"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Two projects

The 12-hour National Scrapbook Day crop was a huge success. I didn't finish all the projects I took as I worked part of the time, but I still got alot accomplished.

Do you remember the old autograph books we used to take to camp or to school for our friends to sign? (If not, you're alot younger than me! LOL) I will be attending a retreat for an online group in a month and the theme of the weekend is girlfriends. We have to bring decorated "autograph book pages" - one for each participant - and they will be bound into autograph books which we will then take around to everyone to have them sign their page. We are supposed to put an old autograph saying on the front along with our artwork.

I completed 18 of these pages at the crop. There are currently 16 people attending, but I made a couple for extras just in case someone signs up at the last minute.

I used the new Heidi Swapp Invisibles paper in the polka dot pattern which I inked with Tattered Rose distress ink. I don't remember where the image of the five little girls is from but I had saved it on my computer. I printed it out, colored with colored pencils and Gamsol and attached it to the page with black photo corners. The title "girlfriends" was stamped in black ink and I attached three flowers (from the bridal section of Michael's) with a gem in each flower center. The saying was printed on the computer and overstamped with an Autumn Leaves journaling block. After cutting it into a small square, I punched the top with a new EK Success notebook border punch. I wanted this to look like a piece of school paper torn out of a notebook. The left side is left free of embellishments so that these can be bound with the Bind-It-All.

This is a small 4" by 4" canvas I made for a dear friend for her birthday. It's similar to one I saw on the Hero Arts blog. It's all shades of white. The background was crackled with Elmer's Glue (paint on a generous coat of glue to the canvas and, while the glue is still wet, paint over all with white acrylic paint - when everything dries, it is crackled). I added a book page and stamped some flourishes with white paint. The horizontal strip at the bottom is a piece of cream cardstock run through the crimper and then dry-brushed with white paint. A thin piece of twine was threaded through white buttons and clear buttons (with book text glued to the backs) and tied in a bow. I added a bow of tan silk ribbon, a white leaf inked with brown ink, and a butterfly punched from my new MS punch. There are three flowers layered together - a white flower on the bottom, a cream paper flower on the top. Sandwiched between is a flower I made by stamping a script stamp with white ink on kraft cardstock and then cutting into a flower shape and edging with white ink. Little self-adhesive pearls are sprinkled over the canvas and the sentiment was stamped with brown ink.

1 comment:

Robin said...

Oh Susan both of these pieces are just gorgeous! Love the colors you used on your canvas and that twine is a perfect touch.