April 20, 2016

Travel Time

Gambel's Quail are everywhere in my neighborhood and in great numbers, too. They travel in groups, chatter a lot, and almost never fly preferring instead, to scurry along the ground very quickly.

That was my bird of choice for Tim's 12 Tags - April and my mosaic technique was to paste paper bits from the Destinations Paper Stash on a bird illustration/drawing cut from an old book. I filled-in the cracks with white paint and covered the pieces with Glossy Accents.

If you live in metro Phoenix, you might recognize the Express Bus Pass which depicts another unique feature of our landscape, the Saguaro Cactus. The background paper (purple photo of mud cracks) was a yard sale find.

I used some Remnant Rubs, Postale Tissue Wrap and black Scribbles as embellishments along with machine stitching around the edges.

I always have so darn much fun working on Tim's monthly tags--his technique driven prompts have me trying new things that I wouldn't normally think of. This month's tag really emphasizes that point.


  1. Hi B. This is absolutely gorgeous. The paper pieced quail is amazing - you have put everything together beautifully.

  2. You had me at "Gambel's quail"! This is a great piece that really shouts "southwest" to me. The stitching adds so much to the already varied texture, and I love the black dots.

  3. oh my goodness, Bee - this is fantastic!! Love your little quail and all the details - makes belong for my old stomping grounds in Santa Fe! xxx Lynn

  4. What a beautiful tag! I love how the bird was created.

  5. Great take on April tag! The mosaic is fantastic and the cactus is a great touch. Super!
    Mar :)x

  6. Such a lovely tag, and made even more special with the quail that remind you of your neighbourhood! I love the added touch of whimsy with your fun cactus too!

    Thank you so much for popping by my blog and leaving such kind words for me. I do appreciate it.

  7. How colorful is this tag! Love it, the mosaic bird is amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  8. This tag looks amazing! I love how you've created the bird. What a brilliant idea!

    Gaby xo