Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Slaying Dragons

It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sharing Fantasy projects this week and my project combines a bit of fantasy with story/art/parable in my journal.  Our Challenges are always Anything Goes for all of your wonderful entries!  

I turned to the Little Dudes Knight & Dragon, also available in the Little Dudes Big Kahuna Bundle, for my focal image.

My Project Details

Digi and part of sentiment:  Polkadoodles Little Dudes Knight & Dragon
Legend Title:  Polkadoodles Little Dudes Knight & Dragon
Flourishes:  Polkadoodles Winnie in Winterland
 Papers:  Polkadoodles Little Dudes Big Kahuna Bundle 
Homemade Arrow Stencil
Deco Foil and Transfer Gel
Glass Beads
Vinyl for top flourish and words "When" and "cannot"
Inks, sponges, glue, tape runners, 

   If you need some direction in making a stencil, check out this VIDEO.  

I started by printing my verbiage and digi onto their respective papers.  I also cut a mask for the digi.  I laid the mask over the knight and dragon and then placed my stencil over that.  

I sponged the Deco Foil Transfer Gel through the stencil and let that dry for about an hour or so until it turns clear. Finally, I placed the foil over the gel and sandwiched it with cardstock in parchment paper to run it through a laminator.  Now there are shiny bits of arrow and shattered fragments adding to the magical fantasy feel!   

Copic coloring the digi followed with adhering it all into my book.  
A few little gems & ink and it's done!

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My shiny knight will be rounding up dragons at the following challenges: 

Allsorts Challenge:  Things with Wings (Dragon)
Crazy 4 Challenges:  Technique (Foiling)
Art Journal Journey:  World of Fantasy
Crafting from the Heart:  AG
Pile it On:  Think Big 
Try it on Tuesday:  Childhood story ~ story from Apocrypha
Rabisco:  AG using something from your cabinet (see rules)

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

If you are interested, here's my journal story.  

You might be wondering how this fits into my journaling.  Well, it's a long and turning story, but I'll be brief!  Back in May, I was diagnosed with a very, very rare auto-immune disorder called Churg Strauss/ Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis; 2.4 out of a million are diagnosed a year!  Believe me, this was like chasing down a dragon....that's the dragon connection to this adorable digi.  

Now, you might be thinking, "Ok, but how does that tie into the story from the Apocrypha?"  Well, Churg Strauss has no cure; in other words, it cannot be slayed!  However, it can be tamed to the point of living with it in most cases....just like the dragons in the story/parable.  Of course, in the Apocrypha story the decision was made not to slay, but to tame (at least that is the way I understand it- I'm no scholar or authority on this topic!)  In my case, I'd rather slay my dragon (CS/EGPA), but that's not do-able at this point! Therefor, I will be content with taming the little magenta beast by thinking big!  ;)

Why a magenta dragon?  That is the color of eosinophils under the microscope!  That is how I tie it all together in my unusual, off-beat way of thinking...


  1. Oh my goodness Katrina what glorious, thought provoking journal pages. So sad to hear about your condition (had to look it up) but glad to hear that you’re fighting this ‘dragon’. I KNOW you’ll tame it. Hugs xxx

  2. Cool journal pages, and interesting to read how it's all connected, Liz x

  3. Gorgeous project! I'm sure you tamed that magenta dragon. Big hug

  4. A really super journal page and a cute image and lovely background.
    Thank you for joining our Things with Wings challenge at Allsorts.

    Kath x

  5. A wonderful fantasy journal spread. Crafting is a wonderful release and I hope it helps you through your condition and tames your dragon.
    Thank you for sharing your pages and your story with us at Art Journal Journey.

  6. This is so beautiful! I am thrilled about your fabulous entry linked to Art Journal Journey Katrina! Much appreciated! Thank you very much!

    Big hugs

    1. And ♥♥♥ Thank you very much for joining us over at Try It On Tuesday! oxo Susi

  7. Delightful project! What a tie in story, though! I think you will tame your dragon!

  8. It's a really sweet creatrion and perfect for our 'Things with Wings' theme at Allsorts challenge, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  9. Such a perfect journal page for fantasy......so magical.

  10. What a wonderful and heartfelt back story to tame that pink dragon. It is sad that there is no cure for your disease, but with so few people who have it, pharmaceutical companies are often not willing to invest in a cure. At least there is a way to keep it under control. This is a lovely journal entry and a great fantasy, too. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey.

  11. wonderful sweet fantasy pages,iam in awe of your beautiful pages,love it!
    happy day.

    hugs jenny

  12. Fabulous and cute page.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  13. I love how you do your journals! I would love to do this 💕 I think the dragon looks ace in red too!
    Hugs xx Cara xx

  14. Gorgeous creation ..totally love it . Love all the details
    Hugs Rose

  15. Wonderful page to add to your journal. Amazing how you turned your story in to this picture. I hope you tame your dragon too. Hugs. X

  16. So cute your Knight and Dragon page and perfectly coloured. I like it much.
    Best wishes for your Health. You will win against the Dragon.

  17. I Love this page!! You have made it so fantastic Katrina!!!
    So Sweet and Wonderful!! And wonderful design!!! Love the colours!!
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    HUGS Cicci
    Cicci With the Pen {welcome to visit and follow my blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  18. Fantastic idea and page...fab color combo...love it xx

  19. This is absolutely incredible You used our Deco Foil and Transfer Gel in such a perfect way for this project! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  20. A fabulous journal page,
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday,
    Avril x

  21. What a beautiful page. Image is super cute. Great work. Thanks for sharing on Pile it On too. Keti (DT)

  22. Gorgeous page!!
    Love the name especially hehe.