Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Dragons Dream - Number 3

Welcome to Magpieheaven. I'm sorry that I have missed making a contribution to the Dragons Dream inspiration for the last couple of times; but now I'm back, as life calms down in the Magpies' Nest! This fortnight the highly talented Catherine has chosen our theme, and we're asking you to create tags, which feature the number 3. As always we simply ask that you work on a tag of some kind and that you include at least one real stamp on your project. Please take a look here at what the number 3 inspired our team to create.
I began with a smallish tag - a size 5, I think it was. I have a huge collection of different tea-bags, collected for me by a friend's daughter. I love working with them, so I decided to create a tea-bag background.

I attached the tea-bags using Matt Medium and then added colour by mixing PaperArtsy Jade Fresco with a liberal amount of Satin Glaze for a translucent effect.

I then added an edging of Treasure Gold in Aquamarine and some stamped script, using Fresco China and a PaperArtsy mini script stamp. Now it was time to create a collage fantasy on my tea-bag background.

It's a long time since I created one of my 'bird-ladies' and I think I was having withdrawal! For this lady, I used one of my own faces with a paper-cut butterfly headdress. Her body is one of Lin Brown's Wicked Chickens, decorated with one of Lin's beautiful stencils. You can see the same stencil over to the side. On the body I used London Bus and Snowflake for the stencilling with Tangerine Twist and Tango for main colours, while the foliage at the side is Sage over Evergreen, using the 'bumping' technique. For my text, I used Red Lead sentiments. This bird lady is competing in a fantasy dance competition, so she wears her competitor number proudly around her neck as she awaits her turn to perform! And her number is a Tim Holtz rub-on. I drew on her legs using a black Graphik pen by Derwent and then covered them with some Glossy Accents. I'm so happy to back at the Dragons Dream TIO again. I do hope you will find some time to link up with a tag on the theme of 3 too. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with!


  1. How wonderful tea-bag tag background (fun words!) and I love your cute birdgirl. Fab tag ♥

  2. As always your imagination creates a beautiful tag (love the tea-bag tag idea!) The bird-lady is a gorgeous one - I've missed them too!

  3. Your bird lady is fabulous AND she dances too! ♥

  4. Ooh! Just in time for Strictly! Great tag Julie Ann! Chrisx

  5. Beautiful tag! Lovely the bird girl and the fab background. xx

  6. I'm in love with that teabag background (almost enough to start drinking tea!), and the wonderful translucent turquoise and aquamarine shimmering edge. It looks just beautiful.

    And your whimsical bird lady (or maybe she's a butterfly lady) is a delight. Long may she dance!
    Alison xx

  7. Oh, I love your cleverly created dancing bird lady #3! Awesome to see how you created with the tea bags for her background. She looks to be a dreamer. Perfect for Dragon Dreams.

  8. Your bird-lady is perfectly enchanting Julie Ann! And that background- well- it's as yummy as it gets!! Love the tea bags! You are so clever dear friend! And yes, life gets in the way sometimes, however, you need not apologize- just be here when you can! You are so sweet! xoxo

  9. She is flamboyant but I sense a touch of shyness to her! Julie Ann, this is the trouble, you make me believe in what you create. Since my last visit I was thinking about your art and saying how it would be perfect for book illustrations as it has that gorgeous quality to it.

  10. Ooh...I love this Julie Ann...gorgeous!!! xxx


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