Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Big mixed bag for Tuesday

Hi Everybody!

Hope you are enjoying your day!

Today is the last day of our challenge 'masculine-feminine' at 
We had lots of fantastic entries, and I enjoyed making my projects, too. Once again I have made a collage of my journal pages from the whole month.

At SOC the colour combo this week is red+red+gold. I used a clear red  to make the print from the lino-plate, and a crimson for the frame. The gold I used is from Deco Art Media interference gold. It just proved very hard to take pictures of.
The lino plate is one I made back in 1991. It is A4 sized.

After printing my page I painted all the white parts with the gold. I went over some parts several times to strengthen it a bit. The frames were also sprinkled with golden fairy dust. The gold looks rather greenish, but it is gold metallic.
I am also linking to Art Journal Journey, as my last entry for the month, and to Kim Dellow's Friday Face art.

And last but not least I have a tag for Tag Tuesday, where our theme is faces.
I used an 8" tag.  I painted the edges of the tag with Vivacolor rust. The image, from Gecko Galz, was collaged and then I used structure paste to make the diamonds, which I distressed with gold paint. Some parts of the tag were collaged with scraps of vintage paper, and given a coat of crackle glaze. I added some ears of grass sprayed with gold as embellishment.

We had a warm and sunny day, but the sun often had to fight its way through the clouds:

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

Monday, 29 June 2015

Time for Wildlife

Hi Everybody!

Hope you have enjoyed your weekend. We had great weather here today, and looks like the weather will be good all week, so that's something!

I made this rather crazy piece a few weeks back for Art Journal Journey, masculine feminine, and for Moo Mania and More, numbers. I started out, as always by preparing my A3 sheet with gesso and some left over colour, and stenciled various motives to give more depth. Then I drew my head, and started to fill it with lots of different stamps, in fact I used all the stamps which were flying around my table - yes, quite a lot. I think I was trying to put all the things I enjoy on my walks through nature inside my head. Well, I suppose it's better than having an empty head....
I am also linking to Simon Monday Challenge, summer.
On July 1st we are starting new challenges at AJJ and MM&M, so be sure to come back to read all about them. But you still have 2 days to link up to the current challenges.

Today I enjoyed my walk along the Rhine very much, and was much surprised to see 2 herons and a stork strolling around the freshly mowed fields looking for their Sunday lunch. The herons are often here, but I have NEVER seen a stork here before, officially they don't live in our county!

This one had just picked up some food and was swallowing it....

Here's wishing you a good start in the new week. Take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sunday Mix

Hi Everybody!

Hope your weekend is going well.
The weather was quite nice; warm, sunny/cloudy and with a spot of rain here and there - typical summer!

For Art Journal  Journey I have another piece for masculine-feminine. I discovered an A3 page which had been collaged with various vintage papers, painted with gesso and coloured with pastels at the bottom of a pile of stuff, so used it for this mixed media collage. I added some washi tapes and  used 2 pictures cut from my magazines (the lady downstairs always  keeps me supplied with magazines, which she gets from a friend, this way they are well used.) I collaged the faces, and a zip also cut from a magazine advert.  Then I added a crown to the lady and splashed some paint round the faces, just for fun. I found the quote on Google.
I am also linking to Moo Mania and More, numbers.

I enjoyed walking along the Rhine, watching the ships

And the ducks

And this boat carrying salt or some other white mineral is always fascinating, as it looks like snowy mountains swimming up the river:

The trees along the Burg Allee (Castle Avenue) offer shade when the sun is shining:

And St Swidbert, the patron and founder of the town, still stands on the corner of the street that bears his name. I wonder if he would recognise the town if he came back today after 1300 years?

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

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Masculine and feminine

Hi Everybody!
Hope your day is going well!

For Art Journal Journey, masculine and feminine, I made 2 pages, one for the feminine side, and the other for the masculine. When my neighbour saw them, he said that the background was fine for the men, but I should have taken something pink and flowery for the ladies - are men the only ones who read? And he was wearing a pink shirt, but I didn't point it out to him....
The figures were made with home made stencils and painted with black acrylics.
I put the figures inside my heads - there's always a lot going on in them, and added the quotes - finished. This time I kept it simple

 Today the weather was better. I forgot my camera so had to take the pics with my phone.

The ancient mulberry tree is doing well:

The white cattle are growing bigger and bigger:

And it stayed dry in spite of lots of clouds.

The rose arch is in the square near the Basilica:

Have a great day you all, take care, 
and thanks a lot for coming by.