Saturday, August 12, 2017

I"M THE GUEST ARTIST! Daily Journaling Week 33

On the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : this week it's me!!! 
Theme: Art appreciation Month : Embrace yourself - Embrace your Art
Technique: Using pretty paper serviettes/napkins as a collage layer
Prompt: Be inspired by one of your favourite artists
Quote“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
As always, I have highlighted the prompts in green as I use them.
I ♥ Klimt - he is one of my favourite artists. I love his patterning, his figures, his use of gold, his compositions, his lovely elements of swirls....I could go on! Starting from there and wanting to share one of my favourite journaling techniques with you, I began by gathering some pretty paper serviettes
First I painted the background of my spread gold so that there'll be a glow to the page as I layer up, and then I chose the serviettes that would be added as a collage layer
First separate the back layers off your serviette so you are left with the top layer only - there are most often 3 layers to a paper serviette (the middle layer of this one may also be usable since it has a faint print of the top layer)
To get exactly the pieces you want from the serviette, use a small wet paintbrush to outline the element, and then tear around that water line
Spread your gel medium/glue onto the page just covering the area of the element you want to add, lay the serviette on top, and then use the remaining glue on your brush to smooth out from the centre to the edges. The torn edges blend beautifully into your background
Do this with different serviettes to lay your base collage elements.
Then layer up - I gathered some of my favourite small stencils
and lovely Iridescent paint - you can add iridescent medium to ordinary paints for that lovely shine
Now time for more serviettes as the main act - torn with the wet paintbrush technique. 
Time to play with some layouts and then to glue down what I love 
I added the figures and butterfly and then highlighted with a white Gelly Roll Sakura pen cos it's all feeling a bit dark
When I feel like it's a bit of a hot mess, I know it's not done and I need to add more!!
A good tip to see what you might do to fix a page is to photograph the page and look at it in black and white
This shows up my problem areas and here's what I did next - my "go to" favourite feature stencil with white paint sponged through
Also added another paper serviette butterfly and some black line drawing to highlight the squares a la more white outlining/doodles to highlight
I always knew that I would be adding found words and I had a wonderful find for $3 at a recent Red Cross Book Sale of a large print dictionary which gave me Embrace
and I often use words from Large Print romances as well
Now I can call my spread done
I so hope that by seeing my full process you are inspired to do a page using serviettes and to keep moving forward until it's done. Leave a comment so I can come see your version. Embrace the process - Embrace your creativity ♥
For further inspiration see my first post HERE about decorating the cover for my Daily Journal which used the same techniques. 
You can see all my posts about this Daily Journaling project HERE and my Flickr album of all my pages together HERE.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stitch*Bookery - the first book

I had some birthday money left over from June so when the latest class from Mary Ann Moss became available and I realised the timing couldn't be better (it's during our second hiatus month from Book of Days) I signed up. 
A sweet friend had a birthday today so she's being gifted my first attempt. First to gather - I decided to mainly limit myself to black & white and her favourite colour bright blue. Doesn't look like I limited myself much!!
I decided to use wallpaper as the base (as a test of a cheaper option than the recommended watercolour paper) and it worked for me.
It's fun to use straight stitch or zigzag to attach paper to paper (sheet music below not stitched down so is a pocket for those tickets)
You can use fancy stitches if your machine has them (click on any photo to see it larger)
Free motion stitching also works
Add pockets for treasure
I had to include some of my favourite things : pretty paper serviettes 
and found words
It's really fun to see the different views of pages alongside each other depending on how you fold it out
I'm hoping she'll add a few little bits herself to some the pages - even if just some birthday photos in some pockets. 
I attached sari ribbon ties to the back for its closure...
It measures 5" x 7 1/2" (13 x 19 cm) so just fits in my hand. 
I LOVED making this and I'm sure there'll be more...and that's just from Lesson One (4 weeks of lessons all up). Unfortunately enrolment's closed for this round, but she's running another session with registrations from late October if you like what I post about this class

Monday, August 7, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 31

I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 31 : Add a pocket and fill it full of your week's treasure!
And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : Technique: Paper/fabric collage
Prompt: Use a variety of coloured papers and fabrics to recreate a collage of a pretty scene or object
Quote:  A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but on its wings.  Always believe in yourself. ~ Unknown

