As you can see, at this stage (sorry!) I have not added my actors: they were cut out ready, but not stuck in. I gave both the cover and the first page a coat of Mermaid Fresco followed by Bora Bora and an edging of South Pacific. I also stuck my first two pages together very carefully with some Heavy Gel Medium. On the left I stamped with the Mini 84 script stamp in Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink Cornflower Blue. Again I used the stamp without a block to create a worn look. I also allowed the lettering to go over onto the back of the bunting which I had painted blue to match my spread.
I had wound the fibres around the aperture and I loved the effect of their texture and colour against the blue. I added some random stenciling with a Prima flourish stencil. Now the empty blue page was taunting me: what drama was to take place here? One of my favourite Shakespeare plays is 'The Tempest' with its beautiful poetry and its enchanted isle setting. I also love Blake's poetry so I thought my page would be about the enchanted worlds we can find all around us - now isn't there a lovely Lin Brown Eclectica flower sentiment along those lines? An idea was taking shape.
Using the wonderful Smoothy White Stamping Card again, I painted it to look like an old piece of parchment, maybe found on the magical isle, saved from a time long ago? I tore the edges and then rolled them around a cocktail stick. I used Vanilla, Chocolate Pudding and a backing of Mermaid and stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia to stamp with ELB05.
Ideas were forming as to what I would do with my poem page, but while they were fermenting, I stuck on my figures for the front cover. They looked perfect, but they backs were boring. I decided to turn the reverse side into goddesses rising from the waves, the protectors of the magical isle! I used LPC006 for the towers and the goddesses' faces. Later I added ripples with a blue Sharpie pen!
Now you can see what I decided to do with the other page!
The tissue here is ordinary, everyday white tissue wrap, painted with Mermaid Fresco, a touch of South Pacific and some Hey Pesto. I stuck it to the page with Matte Medium having stamped with the gorgeous feather, Mini 98. I didn't matter if there were wrinkles - the more the better, as this is the effect I was going for ...
When I had fixed my tissue and painted over it with Satin Glaze and it was completely dry, I went in with some White Fire Treasure Gold. The finishing touches are some ornate corners and some punched out leaves painted with Guacamole.
Meet the Queen of the Isle! She's from LPC006 and when she looks about her she really sees the beauty of her magical isle and teaches her subjects to value Nature's Gifts.
Her crown is from LPC003. I wanted to use pearls because they remind me of 'The Tempest' and the piece of gold mesh is something I've been holding onto and not wanting to use! For this journal, I want to have lots of textiles added, so to start with, I dyed some seam-binding with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and then stamped it with the sun from LPC005
I like to think that the circle around her eye emphasises how when we look and truly see, the world shows us its magic!
Thank you so much for returning to see the show. I shall be back tomorrow when the curtain will close on the Last Night, but there will be tickets for a Happy Ending and costumes to try on and all wrapped up - as if by magic - in a tiny tag purse. I'd love you to take your seats for that, if you can!
Julie Ann x
Gillian Says: I am completely in love with this theme, again you captured all the details beautifully. Bravo.
If you would like to join in this week's challenge and play along with Julie Ann's techniques, then do link up your creativity here, and go in the draw to win some PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00, Sunday April 13th 2014