Monday, 26 May 2014

Q&L - Music - Tiny Dancer

Hi all.  Time for the fortnightly quotes and lyrics challenge from the Craft Barn again.  This time it is Passion and Music - oh yes.  So, sticking to my 'I must have seen them live' criteria, I went for Tiny Dancer, by Elton John.  I think Madman Across the Water was the first album of his I bought, and I remember dancing round my bedroom to Tiny Dancer (and Indian Sunset... what a song, what an EPIC song...), I dreamt of marrying a music man...  That went well - NOT!  Anyway...

Blue Jean baby, LA Lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, Pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
Hold me closer Tiny Dancer
Count the headlights on the highway...

The Madman cover is embroidered denim, so I wanted to start with blue.  As I have been on a Kate Crane weekend (another one, at The Stamp Attic), and Kate does love a good colour wheel, I went with green. It had to be Dylusions!  I added a little Radiant Rain, for bling.
Dylusions reacts with water, so I used a mask or two and dabbed through it, with water, and with distress inks - that was a good effect!
Picking up on the seamstress idea, I used his Holtzness' blueprint stamps top and bottom, and reverted to handwriting (I must restart the calligraphy classes) the lyric.
Finally I added a couple of embellishments, a dress form, and some rain drops to act as headlights.  I love the way the glue soaks up the dylusions.
All in all, I'm pleased with it, so I hope you like!
Paint and Ink
Dylusions: White linen, After Midnight, London Blue, Polished Jade, Black Marble
Radiant Rain: Pearl Blue
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Stormy Sky
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Stampers Anonymous: Mini Blueprints CMS150
Bling and other stuff
Tando Creative Mask: Music
That Special Touch Mask: Piano Keys
Studio 490/Blossom Bucket: Mannequin
Prima: Raindrops
Robins Nest Dewdrops: Fairy dust
Crafty Notions: Stellar Flash


  1. Oooh lovely and a great story behind it.

  2. Fabuloso!! The background, the stencil work and your hand writing is awesome! :o)

  3. Fab page and I'm definitely with you on the 'I must have seen them live' criteria :)

  4. I like! Great background colours, and agree your handwriting is fab!

  5. Gorgeous page, love the colours and watercolour effects, the raindrops and dewdrops and the tiny dress form as the tiny dancer!

  6. Great page with great colours. I remember buying that album too ... in fact it's still in my loft!!

  7. Lovely page and great colours - maybe you should be happy not marrying a musician - they seem to be very busy with other things than their families...

  8. Beautiful colours on your page and a very clever way to depict your lyrics.

  9. I'm a big fan of Elton John. I got to see him in concert when I was quite young, and he's been a favorite of mine ever since. Now I'm singing that song as I type (grin). Beautiful background. Those inks must be wonderful. I've never tried them, but you did an excellent job. Sorry I’m late visiting, but my internet woes continue to give me fits.

  10. Fabulous! Love the quote too, another Elton fan here :)

  11. I just saw the comment you left me. Some days I would GLADLY let you have katnap Bleubeard. Others, you couldn't pry him out of my handsarms (grin). But at least HE got a big head out of your comment. Thanks!

  12. Beautiful handwriting, great lyrics too, love Elton John. Fantastic background colours, a great page :-) xx

  13. Like your background, it draws you right in