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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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I saw my first opera! (This was a few weeks ago). It was Manon Lescaut, about a young woman whose desire to live the good life leads to (what else) tragedy. It was very good – I like the second act the best. The singing was in Italian with English translations, which definitely helped a lot.

to the opera!

Afterward we ate at this restaurant, Barbuzzo. The food was delicious! But the most delicious thing I ate was the dessert – budino. It was a type of pudding in three layers – crushed chocolate cookies on the bottom, then some kind of creme fraiche type pudding, topped with a layer of salty caramel goop. It was amazing. We only got one and split it. I regret that decision very much.

odd & end #2
I’m working on some Christmas ornaments to submit to Somerset Studio. Here’s what I have so far:

pink and glitter

I cut strips of paper and glued them to a piece of cardstock to create a new background paper to use. Then I dry-brushed gesso on it and spritzed it with glimmer mist. The theme is “pink and glitter”, inspired by a song by Tori Amos. Each ornament (I’m making three) will have a phrase in the center, and will have beads and fringe. That’s the plan, anyway!

odd & end #3
Still working on my April page in my calendar journal…

journal page

This green paper will be cut into the journaling squares. I splattered it with white acrylic paint.
splattered paper

At this point I’m wondering if I want to use it for 2012 or save it for next year. I enjoy working on it and it’s a great way to try out techniques, but it’s a lot to have to do in my limited amount of time. I definitely will not do this again next year!

Have a great day!

xoDawne

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Moi!

Marc and I are going to see Manon Lescaux at the Academy of Music on Sunday. I’m so excited! I finally get to see an opera instead of only listening. I hope I like it.

I bought a new dress to wear – I really wanted something pretty to wear, and I didn’t have any dresses that were appropriate. So of course I had to go shopping for an opera dress.

Have a great day!

xoDawne

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Last Friday I did manage to work some more on my frame. I got all the paper strips glued on and painted the open spots with gold paint. I’m very
pleased with how it looks so far, except the gold paint is very gold, but I
think I am going to glue something else on top of the paint – perhaps some
black flat-back Swarovski crystals – to cover and minimize those areas. It was a challenge to get the paper around the corners – my lack of time makes me impatient so I basically just ripped the paper in such a fashion as to make it fit around the corners without having to fold it or make it look nice. Hence the open areas that I decided to cover with gold paint.

I’m also going to glue the flat-back crystals around the opening, to emphasize it and provide distinction between the busyness of the papers and the picture. I don’t actually have the crystals; I need to order them from Fire Mountain, and then I’ll be set. I’m also thinking of putting black or maybe red ribbon around the inner part of the opening, to help guide the viewer’s attention to the picture. And I also have some vellum on which I printed out a bunch of words that I’d like fit in somewhere also.

On Saturday I finally had a chance to work on my green carnelian. I
finished beading around the round cab and I started working on another one. I think I am going to work on the desert area, with the small cabs, and have that section go down the side of the working area.

I’ve started going through photos for my Top Secret Mission. Once I
choose the photos and format them, I will print them out on regular paper
and start playing around with layouts. I have a 14-page book to fill,
which sounds like a lot, but considering that I already have about 12 photos picked out and a bunch more to look through still, is really not enough.

I’ve been dipping my toe into the world of opera lately. A couple months ago I was sick of everything on the radio so I started listening to our local classical music station, which I have really been enjoying. I think for me the difficulty I have had with classical music is there are no lyrics, and I need the lyrics so I know what the story is. But I’m learning that with classical music, you have to make up your own story. Anyway, the classical station of couse plays opera too and I recently read an interview with Anna Netrebko, who is an up-and-coming opera star. The interview was very good, and piqued my interest in opera. I bought one of Anna’s albums last week (The Russian Album), but I haven’t really been able to give it my full attention yet. I really should like opera, because it’s so dramatic and over-the-top and I love those qualities in music. So I’ll give it a try.

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