Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Boy who could fly...

Hello there!
Thanks for stopping by.
Well, Thursday’s blog is always blue, 
so here’s a blue piece.
I have to say, I am really pleased with this artwork. 
You know how it is; every now and then, you make something or create something that just makes your heart sing. 
See what you think...

It starts out with a page from a book.
The paper is good quality, almost satin, and quite thick. 
I tried it on basic paperback print - not so good; the print on the reverse side came through.


OK. 
So let’s assume you have found a good book that 
you are prepared to cut up.
The other ingredients you probably already have, too:

The stamps I used are:

and my favourite stamp ever:

Remove the indexing from the stamps with either Blending solution or a mild nail varnish remover.
This will stop your Versamark ink pad going blue.
(Although Thursday’s blog IS a blue one!)

Stamp and emboss the trees along the baseline with clear embossing powder.


Use torn paper to make hills.


Stamp and heat emboss the boy and birds stamp, too.


Can’t see much right now. So let’s take a closer look....
Time to bring out the boy!


Starting at the bottom of the page, tear a hill out of copy paper, and position at the baseline, like so:


and brush in the hills, from left to right - and back again!.
Wipe the ink off the trees with a paper towel.


Make another hill-line further up, but this time use Tumbled Glass - a lighter blue.


3rd hill’s Antique Linen

Then I think we’ll go back to Chipped Sapphire, or Faded Jeans
for the mountains in the way back.


To do the sky, I think we’ll use a Brayer
It will give us greater coverage faster.
Let’s do an undercoat with Tumbled Glass first.
Roll it out on the Clarity Blending mat first.


Once we’ve travelled from top to bottom with the lighter colour,


it’s time to get out the big guns - Chipped Sapphire


See how he comes out as soon as we brayer a darker colour 
over him? Wipe the ink off the glazed image into the paper background.


Let’s take a step back and look at the surrounding page. 
I continued the hills into the margins, too.


This is cool. If you dab a little Squeezed Lemon onto the glazed tress and bushes with a make-up sponge, not only does it clean the image beautifully, but when you move it out beyond the glaze, the yellow blends with the blues to create a fab green hue.


Now dab some Black Soot on the embossed areas and gently sweep them into the printed paper, to create shadows. 


The ink will glide and move on satin printed paper.



Trim the edges back. YOU decide how much.
All depends how good the landscape in the margins is!




Very happy with this.



I think this one is going in my gallery....


So let’s see.
The BLOGSALE continues until 31st.
Let’s add a couple of things from this tutorial.

Large Meadow Tree (rrp £7.25)  £5
Tall Meadow Tree (rrp £7.25)  £5
Boy in Flight (rrp £9.25)  £8
Squeezed Lemon Distress ink pad (£4.50) £4

If you go to the website OFFERS page, you will see all the items which have been added through the BLOGSALE.

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Yesterday’s lucky winner is Beryltreble
(Beryl, email me your address, and we will get a £20 Gift Voucher off to you!)


Leave a lovely comment today, and give this piece of Artwork a title. If this were the cover of a book, what would be the title of the book?
And if you say “The Boy who could fly”, that’s mine!!!!

much love,

91 comments:

  1. How about : 'Up, up and away!' Great shading on this one, even if we couldn't see much of what was going on until towards the end. I think its worthy of a frame and a place in your gallery too.

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  2. My book title would be...
    DREAM...There's is nothing you can't do xx
    I have just tried this out on your coated paper and it works a treat.
    I didn't have a suitable book so thought I would type out the words, sentences etc I wanted and copied and pasted it and printed it out.
    I just love how yours turned out and no wonder it will go in your gallery. That boy stamp is fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration x

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    1. Typing out your own words and sentences - that's taking it to a whole new level !! Well done! That sounds like a good self-help title to me too!

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    2. Yep that's me, why do something simple when you can do it the hard way x I've made the art piece into a special birthday card and the writing is dates, memories etc. for the recipient. Don't you just love the inspiration on Barbara's blog? xx

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    3. What a great idea to write something specific to the recipient. x

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    4. Hi Mac Mable. I agree with Sarah, that is a beautiful idea for that special card. Take care x

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    5. That's so kind of you both to say, thank you so much xxx

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  3. Just love this one could do with a lovely story on page about a boy could print your own story to go with picture. Would that be fun. Brilliant enjoy your day with dee crafting xx

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  4. Simply beautiful artwork Barbara!!
    As for a title....
    Just go where they take you!

