Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Spread Your Wings with Colour!

Hello and welcome to Magpieheaven! Over at PaperArtsy the current theme is paint - and what a fantastic theme it is! We've had some amazing inspiration from Leandra's video, Lynne Moncrieff and the Sue Carrington and the new PA colours are so unbelievably beautiful: I just had to play. And when I started playing, well, I just couldn't stop - the hours flew by! And talking about flying...well, more of that in a moment! I played with some stencil bumping with really bright colours and Lin Brown's gorgeous leaf stencil. I used Banana, Tangerine Twist, Bourgainvillea and Chalk on a piece of Smoothy card. I then painted two tags, one with Blue Oyster and the other with Caribbean Sea from Lin's Limited Collection, which I really love at the moment.



The colours were so bright and playful, they put me in the mood to let my imagination take flight. What would be the effect of taking Lin's Wicked Chickens and combining them with some Lynne Perrella faces? I stamped different funky birds onto my stenciled card and Lynne Perrella images onto more card painted with Nougat and Blush Frescos, adding detail colour with Inktense pencils. For extra dimension on my birds I used Pearl pen. My first tag has a dusky mood. I used Wisteria, Beach Hut and Inky Pool plus a Stencil Girl bird stencil. The topper was stamped onto Caribbean Sea with black Archival ink and then clear embossed to make it really glossy. A little Sara Nauman text finished it off, so a complete Designer Collage!





I think I may even have used some of the new Blueberry there too! She seems to me to hop out of the dusk, the liminal time between day and night when magic is possible!




Creating this Bird Lady reminded me of the fun I used to have dressing paper dolls as a little girl. My Grandmother would help to cut out figures and stick them to card, and we would make our own cut-out designs with tabs for them. I was quite convinced then that I wanted to be a fashion designer; but I became an English teacher, ah well!



Double the wing power, for this Tudor birdie. I wonder if she's a creature from a coat of arms come magically to life in an enchanted wood? For the background on this tag, I used the same stencil with Caribbean Sea, Blue Oyster and Beach Hut. I stamped the bird twice onto my stencilled card and fixed on two pairs of wings with a little pink brad.



 I added a  crackle heart made by mixing some turquoise Primary element with some Prima crackle paste and covering a PaperArtsy heart die cut from heavy Smoothy. I edged my tag with the gothic text from a PaperArtsy mini and some Sapphire Treasure Gold



Here is a close up of the little pink brad, which reminds me even more of those paper dolls from my childhood and how much I enjoyed weaving stories around them. When my own daughter was pre-school we would spend many an afternoon drawing, cutting and pasting princesses, unicorns and cats - and, of course even the cats and the unicorns had to have extensive wardrobes of silks, lace and velvet - well, sweet wrappers, sequins and fabric scraps to be precise. It was no surprise when she decided on a career in fashion! 



I've really let my imagination take flight today, playing with paints and images. Thank You so much for stopping by and looking at these fantasy creations. I do hope you'll break open some bright paints too and let your imagination carry you away to blue skies and enchanted lands.

26 comments:

  1. Love how,you have used the images Julie, great designs . Tracy x

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  2. Wow theses are soooo bright and beautiful! Love the new PA colours, they are stunning and the way you've combined them all along with a totally original mash up of Lin and Lynne stamps is amazing X

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  3. These are fabulous, Julie Ann!!

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  4. Sensational Tags, love how you have combined the LP faces with the bird bodies and used all the new colours too. Such a lot of inspiration here Julie Ann :-) xxx

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  5. Really loved these a lot. Looks like you had a great time playing xx

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  6. Wonderful tags - grinning all the way!

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  7. You make it look so easy Julie Ann, and then when you read in detail, you see how much love is in every layer. These creatures are magnificent! So stylish and magical! Love your stories about making dolls etc too! Xx

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  8. WOW, WOW, WOW. I bow down to your greatness because Julie Anne those creations are astonishing. You are most definitely spreading your wings and I absolutely love the results. Those creations are inspirational. Oh my word, listen to me. I never imagined the day I would have found a woman's head on a bird's body as inspirational but I do. The possibilities are endless! Can you tell how enthused I am LOL. I always associate you with more vintage inspired art, with a gentler nature to it but your samples for PA recently and the art before me, well I am seeing you in a whole new light LOL.
    I believe those creatures will appear in my dreams tonight.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  9. With all my enthusiasm for the artwork I forgot to add that it was lovely reading about the paper dolls you created with your Grandmother.
    Art really does have the power to immerse us in our wonderful memories.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  10. Oh my word Julie Ann, what a genius idea. I love your bird ladies. They look fabulous, so bright and colourful.....so much fun.
    Lin x

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  11. Wowser! These are totally and utterly fabulous! Love those zingy colours! Hugs, Chrisx

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  12. Wonderful! Love the beautiful bright colours and your birds are fabulous!

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  13. Wonderful tags and your great imagination is fully open now Julie Ann!! Lovely your birds, colours so beautifully. It's really enchanted lands. I love them. xxx 

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  14. Wow! These are brilliant Julie Ann, wonderful compositions! Those new colours are really gorgeous, aren't they?! xxx

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  15. Fabulous colours, combinations and designs. Love these. xx

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  16. heehee
    I love your tags Julie Ann!
    These are whimsically sweet~Of course your color palette is just delish as well!
    xoxo

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  17. Super cool 😃
    Happy craftin
    Rebecca

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  18. OH MY dear Julie Ann...you and your imagination delight me no end.
    You are such a creative soul and it makes me smile to think of the time you have spent influencing your children.
    Thank you so much for sharing your passion and heART!
    oxo

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  19. fantastic tags - a wonderful idea and so perfectly executed - I wish I had half your ideas xx

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  20. Two fabulous tags. Love the bright colours and the bird ladies. I'm a big fan of Lynne Perrella stamps, and you have used them in such a different way.

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  21. These are just sooooooooooooo much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. Don't know where you get your ideas... so original! Great use of the new paint colours too!

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  23. That a Lin/Lynne mash up of the best kind!! You win!! I love the bird ladies so much, I need to make myself a whole flock!!! Flying Lin/Lynne's LOL

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  24. I'm starting to suffer a real sense-of-humour-failure with losing comments. I know I commented on this outstandingly inventive, creatively whimsical post - genius stamp combining and fabulous colour work. I fear it's another one I left when using my iPad - never doing that again. Wonderful tags!
    Alison xx

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