6 February 2013

My riverbank...

This fortnight’s recipe at Dragonsdream Tag It On has been set by the talented May and is “Night riverbank" - to include driftwood, boats and insects (plus the obligatory use of at least one stamp and for it to include a tag) 
Whilst pondering what to do I saw the back of a page in my little experimental Art Parts Journal and thought it might make the basis for a riverbank scene. In my head was a lazy summer where you make paper boats and float them down a stream whilst eating cucumber sandwiches sitting on a gingham picnic blanket… Ok. Much of this idea was gleaned from reading too many Famous Five books as a child but you get the idea!
The background had streaks of blue and green Dylusions inks on it and so I added Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Inks to make the sky/river and riverbank. The background is Ranger Speciality paper and I haven’t quite worked out if I like the effects ink has on it yet. It is a paper that seems to take ink well and yet resists it too - quite peculiar! Regular white card was stamped with a wood grain stamp before being made into an origami boat and I added the all-important tag to the boat and it looks like a little oar! The stamps are from the really fabulous Jo-Fy PaperArtsy set that I just adore and various distress inks and Dylusions inks were used to add colour. 

The dragonfly (my insect) was a Tim Holtz stamp coloured with Dylusions Inks and a little spray of pearl Perfect Pearls mist to give an iridescent shimmer. I have realised, now I’m typing this up that it probably should have been set at night - oh well, can’t always get it right! I hope you’ll join us this fortnight. The next challenge is the start of new round of recipes so watch out for some really cool challenge ideas!
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10 comments:

ElizabethR said...

Gorgeous! The colours are beautiful and I so need those JOFY stamps. Elizabeth xxx

Helen said...

Great going, Gabrielle!

Sue said...

This is wonderful Gabrielle, I wasn't sure about the JoFY stamps thought they may be too cute, but they look brilliant here with the bright inks xx

Michelle Webb said...

Gabrielle the colours are just gorgeous. In the summer I used to love making floating boats too, you reminded me how much I loved doing this. Thank you. Love the stamping too. Michelle x

isisimaginings.com said...

That is beautiful!!

monique said...

wow love the gorgeous colours and the dragon fly is so very beautiful love the little boat you made, great idea

inkypinkycraft said...

This is gorgeous, love the colours and the little paper boat is gorgeous! Trace x hugs

May said...

Gorgeous tag Gabrielle, Beautiful colours, Love those stamps.. Your little boat is Fabulous...Hugs May x x x

craftytrog said...

Beautiful!!! x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic, wonderful coloring. Love the dragon fly.