    Love and hugs!!! Xxx

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  5. FABULOUS make, Barbara - just sent your link to a pal that's just starting to get in to D.I.'s - reckon she'll love it too

    Kathyk

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  6. Absolutely love it. How about 'The Young Boy's Journey of enchantment'

    x

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  7. Love the art work. Only the obvious spring to mind. 'Up, up and away ' or ' A bird's eye view'. You could write many a story with that picture and those titles.

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  8. Hi Barb,
    How beautiful, serene and arty. I love it.
    You wouldn't believe it but I thought "Up, up and away" but Leslie Thomas (1st post) pipped me to the post!! So how about "Soaring over hills and dales". xx

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  9. Love love love this one, gonna try it today! Book title " Fly to wherever your dreams may take you"

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  10. This is a fabulous piece of art work no wonder you are adding it to your gallery. As for a title how about Up above the trees

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  11. AWESOME - I love it. I'll have a think about a title and come back to you. I don't always comment on your wonderful blog but I adore it and I never cease to be amazed by the constant inspiration you bring to us. Thank you so much. Laurane x

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    1. How about 'Skydancer' or 'Cloud-drifting' ? Thanks again for magical inspiration. Lx

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  12. Morning Barbara, hope you have a good day....what a truly beautiful piece of artwork...and yes what a fabulous book cover it would make....
    How about....." jack's Journey to Neverland"
    Hugs...Jo. X

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  13. Sorry I forgot to say this is really lovely. I am going to try it myself one day. ..

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  14. Your artwork is sensational today. My title would be "Let Your Dreams Soar."

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  15. Just fantastic Barb !! What about " Watercolour Dreams " or just "Blue Dreams " ( Blue being the boys name)

    hugs Diane xx

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  16. Lovely card as always Barbara how about 'Over the hills and far away'?

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  17. This is lovely, Barb - love the colours, the hills, the shading - gorgeous! You're so talented!!!
    "Fly away home"?

    Liz M xxx

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  18. Another gem Barbara! It is a lovely technique. So effective. As for a title, what about " flying off into the blue yonder" xx

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  20. This is so effective over the print Barbara. I love all the blues and then adding the yellow to get the green, and with the shading it looks like the sun is reflecting off the birds wings, so with this in mind I think the title should be 'Sunny 'Flight. x


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  21. This is awesome! My title would be 'Fly away to Happiness' xxx

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  22. What a lovely piece Barbara. As a librarian I don't generally like ripping books up but in the name of art its all good. As for a title what about " the words just fly off the page".

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  23. Good morning,
    This is outstanding! This will look fab in your gallery.

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  24. I really love this. Such an unusual piece of art work. Maybe it should be called 'Freedom!'

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  25. Beautiful art work my book title forever young xxx

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  26. Love this, and I think I would take inspiration from the Oasis song, "Free to do whatever I" for te title

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  27. Beautiful i love the shading it's so effective. My title would be "Leap of Joy"

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  28. Lovely image Barb, my title would be "To See a Birds Eye View"

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  29. Absolutely beautiful! What an effective technique. This would work well on Christmas cards obviously with the appropriate stamps and some suitable Christmas text.

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  30. what an awesome piece of artwork! it just lifts off the page!
    my title would be "Soaring!", hugs xx

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  31. Beautiful shading on this - it's a lovely composition and well deserves a gallery place!
    I think "Flying by the seat of your pants!" suits this perfectly :-)
    Have a great day Barbara, Carole x

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  32. Flying High would be my title - had to whizz down to the bottom so I couldn't see what others had put - will now read back to see!

    Well done Beryl !

    Was smiling to myself and wondered what the words on the page were about - I hope you didn't take a page from 50 shades of ..... :)

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  33. Beautiful artwork Barbara- this stamp is one to lift the spirits,
    I think the book would be called. " imagination - how to live your childhood dreams "
    XxxRuth

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  34. Love the card Barbara thank you for sharing. How about dream catcher. Love June xx

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  35. The book would be title 'Words, Women and Art HisStory' Another very creative and inspiring piece!

