Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I know why the cage bird sings

The Stampotique Designer's Challenge SDC 149 was put out this week by design team member Sam Read. Sam was calling for creations using pink, turquoise and polka dots.  I had created my background a few days ago using two shades of aqua acrylic over some lime.  I created loose dots with Peerless watercolors and scribble white water-based Sharpies and graphite pencil to accent.  I applied pink acrylic paint through sequin waste to add polka dots. 

This morning's news brought of the passing of national treasure, author and activist Maya Angelou.  "I know why the caged bird sings" was Angelou's international best seller nominated for the National Book Award.  I decided to use these two Stampotique images; Bird Cage by France Papillon  and a portion of Birdy Up by Kida Nichols. 

The birdy was stamped and embossed, colored with COPICS, fussy cut and glued to background.  The bird cage was stamped over the bird with Stazon and embossed.

Because this layout lacks the seriousness of it's title, I thought I would leave it free of text to be my silent tribute.

A once homeless and a teen mother, Angelou commitment to civil rights and artistic work has made her a truly phenomenal woman of our time.  You can read her elegant poem, Phenomenal Women by clicking the highlighted link.



  1. Oh wow I love this! Love the colours and the background pattern. Love that cute bird in it's cage too LOL so cute!

  2. I love your background, it's a wonderful tribute xxx

  3. A terrific card, and yes we should all mourn the passing but celebrate the life of such a fabulous woman, Jo x

  4. I meant to do this challenge too and forgot! Might still do it another time as it's right up my street! Love your interpretation, it is a very peaceful piece and a fitting tribute!