Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Nature Garden Journal

Bonjour everyone, lovely to see you here in my little place on the web.

Today I am sharing something a little different... As many of you know, I am in France at the moment and while here decided to play in a brand new journal. In this journal I am going to combine my two great arty loves, stamping and water colour painting.
Some of the elements you see on this page were hand drawn, the hazel twig on the left and some of the flowers on the right, some of the other flowers, the bee and the butterflies were stamped, as was some of the background obviously. I used a combination of water colour paint, water colour pencils and Distress Inks, as well as some Jet Black Archival ink for the stamped images.
Here are some close ups still



Hope you like it, - I did say it was a little different didn't I lol.

I'll leave you with a couple of photos of the lovely little garden where I sit and paint. It's gorgeous weather here, warm but not too hot and so peaceful and beautiful. I feel very privileged

.Thank you for visiting and I hope that you have some sunshine and beauty surrounding you where ever you are.
I am going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp and Show "Good to be Green" challenge

52 comments:

Norma Gomez said...

Beautiful, I love the soft look of the watercolors and your drawing is gorgeous!

susanne said...

beautiful! I love the combination of drawing and stamping!

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sue morris said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love this!

sharon said...

Oh my! This is so gorgeous Astrid, be still my heart, you are so incredibly talented! I am green with envy, but so happy for you! Enjoy your stay!

Heather Rogers said...

I really don't know what to say. I am truly speechless at the beauty of this. Stunning seems to fall short of what I want to say. You are one of life's truly gifted people. The French countryside is obviously suiting you and inspiring you.
Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Sue Butler said...

Hello Astrid
This is heavenly, you are very talented, you must be having a great time in France as this piece relates contentment.
Smiles:)
Sue

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Drop-dead gorgeous, Astrid. What a special piece this is. The colors are so delightful and your art - hand drawn and stamping is just so lovely. Thanks so much for sharing with us! So glad to hear you are having a wonderful vacation.

Hugs,
Linda

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Astrid your page is amazing, great colour use, you are a real ARTIST, and I love your ART!!!

Greatings
Maria

Maryann Laursen said...

This is so gorgeous Astrid. I totally agree with Heather here, and everyone else in every word. I almost can´t find words, that is suitabe to explain how I feel about this beautyful masterpiece here. Is there anything at all, you can´t get to look like a million? You sure is a very talented lady. WAUW I just love this one too.
Have a wonderful time there in France and enjoy every minute of it.

Paula Whittaker said...

wow there's no end to your talents Astrid - loving the hand drawn elements. wonderful page.

chrissies said...

Wonderful page for your new journal Astrid and so nice that you are somewhere so peaceful and warm.

Love Chrissie x

Daniele said...

how wonderful is this, the combination of stamping and drawing with the watercolouring is so lovely, and such a perfect relaxing enviroment to paint in.
best wishes

Aquarius said...

what a beautiful page and I love the combination of your own painting with the stamping. Great that you are having such a lovely time.

Marianne said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Astrid you are a true artist!! Love this page and I think your handpainted objects are stunning!!
xxx Marianne

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Brenda Brown said...

Like it, I absolutely adore it Astrid, your combination of painting and stamping is wonderful, you did such a fabulous job here. More please.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Stamps and Paper said...

Astrid you are so talented and much a wonderful idea combining watercolour and stamping...fabulous work my friend. Hope you're enjoying your holiday

Anne

Rita said...

How beautiful Astrid. Your talent has certainly shown up once again with the drawing and painting of this stunning page. What a gorgeous garden too, with pretty flowers and grasses. Enjoy. Hugs Rita xxx

Suzi B said...

Astrid this is so beautiful, I love it! Your talent leaves me pea green with envy.
Suzi B x

Fandhmum said...

This is the most beautiful journal, I love it
Rosie x

inkypinkycraft said...

This is absolutely beautiful, so calm and just gorgeous xx hugs tracex

Maryanne said...

This is so beautiful! The combination, drawing, stamping and watercolor works so well together and the result is lovely! I'm glad to hear you are enjoying a wonderful vacation!

Ros Crawford said...

Uh! you just blew me away with this ... my you are talented ... Wonderful work! And I ca just imagine how beautiful your surrounding must be ... and to be able to just sit and paint ... heaven!

Candy C said...

Astrid...your journal page is absolutely gorgeous. Truly I mean that! I love the warm and inviting colors of your background. The subtle honeycomb stenciling is so lovely. Your hand drawn images are amazing! I am in awe of anyone who can draw like that. I love your hazel twig; gorgeous coloring. I love the wildflowers on the right. Beautifully drawn and colored. The sweet butterflies and bee add so much, too. Such a serene scene. I love it! Thanks for sharing it with everyone at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Does your talent known of no limits? This is exquisite with the combination of painting and stamping and the beautifully blended background.
You definitely appear to be inspired by your setting with the colour palette you chose.
So happy the e-mail notification worked :)
Wishes
Lynne

Klaudia/Kszp said...

