Hello, those who've dropped by Magpie Heaven where the roses are all coming into bud, but where the Spring seems to have decided to go A.W. O. L. As a very new craft blogger in April I saw some of Carol Quance's work via the Paper Artsy Blog and I was completely blown away by her flair and her imagination. I was so inspired by her project on Sunday night at http://blog.paperartsy.co.uk/ I wanted to start playing along straight away. I was interested to hear that Carol doesn't have an exact idea of what she wants to create when she begins because I usually start playing and then see where the colours and the textures lead me too. I didn't have a little hanging like Carol so I started with a small canvas. I knew I wanted to use Lynne Perrella stamps as Carol had done; Treasure Gold and Grunge Paste, which I've just bought and love!
I love this lady with the clowny face and an amazing tower on her head and I mixed and matched her with some more Architecture themed Lynne Perrella stamps.
I had intended to create a city somewhere between Venice and St Petersburg all around the lady, but as I worked, the colours and images began to remind me of an icon like those I had seen in Russia when I visited about twenty-five years ago. I added tiny gems to complete this effect and some butterflies made from 'Ink and the Dog' wings with some little broken fairy lights as bodies, an idea I first played around with for The Dragons Dream TIO Challenge: Yellow, Bulb, Wire, inspired by Elizabeth R: she used old LED bulbs on a tag. I gave my lady Blood Orange cheeks with a layer of Glossy Accents to give shine and dimension.
Carol had trimmed her hanging with beading and made a beaded string.