Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Dragons' Dream TIO - Brown and the letter H.

Hello and a special welcome to my followers. Many thanks to the three ladies who have just started following Magpieheaven: it's lovely to have you drop by. I think I say this every fortnight; but time seems to fly by and that special Dragon Dreaming Wednesday is here again! This time it's the turn of the very talented and creative, May to choose the recipe and she has come up with 'Brown' and the letter 'H'. If you take a trip over to the Dragons' Dream TIO here, you can see the superb interpretations the Dragon Design Team came up with. Do please join us, if you can. All you have to do is to create a tag using brown and featuring the letter 'h'. Remember - as always - to use one real stamped image and then just let your imagination take flight. I've always loved the warm range of browns that can be found in sun-baked bricks and this is what inspired my tag this time.
I began by pushing some Grunge Paste through a Crafters' Workshop stencil to create my 'brick wall'. Down in the left-hand corner I used the same technique with a beautiful, Lin Brown poppy head stencil. When the stencilling was all dry, I painted the whole tag with some PaperArtsy Fresco Finish in Nougat. I then blended Chocolate Pudding, Toffee and Caramel Frescos onto the tag, leaving the centre as light as possible, as I planned to stamp my focal image there.
After stamping my focal image in Onyx Black Versafine, I used Yellow Submarine Fresco to highlight it. This Lynne Perrella image has always intrigued me. I love the idea of the lady with a tower as her hat and the combination of  stone and drapery. On my tag, I wanted to create the impression of her seeming to step out from her sunny wall. Years ago I was captivated by Jean Cocteau's black and white film of 'Beauty and the Beast', which I believe influenced the Disney version. In Cocteau's movie, garden statues come alive; stone hands appear from within walls, holding torches to guide Beauty through the Beast's castle and smoke billows through the nostrils of the stone faces around an ornate mantel-piece!  My brick-wall lady's face is highlighted with Inktense pencil. I touched some of the bricks with a little Florentine Treasure Gold too. The 'H' in the top right hand corner is edged with gold UTEE and embossed with copper embossing enamel.
The sentiment is from an Ink and the Dog Pierrot plate by PaperArtsy. I also used a PaperArtsy mini with tiny letter 'H's. I added some stencilling in Orange Blossom and Potting Soil Archival of extra bricks.

The seam-binding was dyed with avocado skins and then stamped with some of the Mini Script. Avocado skins make a lovely brown shade, which you can see in the lace edging the tag too.
Thank you so much for stopping by Magpieheaven today. I do hope it's sunny and warm wherever you are, but that you will be tempted indoors to play in your craft rooms and studios for this challenge. Have a great week!

23 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous,love the stamps you have used.xxx

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  2. Oooh fabulous and one of my fave LP images xxx

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  3. Stunning as always Julie Ann, love how you left the middle of the tag so you could get the perfect light behind your focal image :-) xxx

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  4. Brilliant tag, Julie Ann, what a wonderful use of the stencils too.

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  5. Oh my Julie Ann,you have done it again!! Absolutely love this,your work is always so detailed and wonderfully thought out :)

    Hugs
    Donna xx

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  6. Oooo! Stunning tag Julie Ann. The names of those paints are fabulous! Lovely inspiring ideas as always.
    Florence x

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  7. Julie Ann, absolutely one of my new favorites! I love the brown and other warm tones and the stamps and quote are perfect together! xo

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  8. Hi Julie Ann, I adore your tag, the way you have used the stencils is brilliant..the stamps are perfect... you have rocked this recipe for Dragons Dream...Love it... Hugs May x x

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  9. A great design Julie Ann with fabulous textures and stamping xx

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  10. OMG ! This is totally awesome Julie Ann ! You rock Sweetie ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

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  11. Such a fantastic tag, love the background and the images. Great color scheme.

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  12. This is stunning lovely so much detail to look at which looks fab xx

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  13. Deary me...my comment seems to have gone poof into mid air...
    I adore your tag and every fine detail!
    You are quite marvelous too with how well you remember and share what all goes into your creations!
    You are a Star Julie Ann ~♥~
    oxo

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  14. A wonderful tag, I love all on this one Julie Ann, well done!!! :) crafty hugs, Coco xx

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  15. Very beautiful the tag Julie Ann! Lovely the brown colours and fabulous painting work.
    Although It has a medieval mood, I love it xx

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  16. What a magical tag, Julie Ann! I love the script stamping and the rich chocolatey browns warmed up with honey and marmalade (doesn't sound that delicious, but it looks great!). Dyeing with avocado skins is a new one on me!!
    Alison xx

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  17. Hello Miss Julie Ann sorry it took so long to get here, I had 2 BD this weekend it was crazy.. First off congrats on reaching 100 followers, I'm really excited for you. Your right about time flying by so quickly, I love this challenge, yummy browns, love it. Now you tag is FANTASTIC, that background is just scrumptious, with texture and colors, looooooove the poppy seed, and that lovely script, that image does seem to appear out of the wall, magical, your H letter looks so regal, this is such a magical brilliant tag,again your attention to detail is always amazing,, I haven't seen the original movie, now I have to find it, your seam binding is perfect, love the tiny bit of lace on the bottom, thanksssssss for all this inspiration, I can wait to dream along.....

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  18. I so wish I never missed one single post but at present I find my time on-line is rather hit and miss, to say the very least but thankfully, here I am, visiting this wonderful tag with such an inspirational source as the springboard for the notion of her stepping out from the walled garden.
    The texture is of course gorgeous and with an expert hand, in that you have not overdone the use of texture, it brings another ingredient to the tag but it certainly doesn't overpower the overall flavour.
    You are a remarkable stamping artist.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  19. A great tag Julie Ann. A great use of stencils, you have some lovely clever colour going on here with the light and shading just in the right places giving loads of interest. Mo x

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  20. Wow such a awesome tag, I really love the colours, they are my favourite and I love how you have used the LP stamp. I have loads of her stamps but never seem to use them much, I think I need a bit more imagination lol. Kezzy :-) xxx

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