Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Keep Your Head ~ inspired by a Vera Lane Studio image

Hi everyone! I'm here today with an art journal page featuring one of the new release images from Lil Queen of Hearts by Vera Lane Studio. I combined her with a saying which seemed appropriate for her as well as for all of us during this unsettling time.

I coloured Lil Queen with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, adding a little silver gel pen beside the spots on her fur trim. She was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black cardstock, and fussy cut a second time leaving a narrow black border. I just love this image...she's so cute!

The 6x6 watercolour paper background was generously loaded at the top edge with Lindy's Rudolph's Nose Red and then Witch's Potion Purple Starburst Sprays. I used a waterbrush to encourage the drips to run down the page. Once those layers were dry, Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink was applied through TCW Plaid Fringe stencil to tone down the white between drips as well as adding more texture. Hearts were die cut from German book pages and coloured with Festive Berries Distress Oxide Ink. They were edged with black Big Brush Pen before being adhered to the areas around Lil Queen. A length of black and white checked washi was glued to a strip of white cardstock and placed at the bottom of the page to ground the Queen. There's something about black and white check that always reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

The saying was printed onto white cardstock, cut into sections, and matted with black. Black circles were created with a hole punch and scattered around the background. Black Pitt Pen was used to doodle some plus signs and a wiggly border around three sides of the page. The page edges were inked with black Big Brush Pen to serve as a franme for the page.

Thanks for joining Lil Queen of Hearts and me today. We are always glad for the virtual company. We hope that you are able to stay safe and keep your head even when others are not. If you are looking for inspiration, pop over to the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop to see the plethora of fabulous images. If you want inspiration and company, visit the Vera Lane Studio Facebook group. It's a great place to hang out and you'll be among friends :)

Life is good; so is art.

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