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Monday, February 24, 2014

It's Good to Be Queen

Hello everyone! It's Bonnie Irvine here today...a little late but I had to wait until daylight to take photos. My time is not quite my own these days. I created a twofer for today's post. It's a page in my bee altered board book as well as a response to our latest eTeam Picks Challenge: do something to a bag.

I began the background by adding torn chunks of masking tape to cover the pages. Next I used a piece of cut n dry foam  to apply two colours of yellow paint, a medium yellow and a golden yellow.

When that dried I combined Golden's Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold with glazing medium and brushed the glaze over the pages removing some with a baby wipe. That helped define the overlaps and torn edges of tape. Vintage Photo Distress ink was applied to the dried pages through TCW's Mini Punchinella stencil. White gesso was applied through a graduated circles stencil, and black gesso through TCW's Confetti stencil and TH's Measured Stencil.

The images were fussy cut with a narrow white border and the bee clock and large bee images were also matted in black. All of the bee images came from Etsy shops. The large bee in costume was popped up on foam tape, had her wings sparkled with Goldenrod Stickles, and was given a length of ribbon to ground her.

The lettering for "It's good to be queen" is a combination of Idea-ology Alpha Parts and Alpha Tiles, Doodlebug alphabet tiles, and recycled Scrabble letters from a travel the smaller size of these. All were adhered to the pages with Glossy Accents. White paint pen dots accent many of them. Bits of lace, more ribbon, some punched circles. and washi tape added more interest and balance to the pages. A tiny bee charm and doodling finished the background.

The paper bag began life as a 4.6 x 8.6 inch kraft bag. I folded it so that the open end tucked under the bottom flap so it would serve as the closure. Inside the bag, I used glue to seal the it below this fold so that my tags would stay in the first compartment.

A leftover piece of kraft paper which had been stencilled with TCW's Chevron and Confetti stencils and gesso was applied to the outer section over a rectangle of black cardstock. Black Soot DI was used around the edges of the kraft. A wooden crown button was threaded with narrow black ribbon and adhered to the stencilled rectangle. The bottom of the bag has vintage music paper, matted in black and coloured with Vintage Photo DI as the background to the Queen Bee clock, also colourized with Vintage Photo.

The inside of the folded bag was stencilled with Vintage Photo through TCW's Mini Punchinella stencil and black gesso through the Confetti stencil. The large matted and fussy cut bee was popped up on foam tape and adhered to the left side with a metal crown charm from my stash. The middle panel has a quote from Oprah which was cut out with TH Mini Baroque die and matted in black.

Inside the paper bag, I placed three kraft tags which had been collaged with scrap papers, images, and a leftover Create with TLC sentiment. Lots of doodling was done on these simple tags. The backs are plain for me to add journaling or more quotes as I find them.

That's it for my twofer post. I hope you found a little inspiration in all of this. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and am delighted that you are here to share it with me. We would love it if you joined in with Toni's Altered Bag Challenge.

Here are links to the eclectic Paperie store for some of the products I used:


2amscrapper said...

You have inspired me beyond measure!

Anonymous said...

Totally awesome page Bonnie! Love how you've used the paper bag, really cool! Sue C x

Broni said...

Wow, Bonnie! You went all out and made one fabulous project! I can't believe all the fun and beautiful details! I love this!

ParkNSlide said...

Love ALL your Bee Book pages---you are most assuredly the Queen Bonnie Bee!

toni said...

Fabulous pages and tags! Brilliant take on the challenge , I wanna come to your house so you can help me make fab collages like yours ! Xx

Kim said...

This makes me giddy! Oh my, how I love every single inch of your journal pages and the queen references are fabulous!!

Sue Lelli said...

I ADORE your Queen Bee pages and it would take me FOREVER to see all of the details! And the added bag is such a bonue, Bonnie! Absolutely LOVE this!

Micki said...

Bonnie, I would just LOVE to be able to sit and flip through your art journal. You incorporate so many elements and your colors are just gorgeous. LOVE this spread!!!!

Unknown said...

I love bees and your bee pages are awesome. Love everything about this project Bonnie! (I'd love to know which Etsy shop you purchased the images from) The bee clock is so cool and I'm inspired to go play in my art journal now. :) Hugs, Lisa