Friday, 16 October 2015

Show Your Face - Good Fairy Debs!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven for a second time today! Thank you so much if you're returning. I'm linking this post to Kim Dellow's 'Show Your Face on Friday' because this is where the story began a few weeks ago, when I decided to step outside my comfort zone and create a portrait of my daughter, Matilda in the style of Tim Burton! (You can find out all about Kim's Friday portrait link-up here.)
 Today I decided to bring this spooky tale of magic and mayhem to a close! If you have been following the blog, you will know that the mischievous Magpie had stolen a magic ring for my daughter, Matilda's birthday. The trouble is, he wasn't too particular who he stole it from and he incurred the rage of the infamous Baba Yaga who is now well and truly on the warpath!
 Isaac the young magician (aka Matilda's older brother) had tried in vain to work a spell to turn aside the witch's wrath, but he only succeeded in making time speed up!


 Even Kevin, the Kitchen Elf was awakened by Baba Yaga's rage...
We always suspected that Isaac's pet owl might be able to lend a helping claw in the situation and today I'm delighted to tell you that, just as Baba Yaga was growing fit to burst out of her Tinytopia house, he grabbed the magic ring from the Magpie's beak and flung it into the air. It shimmered and spun for a moment or two, before the amazing lady below materialized!
There she was standing to attention, with her paintbrush behind her ear, ready to save the day with colour and texture! Everything that Fairy Debs paints magically comes into being, so not only has she been getting paint in her hair, she's been creating a real fairy tale forest. With a few swishes of a brush, Debs shrunk Baba Yaga down to size, slipped her into that cosy little cottage nestling in her parting and caught the golden ring before it reached the ground! With a nod to the owl she was away on her tiny wings, off to start some more mixed media projects and rescue any mortals who needed her! Do any of you recognize Fairy Debs? She grew out of a request for a caricature from Deborah Wainwright who has created so many inspiring face projects and beautiful mixed media work on her blog. You never know - some of my other crafting friends may find their way onto the pages of my sketch book in a few weeks' time - when I've had a little bit of a break from this kind of sketching.
 Thank you so much for having stayed with this story that really grew out of nowhere, I've had lots of fun creating these portraits and I think they might find their way onto some projects in the future! Meanwhile have a great week and - if you can - link a face of your own to 'Show Your Face on Friday'!

25 comments:

  1. I am apsolutely thrilled with what you have created Julie Ann, thank you so much. I love that I am a fairy too lol. Your drawing is fabulous and I love that I got to save the day. Hugs Debs xxx

    Ps do you mind if I save a copy? Xxx

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  2. Hurrah for Fairy Debs! I was getting quite worried there Julie Ann. Such fabulous detail, once again, in your beautiful drawing. I think you're a born illustrator and I really look forward to seeing what you decide to tackle next on your mixed media journey. Have a lovely weekend. I hope you and the family will be able to sleep peacefully now that Baba Yaga is safely back inside her house. Lx

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  3. They are all amazing Julie Ann ! Unique artwork!

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  4. Julie Ann- what a great fairy tale and I thought I recognized the fairy Debs! when I found out it was her!! So happy you have shared this- what a wonderfully imaginative and creative soul you are! xo

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  5. Fabulous ending for your story and amazing artwork - a joy to read :)
    Have a lovely weekend... Gill x

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  6. What a great post! I love the story and the images that you've created in the style of Tim Burton! (And I think it's really cool that a friend found her way into your sketch book!)

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  7. love your Tim inspired projects-just super!!

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  8. wow, love Fairy Debs!! both this and the previous post are just fabulous (No wonder you've not had time to do your TIO tag!) I've really loved your caricatures.

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  9. What fun, you have spun and illustrated your tale really fantastically. Hugs, Valerie

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  10. This is just amazing as is your story!

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  11. Absolutely love her, such a character and love your story . Tracy x

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  12. Brilliant Julie Anne! I've been back to the other posts to read the story from the beginning, lol! I easily recognised our Debs so you must have done an admirable job with your wonderful characters!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  13. Fairy Debs to the rescue!!! This is just brilliant, Julie Ann. I love your caricatures, hope you return to them in the future.

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  14. Wow! and Wow! again! Hurray for Fairy Debs. .a fabulous fairy tale ending! Hugs, Chrisx

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  15. A wonderful tale of good fairy Debs triumphing over the evil Baba Yaga, and saving the day! Wonderful caricatures Julie Ann! xxx

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  16. a truely magically story Julie Ann - your character are amazing - you should write children's books xx

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  17. Hhehheheheheh - totally INCREDIBLE - the story, the characters and the amazing Fairy Debs!!! Just wonderful Julie - your artwork as well as the story - just wonderful!! j

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  18. Fairy debs is terrific! Great expression on her face. I love the story too!

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  19. Love all your characters but especially fairy Debs. She sounds like a wonderful creature. You're a real storyteller, I hope you make more of these interesting characters and stories!

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  20. Genius!
    The frivolity, the escapism and the sheer magic of it all leaves me quite breathless.
    I found myself so caught up in the tale that, for a moment, I was sure I was reading a book. I had to shake myself back to reality so that I could scroll down the screen to continue the read.
    What an honour for Debs to have you create this most beautiful caricature. I don't know what I love more, the paintbrush behind her ear, the teeny tiny wings or the cottage in the parting of her hair!
    Enchanting.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  21. So much fun. She's a great fairy. I think you have certainly captured her essence. hugs, Donna

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  22. This is superb, Julie Ann. I immediately recognised debs! I'm worried now though that I might be reincarnated as a pigeon! You would be a wonderful short story writer and children's illustrator; we big children are enchanted,

    Lucy x

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  23. Thank goodness for Fairy Debs! What a relief to know that Baba Yaga is confined to quarters in the tiny cottage tucked away in F.D.'s hair. So much fun and enchantment, and the illustrations are so intricate and characterful - wonderful.
    Alison xx

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  24. Ooo I hadn't spotted that you had linked up twice this week. Love! really enjoying watching your characters develop. Kx

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