Covetousness in an Art Journal

Hi dear friend of Rubber Dance Art Stamps! Nice to see you here. My name is Gabriele, I am a mixed media artist from Germany and a proud member of the Rubber Dance Design Team.
Sometimes I create backgrounds, which I like as they are. I don´t want to change them, but they are still backgrounds and need just a little something to be completed. I tried out some colour mixes on the right side to get something near celadon – the lovely colour of traditional Korean pottery. I was just playing and had some watered down black paint which I put on the left side to darken it a little.
Then on the left page I tried out some new paints I just bought, yellow and red. I liked the red not being so bright. Then some stenceling with black – the brush was too wet on the left side, well ok. Still no idea. Then I browsed through my stash of old newpapers and found this theater group. They looked like ghosts on the right side and with some arranging to and fro I had my final picture. And I could see enough of my background. Yay!!
They did not look very happy and seemed to spy out for something. Then I knew. They envied or better covet the pretty birds for wearing their beautiful feathers naturally. Maybe also for being free? But now enough of my interpretation, maybe you come up with another story?
Anyway this led me to the wonderful Rubber Dance bird stamps. There really is a big choice of anything related to birds.  Here are some close ups:

I stamped that cheeky little birdie on delicate paper so the background would shine through a bit but wouldn´t let the watercolours sink into the background and give me some bright colours. Also I gave it a little red hood.

The collaged giant blueberry gives some colour and so do the eggs I stamped on coloured paper and then cut out. What will hatch from these eggs??

Isn´t that feather stamp wonderful?? I adore it.

That quote fits so well!

Bye bye birdies!

Supply list:
The following Rubber Dance stamp sheets: A little birdie, For the Birds, Vintage Birds.
StazOn ink Midnight Blue and Cloudy Sky
ColourArte Twinkling H2Os
And various brands of acrylic paint
Thanks for spending some of your time with me today. I hope you had some fun and it would be lovely to see you next month. You are also very welcome to visit me on my blog

I wish you a very happy and creative time!

Gabriele from Art-a-tag

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Craftyfield said…
I'm the same with backgrounds, hate to cover them! Love your page full of layers and the way the collage figures integrate seamlessly.
Bibi Lindahl said…
Thank you, Gabriele! ♥ I really like the images of the theater group, and I agree - they look like ghosts. They fit very well on the somewhat "spooky" background. Love what you did with the bird stamp - it looks very different from how I've used the same stamp. Nice to get some new ideas!
Artatag said…
Thank you so much! Yes it is always hard covering up, but also rewarding, because it adds depth to a painting.
Artatag said…
Thank you very much Bibi! Glad you liked it! <3
Unknown said…
Love those Ghostly images Gabriele. Are they transfers or collaged? I enjoyed reading how the page came together and I had to go back and look for the giant blueberries!! x
Susanne Rose said…
Wow!!! Das ist soooo toll liebe Gabriele. Ich mag das, wenn es so viel zu entdecken gibt.
Artatag said…
Thank you very much Helen! The images are simply collaged.
Artatag said…
Vielen lieben Dank Susanne! Es freut mich, dass es dir gefällt!
TwinkleToes2day said…
I'm not very good at creating backgrounds - I think yours are always fabulous! :D
I really like how you coloured the cute wee bird and came up with the name for the page. very clever. {{Hugs}} x
Artatag said…
Thank you very much Mo! I think the secret about creating backgrounds is not to plan it as a background, just as a painting. Big hugs back! ❤️

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