Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Dreaming with the Dragons, Rust and the letter 'O'!

Hello and welcome to Magpieheaven! I probably say this every fortnight, so I apologize in advance and - off I go again - 'I can't believe it's once again time to dream with the Dragons!' We had some beautiful entries for the recipe chosen by Gabrielle of 'Cogs and the letter P' and the Dreamboat 3 will be announced soon. This time I'm very excited because it's my turn to choose the letter and colour for your tags! If you pop over to the Dragons' Dream TIO here, you'll see the great designs my 'teamies' and lovely guest designer, Rein have come up with. I decided to 'christen' my new Darcy and Sara Nauman stamps that I bought at Stamperama and some of the new PaperArtsy colours by Lin Brown and Jofy as well as adding some rust: this is what I came up with.
Oh, yes, and I managed to get some Lynne Perrella in there too! As always I wove a story around my tag. The lady in the rusted wooden frame looks like a beautiful and haughty Parisienne, I think! A young man from the country has fallen for her, but does he dare to hope she will even cast a glance in his direction - never mind utter the word 'Oui'? The wooden dragon fly and little Darcy tissue flower with pearl accents symbolize the country boy's hopes and aspirations! Have you ever read Proust's 'Remembrance of things Past'? I kept thinking of this beautiful collection of writings as I crafted this tag and the way Proust captures so vividly the sense of place and the difference between town and country.
I bought a little brayer when I was at Stamperama, Stevenage recently and used it to create the background on this tag with the new PaperArtsy colours, Slate, Plum, Chalk and Turquoise, stamping the Sara Nauman text on in Chalk, as I was so impressed when I saw Leandra and Courtney of PaperArtsy demonstrate this simple technique at Stevenage. I love the effect of these little Darcy birds, as they create a dreamy and floating impression. I used some Inktense pencils to add highlights and gold and transparent UTEE in places. The tiles are card painted with Nougat, stamped with coffee Archival Sara Nauman script and then stamped over in black and coated with transparent and flecks of gold UTEE.
 I also did some dimensional highlights with a gold 3D pen.

The rusty key to the box of old love letters; a fragment from a letter; the curled and rusted edges of a tiny tissue flower and the rusted corner of an old chest - did she ever say, 'Oui'? I will leave that to you to decide, Dear Reader! While you're pondering, why not link up your tag to the Dragons Dream Tio? Remember to use at least one real stamp on a tag and have something rusty and the letter 'O' on there somewhere. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful tag,Julie Ann. Loving the combination of colours used,you do have such a great eye for the colour wheel.

    Hugs
    Donna xx

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  2. On my this is spectacular, loving the new Sara Neumann and Darcy stamps, you have used them so well here. One of my favourite makes of yours so far this year :-) xxx

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  3. So beautiful. The new paint shades look fab.
    Julie x

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  4. Gorgeous and I spy your new stamps xxx

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  5. Once again you have dreamt up a wonderful tag and a story to go with it... I love the colours, (must get mine out of the packet and try them) they look fabulous. Of course I love the stamps and the rusty frame. Of course she said "oui"!

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  6. Amazing, I really love this tag. Fantastic hearts ... and the dragonfly is a great eye catcher.

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  7. Fantastic tag Julie Ann the background & hearts are so Beautiful... Love the colours & amazing stamping....Hugs May x x

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  8. What a fabulous tag great colour and texture.xxx

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  9. You always interpret poems, novels, etc so beautifully that, for me, there is a sense of wistfulness which I find to be so appeal. I always like the notion of a question mark over love, the will they won't they of a story.
    The touches of gold and rust are so appealing as is that gorgeous depth you achieved to your background.
    Before I leave, thank you so much for your comment on my latest post, the Crafty Individuals art journal page. Afterwards I realised I had possibly opened up too much about this path I am on at the moment so it was on reading comments from art friends such as you that it brought a sense of comfort to me, thank you so much.
    Also to say I had not come across that particular poem by e.e. cummings.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  10. This is so beautiful julie Ann, I love that Darcy flower bottom right and I love how you've used the new colours and the new stamps. It's so exciting to see them all blending together. I've just got the Darcy stamps and Lin paints so I'm looking forward to blending them with everything else I've got!

    Lucy x

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  11. This is a absolutely beautiful Julie Ann!! Amazing new colours and new stamps you used, it's very very fantastic!! There are not show up on PA online yet, but I can't wait..... xxx

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  12. Wow Miss Julie Ann, I am mesmerized by this tag, the depth you created is AMAZING, you are a master blending those paints, that face is just gorgeous and the frame is just PERFECT with the dragonfly, those letters, I'm crazy about those, loooooove those birds, floating around, it's like that dark stormy sky goes on forever. As always the perfect rusty topping.. I want to thank you so much for always teaching me, opening up my world to so may things, new things, I was reading some of Proust Quotes, there were 26 pages of them, I intend to read them all, I love them. I'm working on a dress right now but I can't wait to join in and a huge thank you for your choice of RUST "squawk" my favorite thing. Oh by the way our bird time goes by a lot faster then humans, I can't believe 2 weeks have flown by either :O)..Have a wonderful weekend Cuz, ((( HUG HUGS ))) You make my heart sing with your creations, soooo inspiring....

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  13. Wow! So many details to take in and all on a tag! Love the story! I really must get some rusting powder - mean to every time I order something else- doh!! Probably end up using rusty hinge ink - but a great choice to get me thinking! Hugs Chrisx

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  14. So very beautiful my friend! xoxo

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  15. So full of allusions and a little mystery, very appealing!

    :)

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  16. Oui Oui!!!
    The colors and textures and details you put together always delight!
    Dear Julie Ann this tag is another stunner...
    you clearly know how to have a good time creating ♥
    oxo

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  17. What a beautiful tag - so delicate and subtle in its colours, but with great depth. Those hearts are starting to look "necessary"!
    Alison xx

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  18. Your tag is stunning Julie Ann and once more I have been mesmerised by your story telling. I am so envious of all the new PaperArtsy goodies popping up on PAtwit blogs and Stevenage would have been worth the trek to be one of the first to get my hands on them, lol!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  19. Oh she had to have said yes, in a dream world there is always a happy ending. Truly stunning tag, I love how you have used the new colours and of course LP stamps have to make an appearance or it wouldn't be one of your amazing creations as your the LP queen. Kezzy :-) xxx

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