Friday, 7 August 2009

Journal Cover......and Gifts!

I decided to have a play with my Luana painting, so I printed out a small version of it and used it as part of a collage for a book cover. I used a variety of paints, plus thick gesso though a stencil, a bronze cross, torn papers and a gold pen.
I want to thank everyone who sent me such kind comments about my painting; this is all new to me so I really appreciate every single one.

My original painting is 8" x 8"....this book cover is quite small - 5 1/2" square.
If you've got a spare minute, I thought I'd show you some of my lovely birthday presents.......

.......a beautiful gold necklace with a freshwater pearl from my daughter and her boyfriend, a stunning chunky pearl necklace from my mum, a bead for my bracelet from my sister (its almost full now!), and a book (one of the presents from DH)..................some gorgeous fabrics, buttons and beads from my lovely friend Dot including 2 hand-made bird beads - just look at that cute little owl! (She also sent me my fabric book back from its trip around the world - I'll show you that tomorrow)

....and last, but not least, yet more luscious fabrics, a bracelet and a delightful hand-made doll from sweet Sesga in Wales.
I am so lucky to have such lovely gifts...and wonderful friends.


*jean* said...

ooo linda, this book is absolutely beautiful! the color palette, texture and your painting...well, it's simple incredible!!! ...and your gifts are lovely too!!

Sandy said...

OMG your work is absolutely beautiful. Your painting amazing. I love what you do.

Have a great weekend my friend.

The Joy of Nesting said...

What wonderful birthday gifts Linda!!

I so admire you painting and now collage of Luana!! You have captured perfectly the vision I have in my mind when I think about that whole period in literature,art, and history. A mystical time of Druids & Camalot, of magic when the human race was young.

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Mar said...

she made an amazing book cover!!!
nice presents too

i like raised areas on pieces..

pammyjo said...

The colors and Luana on the cover are gorgeous. I feel a mystical presence when I see her. A stunning maiden. Your gifts are wonderful. Treasures for a treasure! :) Have a great weekend!

LaY hOoN said...

Such beautiful gift.
Absolutely love the cover page !!!

maggi said...

Just catching up on your blog. Your art work is beautiful. What a wonderful selection of gifts too. The fabric looks fantastic

Barbara said...

The book cover is gorgeous Linda. I agree with Pattie's comment, it really does evoke the mystical feel of that whole time period. Love your gifts too.

avagdro said...

Thanks Linda for sharing.Great book indeed.

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Heather said...

Your book cover is gorgeous - I love what you have achieved and wish I could do the same. You've had some lovely birthday presents.

Redfish Artwork by Vickie Fisher said...

Your book turn out beautiful...I love Luna. I bet this was a fun project and Happy Birthday Linda!

Anni's Art said...

Linda your blog is new to me, I have now looked through some of your wonderful blog, love it all, your work is absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing your art, and thanks for your comment on my bird.

P'tite Plume said...

OMG! Your journal cover is fantastic, fabulous, merveilleux! J'adore. I imagine Morgane the fairy, and I love the celtic cross. Well, I'm Britain...


oh my goshh this is aweeeesome stuffs that you do LInda !!
looove it :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda
I LOVE the journal Cover its stunning !
You had some beautiful Gifts you are sooooooo Lucky but you sooooooo deserve to be Spoilt rotten .
Love from sesga xx

La Dolce Vita said...

wow! what a great birthday!!! lots of wonderful prezzies! Love your new art work and love it that you are using the image in your book work!

Dot said...

Love your journal cover (what a great idea to use a smaller version of your painting).
So glad you received beautiful things for your birthday. You deserve it.
So glad you liked the goodies I sent to you too!
Dot xx

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

Brilliant idea and how gorgeous she looks in any size! I did think she had cover girl written all over her when I saw your original painting Linda!
Lovely gifts for a lovely lady!!!

Anne said...

Hi, Linda! I love how you reinvented Luana and extended her beauty to another project! It's fabulous! Happy Birthday! :-)

Shashi Nayagam said...

What a beautiful cover. Love your painting. You certainly deserve all those lovely gifts.

Catharina Maria said...

You have got lovely presents !
And your art is again very nice !
Love , Rini

Dot said...

P.S Forgot to comment on the lovely gifts Sesga gave to you. Her pegdolls are beautiful and I am very glad you have even more fabric to play with :)
Dot xx

My Journey to Hope said...

Once again you've amazed us! The painting, textures, colors are so lovely. Happy belated Birthday1

:) Michelle

LazyKay said...

Oh BOY, I've missed a lot during my sojourn in the wilderness due to my computer problems.

SO pleased you had a great birthday.

What great artwork you've produced - I've tried the eyes/mouth/nose sketch thing but mine all came out looking like aliens!

Hope to keep pace with you again now I'm finally up and running and back on line (if it lasts!)


Jaqi said...

your work gets better and better if thats possible, you never cease to leave me speechless at the stunning creations you make.
What wonderful gifts you got for your birthday, how lucky you are , hope you had a fantastic day , I have always adored the beautiful colours that you choose to work with they are stunning, Jaqi xx

Lynn said...

LOve, love, love your journal cover, she would make anything look special though, your drawings are amazing and this painting is awesome. Love how you put it all together :)
You recieved some beautiful birthday gifts too Linda, that book looks interesting :)

ooglebloops said...

Love your painting - it is beautiful!!! And all those b'day goodies - Happy Birthday - from one Leo to another!!!

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