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  36. I love the effect this gives. I always enjoying seeing what you do and this is simply stunning! I would call it 'On The Wings of Dreams'.

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  37. Hi Barbara
    Love this effect and so simple to do. I would call the book 'Anything's Possible' - if you have the right teacher of course!

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  38. A misty morning's musings! Lovely effects Barbara!
    Alana x

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  39. "Let your thoughts roam free" would be my title for the book. Another great idea to try, such a good way to use and old unwanted books.

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  40. Beautiful piece of artwork. More than worthy of a place in your gallery. I would call it "Reach for the Sky". x

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  41. "He flies like a bird in the sky." Just like the song from the Honeycombs - "Can't let Maggie go" written to promote Nimble bread a lot of year ago. Showing my age now
    Ann xx

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  42. Hello Barb. I love this artwork and it rightfully deserves a place in your gallery, but maybe it had better be where more people can see it! Let's call your book 'Let your imagination take wings and fly' as that is what you do for us. xx Margaret Col.

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  43. HI Barbara

    I don't know where you get the ideas from but keep them coming; this is stunning!

    I would entitle the book 'Word Flight'.

    Love it ...Karen xx

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  44. Stunning artwork. I give in, now I must have this stamp; my two young grandsons will love it.
    My other suggestions have already 'gone', so 'Come fly with me'
    Carol

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  45. Good Afternoon Barbara!!!

    I love the boy in flight....he sits on my workbench most of the time right now ....just waiting for me to use him!!!!
    I love what you have done here....and am so glad you will put this in your gallery - he is a worthy participant of that gallery!!!!
    I do hope you did not go to work!!! but that you had a good day with Dee prepping for the TV etc!!! I myself have had a tense day at work and am so glad to be home...one more day then it is the weekend!!!
    Any way....as ever...Much Love
    Kim xxx

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    1. How very rude of me!! I did not suggest a title!!! - had a very stressful day at work....oops
      'To Infinity and Beyond!!!!!!'

      Theory - the little boy thinks he can fly to the moon.......
      Added much Love
      Kim!!!x

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  46. Fly Boy Fly. Thanks again Barb for the ideas x

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  47. Well Barbara you've done it again!! This is so beautiful, using one of my favourite stamps. I've not read all of the the other responses so don't know if this title has already been said - I would call the book Let Your Imagination Fly: How to Free the Artist in You, just as you encourage us to do with each inspirational work of art you share with us. Hope you've had a lovely day. xx

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  48. "Live life with no limits". Your imagination is endless Barbara!

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  49. Hi Barbara,
    Not sure if this has already been suggested ... 'a picture paints a thousand words'.
    Hate the idea of spoiling a book, but really want to try this as I love yours so will have to get typing!
    Hugs xxxx

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  50. Hi Barbara,
    beautiful card and a technique I will try.
    How is the title "LET YOUR DREAMS FLY"?
    Best regards from Germany
    Rolf

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  51. Hallo liebe Barbara,

    das ist wieder etwas total geniales was du uns hier zeigst. Die Idee mit der Buchseite finde ich großartig. Mir würde spontan einfallen. "Der Flug in die unendliche Kreativität". Ich bin absolut sprachlos und finde dein Werk umwerfend schön. Ganz liebe Grüße Silvi

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  52. Hi Barbara gorgeous I love this and had to enlarge the screen to read the page of the book! I think you have improved it! I must be tired I really thought you were putting squeezed lemon on the embossed bits to clean them before I carried on down and saw the ink pad (silly me). I do love the names they use for them. Right book title One day I'll fly away that's also a song but can't remember at the moment who sung it - will come to me in the middle of the night no doubt! I do love the boy stamp so useful. Enjoy your evening love Diane G xxx

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  53. Book page, stamps, inks and loads of talent = a fantastic piece of art. I haven't read all the comments so I don't know if 'Fly me to the moon' has been suggested but that's my contribution. Pat x

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  54. Love it, love it, love it! Reminds me of our highland scenery so my title would be "Soaring over Lochs and Bens", will have to try this when I get a chance! Thanks for sharing, Susan x

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  55. "My Soul Soars with Birds on the Wing" would be my book title.
    This artwork is a joy to get lost in. The more I look; the more I see; the more joy I recieve!

