Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Haida Sun Inspired Art Journal Page

Hello inky friends I am here today with a Haida Sun Art Journal page. This post will have some step out pics, the story of the tattoo & challenge info. Part B of this post includes a full tutorial & a bit about the history of the Haida which you can find in my Design team post on the Southern Ridge Trading Co. blog.

A colorful art journal with photo of Haida Sun tattoo, stamps of the image and a chipboard painted dreamcatcher.
Haida Sun the Story Of My Husbands Tattoo

Why A Haida Sun Tattoo?

I am Canadian & after spending time out West in Vancouver my husband decided to get this tattoo. He liked the idea of the sun as a symbol of protection, healing & peace. It also sits atop the tallest totem in the world in Alert Bay, BC, Canada.

Photo of multiple Haida Tribals Stamps, the Raven, Sun, Beaver,  & Killer Whale,
Tribal Art Stamps from Emerald Creek

What Was The Inspiration for This Art Journal Page? 

What came first the tattoo or the stamp of the tattoo? So after working with Kim Evans from Emerald Creek at Creativation 2017 I fell in love with a lot of her products but especially the Tribal Art Stamps. I am a Canadian who grew up in Montreal but visited the West a few times & even lived in Vancouver for 15 glorious months. I fell in love with Haida Art. Apparently so did my husband. He has 2 Haida Tattoos and is planning a 3rd to create a sort of totem. We even had our wedding bands made by a Haida artist.  Kim gave me a generous sample of her emboss powder & these wonderful stamps. I am so excited to be able to put them to such good use! The Sun Mask Stamp was the inspiration for this page. Conveniently SRTC has a cool Dream-catcher chippie which added to the fun. So in this case the stamp & product inspired the art. 

Why the Number 4?

As far as inspiration goes I got some more for this page at a few challenge sites. I am entering this art journal page in the Frilly & Funky contest (join in you can win $$) which you can find here. The awesome Jenny Marples is the host & the theme is numbers. Part of the story of this page is this is the 4th tattoo my husband got! Also highly convenient F&F just did a fabulous blog post on Emerald Creek Embossing Powders & Gemstones, which you can find here. Their store site Funky Junky Boutique is having a fabulous sale on these products until April 13th. For the colors I used see below under supplies. To add to that I also got inspiration for the techniques or items used on this page from 4 sources sounds like destiny to me...

Chipboard dream-catcher covered in embossing colors like blue, red, and gold.
Emerald Creek Embossing powder & Gemstones, Southern Ridge Trading Dream-Catcher

Dream A Little Dream 

You can see the Gemstones I used in the center of my dream-catcher as well as all the cool embossing powders. I have to say it was fun to research this page & learn more about Haida art. I am also entering this in the Emerald Creek Dare Contest (join in you can win $$). Their current challenge is called Double Duty, a multi choice challenge. I chose take 1 product & use it 2 ways. The Sun Mask stamp was used in the background as a pattern & also as a focal image with Onyx Frost embossing powder. Technically I also embossed the Dream Catcher & clear embossed the entire tag as a clear coating. Well then there is the multiple ways I used the Scribble Sticks... ok so challenge- check! 

A tag with distress oxide colors marbling browns, yellows & blues, so grungy.
Love swooshing Distress Oxide on a Ranger Mix Media Tag!
How About a Little Distress Oxide with Your Tag! 

I have never put 1 project in 3 challenges before but again the 4th part of the inspiration I got was on A Vintage Journey. They are doing Tag Friday over there. Not sure this qualifies but I did get the inspiration to add the tag from them so I will give credit where credit is due! You can find their challenge which ends in a quick 3 days here. However not to fear they already have another one started as well & it looks pretty cool. 

I hope you take the plunge & jump into one or all of the above challenges. If you don't feel ready for that I also encourage you to take a look at the amazing inspiration on these challenge sites. The design teams must work super hard cause their projects are really incredible. Happy inky arting!

Supplies Used:

  • Southern Ridge Trading Co Chipboard.- Dream Catcher, Wood Feathers, Fall Leaves.
  • Emerald Creek Emboss Powder- Northern Lights, Onyx Frost, Silvester-Kracher, Charred Gold, Salted Navy.
  • Emerald Creek Gemstones & Sun Mask Stamp
  • Eileen Hull Sunburst emboss folder by Sizzix 
  • Ranger- Distress Oxides, UTEE, Embossing Dabber, Distress Mica Spray-antique bronze, Glossy Accents, Mix Media Tag, Archival Ink in Jet Black
  • Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks by Ranger


  1. Karen, This is fantastic and I love how similar the suns are!

    1. Thank you! I know right like the perfect stamp!

  2. Oh Karen this is fabulous! I've learned so much from your post and love what you've created with these tribal patterns. And of course LOVE the gemstones! Thank you for the huge shout out and thank you too for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  3. Fabulous. Love the story and the images. Your dream catcher is wonderful with the embossing and gems. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  4. Fabulous post and design, Karen! I love the embossed tag, the gemstones on the suncatcher and the number 4. So many meaningful details! Thank you for the shout out for Emerald Creek and A Vintage Journey! And I'll throw in Frilly and Funkie, too, because they are one of my favorites as well! And thank you so much for stepping up to this dare--it's a tough one for sure, but you got it! PS I just used one of your wonderful chippies on my latest design for next month's Emerald Creek Dare! Hugs!

    1. Thanks so much Sara!! So appreciate all the kind words!



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