Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Day 1 -- why we're doing this crazy thing at this crazy time.
the first page is a scrap I used to try out inking a Tim Holtz mask, along with the inked doily used to create the second page.
second page is using the doily as a mask and then layered on top of that is the advent number paper, some masking tape to make the journaling spot, some felt trim and a bit of bling. Rhinestones make everything better!
(the purple and teal letter stickers are odd, but are an attempt to use up stash)
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Can I just spend every waking hour of the day doing this? ...
I'm off to upload a few more snaps, and some closeups, to my Flickr page (link to the left).
Am loving taking Julie's TECHNIQUE-A-PALOOZA class so much, I signed up for another class... Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas.
As a single person, with not much family, and not many official holiday functions, I am always a bit puzzled to know how to document a Christmas that doesn't always feel all that Christmasy (save for the actual day, and the night before).
So hopefully I can figure out some journaling to add to my December Daily ... inspired by Allie Edward's projects ...
Allie's first twelve pages from her 2009 album
Allie's next pages, 13-25
The December Daily 2009 Flickr group for great eye candy...
I have a feeling it will be a well documented December. Someday I might even get pictures of my DD 2008 album taken and posted :D
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Not unlike the stenciled red page in the post below, I am reusing scrapbook paper I don't like, but this time I just flipped it over to the white back. I do like that it's very sturdy cardstock, so there's no sense in letting it sit there being all useless.
Here's the doily after being soaked with ink:
And here are the papers I made with the doily, a brayer, and some Adirondak spray ink.
The last one I used the doily more as a mask for the spray ink ...
I'm trying to get used to this looser, spray-painty, watercolory look...
The red and the aqua samples I love. The navy blue was an attempt to salvage a scrap stencil gone wrong. I don't love it, but I like it well enough. I'll find it's way onto a card or the like someday.
When I decided to throw a couple of my own papers into my December Daily album, I went back to this technique. As I am trying to recycle as much as I can, I painted over some patterned scrapbook paper I got in a pad which I will never use, in this case an 8x8 inch piece of striped guitar print paper (on the right):
I painted over the striped paper with some red acrylic and then set about stenciling it with gesso.
If you look closely, you can still sort of see the stripes beneath the red paint. Now, instead of paper I have no use for, it's become TEXTURE. :0) Love that...and this paper.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Hoping to take the class techniques and use some of them as I build my December album. A mix of handcrafted pages with purchased paper should be cool ... and I'm betting alot/most of my embellishments will come from stuff I learnt in class.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Click here to see a layout I did of my Dad's Mom's family sometime around the nineteen teens.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
So for whatever it's worth... here they are...
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Came back from seeing "Julia and Julia" and felt like playing around a bit. Gessoed and painted and inked a cereal box cut to 8 1/2 x 11 inches for the background. Then layered on a piece of lime green tissue with some acrylic medium, a still from the movie, my ticket stub, my coffee sleeve, and some "typed" text and a couple of Thickers letters.
I really like the weathered effect on the background chipboard which was an accident as I was trying to smooth out some of the paint and ended up wiping away more than I intended. But it ends up adding an extra bit of texture that I really like. And it doesn't show up in the photo, but the ink from the cereal box packaging shows through just a bit here and there and adds even more texture...
Just smooshing gesso and color around to make the background is totally addicting!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
(may also be a reason to pick up a couple crafty things I have been eyeing that are on the supplies list...)
I've been feeling sorta stuck lately, in a lot of ways, and I think maybe some time to PLAY will be a good thing!