Little bit late with this one cos I was having a love affair with my Klimt mixed media box project (see my previous post). The fabric/collage example by the guest artist last week was beautiful but so detailed I almost missed it out, but then I decided that I could do a very simple version.... I grabbed an old calendar page of a flower 
Then I trimmed it to size for my journal and used my trusty old paper-sewing machine to attach random small scraps from my fabric and paper stashes to make this lovely collage
I attached it to the journal in part with stitch so it created a pocket 
- not much treasure to add from the week, but I was really happy that I had such a successful Star book Class and that my stitched lap top cover was gifted and loved so much so I did some screen shots off FB and edge stitched them on card stock before slipping them inside the pocket.
Now time to look at this week's prompt. You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Klimt in the Garden Mixed Media Collage Box

Recently I had a Play Day with a couple of creative friends. We always have such fun together : we can rely on great food, lots of inspiration sharing, and good solid time spent on a creative project. This time it was my choice, and I've long wanted to create a collage box inspired by Anne Brooke's lovely work. We traveled to my friend's house and then started the day with fortifying coffee and cake
I had picked the theme of Klimt in the Garden because I adore Klimt and already had an image of Mother and Child AND a gorgeous serviette of The Kiss. I wasn't sure if the Mother and child image was some kind of transfer and hoped it was a TAP (transfer artist paper) so tried ironing it down....didn't work so either too old or a different print! But decided I could just fuse it to my background with vliesofix and did that with the top layer of my serviette as well. 
Then it was time to stitch our base wallpaper squares together for the box shape. Mine are 6" in size
Then I began to narrow down my gatherings
It's really fun to add things like polymer clay and paper castings made on play days in the past
and I'm so lucky to have such a delicious collection of paper serviettes, sari ribbon and scrim to add to the more usual collection of fabric and paper
Because I had my focal images early on, it was quite quick to make decisions about what should be added 
LOVE this with stitch added. You can click on any photo to see it larger.
There were a lot more options to be trialed after this
and I was carefully supervised ;-)
I was very happy with where I got to by the end of the day
We all have our own style and it's really fun to see our different interpretations of the same project here together. Click on any photo to see it larger.
Once home it was time to continue working alone. I began with The Kiss
I added metallic thread swirls, some small beads, and a Polymer clay heart and it was quickly complete. I also added the star fabric for a bit of extra interest, but mainly to overlap down into the base of the box so it's not just plain underneath.
I had already chosen a Polymer clay word for The Mother and Child, and had a piece of paper casting that finished this side off perfectly. 
I hadn't gone very far with the tree when I finished the play day
I knew this would be the side to have some kind of button closure for the top and I'd initially  played a bit with this button idea
but it was quite large and once home I added a special piece of fabric for sky and found a smaller button. Then I decided that repeating elements would add unity to the box, so I added Klimt-like swirls in metallic thread to the tree and I found a use for one of my butterfly buttons, as well as adding some more of that lovely gold sari ribbon. 
Then it was time to turn my attention to the butterflies side and top. 
This green butterfly is a lovely paper serviette - top layer glued down and then stitched around. The design below it is another piece of serviette but the floral is a piece of fabric. The blue buttterfly below is cut from fabric and has a different piece of serviette behind it. This is truly a mixed media piece. I really enjoyed stitching with metallic thread.
I was a bit uninspired what to do next until I had a brainwave in the shower one morning about adding some of my lovely crusty tyvek beads and stamping with gold paint. Once I found the beads and saw their colours, I knew immediately how they would be used and I love how the beads add dimension to the butterflies' bodies
I'd known early on that I was going to use the polymer clay word with the green butterfly, but wasn't sure what else...decided to go back go some of my original play with elements (a great reason to take photos of your process - see photo nearer the top of the post) and remembered I wanted to use scrim and sari ribbon which eventually overlapped above but led me to rediscover and use that textured mesh as the perfect element here
My blue butterfly is on the top of my box so needed a closure and nothing too heavy. I thought about my favourite art journal elements and realised I needed some lovely found words to fill in the gaps
Although you won't see it unless you specially look, I decided to add a bit of extra stitching for interest on the base
Then I added fabric lining and another row of outer stitching and I was ready to sew the sides of my box together. 
I love how this project turned out ♥ 
Which side do you like best?
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