Thursday, 24 May 2018

Friday this and that

Hi Everybody!

Another week is flying by, and tomorrow is Paint Party Friday, hosted as always, by Eva and Kristin. I got some more stamps cut this week. This one is about 7" high - these were the 'first impressions' again:





This one is 6"



At TIOT our theme is still destinations - I have a hybrid piece using pieced-together photos I took of the Altstadt on a free map background:



And here is an old mixed-media journal spread that I reworked because the pages had partly stuck together. The Hebrew text reads 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth'








Last Sunday I visited Hariksee (a large lake between here and the Dutch border) with my buddy G. It is a beautiful place to enjoy a quiet walk on a hot day:





The wild geese with their goslings:






A coot on its nest:








49 comments:

  1. Beautiful post all round, love those ducklings.x[aussie aNNie blog]

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    1. Yes, the little ones are very cute.

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  2. Hi Valerie wow love your post today those pics are beautiful thankyou for sharing my friend xx

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  3. Hi Val, another wonderful post. Love the Buddha stamps, they are gorgeous. And the journal page for Düsseldorf is great, the view is always beautiful. And I really love the blue journal pages, jut gorgeous. Great photos from Hariksee, I don't think I've been there! Have a nice day, hugs, Sarah

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  4. Such beautiful artwork! Your painting with the beautiful gold encrusted sky and all the animals is amazing 😁. Hariksee looks such a lovely place to visit; your photos are great and I'm glad you had lovely sunshiny day! Enjoy the rest of your week! J 😊 x

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  5. Wonderful artwork and I love your stamps - beautiful photos too.
    xxx Hazel.

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  6. Hello dear Valerie!
    Great post and artwork! Love your Buddha stamps and the journal page ! So beautiful colors and lovely wild animals! Stunning pictures from the preety lake and the adorable ducks and ducklings!
    Great capture of the Coot bird and the nest! I love seeing it when I visit my daughter in the Netherlands!
    A lot of Coots and so funny how they sounds! Thank you for sharing! Have a lovely day and a happy weekend!
    Hugs!!! Dimi...

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  7. I do love your stamps. You do make some fascinating images that I really like. I have some supplies I picked up as I some some cool pods in Japan and I want to turn them into images-if I can. And as always I enjoyed the art. Glad you got to walk around the lake too. It looks pretty and being the water on a warm day is the best. Hope all is well with you and you are feeling better. Hugs-Erika

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  8. You have become the stamp making queen. Wonderful pieces, as is the beautifully redone journal spread.

    Your trip to Hariksee produced some beautiful photos. Very pretty scenery and a lovely place to take a walk.

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  9. Your stamps are just wow! I love the idea of putting the map behind the buildings. Very clever. Hariksee is very beautiful. The goslings are so cute. Have a nice weekend.

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  10. Your stamp is amazing, it reflects your love of art and culture. Beautiful work for the challenges, lovely idea with the map background and your photo. Lovely nature photos as well.

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  11. A fabulous journal spread, love the touches of gold to the sky. A great inspiration piece for TioT using the free map as a background. Hariksee does look a lovely place to visit, especially when the sun is shining.
    Avril xx

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  12. You did a great job on your stamps and your pieces. I couldn't decide which piece I liked best.
    Looks like a lovely walk. And a nest in the middle of the lake... Isn't that something.
    Have a wonderful one.
    Hugs

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    1. Those birds are very clever building their nests in such a safe place.

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  13. I totally loved all of the nature photos-we drove by pond yesterday that had about a dozen gosslings on it-so sweet.
    Your art is lovely and your handmade stamps are so amazing-I am so impressed with art carving enjoy the rest of your week Hugs Kathy

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  14. Awesome art Valerie. You have made more wonderful cut images to use. How long do they take to carve? I can imagine it must be a few hours.
    The re worked journal spread looks fantastic.
    lovely photos of your walk by the lake. The sun and warm weather really do the scenery and area look special.
    Yvonne xx

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  15. Loads of fun things in this post. That blue in your mixed piece, though -- that's just fabulous!

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  16. Love your artwork, Valerie. Brilliant use of colour and your photographs are splendid. So much of spring is in each one. Great work.

