Saturday, 4 November 2017

Colourful or black?

Hi Everybody!

On the 5th of each month we begin a new challenge at
More Mixed Media. As always, the challenge are 
anything goes, this time with optional black.
You have 4 weeks to enter.
For my A3 piece I used black as a contrast to the colours 
of the rainbow, which I used here in the reverse order. 
The face was stamped with the stamp I recently cut. The BG was 
gessoed, and the halo of colours was added with blended
gelatos. The stamped face was then sewn to the BG,
and I added some lines of sewing in the halo.
I am also linking to Chris' '101 ways to keep warm'
challenge at Art Journal Journey, as colours always make
me feel warm.

For Simon Monday Challenge, 'all creatures great and small', and
Tag Tuesday, Sandie's challenge of 'book-print', I have
a tag. The book-print BG was coloured with distress oxide inks
in spiced marmalade, abandoned coral and frayed burlap, 
and sewn onto matting in black and coordinating stripes.
The hedgies were die cut, I imagined them looking for a place
under the leaves to hibernate. The quote is from 
Ecclesiastes chapter 3. 

I didn't go walking yesterday as I was not feeling so good,
but was able to take photos from my balcony. The raven, up at
the top of the tree in the field behind the house, was busy
with his morning toilet:

And I was treated to a front seat to watch the moon rise up through
the tries, making a very spooky glow in the sky:

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


  1. The black's a wonderful contrast to the rainbow, and a lovely tag today. The raven almost looks like a silhouette. Glad you enjoyed the moonrise and I hope you feel better soon.

  2. The colors around the face look to me like her aura. the indigo is on the outer edge meaning she's creative, honest, and intuitive. I love the Tiggies (hegehogs) at first I thought they were just piles of leaves. The crow and moon perfect images for this week. Very spooky. Hope you are feeling better.

  3. Fabulous post as always Valerie. Loved the stamp you made and the wonderful happy artwork you created with it. Wow that's a great shot of the moon too.
    Sorry to hear you have not been feeling so good and hope you feel better soon.
    hope you have a good weekend...Gill xx

  4. Once again you have made a fantastic post. Love the beautiful journal page with the rainbow halo, what a great idea. The tag is totally sweet with the little hedgehogs. And the photos are superb, as always. Feel better soon! Hugs, Sarah

  5. Your fabulous page and the beautiful rainbow colours makes me feel warm too! I do love your carved face! Thank you so much for linking to AJJ! I've had my mind on hedgehogs lately so I was really pleased to see your tag - I always worry about them as Bonfire night comes around! So sorry to hear you weren't well - I hope you are feeling better today! I love the photos today - may I 'steal' some? Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend - take it easy! Hugs, Chrisx

  6. wonderful art, and great pics loving the bird on the branch

  7. I love the warm colours on your page, they frame your hand carved face beautifully.
    It is a wonderful tag, the hedgehogs look so cute.
    Great photos, the raven looks awesome. Hope you are feeling a bit better today.
    Yvonne xx

  8. Fun page.i agree with CJ, reminds me of an aura. Cute hedgehog, and your photos are always amazing.

  9. You have some amazing pictures of the moon. I love the way you used your face stamp and that rainbow halo. Very unique! Also, I love that quote from Ecclesiastes! A great reminder and a lovely fall tag.
    Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you feel better soon!

  10. Really love this my friend. The moon photo, I will borrow as I know you don't mind as they are also spectacular.
    Keepin an eye on you and hope you are a little better....will email you again to make sure.xx [aNNie]

  11. Fabulous moon photos. Oh yes, and the new header is one of my favorites. Love those owls! Your stamp works so well, especially with those colors. They are warm and wonderful for sure. And the way you used them makes your image seem like she has a halo. She must be a good and warm person to have that. Great tag too. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Hugs-Erika

  12. I was really sorry to read you were not feeling well again. When I'm not well, the furthest thing from my mind is making art. So I applaud you.

    I am AGAIN in awe of this face stamp. You certainly used it well for both challenges. Of course, I was especially happy with how you used it for AJJ.

    Oh what cute hedgehogs. I don't think we have them here, but if so, I don't think I've ever seen one. I hope they find a safe place to stay.

