Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Midweek post -Geometric shapes

Hi Everybody!

Today a new challenge is starting at Art Journal Journey, and this time I am hosting. Thanks to Elizabeth and her team for the invitation!  I have chosen geometric shapes as my theme, and hope to see lots of you joining in. You can use any geometric shapes in your work, and of course, you can include other things as well. I always loved geometry at school, and often used to draw and doodle shapes in my exercise book, which the teacher never really appreciated....Your work can be 'real', hybrid or digital. Here I have used the shapes in the background. I started making these pages as we had dismal, grey weather with permanent rain and floods, and needed bright colours, and you will see this colour combination in quite a lot of my pieces this month.
The background was gessoed and then textured with a crackle stamp. Then I brayered red and yellow acrylics over it. The flower-of-life mandala in the background was stenciled using distress oxide ink. The circles were 'stamped' with  round sponges dipped into acrylic paint. I love the texture created by the larger sponge! The dancers and sentiment were added with a Stencil Girl stencil using Archival black. The other lines and dots were doodled. I used some washi tape and sewing as embellishments:












Today I am sharing photos of the ancient Abbey Church (12th century) at Knechtsteden, with many wonderful examples of the use of geometric shapes and forms in architecture:
















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

72 comments:

  1. We are delighted you are our host this month at Art Journal Journey. This is a great theme and the art you have created for the front page is superb. It shows various geometric shapes and is a great inspirational piece for us to follow. I especially LOVE the sewing, which to me is always the icing on the cake.

    I look forward to seeing what other designs you will share with us this month, dear. I truly love the various architectural designs you shared to also provide inspiration. Thanks for being our host this month at Art Journal Journey.

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  2. Good Morning Val! What a fab piece today, love the fiery colours, so beautiful. The colours remind me of your sunrise photos. Have fun being guest host at Art Journal Journey. The photos are magnificent, too. I don't think I ever visited there, but it is very beautiful. Have a great day, take care, hugs, Sarah

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  3. LOVE your geometrical shapes and vibrant colours, just pleasing to the eye and oh so beautiful are your photos.xx
    Sending hugs

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    1. Thanks Annie, hugs back to you and Monte, stay safe!

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  4. Wonderful art work again Valerie, love your photos of the old Abbey Church, the stain glass windows are stunning.

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    1. Thanks a lot. The old stained glass is indeed beautiful, as is the whole abbey.

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  5. A fabulous page Valerie, I love the vibrant colours and the photos are lovely. I hope you’re keeping well.
    xxx Hazel.

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    1. Thanks Hazel, good to see ou around again. Take care, stay safe!

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  6. Na, Treffer! Ich bin wieder etwas fitter und habe heute wieder mit "Shape´n Dance" angefangen :-)
    Der Tanz dieses Lebens!
    Imposante Fotos (und sehe ich da Brüder von Heinrich?)
    Schönes neues Banner.
    Einen schönen Tag dir, GlG, Iris

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    1. Danke Iris. Heinrich hat eine sehr grosse Familie! Bleib gesund!

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  7. We are so happy you are our host this month at Art Journal Journey. The theme you have chosen made me take time to think how I could interpret it and I look forward to seeing everyones take on the theme this month
    Your first, fantastic page is inspiring. the colours look so vibrant , super geometric shapes and silhouettes dancing as if they want to catch the circles.
    I loved the photos of the Abbey church you shared as well.
    Stay safe and well Valerie.
    Yvonne xx

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    1. Thanks! There are so many interpretations for this theme, it's great to see how other people see it. The abbey is a beautiful place. Stay safe!

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  8. A grand old structure to be sure - no not you, Valerie, the church! I am sure it does not resonate with the sound of worshippers of late. Stay well, stay busy, and maintain your good spirits. And tell those damn fingers to heal! All the best, David

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    1. Thanks David. Well, grand old structure would fit the Abbey and me! It's a wonderful place for music as it has fantastic acoustics. Stay safe!

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  9. Wow, this is stunning. I love the vibrant colours. Beautiful photos. Have a good day.x

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  10. Beautiful, high energy page with so much to look at - I love it. The bright colors make me feel happy. I am going to go make a page now! Great theme. The pictures are amazing - I so wish I could visit but at least I got to see them here! Hugz

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I love those colours, too. The Abbey is a wonderful place. Stay safe!

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  11. Wonderful art, so joyful! And the church is very pretty☺

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    1. Thanks Natalia! We need joy just now. Stay safe!

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  12. This is a stunning first day page Valerie. It is good to have you back at AJJ. I like the idea of geometric shapes. Its something I don't usually think about so it is good to make my brain work differently. And the new header is fabulous and caught my eye also. One thing about drawing is you do look at objects and see all those cool shapes. Looking forward to this month and I already have some pages ready. Hugs-Erika

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    1. Thanks Erika. It's good to make our brains do different 'work' here and there. I'm looking forward to seeing what you will make, you always have great ideas.

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  13. You always do such a beautiful job of everything you do.

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  14. Your "dance of life" piece is absolutely delightful. Between the vibrant colors and the circles, which to me give it a bubbly atmosphere of exuberance, it's truly an uplifting depiction of joy. (I hope that was your intention. HA!)

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    1. Thanks Susan. Yes, it is meant to depict joy, life, happiness etc, glad you noticed it! We need happiness just now, more than ever. Stay safe!

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  15. Congrats on hosting
    very inspiring post-thank you Loved your journal page very much and I love the church for ideas for geometric shapes-Happy mid week-hugs Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy! The Church is really full of geometric shapes- Stay safe!

