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Art Journal Page “Life is a Fairytale”

by Amy Bowerman

I’m going full tilt with this art journal thing…it really is amazing how the pages of The Octopode Factory storybook are unfolding!  This week at TOFF our challenge is Red, White and Blue.  Since I have used the challenge themes at TOFF as prompts for my pages I must admit I was a bit stumped on how to include this particular theme in my story without making it patriotic.  I had to put my thinking cap on for this one.  Once again the story came together before my eyes in true Fairytale fashion….

Art Journal Fairytale

Art Journal Fairytale

Once upon a time…Little RED Riding hood, Snow WHITE, and Little Boy BLUE hung out together in the same story…and why shouldn’t they?  This is my fairytale and I can create it any way I want!  Will there be witches and wolves you ask?   We shall see what the next pages have in store.  Every tale must have an antagonist so chances are good that one is soon to show up…oh my!

Art Journal Fairytale Characters

Fairytale Characters

Now that Little Red, Snow White and Little Boy Blue have joined the party I have successfully covered this weeks theme at TOFF :)  Now let’s go back and see how it all began…

Art Journal Fairy Tale Background

Faded Layers Background

I was so bummed about being a day late and a dollar short for last weeks CC2 challenge at Studio L3 I started working on this project extra early to make sure I wasn’t late again.  To see last weeks page featuring CC2 #3 click here.  Here I have used the “Faded Layers” technique from Tim’s new book Compendium of Curiosities vol.2.  My layers didn’t come out as faded as I had hoped (I was a bit over zealous with the mini-mister I’m afraid) so I outlined them in Silver Pen.  Simon Says Stamp and Show is challenging us to use our favorite stamp….with pleasure I say to that!  My new favorite is this fantastic floor stamp from Stampendous.  I have used it along the bottom to ground my images.  Speaking of grounding…Little Boy Blue seems to be flying off the page.  He must be looking for his hat.  Don’t worry I found him one in my vintage greeting card collection.  Now all he needs is a horn.  Don’t worry I’m on it!

Art Journal Faded Layers

More Faded Layers

Here’s another look at my faded layers…I created my own masks with Tim’s Hardware findings die.  The eye stamp is one of my other favorite stamps along with the text stamp.  I added a bit of Mod Podge Sparkle to the Key and other areas around the page to add some pizzazz.

Art Journal Fairytale Mother Goose

Mother Goose

I’ve gotten some mixed responses on this project when confronted with the fact that I am defacing an old Mother Goose Book.  Some are shocked, some are scared, some say they could never bear to do it, some are glad that I have done it so they don’t have to.  I started to feel bad about it while I was gluing pages together for the latest installment.  That’s when I decided to incorporate some of the original illustrations into my pages (don’t worry I’m saving all the pages that I have removed from the book).  Here we have the “Old Woman Tossed in a Basket”.  Although I am not familiar with this particular tale I love the image.  I added a quote from Susan Wiggs to her basket that I thought was fitting for the scene.

Art Journal Fairytale Cow

The Cow Jumped Over the Moon

This is my personal favorite fairytale rhyme “Hey Diddle, Diddle”.  I just love the Cow jumping over the moon.  I colored him purple with Copics because when I have the hiccups DH tells me to imagine a purple cow falling down a hill.  This treatment never cures my hiccups but always makes me laugh!  I globbed on some more Mod Podge Sparkle to his spots…it almost gives a holographic effect.

Art Journal Fairytale Dish and Spoon

The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon…

The Dish and the spoon are another two of my FAVORITE characters in this rhyme. I adore this original illustration as well.  If you haven’t read The New Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey check it out it is a delight for all ages!  All of her books are wonderful…as an aspiring children’s book author she is one of my greatest inspirations.

The little Dog has also come to play.  Laughing all the way of course.  I have given him a real lace collar adhered with ice blue stickles and dotted Red Barn Distress Stickles along his romper and hat.

Art Journal Fairytale Vintage Embellishments

Vintage Embellishments

I embellished my pages with more golden oldies from my vintage greeting card collection.  The blue stars were punched from the bird card, the gold card was used to make Little Boy Blue’s Horn and the tiny silver stars came from my Junior Prom invitation…yes I still have it and this is why.  You never know when something will prove useful artistically…there IS a method to my madness!

Art Journal Fairytale Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Here’s Little Red Riding hood.  Her hair is made of ribbon which I discovered can be curled just like the plastic kind.  I also discovered these tiny bows in my stash while searching for red ribbon to tie around the yellow….crafty magic?  I think so!

Art Journal Fairytale Snow White

Snow White

I am a HUGE Disney Dork…I ALWAYS color my images according to the Disney movie I watched as a kid.  Just like the Cheshire cat will forever be purple with pink stripes, in my mind Snow White will look like this.

Art Journal Fairytale Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue

I did not plan for Dreamer to be above Little Boy Blue’s head It just worked out that way.  I told you I’m not creating this thing…I swear this creation has a mind of its own!  It worked out perfectly because Little Boy Blue IS a dreamer…”and he’s not the only one” :)  Looks like he’s found his horn (and my Dymo Labeler).  Little Boy Blue is actually from the Tin Tin and Snowy set from the Octopode Factory.  I told you all he needed was a hat and a horn!

Art Journal Fairytale Text

Life is a Fairytale…

I found many wonderful “Fairytale” quotes but this one seemed to be…in the words of Goldilocks, “just right”.  Life IS the most wonderful fairytale of all!  Isn’t it?

Stop by Balzer Designs for Art Journal Every Day and even more Art Journal inspirations.  This week Julie has a wonderful guest post by Marit Barentsen where she discusses how she started her own Magazine…Featuring.  Prepare to be inspired :)

Hope you will show us your Red, White and Blue at TOFF…thanks for stopping by!

Have a Fairytale kind of day!

Amy*

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Silvia(Barnie) May 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Wow, I’m missing words, it’s a breathtaking project.

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2 Linda Ledbetter May 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Amy, you’re an art journaling ROCK STAR!!! Holy cow, girl, this post is such a feast for the eyes– it’s the coolest fairytale spread I’ve ever seen! Every little detail is awesome, including your Faded Layers for the CC2C, and the imagery is fun and funky and utterly perfect. I bow to you.. I’m not worthy!!!
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3 Marjie Kemper May 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Soooooo wonderful and full of whimsy! The color on the dog just about killed me… love all your neat touches.
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4 Sandi May 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

oh this is simply wonderful, one of my most vivid childhood memories is a lamp in my room, the lampshade had the nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle” and the lampshade would rotate as the bulb got warmer and faster and faster, I would fall asleep watching the cow jump over the moon. Hugs

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5 Marcia May 12, 2012 at 9:50 am

Thanks so much for your super kind comments on my blog. Sometimes I make stuff and fool around and I think “why am I doing this? does this even look nice?” and then I got your comments and it totally made my day!! I really really like your style too. I’m going to start following your blog! I deface books all the time for arts sake. :)
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6 Christine @ Park House Love May 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Wow, this is AMAZING!!! I love all of the little details on the pages!!
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7 Carolyn Dube May 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

This is fantastic! So many amazing details for the fairytales! Wow!
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8 Tracy Evans May 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Wow Amy so much interest here and layers of interest. Love the images you chose and your favourite stamp is a perfect choice for your images. So good to have you joining in the Simon Says
Stamp and Show Challemge. Tracy x
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9 Darlene Propp May 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

This is such a fantastic spread. So many things to see and oooh and ahhhh over. Love it!

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