Monday, 26 March 2018

Persephone's White Rabbit, Springtime Tag - by Julie Ann

Where I live it seems that each time Spring makes a few tentative steps to escape the Winter, he comes roaring along to put a stop to her efforts! I hope that by the time this tag can be viewed, after all the false starts, spring will truly be making her presence felt where you are!



I decided to have a go at hastening Spring on her way by creating a tag with a difference! I love the different shapes, styles and sizes of MDF tags Helen has recently added to the Calico shop. I couldn't wait to create this tag for Easter/springtime and as you can see I went to town with lots of cheery spring imagery including an Easter Bunny!



It seemed a fun idea to combine one of the new tags with some doll parts to create my own Persephone. When we move Persephone's arms we can see where all that sweet singing is coming from - a tissue napkin bird singing his heart out against the blue skies.



The inspiration for Persephone's white rabbit came from a scrap of Chiyogami paper featuring a little white rabbit. I thought he would be perfect for Persephone's bonnet, which reminds me of the top of an egg.



Working on the tag itself was lots of fun. I built up layers using mark making, stencils, stamping and craft tissue.



Can you just spot the blue sky through arches in the top corner?



Here is Persephone under construction. She isn't yet cradling her white rabbit, but she has gathered some beautiful daffodils.



I used my Dremel to pierce holes in the tag and fixed the doll's arms with little brass effect brads.



Persephone's head is fixed after I've threaded some blue and white twine through the hole in the tag. She could be part of an imaginatively wrapped Spring or Easter gift or used as a hanging on Easter branches surrounded by downy chicks and mini painted eggs. Her Spring bonnet is embellished with a scrap of Dresden trim and a golden sequin.



May the sun shine on you this week and may you be surrounded by blossoms and birdsong as you create.
Calico Craft Parts Used
MDF Classic Tag 125 mm x 62 mm
Standard Jointed Art Doll Kit Style 1 - Medium
Daffodils MDF Wood Corner Embellishment style 22
Wild Flowers Patch Border
Sheet of Mini Rabbits

14 comments:

  1. what a fabulous tag! hope you're right about spring, although don't listen to the forecast....

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    1. Too late, Helen, I have heard the forecast, but one can dream! Thank you for your lovely comment. xx

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  2. She is gorgeous Julie, a wonderful Easter Persephone, and the tag wonderfully changed to her body, with all the layers of stamping and painting.
    I love her flowerbed the sweet singing bird, and her white rabbit -
    No spring here yet- maybe we see the same grey sky today. Hugs, Dorthe

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, Dorthe. We've had yet another rather grey day but all the daffodils in St James Park in London where I was today really brightened everything up! xx

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  3. I love this tag! So sweet and whimsical and gorgeous colors of spring!

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    1. Thank you for your visit and lovely comment, Linda. She was certainly lots of fun to create! xx

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  4. So gorgeous spring tag, in the UK she still has not returned to this world, a long winter will continue but soon she will back.... There is the wonderful springs of flowers and animals are packed fun. I love this Julie. xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Etsuko. I was in the centre of London today, going to the cinema and the park was so beautiful, filled with daffodils, birds and squirrels but no rabbits! Have a lovely day. xx

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  5. Also a fabulous doll for a paper doll swap! heehee
    Julie Ann! How very clever to use a tag for her body and I just adore those daffodils and bunny! Persephone is the perfect doll to introduce Springtime! I just love her!
    Jackie xo

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    1. Thank you so much, Jackie. You just gave me an idea there! Paper tag doll swap! Ha ha! Have a wonderful Easter! xx

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  6. Oh I love this so much, Julie Ann! It works perfectly having the head and arms on the tag shape. This makes me think of my Mum; I can imagine her stroking a bunny whilst holding her national flowers in the other hand and watching Spring arrive in her beloved garden,

    Lucy x

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  7. What a lovely image of your mum, Lucy. I was pleased with my 'tag doll'. Thank you for your lovely comment. xx

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  8. She is a true beauty Julie Ann!You do have such wonderful ideas!Chrisx

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  9. this is really magnificent! such wonderful and carefully considered details! xo

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