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  16. Valerie I enjoyed your post, your journal page is lovely, bright and colourful. I enjoyed seeing the church and buildings with the Geometric shapes too.
    Happy Wednesday, Jan x

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  17. Wonderful theme, love your geometric art and the architecture.

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  18. What a wonderful post, Valerie... first of all that stunning, stunning page - I'm just open-mouthed with joy at the vivid colour contrasts and amazing energy of the whole thing - the dance of life indeed. It's a great theme - I hope to be along to play at some point during April.

    Then I really enjoyed the photos Knechtsteden - magnificent architectural details. I love the gatehouse - always love a gatehouse - and the avenue of trees stretching away. And those doors at the very end are so elegant. Lovely to visit with you as always.
    Alison x

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    1. Thanks so much Alison! Knechtsteden is a wonderful place. I always love going there. Stay safe.

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  19. I love the new theme, and your page is fantastic Valerie! The colours are gorgeous!
    Super photos too!
    Alison xx

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  20. Wow!!! Fantastic idea and those colors make it come alive!
    Love that beautiful church!
    Just looking at these lovely photos was calming.
    Thank you so much for sharing Valerie.

    Hugs 🌷🐦

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    1. Thanks Jan. The Church is indeed beautiful, as are the gardens there. Stay safe!

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  21. Fantastisch ist dieses Journal geworden, ach herrlich der Tanz vom Leben!!!
    Die Farbenkombi ist grossartig gelungen mit dem Thema verbunden.
    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Gastgeber bei Art Journal Journey und viel Spass für diesen Monat mit diesem klasse Thema.
    Schön auch die Fotos von der Abtei, mir gefallen sie gerade diese Malereien und die Fenster.Wunderschön darin.
    Ich wünsche dir alles gute und bleib gesund!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

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  22. Vielen Dank, liebe Elke! Bleib gesund!

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  23. Congratulations on being the host for Art Journal Journey. I have read the rules and I am going to try and join in. I love this piece you have created. The red is outstanding. Also the photos of the church are just magnificent. Thank you for sharing. Be safe and Elbow hugs.

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    1. Thanks Nicole. It would be great If you joined in. Stay safe!

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  24. I really enjoyed your pictures today Valerie!
    Sandy7 xx

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  25. I love the stained glass windows and the doors. Gorgeous! Those paintings in the church are something I never see here. They add so much to the worshipful atmosphere :)

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  26. There are geometric shapes everywhere. I like those photos of the interior of that church.

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  27. I wish I had the energy your piece creates.
    To think that church was built before 'modern technology'. Amazing.
    Stay safe. Get healthy:)
    Sending a medically correct hug:)

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  28. Maybe I should say healthier:) Anyhoo...thinking of you.

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  29. Your works with geometric patterns are very interesting. Beautiful buildings. I wish you all the best:)

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  30. WOW what a stunning page and theme Valerie!! I love the bright, happy colors and the fabulous sponged circles! Congrats on your guest spot. Beautiful pictures of the church and so many geometric shapes. Take care & stay healthy.
    Hugs, Tammy

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    1. Thanks Tammy! The Abbey church ist really beautiful. Stay safe!

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  31. Beautiful page and I love the church photos ~ Your blog is taking me to see so many wonderful things my feet can't take me & I'm thankful! I'll see what I can come up with for a page this month ~ thank you for the inspiration & stay well!

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    1. Thanks Karen. Armchair traveling is the only travel possible just now! Stay safe!

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  32. Oh, those bright orange backgrounds are making my heart beat with joy! Gorgeous in every way. And this church -- it feels like a spot I need to be right now. So peaceful and full of promise. We need that hope now.

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    1. Thanks Jeanie. And yes, peace, hope and happiness are al things we need so much just now! Stay safe!

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  33. Such a dynamic page. I love how the dancers and dots are all practicing social distancing.
    😊 Beautiful art and architecture at the Abbey. My favorite picture is the gargoyles.

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  34. Hi Valerie, it looks as if you, like me, have an affinity with architecture. I love buildings and in particular arches, doors and windows. Thanks for sharing those photographs with us.
    Your page is dramatic in its colours. Perfect for introducing us to your theme at Art Journal Journey with that bold red and the contrasting bluey turquoise. I like the fact that the main colour is not a flat red but has touches of yellow and orange within it breaking it up and creating texture and good visualisation. The dancing figures make me want to say goodbye to the cares and woes that surround us at the moment and dance and whirl my way around the floor.
    Thanks for an inspiring introduction to a month's theme.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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    1. Thanks Neet. I love architecture, and always take lots of pics of all the beautiful parts. Glad you liked the page, I had fun working with the vibrant colours. Sooner or later we will be able to dance carefree through life again. Stay safe!

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  35. Those pics are fab Valerie you really know how to pose and angel your camera, my photography friend i've known since school days would be extremely impressed with those doorways. So lovely to see you as this months host over at AJJ, another great theme too your rich firey background has those figures jumping for joy it's as if they are reaching out to touch or maybe pop those bubbles. Going to look forward to seeing all the shapes you bless us with this month. Take care Hugs Tracey xx

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    1. Thanks so much Tracey! Gad you liked the photos, Knechtsteden is a beautiful abbey.

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  36. Oh My Valerie! You are spreading some happiness with this page! I love the bright colours and the dancers!
    The Abbey does provide some brilliant inspiration - I shall have to look at some of my photos.
    Looking forward to seeing what else you do and taking part this time!
    Hugs, Chrisx

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  37. Wonderful colours and shapes in your post … but those stained glass windows look amazing.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan. Those windows are indeed amazing! Stay safe!

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  38. Your art piece is colourful and happy! I love it! Beautiful church!! Big Hugs!

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