    Your moon shots are fabulous. Great views from your balcony.

  13. Beautiful sky photos, your close ups of the moon are just incredible! Love your silhouette shots too! Great art, your colourful piece sure is an eye catcher. My favourite today is your hedgehog tag, how adorable are they! hugs :)

  14. wunderschön deine Arbeiten und die Fotos sind ja grossaritg mit dem Mond und dem schwarze Vogel passt toll dazu!!!
    Schönen Sonntaggruss Elke

  15. Wonderful photos and art Valerie! I hope you're feeling better soon!
    Alison x

  16. Fantastic style for your face painting with your handmade stamp. It reminds me of Picasso maybe? I'm not so good with art history. Your tag is beautiful and the photographs are amazing ! I hope all is well, Shirleyx

  17. Fantastic post and beautiful works!!!

  18. Your artwork makes such a statement. Very powerful piece!

    Sorry you weren't feeling well- but the pictures you took from your balcony are stunning. The moon! The branches! The raven! You certainly captured the feeling of the season. :)

    Feel better!

  19. Gosh, where do I begin .... I love it all .... the stamp you made, the tag, the photos of the raven and the moon!!!!!! Fantastic blog post!!

  20. Fantastic blogpost! Happy start of the new week !

  21. Love your makes Valerie and fab photos...Hugs Lozzy x
    hope you better today xx

  22. Gorgeous artwork Valerie and love those atmospheric photos, really amazing.
    Have a great week.
    Fliss xx

  23. You know what I'm going to say. I adore your bird photos in silhouette! More than just paper ones! And your hedgehogs, too!

  24. Oh what a wonderful rainbow piece and the hedgies are so adorable! The photos are lovely too. I hope you feel better soon.

  25. Your hedgehog tag is adorable and your mixed media pieces are very clever and creative. hugs, Teresa

  26. Your page looks wonderful with the rainbow halo and I love the sweet hedgehog tag. Evening sky photos look fabulous, very atmospheric.
    Hope you're feeling better today.
    Avril xx

  27. You're very talented to have cut your own stamp for the face Valerie... the finished piece is lovely.
    Such a gorgeous hedgehog tag too.
    It's always very interesting to read about your process as well.
    Beautiful photos - very beautiful :D) xx

  28. Great use for the book the Autumnal look to your Tag..the "Hedgies" are so cute...
    Thank you for playing in the challenge at Tag Tuesday...x

  29. Beautiful post! Your rainbow page is lovely and the little hedgehogs on your autumnal tag look so cute - I love them 😁. The raven looks amazing as a silhouette against that grey sky and your moon photos are certainly spooky as well as stunning! Hope you had a lovely weekend and wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

    1. p.s. I love the little owl perched on your new blog header - perfect! J x

  30. I really love the face stamp you cut. It looks like a Buddha face.

  31. I love the project you shared and also the beautiful moon photo you shared! The stamp you cut out is JUST WOW!! I am amazed!!! and I also love the card you made with the little hedgehog!!
    Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! We all hope to see you again!
    x zoey

  32. You are so talented! I love the stamp you made! And, I love both art pieces! They are truly beautiful!!!
    Amazing moon pictures! I didn't take any this month, but I was staring at her! LOL! Big Hugs!

  33. Sehr schöne Projekte und tolle Foto's!

  34. Ach deine stimmungsvollen Mondnacht-Fotos sind ein Traum, gefallen mir sehr gut. Aber auch Herrn Rabe hast du ganz wunderbar aufs Bild gebannt,super! Dein Stempelgesicht mit den schönen Regenbogen-Farben ist auch schön, genauso wie das süße Igel-Tag.
    Ganz liebe Grüße

  35. Lovely art.
    A great selection of moon pictures, it does look a little spooky glowing like that!

    All the best Jan

  36. I just love your stamp!! I really think you should be designing and marketing them- they are fabulous!! So very original and unique and so different from what is available on the market...just saying!

  37. Fabulous tag and journal page. Wonderful photos of the moon. hope you are feeling better
    Hugs Wendy

  38. Yes, make your world colorful! Wonderful creations and so different!


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