Sunday, July 11, 2021

Summer Days

Happy new week everyone.  I hope you had a nice weekend. 

I thought I'd wrap up the weekend ( as this is posting Sunday night) by sharing another page for Alison's Countryside challenge at Art Journal Journey.

I am also linking up to More Mixed Media and their challenge of Anything Goes with Optional Pastel.

My page today is from my garden journal, and that book is getting really full.  You can even make out on the right hand edge of this image  how the page is dropping off. I really had to press on it to try to get it flat enough to photograph it. It is also why the white trim seems to be going upward on the right hand side. 

This burlap page in my journal (a Dina Wakely bound journal) is stained from painting on the backside, but I like the stain as I think it makes it more vintage looking.  I glued down a page from an old almanac I had in my stash to make a printed background. It was already old and yellowed so I didn't need to do anything to it.

I die cut the flowers and leaves with light purple paper and then inked them. I also added some black dots to center of the flowers. I stamped the ticket image on some discolored acetate which is why it has a whitish look. I then added some white metallic paper trim (yes, I have been into using my metallic trims and images lately) and some pink plastic dot trim also. I chose this lady from TH found relatives. I thought she looked ready for a garden party in that big hat. Although  she is not dressed for June of 1956 as it says on the almanac, perhaps it is one of those dress up time period parties.

Finally I stamped my quote which is from one of our Art Journal Journey host's stamp collections.  Our host is Alison from Words and Pictures, and I do love the quotes you use in your stamps Alison. I am also linking up this page at Art Journal Journey for the Summer Countryside challenge.

And how about a few flowers and other countryside views from  my last visit to Bedrock Gardens?

The owners of the property live in the house you can see on the right, and these next couple of photos are from their private garden. We get just a glimpse through an opening in the hedge.

And that is all they let us see.  Back to the public part of the gardens for the rest of my photos.

It is fun to see how this garden changes every time I go back.  It's made me look at my own garden in different ways also. I knew it changed as the summer went on,  but I now I can recognize some of those changes and can figure out how to work with them.

I hope you have a wonderful start to the new week.



kathyinozarks said...

Good evening, lovely journal page, and I enjoyed seeing all of the pretty flowers in the gardens, nice fountain too-Happy new week hugs Kathy

sirkkis said...

Nostalgic book page. The texture is really amazing and embellishments.
The young lady and flowers crown the page.
Thanks for sharing blooming nature photos.
Hot weather continue here!
Have a great start to the new week xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Erika, that's a lovely post to start the week. Your journal page is Beautiful, very summery, and just right for Alison's challenge. Thanks, too, for joining us at MMM, much appreciated! The photos in the gardens are fantastic, so wonderful to see all the abundant growth and lovely flowers, thanks for sharing! The smiling tree is great, I smiled back! Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

craftytrog said...

A beautiful page Erika, I love the purple flowers. Lovely photos too.
Happy new week.
Alison xx

CJ Kennedy said...

I like the vintage look of your page. Another day of rain so the tea party will have to move inside. You captured some beautiful floral pics. What kind of flower is the spiky white one? (9th) It looks like fireworks. Such a lovely place. Even the trees are happy. Stay dry today.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your journal page really made me smile. It is beautiful. I love the background, the flowers, and the sentiment. The ladywith her huge hat made me smile. This is a wonderful entry for Alison's theme at Art Journal Journey.

I really enjoyed seeing the flowers and the sculptures. Really quite lovely photos you shared and some flowers I actually recognized, too. Sorry it's so wet there. I hope the rain moves out quickly, dear.

R's Rue said...

The flowers are beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I appreciate it. Hope you have a great Monday.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Lovely artwork and photos. The weather here in CT has been humid and oppressive. We're getting a slight temperature reprieve after Elsa, but in a day or two, it will be back into the 90s. Ugh. I hope you get some mitigation from being near the NH coast, where one usually gets a little bit of cooling breezes for a few miles inland.

Jeanie said...

Your piece is a lovely accompaniment to your garden photos. It looks like such a glorious place to visit. And you're right --seeing the changes is great fun!

Divers and Sundry said...

I like your page. That June sentiment is sweet.

How generous that they made part of their garden publicly accessible! It is a beautiful space.

Neet said...

Bedrock Gardens certainly looks like a very interesting place to visit. What a lot of very different flowers. Thank you for taking the photos and posting them for our pleasure.
Loving your journal page, delighted to see it is on burlap, and the almanac page for the back cloth is perfect for your lady, how lucky are you to have something like that in your stash. If only I had been into papercrafting years ago! I need to find a second hand shop with things like that and ready reckoners in.
Love the page with its touches of green and pink,
Hugs, Neet xx

DVArtist said...

I love the art piece and the photos are just wonderful. Have a nice evening.

Meggymay said...

Great photos of your garden visit Erika.
Its a wonderful journal page for the AJJ theme, the images and detail on the burlap base fantastic.
Yvonne xx

Sandra Wright. said...

I love your page, I like the staining to, adds depth the the page.
Thank you for joining us at More Mixed Media xx
Beautiful photos on your page too.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

She stands so proud against those tall blooms, it's a beautiful month is June a time for me to get my gardening hat on for sure. I can imagine your gardening journal is bursting with treasures to flick back upon. Another fabulous layout.
Happy days Hugs Tracey xx
P.S Thanks for sharing the pics, how stunning those grounds are, the smiling tree is adorable x

nwilliams6 said...

Great journal page - love all the elements but I would rather have always May or October - June is way too hot!!! Love your pictures - that smiling tree is fabulous! Hugz

butterfly said...

Simply lovely collaging - the page is so gentle and fresh - and of course I love the words! Wonderful photos too.
Alison x

Iris Flavia said...

Oh, I love this whole post! Wish it would be always summer (hahaha - just not this one, with cold weather and "Corinna"!).