Why Rosie's Book?

While growing up, I had a dear friend, Renee, that lived next door and with whom I spent much of my childhood. We grew, in different directions, and went on our merry way. Many years later, I ran into her parents and they kindly reminded me of the laughs they still have over my book. “What book?” I wondered with a puzzled look. "I don't remember a book." Hardy laughter accompanied their response. At some time during our childhood, I tried to convince Renee about something that her parents didn’t agree with. I told her that proof of its truth could be found “in my book.” Naturally she went home and tried to convince her parents of the same thing but they weren’t falling for it. She needed an edge and told them emphatically, “It’s in Rosie’s book!” After they caught their breaths from reborn laughter, they let me know how “Rosie’s book” has been cited for many other things throughout the years. They’ve also mentioned that they’d like to see “Rosie’s book” one day. I can’t remember all of the things that I said were in “my book” but I’m sure my dear friend’s parents can recall much more than I ever knew about – LOL!!! So, here it is . . . my version of things you might find In Rosie’s Book . . .

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Card Art with Copics: Crafts and Me Juniper by Sara Burrier

When I first saw this newly released Sara Burrier image named Juniper, she seemed a bit spooky to me. I thought she looked more like a dragon or snake then I realized she was a mermaid. She has an unusually-shaped mermaid tail and scales on her arms that make her very interesting to fill with color. Here’s my first attempt at filling her using Copic colors.

Just a narrow frame of Basic Gray’s Jovial Snowball Fight patterned paper peeks through my layered Bazzill cardstock. I’ve kept my embellishments very light but had to add some aquamarine Prima Say It With Pearls in my attempts at creating some underwater swirly movement. This photo shows the completed card front allowing Juniper to remain the focal point of this encouraging birthday card with a computer-generated sentiment . . .

I think I’m going to spend some more time with Juniper to girlie her up a bit and alter the spooky first impression she’s left on me. She appears to be a mature mermaid that may benefit from some added elegance. If she is meant to be a more dark and sinister Lorelei or Siren, both of whom are known to use their beauty and sweet songs to lure sailors to their deaths by crashing their ships on rocks, then perhaps my initial feelings were correct. Hmmm.

9:18pm Edited to add:  I'm getting tired and I think my sight is getting blurred.  I glanced at a black and white image of Juniper and I think I just spotted a Christmas tree in her hair!  Maybe that's why she's called Juniper - LOL!!!  I thought she had an especially long ear!  Now, I've definitely got to color her up again and see what I can make of it.  I think that I've also found her much more proportionately sized ear!  Could it be that she's checking her hand mirror to see how the tree looks in her hair?!?!?!  Am I seeing more clearly now?  Is her tail rounded so she'll look like a Christmas tree ornament?  Oh, yeah . . . she's a tricky one, this Juniper.

I’m entering this card into the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday’s Challenge (here)
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes Challenge (here)
Totally Paper Crafts Bling It Up Challenge (here)
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes Challenge (here)

Copics used:
Skin – E000, E01, E11, E93, BV00
Hair/Tail – BG70, BG72, BG78
Tail/Arm Scales – YG91, YG95, YG99
Breast cover/Arm bands – Y21, Y26, Y28
Airbrushed background – BG72, YG95, Y26, BV00, C3


Becky said...

This is just stunning.

Angie said...

Gorgeous card love the image and the colours thanks for joining us at papertake weekly
Angie x

scrap joanny said...

wow - great card - Thank you for joining us this week at Craft Your Passion Challenges - hugs Joanna

debby4000 said...

Love your fabulous card.

Mel X said...

WOW - Fabulous image, great card.

Thanks for joining us this week at Totally Papercrafts. Good luck in the draw.

Mel X

Basslady said...

a stunning creation with awesome colouring and beautiful arranged pearls!

a real masterpiece!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Gram's Treasures said...

Wow! Gorgeous card....that image is very unusual and you've coloured it beautifully! Love all those swirls..such patience. I find them very tricky to apply!
Joyce xx

xxxtglxxx said...

I bought this image on the day of release because I thought it was so gorgeous! :) You have done a fantastic job colouring this in, her hair looks amazing and I love all the pearly flourishes.



Emma H said...

She's a different mermaid alright, but you've made her gorgeous. (and no, I never would have notice the tree in her hair!) Love those pearls too! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion this week!