Thursday, 15 November 2018

It's starting to get cold!

Hi Everybody!

It's slowly cooling down here, and by next week it should be really frosty. As it has been mild and sunny most days, it was rather surreal watching people erecting the booths for the Christmas market, which opens in a few days, especially as the workers were mostly wearing short sleeved shirts.
Time to get my winter pullovers out!

For Paint Party Friday I made another A3 (12" x 16") mixed media piece. The background was painted with cream and then sponged with some left over brown acrylic paint, which I also used to stencil some diamonds,honeycombs  and a flying figure. I sewed various strips of netting, gold paper, linen and burlap to the page, and a strip of cork and gold washi tape was added. The figures are from TH, the butterflies (LaBlanche) were fussy cut. The quote is from Buddha. The blue patches were rubbed on with a Gelato.
I am also linking to Simon Wednesday challenge,  all that glitters is gold.

Another beautiful sunrise:

At the beginning of November G and I visited the Gruga Park in Essen, and enjoyed walking around in sunshine, enjoying the flowers, gardens and trees. I took a lot of photos, the first batch of which I am showing here. I was astonished to see so many blooming flowers in November:

There were lots of rusty sculptures along our way:

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


  1. Great masterpiece here love the autumn tones. Your photos are so lovely and so different.xx

  2. Love, love, love your fantastic journal page, beautiful colours, too. Those flashes of blue really give it something. I always admire how you sew on your pages, too. The photos are beautiful, you chose a great day to visit Gruga, it all looks wonderful. Enjoy your day, hope your sore throat soon goes away. Hugs, Sarah

  3. Good morning dear Valerie!
    Wow!Such a gorgeous journal page you made!!!
    Love the beautiful background,the figures and the blue flashes!
    Your work is always admirable! You are so talented my friend!
    Very beautiful photos of the sunrise,and the spectacular Autumn surroundings!
    Love the close up captures of the preety roses with the droplets and the dahlia blooms!
    It’s getting cold here too,i miss Summer and shiny days! Have a great day! Hugs!

    1. Thanks so much Dimi! I think we will all miss the kind days of summer, but winter will soon be here!

  4. A fabulous multi layered vintage page, great elements and details! The park photos are amazing, - so much autumnal beauty!

  5. Hello Valerie, what an outstanding post today! A most beautiful quote on a wonderfully crafted collage and thank you for describing your process too.
    The sunrise photos are gorgeous... little dashes of clouds here and there.
    I love the rusty sculptures too and they're beautifully placed within the park.
    Flowers, flowers and more flowers (and insect as a surprise!) - exquisite.
    Good wishes and a hug :D)

  6. A beautiful page Valerie and you added a super quote.
    I loved seeing the photos from your walk, the sculptures are fantastic but I was surprised that there we so many flowers still in bloom. We are having a cold time with the weather even though the sun is still shining it has no warmth.
    Have a goos rest of the day.
    Yvonne xx

  7. Wonderful page and that's a fabulous quote too 😀. The sunrise looks stunning and I loved seeing all the sculptures, textures and autumn foliage and flowers today too - beautiful 😀. We have had sunshine this week and it's a little milder although we still need our hats and gloves ... lol 😉. Enjoy your week! J 😊 x

  8. I love the little dude on your page. The figures make me thing of stages as that boy grows up. Young boy, teen, young man. Hopefully, he will find the one word that would bring piece. Your sunrise pictures and pictures of the park are awesome. The colors are so vibrant. Waiting on snow here for tonight. Looking forward to it. Not!.

  9. I feel like I've walked this walk with you. I love all the details, and the sculptures and colors and plants are wonderful. I think I see Beautyberry there, and I'm hoping to find one for my patio in the spring. What a lovely walk!

    1. Yes, the beauty berry is lovely, it would surely look great on your patio

  10. Wow! Stunning photos! Thanks for this virtual tour! It sounds and looks so beautiful!

  11. Beautiful photos, and a wonderful piece of art Valerie! I love how you grounded the seated figures.
    Alison xx

  12. Lovely page and gorgeous November blooms!

  13. You had me at rusty sculptures. AMAZING park with beautiful grounds.

    I'm also loving your wonderful journal page . Who doesn't want peace (beside our President, of course).