I have no words. B E A U T I F U L!!

Redanne said...

Hi Astrid, your surroundings have obviously inspired you, they are beautiful and so is your journal page. Your drawing is superb, the colours you created in the background are stunning. Beautiful!! Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Hugs, Anne x

die amelie said...

How wonderful, Astrid!

Your watercolour painting is absolutely gorgeous and so well done! And the lovely stamps (one of my favourites btw) are the perfect company.

A beautiful page!!! This really makes me want to fetch my watercolours and use them too ;)

Hugs,
Claudia xx

KC Inspired said...

Simply divine! Love it.

May said...

Breathtaking beauty Astrid, Love the colours, Gorgous stamps & you also painted some freehand... AmAzing....you are one very talented lady... Your work is outstanding...Just looking at your wonderful journal has made me relax after a hectic day at work... enjoy France... Hugs May x x x x

Terry said...

Astrid, there is nothing your hands touch that I don't adore! The combination of watercoloring and stamping is gorgeous. I love how peaceful this journal page is! Enjoy your time in the sunshine and the lovely garden! Hugs!

Netty said...

Your retreat sounds wonderful Astrid and a great place to inspire your new journal pages, loving this beautiful tranquil page. Hugs Annette x

Anita Houston said...

I'm so impressed that you are creating while on vacation and that there is so much hand drawn work! BRAVO! This scene is just striking to say the least! GORGEOUS! Thank you for going green with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Lori Aragon said...

So inspiring and beautiful Astrid! Both your gorgeous nature artwork and the surroundings :)

Gloria S said...

This is Truly Lovely. I always find your projects inspirational, but, this is my Favorite.

Meggymay said...

Absolutely beautiful, it looks so magical. Have a good holiday, the garden looks lovely.
Yvonne

butterfly said...

So beautiful, Astrid... your hazel twig is exquisite, and the page as a whole just makes my heart sing. The garden looks pretty good too!
Alison x

Margie said...

I'm in awe of your amazing drawing and painting skills Astrid. This is a really beautiful page - I could just look at it for ages. Thanks so much for sharing that with us and also the picture of the lovely garden you sit in while you paint. Margie x

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! Astrid this page is divine!!! Love the gorgeous summery colours and the way you've blended them together, sooooo pretty. I stand in awe of your talent, you just amaze me each time. Love the garden pics too, must be heaven creating in a spot as gorgeous as this. Enjoy the rest of your holiday. ox

Dawn said...

I really like the new journal and the way you have decided to use it. Such lovely sketching mixed with watercolour and stamps, it really is a mix media piece and it's worked beautifully. Have a wonderful time in France a place I myself long to visit. Dxx

Marjie Kemper said...

How beautiful, Astrid! And what a lovely place to paint. Enjoy your trip!

Lillibelle said...

Your flowers are so fine and romantic, I love them so much Astrid. But all things on your ART work are very gorgeous. It's really great.

Kelly Neis said...

Beautiful! I love the background and then the flowers are so soft and elegant. Love your page.
Hugs Kelly

Paula Criações e Decorações said...

Hello Astrid! If it was forbitten to use words to comment this piece of art i will use a sound: "uauuuuu"! :) loved all the details combined! amazing result! I'm already curious on the next one!

Hugs Paula

Dagmar Cavalheiro said...

Parabéns! Encantador teu blog, tuas pinturas aguarelas são lindas. É muito bom vir aqui, alegrar os olhos e acalmar a alma. Sucesso.

Sandie Edwards said...

Wow ... it seems you are having a wonderful time, look at what you are producing ... this is amazing!

Anna-Karin said...

This is so beautiful Astrid! I love everything about it, what a great combination of watercolours and stamping. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Susie Bentz said...

I hope you enjoy your trip to France - you are so talented - this is lovely!

Meihsia Liu said...

This is such a gorgeous creation, Astrid. I love the beautiful watercolor effect and your great stamping. Congrats on being the spotlight designer at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. :)

barbarayaya62 said...

I'm back from holidays yesterday and am slowly looking at all the beautiful works of the blogs that I follow! Beautiful, inspired and absolutely colorful and full of sunshine! I love the combination of colors! Congratulations on the spotlight Simonsays and thanks for the comments that you always leave on my blog! BArbarayaya

Mary Elizabeth said...

Astrid, I love your work!! Just beautiful. Your hand drawn elements are fabulous. This piece has an ethereal quality to it. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us :) -- Mary Elizabeth

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