Friday, 10 July 2015

Show Your Face Masquerade!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! Today I should like to link up with Kim Dellow's fabulous 'Show your Face' blog spot here, which has become a regular Friday adventure for me! Each Friday Kim invites us to share any portrait art that we've been playing with over the week. She inspires us with a face she is working on herself and we make faces of our own, if you know what I mean, whether it be in a journal; a sketch or a doodle; an experiment with new materials or fun with old techniques. As long as the face itself is our own creation, we can add anything we like in the way of stamping, stencils, embossing or embellishment. This Friday I decided to develop a sketch I did a week or two back, printing it onto a different surface and adding a little costume. Here is my original sketch, which I drew using Portfolio Pastels onto a page in a vintage book of old sayings before scanning it into my computer.



I have used her once for a tag on the theme of circles and the colour purple...


You might remember that she was trying to decide between settling for the simple life or trying something she had never done before? Well, on this project, it looks as if she paid a visit to the Costume boutique and chose a fancy dress for a very special summer costume ball! Could that have been something she was contemplating that she never tried before?


I wonder if the costume with its red pig-tail wig and carnival theme helped her to find a new identity for the evening and to fly a little with those butterfly wings?



The portrait was printed onto fabric and a little extra colour, mixed with PaperArtsy Satin Glaze was added. Her ruff is a Rebekkah Meier stencil on fabric with a lace trim, fixed with heavy gel medium and touched with Treasure Gold. I used some embroidery stitching and hemming along with the heavy gel medium to collage everything onto my journal cover, which was just £3.00 from the Scandinavian chain, Tiger.



This project was a very different way to use the lovely new PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamps I played with for the first time recently. Here I've used the wings and part of the sentiment on fabric painted with Frescos - Antarctic and Smurf, embossing the edges with gold UTEE. The wing is also from HP1506, stamped onto tissue, which I attached to fabric coloured with Frescos and Fabric Medium and edged with gold UTEE again.



The sketch book was made from a kind of black canvas, which I brayered with Frescos in Smurf, Antarctic and Southern Skies and then stencilled over in Hey Pesto with a Stencil Girl stencil of birds in a wood. I then stamped this beautiful Sara Nauman script over the top, using Fresco Antarctic.



Now my journal cover is complete and the little masquerader is all ready for her party, or is she returning home through an enchanted wood just before day-break? What faces have you been creating this week? I am really looking forward to seeing what Kim and the other contributors have created and I hope that if you haven't done so before, you'll link up a face to Kim's blog too.

22 comments:

  1. Wonderful face, cover and story Julie Ann! Amazing facial details you achieved with the Pan Pastels .....not easy!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  2. Fantastic face Julie, love this one (and your purple tag too!!!) so much!! Hugs, wishing you a lovely and creative week-end maybe :) Coco xxx

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  3. Love it! The red pigtail is great. What a fabulous cover for your journal. Its great to see your initial piece of work grow wings. You are so clever. Good to see those lovely Hot Picks in action again too. Aren't they great! Lx

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  4. Beautiful face and very creative uses for it.

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  5. I'm always making faces! Oh you meant drawing them! LOL! Love your face, her hair is brilliant! So when are we going to the party? I've always wanted to go to one of those masked balls where you reveal who you are at midnight :) And I LOVE fancy dress :) Adore how you re-use your faces. Thank you for linking up to #ShowYourFace and you always do such lovely shout outs to me and the linky too, thank you! Have a lovely weekend. Kx

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  6. Fabulous pages! I love how you have used the same basic sketch in such different ways.

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  7. I love your mixed-media tag, love the face you've drawn too. Michelle x

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  8. wow, that is quite a project you took on here! With lovely results! I like how you use the same face for different pieces! Great way to "recycle";-)

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  9. Oh my! Amazing art yet again Julie Ann! I do believe I have finally caught up! Hugs, Chrisx

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  10. This is wonderful Julie Ann; I can't believe you do such detailed faces with the portfolios! I will have to get one of those books on Monday,

    Lucy x

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  11. Wonderful and interesting project Julie Ann. I really love your sweet girl's face. And you've changed her image creatively with different embellishments.
    Have a lovely time xxx

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  12. wow,wonderful portatis and great projekst julie ann,love the page and the tag.
    have a great day.

    greetings jeannette

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  13. Love her new look! Fantastic spread! xxx

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  14. I love that adorable little face and all the projects you used it in! Especially the purple one! Fabulous work!

    Hugs Giggles

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  15. Yummy all round. Saw her on facebook but the process is best. Great where it took you. xox

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  16. Lovely textures and a fabulous journal cover, I so hope she found the enchanted forest. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  17. Love your girls and especially this one. Love how you have used her xx

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  18. I truly love how you scan and reuse your girls Julie Ann!!
    This gal looks adorable all decked out and I hope her wings set her free to be whomever she wants to be!!
    xoxo

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  19. Brilliant ideas and ways to use your lovely face on that super book text Julie Ann.
    You are such an inspiration.
    oxo

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  20. Wonderful! With the ruff and the red-haired plait, she's somewhere between Elizabeth I and Pippi Longstocking! I love the blue green forest depths surrounding her too... another fantastic piece of visual storytelling.
    Alison xx

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