Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Yellow and Texture - Dragon's Dream TIO

Welcome to Magpieheaven! Once again the days have flown by and it's time to dream with the Dragons! Here at the Dragon's Dream we always love to see what you come up with in response to the recipes! You really rose to the challenge with Helen's Black and Stencils! Now Sylvia has chosen Yellow and Texture to challenge us! I love the way that other crafters use use fresh, cheerful yellows on bright, springtime projects; but I've never felt comfortable with yellow somehow! Well, time to leave my comfort zone! Please do pop over to the Dragon's Dream and take a look at the wonderful tags my 'teamies' have created, if you want some inspiration - they are dazzling! 

I took a jumbo tag and stuck on some little tiles with stencilled Grunge Paste on them, a technique I learned from the wonderful Lin Brown, whose PaperArtsy house and bird stamps also figure on the tag! I then took all the shades of yellow I own! For a base coat, I used Cheesecake Fresco and then blended Haystack, Banana, Yellow Submarine, Tangerine Twist and finally Zesty Zing! There's also an area of Tango there too, but it's more orange than yellow! That glow was reminding me of a childhood picture book our children had, which featured yellow quite dramatically.

 It contained the wonderful silhouettes of Jan Pienkowski against marbled skies. What was the story?

Who is landing among the birds and the branches from the PaperArtsy Hotpicks stamp? It's Baba Yaga, the witch from Eastern European folk tales whose house walks on chicken legs!

Apart from Lin's texture idea on the background, the pennants on the house are highlighted with Glossy Accents and the 'chicken' body appears to be 'welded' on using Pearlen Pen blobs to resemble rivets! I also stamped Darcy's leaves around the edges, clear embossing the black Archival ink.

So Darcy, Lin Brown and Hot Picks all combined  to create Baba Yags's world on this tag.

There have been so many interpretations of this 'witch' with her bizarre house and Pienkowski's is really beautiful as well as sinister, with the allusion to Baba Yaga's taste for human flesh in the skull and bones gate outside! Mine is, I suppose, a bit more crazy and quirky! I stamped the chicken body straight onto the tag and then added Lin's little house, cut out and fixed onto dimensional pads with a couple of the extra wings, again clearly embossed. Perhaps there is a different story to this little 'chicken-house', one not quite as menacing as that of Baba Yaga who lured travellers into her odd little house in the woods in order to eat them!
I do hope you will join in the Dragons' challenge this fortnight. Remember to use yellow and texture and at least one stamped image on a tag! Have a happy and a creative week!


  1. BRILLIANT Julie Ann, love your Baba Yaga! Not heard of the witch but i am now tempted to go and look her up. I do love how you have combined chicken legs and a house, it has me smiling and enjoying your post.

    Have you seen the latest challenge over at Stampotique? Arwen has asked us to combine an animal head with a human body. hope you get time to check some of the entries out later in the week :-) xxx

  2. ...and there was I thinking it was just ME with yellow :oD Brilliant tag. Love it! Great thinking with the Baba Yaga house. I'm not sure how you got there but I love the idea. It certainly works. I'd best get my thinking cap on too. Lx

  3. did smile at your comment, and now here is Lauren finding it hard too... Love your tag, though, I think you did just great!!

  4. Love your tag and the wonderful story behind it! Your work is always so full of amazing symbolism and a joy to read the post and see the beautiful end results! Simply wonderful x

  5. So fascinating tag Julie Ann! I adore your unique imaginations and I'm big fun. Great techniques and amazing you used of the yellow. Very interesting the chicken house. xxx

  6. So quirky and fun Julie Ann!! You do have a way to make these challenges your own- I love that about you-you clever gal! hugs xoxo

  7. What a super project you can't help but smile at, love your quirky little house.
    Julie x

  8. I grew up on Pienkowski - your house is an altogether friendlier prospect, but no less quirkily creative. I love this tag to pieces!
    Alison xx

  9. I'm really sorry that I haven't been around for weeks. I'm not very often at my computer, not many blog posts on my blog and no blog hopping.
    Your tag looks wonderful, great texture and details.
    I've just scrolled through you last posts I'm very impressed - your faces are FANTASTIC, great drawing. That's something I would love to be able to.

  10. I don't recall the Jan Pienowski story but my boys did enjoy the illustrations! I love your little chicken house! Chrisx

  11. What a cute image! You've put together a super fun tag with it. Your texture background is so inspiring. Love your fun details.


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