figures, the design in the background and the colour combination. Great work! Happy PPF!

  28. Sehr schön deine Pinguin Parade als Header. Deine Patchwork-Collage ist auch wieder sehr gelungen mit dem dekorativen Zickzack-Stich. Schöne auch die Fotos vom Zoo.
    Da waren wir auch vor vielen Jahren mal und ich fand die Mineralien und Fossilien-Sammlung sehr beeindruckend. Aber auch die lebendigen Bewohner sind sehr schön an zu schauen.
    Liebe Grüße

  29. That's an amazing stitched collage - I love the uplifting colours and wonderful artsy images. Great photos from your Aquazoo trip again - I find the bones just fascinating.
    Alison x

  30. How great to be able to make such a fabulous collage using pieces of your old pages! I would love to visit the Aquazoo! They really have used some lovely colours for their displays!Chrisx

  31. Wow, you always create such amazing stitched artwork! Your collage is beautiful with those rich and opulent colours 😁. The museum looks wonderful and I enjoyed seeing all the fossils - amazing! I hope you are feeling better and I'm wishing you a lovely weekend! J !😊

  32. You are so creative with your art! Love the museum! So cool!!! Big Hugs!

  33. Lots of details come together perfectly. Much to engage the senses. Nice photos of the marine life.

  34. Gorgeous artwork Valerie! I love that you recycled some of your older work to create something fabulous and new, absolutely fabulus!

    Love the museum photos too, looks like a lovely day out! :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  35. Thanks for sharing your creative art and the trip to the museum! Loved all the great photos and enjoyed your art!

  36. I love how you incorporate so many elements into your art. It's lovely. I also very much enjoyed seeing the pictures from your visit to the museum.

  37. Thank you for sharing! Very interesting...
    We should take good care of our seas - all over the globe. It's good that there are many projects to decrease plastic in all kinds of products.
    Have a great week!


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