  14. Eine ganz zauberhaft gestaltete Seite mit den Vintage boys. GefÀllt mir sehr der modern und sehr kreativ gestaltete HG und dazu die nostalgischen Figuren.
    Deine Fotos sind auch wieder wunderbar geworden mit etwas Kunst und den letzten Herbstschönheiten. Ein Genuß!
    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe

  15. Cool art today Valerie. You really put in so many interesting items that it gave me eyes lots of do and enjoy. And your photos are beautiful today. Those purple berries are really amazing. What an awesome color. Happy almost weekend. And hope it doesn't get too cold. Hugs-Erika

  16. Hi Valerie wow what awesome journal pages,you are very creative my friend,also loving the pics you share with us,such a beautiful garden xx

  17. Wonderful to still see vibrant colour amongst those Fading hues of Autumn. Love those rusted sculptures it's as if Autumn is there favourite colour too.
    The word peace really stands out upon your mixed media piece Valerie, one we all hold close and wish for. The addition of the fabric within your page is a lovely addition.
    Sorry I've not been around much with everything that has been going on, i'm hoping next week will be a better one.
    Happy PPF dear & have a beautiful weekend Tracey xx

  18. A wonderful page Valerie with a very powerful quote. The use of the strip of gold is very inventive.

    The sunrise is so beautiful but does show the return of cold weather I think.

    All of the other photographs are fantastic and I really love the idea of rusty wire sculptures.

    When I was a teenager I had a penfriend in Essen so the post brought back memories for me--thank you

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

  19. A stunning and inspiring page, Valerie. Hope that soon I will be able to create a mixed media page. And I love your sunrise photos and the rusty sculpture. Hugs, my dear friend.

  20. Stunning photos and art. Happy PPF and thanks for dropping by my blog today

    much love...

  21. Great captures of the feeling of autumn. I like your art piece too. Peace.

  22. We have to figure out what that one word is that can bring peace, so we can all shout it to the heavens and change the world. If only it were that easy...

    As always, your sunrise photo is breathtaking. I wonder what it is about the sky's beauty that is so uplifting...? It's amazing that you have so many kinds of flowers still in bloom. The dahlia is especially gorgeous.

    Have a wonderful weekend! I hope it doesn't get too cold too fast.

  23. I really do like this piece. Or peace. A wonderful quote and beautiful composition.

    The photos, as always, are beautiful. I especially love the purples and that wonderful wheelbarrow filled with leaves!

  24. gorgeous outdoor photos Valerie! Wonderful texture bits on your journal page- i really like the stamped fabric bit. happy PPF!

  25. Wow, where to start! I love your art - it's such a wonderful and philantropic view of wonderful words and wisdom! I especially like the printed burlap cloth! And the burst of warms colors - perfect! Love the look around town- - your photos are so crisp and pretty! Wish it was getting cold here - sadly, Miami stays the same :)

  26. I do love your collage with its muted color pallete.
    Happy PPF!! Stay warm

  27. Lovely collage work and great message ~ ^_^ Happy PPF

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  28. I love your art, and your photographs are gorgeous. So nice seeing the colours, the sculptures the sunrises and all!

    You mention Christmas markets - such fun.
    We have some Christmas Craft Fayres over the weekend, I'm sure they will be good.

    Enjoy your weekend, my good wishes

    All the best Jan

  29. Such a fun piece!Love all the texture and dimension! Gorgeous photos as well!

  30. A beautiful page with wonderful bits of vintage ephemera. LOVE!
    Your pictures are fabulous as always and the berries are so pretty. What a unique color. And all that fall foliage is so pretty!

  31. wunderbare seite mit so vielen tollen deatils,einfach klasse.
    die kunsterwerke sind ja auch toll,besonders dieser wunderschöne buddhakopf gefÀllt mir mega gut,schöne blumen auch.
    ein schönes we.

    hugs jenny

  32. This is such a beautiful page. Your photos are always so delightful. I enjoy them very much.

  33. fabulous mixed media piece. vintage perfection! xo

  34. You capture so many amazing things in your photos! I love it!!! Amazing mixed media piece! You are so creative! Big Hugs!

  35. Gruga park looks wonderful! I love your journal page - great texture! Chrisx

  36. Your mixed media art always amazes me. Lovely background, love the usage of fabrics. Beautiful photos. Specially love the sunset, purple berries, the black flowers and the autumn colours on the white stones.


  37. WOW! These photos are fabulous! Such interesting and cool shots! I love that wire sculpture of the nude woman...and those purple berries! omgosh!gorgeousness!!
    A great mixed media piece as well Valerie!
    Hope you are feeling well! xo


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