Thursday, 27 June 2013

Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - Magpie Ballet

It's been a hectic few days in Magpieheaven, as we're having a new kitchen! It's been difficult finding a tiny space to create in all the confusion, but over at the Craft Barn it's the letter 'B' in the Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - click here to find out more - and I just had to participate. It's such fun to create art and think about a word and all its interpretations. This time I am creating an unashamedly self-indulgent journal spread - 'B is for Ballet'! Somehow, being a bit of a magpie myself, my birdie cousins have fluttered into the picture, so maybe it's 'B' for birds too! Anyway, ballerinas and birds seem to float effortlessly and gracefully on air!
Doing this page took me back to my childhood when I was crazy about Ballet and had every Ballet annual and story published, I think! I never had a lesson and I expect I would have been rubbish at it, but I secretly dreamed of being a Prima Ballerina!!! Oh, dear, how girlie! And to relax from all the kitchen chaos I've created a couple of very 'dancey' pages indeed!
Quite a few of my crafting friends have been making their own Washi tape lately, so I created some to go with my pages - Frescos on masking tape with some stencilling and Lynne Perrella stamps on top.
I used a Tim Holtz die-cut, Grunge Paste and Treasure gold to make the costumes on dress-forms on this page, using the die both as a cut-out and as a stencil for the floating background dress-forms.
My secret journal message is in a little pocket and says 'Her feet had wings'. I also used part of Tim Holtz bird-cage die for the hoop on the dress-form in this close-up. The page is a mix of hand-painting using Paper Artsy Frescos, collage using stamped Paper Artsy images and Cafe Retro Art Gallery collage images and TH die-cuts with Grunge Paste and Treasure Gold White Fire for dimension.
I really enjoyed myself, imagining that I was designing costumes for some new Bird Ballet and thinking about how sometimes happiness does give us wings and turn us into the greatest dancers!
If you click on the pictures you can see in a little more detail! Thank you so much for stopping by for my 'B' for Ballet and indulging me. I just felt like I needed to escape for a bit!




21 comments:

  1. What a beautiful page for Ballet! Love your tape too. Have a great day.

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  2. Oh I adore your page and your love for ballet. I did ballet for about 10 years as a child. I did audition to for the royal ballet and made it to the last level but didn't get picked in the end. BJ

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  3. A beautiful page of ballet and birds.

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  4. So pretty and well done. Wonderful colors - perfect to the ballet!
    Sandy

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  5. WOW WOW WOW this is amazing journal pages, so bright and colourful but also very elegant and chic, I love it :-) Hugs Kezzy xxx p.s hope the kitchen is coming on ok :-) xxx

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  6. AmAzing pages... WOW..The detail is outstanding..Love the background, images, colours, texture...I could go on & on... I simply LOVE IT...Beautiful piece of art... Hugs May x x x

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  7. Two wonderful pages, great stamping and images. Lovely take on the letter "B".

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  8. Get you, posting every day, busy Magpie you be:).
    Chortle, chortle, chortle, ^-^,, I've never seen a magpie do balley, oh that would be exceptional, oh sweetie you do fly silly, soaring to the top on these pages, well you knew how a twitter I would be :O).. Kitchen besmichen, you have created a looooovely scene, I will have to go and read it again and take some closer looks, to take it all in, my first look was just a tease, going now to look:) thanks for sharing

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  9. Me again cuz.. Looooove your washi tape the paint and then stencil is fabulous, totally different, kool,the background, GORGEOUS, the colors, the light script stamping,("MUST learn to do that" :)) Oh the ballerinas dancing all over the pages,the costumes you created everywhere, SHESH, so freaking gorgeous,all that stamping, stencilling, exceptional,I can hear our beautiful brethren from here... I just want to feel it, worth a trip to your nest I'd say :) if only..
    Thanks so much for sharing these outstanding journal pages, I thoroughly enjoyed.. it...

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  10. Wow - love the amount of detail and images you've included on your pages and great colours too!

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  11. lovely pages, great colour and detail

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  12. Kiwi in Timbertown
    beautiful pages, just love the detail and all those textures and images. so talented something to aspire to

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  13. Beautiful page.Love all the detailing, colours and inclusion of the birds.

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  14. Beautiful pages, love all those details and textures, really romantic and floaty feel. MMx

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  15. Lovely pages - great details and texture - and "who didn't dream of ballet?"!

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  16. Beautiful ballet page, love the textures and images and the colours are fabulous.

    Sylv xx

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  17. Gorgeous ballet pages! I too wanted to be a ballerina at one point but that was never going to happen! Love how you've made everything so unashamedly feminine too.
    Juliax

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  18. Beautiful pages, with lots of lovely images! xx

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  19. Beautiful pages, so delicate and very pretty with some amazing attention to detail, fab job sweetie. Thank-you so much for your sweet visit too, much appreciated.
    Hugs x

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  20. So much to look at! amazing page
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn
    Izzy

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