Sunday 8 November 2015

Show Your Face on Friday - Still in the Style of!

Hello Everyone and Welcome to Magpieheaven. I'm linking to Kim Dellow's blog Show Your Face on Friday again today. I'm sure that you know by now that Kim's blog is a great place to have a go at drawing your own faces and be inspired by all the other contributors. This month Kim has suggested we might like to share how established artists have inspired us to step outside our comfort zones. Please do click here to find out more about the link up and to see a beautiful portrait by Kim in the style of Marie Laurencin!
I already shared how Botticelli has inspired me this time, but last month I jumped ahead a bit and set myself the challenge of drawing in a completely different way - in the style of Tim Burton! I found that I really loved the possibilities of this style and a new journey began! These drawings re-awakened my interest in illustration and I've been gathering lots of beautiful images by illustrators on Pinterest, which will hopefully inspire some work next week! Meanwhile I revisited my last month's drawings and very quickly transformed them into Christmas tags!
I used some tiny Kraft card tags from Tiger, which measure 3" x 2.5" approximately. I printed out my images onto quality presentation paper and enhanced them with some Fresco paints and stamps by PaperArtsy! On this one I've just used a lovely little PaperArtsy mini of a snowflake by Jofy; some dabs of Oyster Blue and Snowflake and a tiny word from a Sara Nauman stamp plate, There's a sprinkling of Distress Glitter and some snowflakes created by dipping the end of a paint brush in a puddle of Snowflake Fresco.
Even Matilda, my daughter found herself caught out in the snow! This little Jofy stamp is probably the one I've used most of all my stamps to embellish winter projects! It's just brilliant because it's so adaptable! On this one I gave the snowflakes metallic centres.
Fairy Debs is still trying to be 'Merry' although there's now a snowstorm in her painty forest of hair!
And Kevin has become a Christmas elf, although the sudden snow does seem to have taken him by surprise!
I've been adding other faces to tags too and working on new brooches to give as Christmas gifts. There's a whole week to be inspired by an established artist or artists so please, if you have time, it would be lovely if you could join in and link up with Kim here. Some of the images on these tags are available in my Etsy shop as a download, if you would like to adapt them to make your own Christmas tags or Christmas themed ATCs. You can get to the shop by simply clicking on the Etsy badge at the top of the blog. Thank you so much for stopping by Magpiehaven today. Have a great and a creative week.


  1. What a fantastic collection you are presenting this week, fabulous and fun! Really well done! Have a lovely day, hugs, Valerie

  2. Clever you....brilliant idea to adapt your original designs! Can't help but feel that you are somehow enjoying putting Kevin into tricky situations and deriving some pleasure from it! They are magical Julie Ann! Xx

  3. OMGosh Julie Ann!! I do I do I do Love your characters! How absolutely delightful. clever and so much fun!! I want one of me!! heehee
    The tags are wonderful and the receiver of any of these will be absolutely delighted- I know I am!! xoxo

  4. Perfect holiday cheer with your magical faces and their stories. Xox

  5. Absolutely gorgeous Julie Ann! I am amazed!

  6. I would have said it was impossible to make your characters even more magical yet the evidence is before me!
    They are perfectly at home in the depths of a snowstorm, even if Kevin does look a little bit taken unaware at the sudden snowfall!
    The most special of twists, to Christmas.

  7. Love, love the conversion to Christmas tags... and I guess with the family ones that means you needn't even write the names on the gift tags!
    Alison xx

  8. Ooh! I love your Christmas tags, so beautiful and original Julie Ann! xxx

  9. Oh my! what a wonderful collection - I would say 'poor Kevin! 'but he has made you wait a bit so I won't! Chrisx


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