Friday 27 May 2016

2016 #10 Hippy Doodle Cards {by Julie Ann Lee}

 2016 Topic 10: Doodles

Hi everyone, Julie Ann of Magpieheaven here.

Tonight I'd like to share with you a post about doodling, which has always been a passion of mine. Whether I'm on the phone; in the Dentist's waiting room or meeting a friend for a coffee, you'll see me compulsively scribbling away on scrap paper, a napkin or the back of a magazine. A little while back I decided to stop discarding what I had scrawled on the back of envelopes and old receipts and decorate projects with it. 

This project is an example of how you can use doodles around PaperArtsy stamped images to create unique greetings cards. You've probably created some quirky and individual designs yourself that should have ended up on cards, canvases or journals rather than in the bin!

Step One: I started with a print-out of a little caricature of my own; but - if you prefer - you could use a stamped and coloured image of a face with a doodled embellishment. I gave Florence, the anxious Flower Child a doodled head-band.

Step Two: As you can see, I used a Craft Card blank and I stamped some of my favourite Sara Nauman script from ESN10 in Snowflake Fresco as a border. Often I find myself doodling around some existing text or patterns and Sara's circles, also from ESN10, make the ideal starting point for some 'stream of consciousness' art! I stamped these in jet black Archival ink.

Step Three: Now for some doodling around the stamped images. I used Micron Pigma pens and Inktense pencils to create these leafy 'Peace' symbols and Hippy friends to reassure anxious Florence. The white highlights are created by dipping a cocktail stick into some Snowflake Fresco and adding little white dots.

Step Four: It's also fun to add doodles to a brayered and sprayed background and the addition of some Infusions, fixed with Satin, Metallic or Pearl glaze would be effective! For this card, I brayered with Snowflake and slightly diluted Smurf, before spraying with Inky Pool and adding spatters from a toothbrush dipped in Inky Pool. The basic technique of using an Opaque with a spritz of translucent works really well for a background like this.

Step Five:  I used Part of the sentiment from Sara's ESN10, stamped in Inky Pool with clear embossing on some pre-prepared 'master-board'. White embossed circles complete this variation on the theme of Florence and her Hippy faces!

Step Six: Gold embossing can help create an impression of doodle links in a golden chain! I also enjoy playing around with the positioning of the eyes to create different effects.

Sometimes I find creating cards a chore, but these cards were so simple to create and doodling around a stamped image is so relaxing and such fun that the process was a pleasure. Once your surface is dry, Frescos are easy to doodle over with Pigma pens like Micron and you can achieve great effects with water-colour pencils, so why not find a simple stamp shape that you like, stamp it out in ink or paint and have a go? This kind of doodling should work well on Mail Art envelopes and journal pages too and you could use it on little gift tags or boxes to make your package really individual and coordinated.

Thank You so much for joining me tonight. You can find out more about how I created these cards and others like them if you have time to hop across to my blog Magpieheaven and you can find me on Twitter, woletz1. Wishing you a lovely creative weekend, full of doodling!

Wow Julie Ann these cards are wonderful.  With your doodles full of personality you have created really unique pieces. i love the faces in the rings, so quirky. Poor Florence really does look anxious, but she needn't be, her headband is very pretty. ~Darcy

We would love to see how you interpret this Doodles topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #10: Doodles, on this page HERE.
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Helen said...

oh wow, Julie Ann, she's gorgeous - and I love your doodling.

Lauren Hatwell said...

A* for doodling I think. I do love those faces in the circles. So fabulous! So you! Lx

Miriam said...

These are fabulous Julie....I love your doodling

Unknown said...

Fab! X

Miriam said...

These are fabulous Julie....I love your doodling

Craftyfield said...

They make great personalised cards showcasing your artwork. Love them!

Hazel Agnew said...

Great cards Julie Ann. So wonderful that you can carry on your distinctive theme into so many genres. Love the doodling in the circles. Fabulous, my friend! Xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

These are wonderful, Julie Ann! So many clever ideas! I love the doodled additions to Anxious Florence, and I love the men in the circles. The tip of using a cocktail stick is great; I always struggle to find a fine enough paint brush for white detail.

Lucy x

Kirsten said...

Wonderful cards!

Words and Pictures said...

Gorgeous doodling + stamping - sweet Florence should certainly take comfort in being surrounded by lovely bubbly effects - especially those fabulous gilded ones!
Alison x

craftimamma said...

Brilliant post Julie Ann and as Lucy said so many excellent tips. I loved Florence the first time I saw her and she looks great on your cards. Love how you created all her friends inside the circles...simply wonderful!

Lesley Xx

PaperArtsy said...

Wonderful Julie Ann. I adore your faces, and all the doodled embellishments are so much fun. I do hope that Florence wakes up less anxious tomorrow though!! Lol ~Leandra xx

Anonymous said...

Such great fun and I love her little friends, they surely will help her with any anxiety she is suffering.
The use of the brayered paint brings wonderful texture as does the gold embossing.
A fabulous collection.

Etsuko said...

These are fantastic cards and fabulous doodling Julie. Florence looks so happy to got a lot of Hippy friends and her headband is charming too!! xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow! Love love love, your art and embellishing your own face is fabulous. Great piece xx

Ruth said...

Fabulous doodling and of course fabulous faces Julie! Ruth xx