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  56. Headline news - Boy jumps overs trees with aid of birds!!

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  57. Wonderful techniques and a fabulous card. Must try this!! I would call the book Freebird

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  58. Hi Fabulous. I would call the book, "The boy in the book...IMAGINE". AliJ x

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  59. Hi Barbara
    Didn't it turn out well and yes you should hang it in your gallery,would love to see it in it's frame.A stunning piece of art, love it.

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  60. Lovely technique, must give it a go. My suggestion for a title is "Look Up". This is my motto at the moment. I try and make time every day & just look up & around to enjoy whatever's out there. We can spend too much looking at our various screens & being absorbed in what we're doing and I want to remind myself there is a big wide world out there to appreciate.

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  62. A beautiful piece, so calm and peaceful, title--- I believe I can fly. Thank you for your continuinly brilliant and inspiring blog x

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  63. Hi Barb,
    This is just fabulous and has turned out brilliantly. It is definitely one for the gallery. I have always resisted buying the little boy stamp, but I think I'm going to have to take advantage of the blog sale and finally buy the stamp. As for the title, everything I think of , someone beats me to it! I think I'm going to settle on 'Follow your dreams'. Love Alison xx

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  64. Great idea and beautiful end result. Although in my rather tired state ( lack of sleep due to painful knee ) I did think you were squeezing lemon juice on your work. Definitely one for the Gallery. Over the trees to Sky is the only offering I can come up with. xx

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  65. Oh this is fabulous Barbara, for a title how about.... Four for a boy xxx

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  66. Really love this. How about "into the blue" for a title - with the boy flying into the sky and picking up Thursday's theme too?

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  67. I had'nt finished reading that ! The Wild Blue Yonder.....

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  68. Beautiful, really love this, I also like the idea of writing my own story as books to cut up with the right paper are hard to come by. I shall have a go when I get home from holiday.
    Title ' flying free' x

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  69. This is totally stunning, and an absolute must for your gallery wall. My book would be titled 'Flying Home'. Keep up the great work that you do. You are such an inspiration.

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  70. Fantastic art work. Love the technique. My book title would be "Icarus..take 2"
    Jeanette xx

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  71. Hi Barbara. It's like magic watching the picture appear on this one. I love it. My title would be "Childhood dreams can come true" as when ever I see this stamp it makes me think of the dreams children have of flying up with the birds.
    I hope you had a good day. And I also hope that young Evie is thriving and that she isn't keeping her Mum and Dad too short of sleep!
    Take care.

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  72. Love this piece of art work, though I would have a serious problem tearing a page out of a book, ha. My suggestion for the book title would be
    "If happy little blue birds fly........"

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  73. I just realised I had not got round to commenting yesterday morning. I love anything with this stamp and am starting to come to terms with taking books apart. My title would be more of a hope - "Let these words free your soul to fly" xxx Maggie

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  74. My title would be "Flying into the Future". What could be more exciting in this day and age than what is going to happen tomorrow?

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  75. Hello Barb, yet another great technique and wonderful inspiration, love this stamp, don't have it yet, but it is on my wish list. Well done Beryl. I think the title of this book (and sorry if anyone mentioned it, or similar) should be Fantasy Flight. I hope we are going to see some pics of your gallery soon Barb. Bx

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  76. Really clever, thank you for sharing. I would call my book 'Free Spirit'.

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  77. Just love this Barbara. Already have the stamp so will try to recreate this ASAP. My title would be... In your dreams.

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  78. Love it! My title would be - " hold on to your dreams" .

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  79. Wow stunning artwork, absolutely love this, this has to be in my Top 10 favourites and very worthy of being featured in your gallery xx

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  80. I just love this Barbara and would love to give it pride of place in my home. I would call it "Take Me To Neverland"
    x

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  81. Love the art work Barbara ..
    Happy crafting ... x

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  82. This artwork is crying out to be published on a Travel Brochure and named
    'Booked Your Flight'
    Good source of income for your charity work Barb. Keep up the good work. Am browsing your blog for some inspiration on this great sunny Sunday morn. xx

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x