Friday, 3 March 2017

Mossycoat - Infusions Challenge at PaperArtsy

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. Do you ever start working on a project, have no idea where you're going and find that the substrate and the materials speak to you? This doesn't always happen. Often I start with an idea of what I want my final piece to look like, but this time my project dictated the story! Over at PaperArtsy all this fortnight the topic is Paint with Infusions. These little bottles of coloured grains are so much fun to use and working with them really does remind me of casting magic spells with colour! Over on the blog you'll see all kinds of projects, videos and tutorials to help. I just had fun experimenting and story-telling.




For this mini hemp-wrapped 'canvas', I applied Emerald Isle, Royal Blood and Sage Infusions over stencilled script in Fresco Snowflake and sprayed with diluted Fluid Matte Medium. There's some stained and frayed, wide linen ribbon just above the Relics and Artifacts heart. I dripped Ice Resin over the heart and into the well at the centre to create the impression of clear forest, spring water, adding some clear, glass-bead gell.



The canvas fits into the palm of my hand like a little book. I knew that I wanted to play with Relics and Artifacts on this piece, but before I added them, the colours and initial texture of the canvas recalled rich, green moss deep in the forest and I knew the direction this project would take. Some gold embossing reminded me of golden threads and the story of Mossycoat.



Mossy Coat lived with her widowed mother in a cottage, deep in the dark woods. Like a wild flower, hidden among the ferns, she lived her peaceful life. Until the Hawker came by the cottage, selling his wares and asking for her hand in marriage. Little Mossycoat didn't want to spend her days tramping the world with the Hawker. She wanted to marry for love. Here is my miniature portrait of young, Mossycoat.




Her mother instructed her to tell the Hawker she would marry him only if he brought her a gown of fine white silk that was an exact fit. Meanwhile she continued to spin a coat for her daughter with magic woven into its fibres.



When the Hawker returned with the perfect dress, Mossycoat's mother sent him away. Now he must fashion her a gown the colour of all the birds of the air. Still she worked at her spinning. When he returned with this dress he was sent away again - this time to create slippers of silver for the young girl's tiny feet. When the Hawker returned triumphant with the silver shoes, he was sent away and told to come back tomorrow for his bride. But the Widow had been working on a magic coat of moss, woven with threads of pure gold that would take Mossycoat anywhere she wanted by wishing.



Through the Forest she flew to the Prince's grand palace, where she became a scullery maid, working among the pots and pans and where the servants mocked her. But she used her treasured mossy coat to conjure the white gown and slippers and wore them to the Ball where she captured the Prince's heart. He could think of nobody, but the mysterious young woman in the silk dress with her dainty, silver feet. When she made a second appearance at court in her bird gown, he tried to take her hand to prevent her escape, but she fled, leaving behind one silver slipper!



Of course the Prince tries the slipper on every beautiful young lady's foot until he has almost given up hope of finding his Love. In despair he takes the slipper to the kitchen and Mossy Coat comes forward to slip her tiny foot neatly into the silver shoe.



 Let's hope the match is a happy one - if not Mossy Coat can always wrap herself in velvety moss and fly away silently back to the Forest! Thank You for stopping by taking a look at my little project. I hope you find some time yourself to play with Infusions, to discover their magic and to link your work to the PaperArtsy Challenge! Have a wonderful, creative week.

20 comments:

  1. A lovely story, Julie Ann, and an even lovelier vision. The soft, fresh green moss, the pool of crystal clear water, filling the heart. So evocative and tender. Thank you. xox

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  2. Oh dear, what happened to the Hawker, he really made an effort! Loved my Storytime Julie Ann, and the atmospheric feel of the canvas is magical. Great combination of textures. Fabulous! Xx

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  3. what a beautiful piece of art, Julie Ann!

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  4. Scrumptious woodland greens full of shadow and mystery. I love that tactile heart and ghostly white text. I feel a little bit sad for poor Hawker, after all that effort. Plus I'd take the life of wandering over one spent in a golden palace any day. I hope Mossy Coat doesn't live to regret her choice... I'm thinking the forest may be calling soon!
    Alison x

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  5. This is glorious, julie ann, i love it!

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  6. Julie Ann,
    That is a beautiful story and your canvas is amazing.

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  7. Wow Julie Ann this canvas is fab xx

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  8. Fantastic story Julie and gorgeous panel. Beautiful the velvety moss heart by effected resin. I love the wing of deep forest atmosphere. xx

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  9. Like Hazel, I'm left wondering what happened to the poor Hawker... What a fabulous story you have woven around your beautiful piece of art. Can we have a happy ending for the Hawker too please... Lx

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  10. Like Hazel, I'm left wondering what happened to the poor Hawker... What a fabulous story you have woven around your beautiful piece of art. Can we have a happy ending for the Hawker too please... Lx

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  11. A magical tale, and a beautiful little canvas! xx

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  12. What a delightful tale of little Miss Mossycoat and her magic textiles! I do want to see a picture of the gown woven of all the birds colors....is this in the future?
    Julie Ann, you need to write a book of fairy tales- I know I have said this before...but i want you to know- I'm serious!!
    teeheehee,seriously serious!
    Your art and stories make my day dear friend! Love your Infusion play and the clear over Mossy's portrait! Gorgeous!!
    lots of love,Jackie

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  13. Really gorgeous and moody color - such a beautiful project. Hugs, Autumn

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  14. Thanks to all for the lovely comments! I'm putting my thinking cap on to create a happy ending for the poor Hawker now!!!

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  15. a magical piece Julie-Ann - just love reading your stories, you need to put them all in a wonderful book xx

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  16. Thankfully substrates don't speak to me or they'd say rude things...
    Such an interesting piece Julie Ann, and the story too. The gold embossing brings the deep shades to life, gorgeous!

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  17. Such a cute size...Loving all the details and loved reading your story x Great elements fitting on the canvas and your attention to detail is amazing x

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  18. A wonderful piece Julie Ann and a great story to go along with it! Hugs, Chrisx

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