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The Octopode Factory Storybook Page 1

by Amy Bowerman

After a much-needed break I’m back with the first page in The Octopode Factory Storybook!  Completing the last page in this Art Journal/Storybook sapped most of my creative mojo.  I took a few weeks off from Art Journaling to recharge my creative batteries.  It was nice to take a break but like any vacation it feels good to be back home.

The Octopode Factory Storybook Full Page 1

The First page…

Renee from Scissortail Songs left me a lovely comment on one of my posts and it really helped me put things in perspective and get back on the Art Journaling track.  Go check her out.  Renee’s art will inspire you and her witty writing style will make you smile...Scissortail Songs.

The Octopode Factory Storybook Page 1

In the beginning…

I’m pretty happy with how the text came out.  I used textured card stock to print on and distressed it with Vintage Photo Distress ink and Perfect Pearls mists.  What do you think?  If you missed how I created the background for this page you can find the steps HERE.

The Octopode Factory Storybook Page 1 Text

Once Upon a Time….

Once upon a time…

503 years ago to be exact.  There lived a very imaginative girl named Lily.  Lily discovered that she could see and do anything she wished just by using her imagination.

She imagined herself a magic pen and used it to draw herself a mermaid’s tail and the ability to breathe under water.  She then dove to the bottom of the ocean where she created the Octopode Factory.

To speed up the production of imaginative creatures from the Octopode Factory, Lily drew them inside of bubbles.  Once they were encased in bubbles the Octopodes floated up to the surface to imagine a world of their own.

I’m open to criticisms on my writing folks.  Don’t hold back!  Just lay it on me.  I need to know is it good, bad, or just plain fugly! :)

The Octopode Factory Storybook Bubble Castle

Bubble Castle

For the Bubble Castle I tried something new.  I cut two pieces of packaging plastic and glued the castle to the inside.  Next, I added a heavy coating of Mod Podge Sparkle and pressed the two together. Then I added Pearl and Cloudy Blue Alcohol ink to the perimeter around the castle.

If you missed any or all of the pages in The Octopode Factory Storybook Here is a recap of links for you:
Page 1: Under the Sea
Page 2: A World Where Anything is Possible
Page 3: The Rainbow Connection
Page 4: Life is a Fairytale
Page 5: If Animals Could Talk
Page 6: Mirror-Mirror
Page 7: Black and White
Page 8: Imagination

Want to try a fun technique?  I have to thank Gini from Giniowen.blogspot.com for sharing this cool trick with me.  Go check out Gini’s Blog...it is filled with awesome and inspiration!

Here’s a quick Picture Tutorial on How to add 

Shimmer to your Copic Art….

Copic Sparkle Tutorial Step 1

Make your Copic Art Sparkle with Gelly Roll Pens

Copic Sparkle Tutorial Step 2

Just add water

Copic Art with Sparkle and Shine

Copic Art with Sparkle and Shine

Pretty cool huh?

Our theme this week at TOFF is Pastel…so lighten up and link up :)  I’ll be joining in on the fun at Art Journal Everyday as well.  Big thanks to Gini and Renee for all the tips and encouragement!

Art Journal Every Day

Have a shimmering day!

Amy*

P.S.  I will be at BlogHer12 if any of you are going hit me up in an email or comment I’d love to meet you IRL :)

 

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1 CuddlyBunny July 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Amazing! I love your story and the pages … you did a fantastic job of creating a lovely and inviting undersea wonderland!

Thank you for sharing your art, and your techniques!
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2 Renee July 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Hi Amy!

It has taken me days to write this comment- sorry. Chaos has exploded in new ways at my house (broken down cars, urgent care center visits, and busted ac on 108 days). But, I have been smiling ever since I saw this post. Smiling because I love visiting your fairytale books. I wish I were as ambitious as you. Also smiling to see your reference to my commentary and blog. As you know, no matter how much we love what we do, the affirmation of others is always welcome, and often it nurtures our efforts.

After reading today’s post a few times I finally cross-referenced it to the April post where you discussed how you made the background again. Each time I read your posts I realize how many avenues you have opened that I need to explore. Despite my exposure to T.H. and his design style and products, I have never purchased the Compendiums. Sounds like I need to put these on my birthday list. Also sounds like i need to visit the design site you talked about while writing the April post (L3 something?), and I will definitely take a spin by Gini’s place to check her out.

Thank you for sharing your favorites.
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