I put this together on a scrapbooking retreat I attended with Crafty Girl. It is three straight days of scrapbooking and you keep yourself going with heat packs, chair massages, and pain reliever. This is another do-it-yourself example. I remembered a beautiful dragon boat on a lake in China and wanted to create something similar. Giant dragon boat stickers aren't exactly easy to find. So, I set out to make my own. First I drew the outline on gold paper and cut it out, lifting some pieces to add depth. Then, I created gold gills to put on top of the face and tail, using double-side foam tape to lift the layers. You can read more about using foam tape in Saturday's post.
I used a little red flower as my fireball, cutting up the petals into fringe and layering a few on top of each other to make it into a little flat ball.
Working off the design of the paper I picked, I used black whispy fabric to add some texture on top of the hanging leaves already on the page...different lengths and blowing in different directions. Finally, I added a little ink to the edges to give the dragon's skin some dimension. It looked too pretty with the gold paper. A little black ink around the edges made it seem more rough and real...in a scrapbooking sort of way. I also added chain to the floor of the boat, like a metal railing....keeping my dragon lady safe on the shores of China. Yes, it took quite awhile to make, but my DIY Dragon was so fun to create and I love going back to look at this page.