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Here’s a little digital Halloween ATC I made using Blagovesta Gosheva’s Something Wicked This Way Comes kit.

Have a great time trick or treating!

Dawne

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Way back when it was spring, I was planning on submitting a piece for Somerset Studio’s ‘winter’ theme. I started creating this paper that I was going to use as a background for….something.

I wasn’t able complete the background paper, let alone the project itself, in time to submit it. As a matter of fact, I only just finished my background paper within the last couple weeks.

So here it is….

layered paper

layered paper

And a couple close-ups…

layered paper

layered paper

layered paper

layered paper

I wanted to create a spare but layered look using black, white, and ivory as my palette. I started with a piece of watercolor paper, and sprinkled some coffee on it to start (gets rid of that blank white paper staring back at me). Next came pieces of paper I tore from a pamphlet from Opera Philadelphia, which was ivory, black, and grey, with a little red. After that I added layer upon layer upon layer of paint (Liquitex Basics), stamping (using found stamps like corks, pencil erasers, and small plastic lids), pretty tape (Tim Holtz), glitter glue (Tim Holtz), German scrap, and lace. Lots of layers. I think I got a little carried away….

I had always intended for this background paper to be cut into smaller pieces, so I added the German scrap and lace with that in mind.

Here are a couple pictures…these show the paper I tore from the Opera Philadelphia pamphlet:

beginnings of layered paper

beginnings of layered paper

layered paper - beginning

layered paper – beginning

I’ve now decided to make an accordion book, which I have never done before. For years now I’ve wanted to make a project incorporating some of the lines from Tori Amos’ song Winter. I thought that would be fitting with this paper and its original intention.

So that is my current project. At least the one that I am focusing on, since I have at least five other projects started!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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Finally (finally!) I finished the June page in my calendar journal book. It took a long time for me to get around to completing this page (as in, I started it some time last year. I can’t even remember when!). It seems these days that I have less and less time for my arts and crafts. Or maybe I’m just not using my time wisely. At any rate, I have hardly made any progress on my goals for this year. But I’m hoping to turn that around during the next six months.

Anyway, here is the page. I created the background by layering paint and rubber stamping. To create the journal squares I stamped on white cardstock and then cut out the squares.

I’m going to challenge myself with the July page and use colors that are rarely in my palette…orange and yellow. I want it to be elegant though. When I think of orange and yellow I don’t normally think of elegance. We’ll see how that turns out.

I don’t particularly plan out these calendar journal pages; I start with a vague idea and progress from there. I use paint, ink, and rubber stamps to create the backgrounds. It’s fun to do but takes me sooooo long to finish a page. I just can’t seem to focus on one project at a time. I need to have at least 3 projects going, and usually more than that.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here is a digital collage I made to celebrate the day. I used the Tresor digital kit by Studio Miki.

be mine

I hope you have a lovely day!

Dawne

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I am still painstakingly slowly moving along with my soldered pendants. Well, they will be pendants eventually, anyway. One of them I started last year! oh well. Such is the snail’s pace that my arts and crafts move at. (Don’t even ask me about my calendar journal – it’s still trapped in May).

Anyway, here they are.

This is the first one I soldered. I was in despair as first because my soldering was awful! I haven’t done it in a while and I certainly wouldn’t say I had achieved any level of competence.

But I kept working on it and it turned out ok. I was not originally going to make this one into a pendant, because I ended up not being happy with the collage. Then I decided it would be a good practice piece. I trimmed the collage to get rid of the part I didn’t like, which is why it doesn’t really fit the glass pieces. However, I love the back, so the back is going to now be the front.

This is the original front, which will now be the back.
drawn to the sea

And here is the back, which is now the front. Got all that?
drawn to the sea

This is the one I started last year.
known luminosity

I’m a big Marilyn Monroe fan.
emptied of beauties

This is from a verse in the Bible.
prisoner of hope

I still need attach the jump rings and then file and clean them. I’m happy with how they are coming along, and I think I did well with the soldering considering my (small) level of experience. Soldering is hard! I can see it will take some (a lot!) of practice.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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I finished my “pink star” collage…I think it turned out so cute!

wish upon a pink star

The only thing I wish I had done better is the outline around the lady. First I did it in marker and it was terrible! So I went over it with a charcoal pencil, which helped.

I was debating about the arms…I couldn’t figure out a way to add them that would look good. I decided to look at Ms. Hellmuth’s book (Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond the Unexpected), which was my inspiration for this piece, to see how she did hers, and a lot of her collages feature armless folks. So I figured if that’s good enough for her, then it’s good enough for me too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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One of my annual artistic goals is to take a class. I had wanted to take a class at Bead Fest earlier this month – there was this one class taught by Mark Lareau that I was particularly interested in. Unfortunately I waited too long, and by the time I decided to register, the class was full. Bummer! He’s got some books out though, so I’ll have to take a look and see if the technique is in one of them.

Anyway, I have all these other arts & crafts books, but I never do any of the projects in them. So I decided to take a day off from work and have my own workshop at home, and try out some new techniques.

I chose Collage Discovery Workshop by Claudine Hellmuth.

by claudine hellmuth

I love her retro-whimsy style. Her book has a lot of techniques, and most involve simple, every-day supplies. I only had to buy a couple items to have everything I needed.

Much of the focus of the book is creating interesting & textured backgrounds on which to create a collage. Here are my attempts…

playing with background techniques

It was really fun to try new techniques. These are the ones I did:

Elmer Glue crackle – my favorite!
Masking tape layer
Tissue paper layer
Contact paper shapes
Rinse aid resist
Etching into wet paint
Plastic wrap texture

As noted my favorite was the Elmer Glue crackle. This is so cool!

glue crackle

At first it was not working so well for me. But then I decided to just put gobs of glue on, and I really watered down the paint, and voila!

glue-crackle

To me, it’s not a crackle so much as a more organic, almost webbing effect. At least that’s how mine turned out. It was rather warm and humid in my house, and that may affect the results. It’s a very easy technique – you just put a thick layer of Elmer’s Glue-All on the paper, and then lightly brush watery acrylic paint on top. Let dry, and admire!

glue-crackle

I also liked using the masking tape, tissue paper, and rinse aid resist techniques.

Here is my masking tape background. You put strips of masking tape all over your substrate and paint on top, and then use a damp paper towel to rub off some of the paint. I’m making this one into a collage, using Ms. Hellmuth’s technique for creating her “poppets”.

wish upon a pink star

My goal is not perfection, or even to make a finished piece. I just wanted to play without worrying about the results. I’d like to make a couple collages with the other backgrounds I created also.

I hope you have enjoyed looking over the results of my “play day”! I highly encourage taking a day off and doing something that you love to do!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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