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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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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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Here is my May calendar journal page so far. Not much done yet, just the background…

may calendar journal page

I squeezed three different colors of green on to the paper, and then used a brayer to spread them over the entire page. Lesson learned – you don’t need a lot of paint for this technique! I put on way too much. I had to use paper towels to take off some of the excess. There is a lot of texture, however!

While the paint was drying I started applying black glitter to another project. I decided, hey, why not throw some on the paint? So I did. It’s very sparkly! But hard to see in the photo.

I had decided to do May in green, because my son’s birthday is in May and the birthstone is emerald. I wanted the page to be elegant. At least I got the green part down. Elegant it is not. I do like it though.

I am going to paint the dragonfly and put some black glitter on it. That will be the touch of elegance!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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I finally finished the April page in my calendar journal. Here it is…

april

april

For the background I used Distress Stains in blues, and rubber-stamping with white acrylic paint. It’s hard to see the designs of the rubberstamps; maybe I needed to put more paint on them? I tried outlining the designs with white pencil but it didn’t add much.

The journaling squares are paper from the The Rockstar stack by DCWV; I splattered it with the white paint to add interest and to help blend it with the background.

Off to my May page!

Have a great day!

xoDawne

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The first few weeks of February were a bit rough with personal issues causing stormy weather. Last February was like that too. But things have calmed down and are peaceful now, thank goodness.

But of course I’ve ended up late in finishing my February page in my calendar journal. It should have been done 2 weeks ago. oh well. At least it’s done now. And here it is…

february

february

february

february

At first I was thinking of a black color theme, under the influence of my personal February storms and a Rasputina song called Dark February. But then I thought that was too depressing, so I decided to do something different and go with a “love” theme in pink, black, and silver. It still came out on the darker side though!

There are many layers of paint, with rubberstamping on top of that (I used these cool chandelier stamps and a love stamp). Then came a layer of Glimmer Mist. The journaling squares were cut from scrapbook paper; I ran black ink along the edges and then once they were glued down I went around each one with a charcoal pencil. I used silver glitter stickers to spell out “February”, and I punched small circles out of charcoal glitter paper and glued them on for just a touch more sparkle. I’m very pleased with this page.

Of course I’m behind now with the March page…ugh. Maybe I’ll get caught up for April!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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I mentioned quite a while ago that I had started working on a memo board like those by Amber Demien in the April/May/June 2010 issue of Somerset Life. Well I’ve had it finished for some time now but I just never got around to sharing it. So here it is….

homemade memo board

And a closer view….

homemade memo board

I started with a canvas (12″ by 16″ I think) and painted it a light blue color (after first painting it in variously-colored stripes, which turned out awful!). I wanted a blue, brown, and cream color palette, so I chose the ribbons accordingly. I used a staple gun to staple the ribbons to the underside of the canvas (first time using a staple gun!). Et voila!

I bought mini clothespins at AC Moore to attach notes to the ribbons. Now I just need to make some pretty little papers that I can write all my important notes on!

Have a great day!

xoDawne

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