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Friday, 10 August 2012

Quirky Quartet of Quicksilver Qs Alphatag

Collages of Alphatags to date can be viewed HERE.

We are reaching some interesting letters in the Baroque Guild Alphatag Swap. My "Q" tag somehow grew from a quartet into double that &, after my husband suggested quirky, I found I had nine Qs:

  1. Quartet - four squares
  2. Question
  3. Quatrefoil (four-leaf image)
  4. Quill - the shaft of the feather
  5. Quercus - oak
  6. Quicksilver - mercury is called quicksilver as it resembles liquid silver. My liquid silver is represented by the silver embossing & colouring of the four images, using a silver gel pan to tangle the background pattern & the silver ink used to stamp feathers (quills) on the back.
  7. Quiltz - the name of the tangle I used for the background
  8. Quadrilateral - square shapes
  9. Quirky

front of tag 
close-up to show dimension & shine plus
colouring of focal images
close- up of lower section showing letter embellishing
plus detail of Quiltz tangle background pattern 
back of tag
close-up showing paper pierced scallops & inked
edges of theme panel plus silver background stamping

The four-leaved clover, acorns & smaller feather were all watercoloured using a damp paint brush & colour from a silver Sakura Stardust pen. The metallic backing of the 'Crystal Effects' sticker is a piece of aluminium foil.

Stamps Chocolate Baroque  UDLSP0200 Lily (four-leaved clover), UDLSP0220 Dawn Chorus (larger feather) & UDLSP0221 Wise Owl (smaller feather); Elusive Images UDL HC0181 Sketchy Alphabet (Question Mark).
Inks Emboss Tinted Stamp Pad with Stampendous Detail Silver Embossing Powder (question mark, four-leaved clover, acorns & smaller feather), Black Soot Distress Ink (inking various cardstock edges), Encore Silver (larger feathers on back).
Markers etc... Signo uni-ball gel rollerball pen, Sakura Stardust gel pen, Staedtler Triplus Fineliner.
Cardstock White & an assortment of blacks in various finishes from stash.
Dies Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates; Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Squares Small; Spellbinders Shapeabilities Sprightly Sprockets & Ironwork Motifs.
Punch Woodware (scalloped squares).
The 'Crystal Effects' sticker is Dovecraft; the  gem & ribbon are from stash.

It's a very long time since I used either of the feather stamps & the four-leaved clover hasn't been used at all since it was purchased in May 2011 so I shall join in Judith's Forgotten Friday 62 with this tag.


judith@poppy cottage said...

This is a fabulous tag Paula, a great colour scheme, and I love the tangled background. You have used some really quirky embellishments, and nine 'Qs' must be a record! Thanks so much for joining in Forgotten Friday, Judith xx

brenda said...

Good Morning Paula,

This is a really striking piece of artwork and so cleverly thought out.

For some odd reason I rarely use silver embossing, but this piece shows how well it lends itself to black.

Have a good weekend.

B x

Aquarius said...

Wow - you really have excelled yourself this time with the 'Q' tag. Amazing collection of words and the way you've translated them into the whole. The tangled background is a brilliant idea too (and so precise). Lucky person to receive this one!!

Lorraine said...

oh my gosh Paula this is absolutely stunning i always think black and silver have a wonderful elegance to it and so does this beautiful tag i love the background and I dont know how I would ever have thought of such brilliant ideas with the letter q thats a tricky one but you did it brilliantly i really love this one hun xx

Sandra said...

Well, there's me struggling to find one thing beginning with Q and you find 9!!
Seriously though Paula, this is another beautiful tag.

jackiescrafts said...

Wow what a lot of Qs you have there Paula, your tag is lovely

Jackie x

Debbi Glennie said...

wow, I think I would've struggled with Q, but you totally rocked it :)

Elizabeth Allan said...

I found another Q:
Quentessential Beauty

I can't tell you how much I enjoy not only your artistry, but the way you weave your thoughts and ideas into your projects!

You are a very special person and artist!

Hugs to you...

Sally H said...

Just beautiful! Love the pen work on the background of the tag too

Pink Dandelion said...

Stunning tag Paula, love the black and silver colour scheme. Your tangle pattern is fabulous and all those q's. Fab. Debs xx

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love your tag, Paula. The miniature tangled tiles in it are amazing. Blessings!

xxxtglxxx said...

This is also quite captivating Paula - kind of like your tangling spilling over with a little bit of symmetry, but not if you know what I mean. :)

Great design, love how you have linked all the Q's too!



craftimamma said...

Wow Paula, I've struggled to find 3 Q's to work with ......... hopefully work with as I haven't even started mine yet and I have another really busy week coming up, eeeek! Your tag is fabulous and I have no idea how you have done that background. I thought it was card you had bought!

There's a message for you over on my post today ;D

Lesley Xx

Cathy A said...

Wow Paula this is quintessentially brilliant so much thought on your quantity of Qs!

saturated canary said...

wow-- you've combined just about every Q imaginable! :)...So much thought put into everything you do!! This is really stunning, very 'rich' looking. I love silver (I'm not a gold person:) I really love the look of this creation! I'd probably put it on a chain and wear it as a big pendent!! lol...It is so beautiful!


Jean Straw said...

Fabulous tag Paula, great work to come up with so many Qs.I love all your silver embossing, Jean x

veronica said...

fantastic tag Paula - think you'll have the most Qs this month! Love the colours, and the background - you have so much patience to draw that in so perfectly.