Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Music and the Letter 'R''

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! It's been great to see how folks interpreted the last recipe at Dragons' Dream. It was such fun getting to choose a combo to challenge you and you created some wonderful tags in response. We'll be announcing the Dreamboat 3 soon. Meanwhile, this fortnight it's the turn of the very talented Jax and she has chosen 'Music' and the letter 'R'. I have to confess I scratched my head over this one! I love listening to all kinds of music, but I don't have many stamps that evoke anything musical. Then I put my thinking cap on! I love world music and ever since I was a teenager I've been fascinated by the sound of Indian music. Now there's something that says India to me when I look at the new Lynne Perrella stamp L2PC028 and this is what I came up with. Click here to see the gifted Dragons' interpretations of Jacqui's recipe.
Raga is a kind of Hindu, religious music, which calls for great skill on the part of the musician and terrific improvisational powers. I think there is something of the Goddess about this LP lady. Maybe she is the musician's muse and she has inspired an incredibly complex Raga with as many twists and turns and intricate notes as the patterns on her elaborate headdress . I placed her right at the centre of my tag!
I created a painty background, using light Fresco colours like Cheesecake and Nougat to start with, then layering on translucents like Yellow Submarine, Hey Pesto and Inky Pool. I then stamped my LP goddess, straight onto the tag, using, Onyx Black Versafine Ink. When she was heat-set, I added circles using a fabric conditioner cap, dipped into Inky Pool, Bora Bora and Concrete Frescos. If you look closely you will see that I stamped some music notes from a Sara Nauman Eclectica plate in some of the circles.
I have a few tiny mirrors in my stash so i used one ot these to suggest Indian mirror work, at the centre of this Prima mechanical.
 The Tim Holtz trellis die, painted with Bora Bora and then frantaged with Shabby Blue was also given the mirror treatment with some pieces die-cut from metal card.
I created a loop from some Indian mirror-work braid in Peacock blue. The little gold necklace is a jewellery 'finding', painted and then accented in Classic Treasure Gold. The pediment dies top and bottom are created from corrugated packaging glued onto card. I apologize for the shadows in this last image; but I liked the way the light caught the mirrors in it. Please drop by the Dragons' Dream TIO blog here and see the delights the other team members have dreamed up and then why not add your own interpretation? Remember to include at least one real stamp on your tag as well as the letter 'R' and something musical. Good luck with the Challenge and thank you for popping into Magpieheaven today.

19 comments:

  1. Hi Julie Ann, What a great tag. I love the little mirrors and your little jewellery finding as a necklace. Well thought out and has a lovely mystical/magical feel to it.
    Julie x

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  2. Fabulous tag, great image and love your story behind it - gorgeous xx

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  3. You always find such a unique interpretation of the theme, this is just stunning and the LP stamps are ideal.

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  4. Wonderful tag Julie Ann... it is so Beautiful.. I adore the colours & amazing design.. your attention to detail in your creative work is outstanding....Love it all.. Hugs May x x

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  5. Not sure where my comment went but it said just how wonderful the Lynne stamps look in a raga setting - the tag is fabulous!

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  6. I am most certainly buying into the notion that she is a musician's muse, draped in beautiful sari silk and decked out in jewels.
    How fabulous that you were inspired by one of your favourite musical genre.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  7. How cool, such an fabulous tag, great details.

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  8. Julie Ann what have you done! You have created a piece of such beauty and interest I had to really study all the pictures and read every jot and tittle. I especially fell in love with what I think you called Prima mechanical with the mirror in the middle. Beautifully made and developed. I love it - can you tell!?!
    Sandy xx

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  9. Wonderful! Love the metal headdress!

    Lucy x

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  10. Love Raga the classical Indian Music, it is beautiful. Stunning Tag Julie Ann.

    This is my favourite piece of music ever, it takes me into another life...Watch "el-Hadra by Klaus Wiese (*1942 - †2009)" on YouTube
    el-Hadra by Klaus Wiese (*1942 - †2009): http://youtu.be/O5OctlKK4NU

    Hope you enjoy. Might help you to relax when your gland is playing up. You need quiet and no interuptions... Hope it helps you heal:-) xxx

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  11. Really cool tag Julie Ann. Love the way you use the LP stamps from PaperArtsy. :)

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  12. Wow, stunning tag Julie Ann, the LP image truly looks like a goddess.

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  13. Very goddess like Julie Ann! Lovely tag! xxx

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  14. Hello Miss Julie Ann, what are you like, this is another BRILLIANT production,I saw last night that a new challenge was here "ALREADY" I saw it was music and the color red, not my favorite color, I didn't think I could play, already have 2 things on the go on my desk, SQUAWK, you have inspired me to play, I can't create without music.. I haven't listen to this music before, you describe it perfectly. I'm listening to Glory of Dusk - Raga Puriya Kalyan, it's really lovely music, 38 min. long, the details on this tag are out of this world with creativity, those circles, look like different tiny worlds, your Goddess looks glorious, the die cuts look AMAZING, the mirrors, brilliant, the extra top and bottom on the tag, I've been gawking at it with my big beady Magpie eyes for the whole song and the lovely one suggested by Moh.. All of this in one small tag, your work is outstanding Miss Julie Ann, you always inspire me, thanks Cuz.. ((( BIG HUGS )))

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  15. Oh What a brilliant tag Julie Ann! This is really RAGA music like!! Beautiful LP lady and so many great textures around the lady. Fabulous colours and wonderful using the mirrors. I love it! xxx

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  16. Totally gorgeous Julie Ann! i need to check out Raga! xoxo

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  17. Wowzer - that's some full-on Bollywood glitz and glamour... what a fantastic take on the theme, and a jaw-dropping tag!
    Alison xx

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  18. Truly unique and fabulous, you always amaze me how you can take a challenge and really think out of the box in such an extent that you take us all on a journey with you. Wow really love the depth of colour and the headdress is stunning :-) Kezzy xxx

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