Saturday, September 22, 2018

Traditional is boring


Greetings everyone.  Autumn has arrived and I'm hoping for cooler temperatures soon.  Today I'm once again sharing an Art Journal Journey spread with Yvonne from Meggy's Way whose theme is A World of Fantasy.

My dear internet friend the Food Service Girl (FSG) who takes care of da tabbies o trout towne, which is also Bleubeard and Squiggles favorite blog, begged me to leave the napkin intact that I ironed onto clear cling wrap (WOW, don't you just love my long drawn out sentences?).  That was exactly what I tried to do, dear FSG.  I kept as much of the napkin intact as I could.  Only a small bit was cut away to create her skirt.

The other napkin, the one I used for the bodice, was a second generation.  By that, I mean it was the second of three layers.  I mentioned in my tutorial I gave a couple of months ago on napkins, that some napkins have such strong color, the layer next to the first layer can be used.

I found this sentiment in my envelope of saved sayings (say that three times fast) and sewed it to the substrate.

Like FSG, I also didn't want to cut up the napkin, at least not too much.

It's actually far too pretty.

I stamped a butterfly over the face of the young lady, then realized it was not going to cover the face.  That's when I stamped and fussy cut from some of my handmade paper, the second butterfly.

For this entry, I began with a piece of white 110 lb card stock that I brushed on copper handmade shimmering mist.  I stamped the beautiful butterfly my friend Valerie gifted me with last year for my birthday.  I just love how the butterflies show through the transparent napkins.  I cut the face and hair of a young lady I found in a magazine, then added the "outfit" made from two napkins.  Next, I stamped a butterfly over the face, then stamped and fussy cut the second one from my handmade paper.  Finally, I outlined the lady's body using a green felt pen and sewed the sentiment to the substrate using variegated thread.  If this isn't a fantasy, I don't know what is!

Thank you for visiting.  I am simply thrilled you chose to spend some time here today and hope to also see you at Art Journal Journey.


17 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful page, it looks like you had fun making it. Enjoy your weekend, Valerie

aussie aNNie said...

Hello and hope your weekend is good. I love this and you certainly put your heart and soul in your projects.
Thanks for your kind words on my work. That isn't faux stitching on my card it is actually called ' wonky stitches' die, so it is a die...looks effective doesn't it...hugs.

chrissie said...

Hello Elizabeth

Always good to see what you have made and this piece is such a happy one it made me smile for sure. Colder here now but also windy so not perfect yet.

Have a great weekend and thank you for commenting at Jumbled Crafts

Love Chrissie xx

Meggymay said...

Oh I love this page Elizabeth, you couldn't have picked a better saying to add to this beauty. The way you created her dress with the napkins looks fantastic, she sure is not boring. I think she must be having a super fun time.
Thank you for this awesome page, it is a perfect fantasy to be in.
Yvonne xx

froebelsternchen said...

She looks so pretty Elizabeth! And the quote is wonderful!
You are such a clever artist and so well organized with even an envelope with saved sayings! Great! And you used even the second generation layer of the napkin here! I love your creating of art in such a sustained manner - terrific is your fantasy girl and a great entry for Yvonne's theme as well!
Happy Saturday my friend!
Hugs, Susi

CJ Kennedy said...

Very pretty napkins and a clever way to use them. I like the girl's butterfly mask. Makes me think of the story of a girl who fell asleep and dreamed she was a butterfly or was it a butterfly who dreamt she was a girl? Have a happy day.

kathyinozarks said...

beautiful page-enjoy your museum day-I looked at Missouri has none but your state has Lots to choose from-

My name is Erika. said...

That is a cool piece. She has certainly thrown off tradition. In a very fun way too. Happy autumn and I wonder what museum you are off to visit today. I am trying to talk the hubby into going to one near us since there are 2 he might even like. But we shall see. Hope you have a fun visit. Hugs-Erika

Sami said...

I like the quote Elizabeth. The butterfly napkin is very pretty and you've done a great job with it.
Enjoy your Fall. Here Spring has truly arrived with the temperatures starting to go up from yesterday.

Sandra Cox said...

This one puts a smile on my face:)
Also--thank you for your concern. It's much appreciated.

Jackie P Neal said...

A lovely fantasy journal page!
Jackie xo

Mia said...

Really inspiring page. What a gorgeousness, Elizabeth. Hugs, my talented friend.

Cindy McMath said...

What a fun a lovely page! And a great sentiment!

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a wonderful page - the napkin certainly did serve you well! I love the butterfly mask and that fab quote! Hugs, Chrisx

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

What fun. The page is delightful. I've neve seen a napkinthat hadd strong enough color that you could use two layers. You got lucky!

Jeanie said...

I like this one a lot, Elizabeth. She just makes me smile. I'm not sure I agree that traditional is boring but I will say that when you go out of the box, it gives cause to delight!

Caty said...

OOhhhh Elizabeth !! this is a FANTASTIQUE Art journal page !! love love all, love the wonderful napkin, love this dress, and love the butterflies, just amazing creation!!
I wish you a very nice afternoon, big hugs, CAty