Sunday, 11 May 2014

Q&L: Fame - Life's been good

Hi there!  The challenge this fortnight was Unique and/or Fame.  I was struggling, then the good old iPod did it again...  Life's been Good by the Eagles (or Joe Walsh), and yes, I have seen them a couple of times!  I'll be able to stick all my old ticket stubs into the book at the end of this!  So here is the verse:

It's a difficult one to illustrate, this, so I didn't!  I went for abstract.

My A3 substrate this time was watercolour paper.  Because I wanted to move the acrylic about on the paper, I gave it a coating of Matt Medium (which I managed to squirt all over my trousers, my T-shirt, the floor, before I got it on the paper...), and then used the Eclectica limited edition Paper Artsy paints in blocks, with a smidge of Nougat, for graduation. 

My Kate Crane/Kathryn Wheel stamps turned up yesterday, so I used two half circles on the lower edge, and outlined them in white. 

In keeping with the fame theme, I stamped stars in metallic Brilliance around the edge, leaving a gap for the words.

Added the words, and details of the song/band, and hey presto!

Hope you like!


Winsor and Newton Cotman Water colour paper

Paint and Ink
PaperArtsy: Tikka, Chartreuse, Chutney, Nougat
Distress Ink: Black Soot
Brilliance: Mineral

Hero Arts: Life of the Party Stars

Bling and other stuff
Edding 751 creative: White Marker
Pitt Calligraphy pens: Black
Winsor and Newton: Acrylic Matt Medium


  1. fab pages and great song. Love the little stars and the border :)

  2. Great page - love the feeling of space - less is definitely more!

  3. Oooh this is lovely! It makes me so happy to see my stamps being used like this :-)

  4. I have that song going through my head right now! What a perfect quote!

  5. Visiting from the Craft Barn ~ I really like the abstract here and those stamps are awesome. I like your writing. :o)

  6. This looks lovely - I bet it looks much better in real life with all that shine!

  7. Loving the Kate Crane stamped edge, it is so beautiful! Fantastic page and wonderful lyrics, you have such a beautiful and remarkable handwriting skill, truly marvellous.

    Stunning work :-) xxx

  8. The Eagles! LOVE IT! and that gorgeous stamped edge - sooo beautiful! Great work!

  9. Lovely page, good choice of lyrics!

  10. Love it! Also love the Eagles and this is a great quote

  11. Sometimes abstract is the best way to go. And abstract fit perfectly with these lyrics. I'm a big Eagles fan. I had a friend who had seen them several times, so I learned to love them by proxy. The colors, the stamps, and the hand written lyrics all came together perfectly.

  12. Love the Eagles, so great song choice and yes abstract is good