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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Singing Zinskis

Hello all!  A fairly quick post today - as well as a bit of a hop out of kin - just to say hello to the Singing Zinskis.  I called this pair of tags "Happy When I Sing" for the launch post of my new stamp sets (here at PaperArtsy if you missed it) - but this new post title was irresistible!  These are definitely on the Music side of EAB03's Music & Silence theme...


It's part of Leandra's introduction to the stamps, as well as my suggestion, that these quote stamps will play nicely with all styles and genres, so these tags partly came about from me wanting to make sure that was true... and partly because I just wanted to play with the adorable little rag doll from ZA03.







I already knew I wanted to give her a paper-pieced dress of musical notes, and had originally thought I'd use some old manuscript music paper.

But the book was buried under rather a big pile of stuff, and as I looked at the job of uncovering it I suddenly remembered that there's a musical Tim Holtz tissue tape, so I grabbed that instead.












If her dress is going to be musical against a plain background, in my head that immediately leads to the opposite version - a plain dress against a musical background - and so we're off into a pair of tags before you know it.












So that's how I started - one white-washed tag, and one tissue-tape-covered, white-washed tag. 












I did some subtle sponging for the background - Fresco paints in Hey Pesto and Blueberry mostly - and kept it very light and delicate.

The flower is one of Kay Carley's - it was a freebie in one of my PaperArtsy orders, and the bluebell heads seemed just right to provide some extra musical input on the tags.  More Blueberry paint for the bluebells, of course.









I used one of the doodly stamps from the same ZA03 set to give her some grassy support underfoot.

And you might be able to see some of the bubbles, stamped in Snowflake Fresco, adding a little extra buoyancy to the mood.











Of course it all started with this wonderful William James quote - so full of joy, and very much how I feel about singing (as well as crafting).

But now I had two tags, so I needed a second set of words... 













Roll up, Friedrich Nietzsche, with another thought full of truth for me (and equally applicable to crafting - I find it hard now to remember that there was a time-before-crafting for me!).










I know these Zinski images are quite a long way from my usual fare, but I did have a lovely relaxing time "colouring them in" with the Fresco paints (in the midst of some fairly frantic sample-making).

There's a lot of Cherry Red and some London Bus in the mix.










And it's either Captain Peacock or South Pacific for the button eyes - I can't quite remember now.

There's a bit of white penwork to create the polka dots on the dress, and the accents on the flowers, and some brown penwork for the doodled frames and her tiny freckles.









And that's really pretty much it.  In the end, there was only a tiny bit of music visible on the dress, so I'm really pleased I had a second tag with lots of music hovering in the air!






It's such a joy to me to hear that these new stamps are going down well, and amazing to see them already bobbing up in action around Craftyblogland.  I love seeing how they inspire other people.  Since I'm a pretty poor visitor at the moment, do feel free to give me a nudge if you've been playing with any of my word stamps - I really wouldn't want to miss any of it!

There are some more Autumn and Winter Edition samples to come, as well as one last trip into Music and Silence, but there are some other projects on the way first over the next few days so, for now, happy midweek to you, and I'll see you again soon. 

The only thing better than singing is more singing.
Ella Fitzgerald

30 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

What fun tags! Have a nice day, hugs, Valerie

Julia Aston said...

What a whimsical ragdoll! Love her outfit and the fun colors of papers you used on her! She certainly loves your music sentiments, dancing merrily among the little bluebells!

Patty O'Malley said...

These tags are so adorable and fun, Alison!

Henry said...

You created such an amazing tags!!!!Beautiful images that every girl would like to have. Thanks for sharing:)
Henry

Team Clark said...

What fun! These are adorable, Alison, just adorable! Hugs, Autumn

Corrie Herriman said...

These are great fun Alison ! Love them !
Corrie xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Your fun tags are made so artsy! I love them!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Alison, how are you ? Love the delicacy of this piece and love how,you paper pieced her dress, so adorable. Love your background and those bluebells are gorgeous and the perfect addition along with the fantastic sentiment. Hugs. Tracy x

Helen said...

Love the Singing Zinskis - both tags are beautiful!

maj. said...

Really lovely tag Alison!!!

Mrs.B said...

These are so sweet.
Avril xx

Redanne said...

The title made me smile even before I read your post Alison.. The Zinski girls are fabulous and the tissue tape for the dress was such a great idea. I love how you used the doodles stamp for the grass. Great use of your lovely word stamps too! Anne xx

Meggymay said...

These two tags are such fun Alison. The cute image made me smile and your words stamps fit these joyful tags so well.
Yvonne xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Such fun tags Alison, your sentiments seem to fit with any style too :)
Hugs
Donna xx

Kate said...

So adorable. Love these tags with your quotes! Beautiful, Alison.
Kate

Gaby Bee said...

These tags are really charming and your words stamps fit perfectly!

Gaby xo

hazel said...

Two fabulous and fun tags - I love them.
xxx Hazel.

Jackie P Neal said...

Happy mid week to you also Alison!
Of course your stamps are doing so well- we all love you and your artwork!")
I do love the how the background on these tags peeks through just enough to go with your wonderful wording!
Cute tags-
hugs,Jackie xx

craftytrog said...

Love these fun and colourful tags Alison!

Dorthe said...

They are wonderful Alison- love how you painted the girls, really love their eyes :-) .The bluebells are so right, for them to hold, and make music, and love the quotes you used.
Fun and wonderful, dear.
Dorthe, xxoo

Hazel Agnew said...

They make me want to sing Alison. Love the versatility that you have demonstrated! Xx 😀 🎶 🎶😮

Chrissy said...

Oh my Alison..this little lass is so ADORable and love your colouring and paper piecing...the quotes are perfect and I love the flowers stamp too..awesome tags..

Luv CHRISSYxx

2amscrapper said...

oooh, I like this!

rachel said...

oh so very cool Alison - love these tags - both brilliant quotes too! Hugs rachel x

Kirsten said...

Lovely tags!

Sandy said...

Absolutely adore this tag and that dancing lady, person, girl is out of this world fantastic!!
Sandy xx

A Pink said...

A wonderful duo that just make you smile. Love how you have paired them with your music and silence stamps
x

Fliss said...

These are just adorable and such fun too. Lovely to see you adding some bright colour too and the Zinski girls look fabulous.
Fliss xx

Coco said...

I adore these two little cute tags Alison, so full of joy, music, and nature!
All what I love, and the colours too!!
What a lovely relaxing time you must have had, wonderful duo. xxx

Sue said...

Oh I love these, they are sooo happy! xx