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  17. I love that hybrid piece you made. Very clever to put all the pictures together on a map background of the place. It would make a great postcard! Happy PPF!

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  18. Beautiful! Your art is always so spiritual and uplifting! I am so in love with your ducks and goslings..so deeply gorgeous to see! I love the wonderful nature photos and watery reflections..fabulous!

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  19. Beautiful art followed by awesome nature photography!

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  20. You are doing fantastic with the stamp cuts.

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  21. Great artwork and pictures, as always. The markings on the chest of your Buddha remind me of the number 35. Interesting. What I like most are your journal pages with the lovely blues, the Hebrew lettering and the animals.

    The coot nest really surprised me. I've never seen a nest capable of staying afloat on the water. Really cool! (In more ways than one.)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  22. Such gorgeous works! And lovely photos!

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  23. Luv your art and photos. Happy PPF. Thanks for dropping by my blog today

    Much♥️love

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  24. Magnificent nature photography and love your creative collages and carved stamps!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    C & Z

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  25. Lots of wonderful art projects and photos Valerie. You certainly are in some stamp carving mode:) Happy PPF!

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  26. Wow you've been busy! Fabulous pieces Valerie, and I love your photos - those goslings are such cuties. Have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

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  27. Oh I love your stamps! The colors on your other pieces are also enthralling. The geese and goslings are adorable!

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  28. There is so much eye candy here! I love the new stamps that you had made and all of the birds, of course! Have a lovely week!

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  29. Great post! Your artwork is fantastic. You did a great job on those journal pages. No one could ever tell they got stuck together. The scenery at the lake is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Happy PPF. Hugz, Rasz

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  30. Hello Valerie, I really admire your stamps - great work and also your tag and journal art. A lovely theme and the watercolouring is beautiful.
    Gorgeous scenery shots. Great to catch up with you again. Happy PPF!

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  31. Your stamps are so cool! Love the art piece with the map behind it and your journal page is beautiful!! Gorgeous photos! Really enjoyed them! Big Hugs!

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  32. I love the two dimensional effect of the Alstadt piece.
    Aren't ducks just so much fun?
    Hope there's plenty of sunshine, sparkle and energy in your weekend.
    Hugs

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  33. You certainly are on a roll with all the fantastic stamps you are making Valerie.
    Great art and photos too.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Gill xx

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  34. Oh, Valerie...you are such an inspiration with your beautiful art, your lovely journal pages and those gorgeous photos!!!
    I just love visiting your blog!!!

    Big Hugs 💮

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  35. What wonderful photographs! And your artwork as usual, is fabulous--I especially loved the one with the animals.

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  36. Your Buddhas are amazing, and I love the gilding on your re-worked page spread - it has a magical gleam to it. Hariksee looks like a wonderful place to visit - thanks for sharing the journey.
    Alison x

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  37. Love your art.
    Hariksee looks a very nice place. I enjoyed seeing all of your photographs but the ducks and goslings are so cute.

    Happy Weekend Wishes

    All the best Jan

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  38. The stamps are simply stunning !!!!! Wonderful art!

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  39. The mixed media journal pages are stunning. Love the blue and gold together.

    Of course- love seeing the ducks too. :)
    ~Jess

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  40. Wow, I really love all the artwork (and photos you shared this week) very very cool! Stopping by a little late for PPF!

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  41. I do not know how I keep missing these posts Valerie but yet again I am here now.
    More masterful carvings, I would love to try but there are not enough hours in the day for the things I do yet alone adding more creativity to it. Great rework of your older journal pages, it's like a lesson learnt with the mediums we use (if we can remember what we did use!!) Glad you could salvage it.
    More wonderful pictures and a glorious sun shine, ours turned into grey skies and heavy storms this weekend but the garden is no longer as thirsty as it was.
    Happy Monday hugs Tracey xx

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  42. Hope your day is pleasant and productive, my friend.
    Hugs

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  43. Very creative works....beautiful snaps!!

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  44. Wow! More wonderful stamps! I love the way your used the Ald stadt map too! That coot looks quite happy there! Great photo! Hugs, Chrisx

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  45. WOW!! Beautiful stamps- I am blown away by your craftsmanship of these! Outstanding! xo

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