I used the Lexicon pages again, this time sewn into a square. I was inspired by Petra, a friend of a friend who stamped onto a serviette then glued it to the canvas. I usually stamp directly onto my work but this was easier although not necessarily straighter! The text is from a poem by A.W.E O'Shaughnessy, Ode (We are the Music Makers)
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
In the next QB5 challenge we're planning to do a small book with our own theme. I've chosen to do people with wings, something I quite like but am completely useless at! I've made the pages out of sewn paper pockets and in between I've used some more of Nathalie's waxed paper, the whole thing has an amazing feel and sound to it, I can only imagine what joy it will be when the decorated pages return from their world trip and are fixed together with a big chunky spring. I've started with a photo of myself in a woolly jumper, one of many but am not sure if this will be the cover or a page within, time will tell
Monday, 22 June 2009
It's been a while since I've made one of these 'canvases' and I remember now how much I like to work on this kind of surface. The Lexicon is proving to be an absolute bargain!! it can be used for so many things. I glued a few pages together with gel medium, sewed around and through it and added a bit of colour with watercolour crayons and acrylic paint.I broke with my tradition of dark brown ink and went for a lighter version which now that it's on I don't actually like, it was supposed to be the word 'satire' but as I tried sanding it back (to get rid of the colour) you can't actually read it now. Click on the pic to see the text which I found on an old bookmark, I collaged some faces and used the lunch wrap Nathalie sent me to create the illusion of glass
Thursday, 18 June 2009
I managed to save one of my background cards and decided to simply stamp onto it (Crafty Individuals) it seemed easier that way! I also tried stamping onto cork, great fun. I had the card with the word and without, I'm still not sure, it's such a nice background but it kind of needed something else in the corner, anyway it's glued now so I'll go onto the next one!And once again I've left the back alone, I rather like the way the paper is doing it's own thing
http://kiwicarole.blogspot.com/ the vintage lace is from Angelika in Germany http://dragonquilts.blogspot.com/ and a little paper flower from the local french shop.
As pages of my Lexicon have been spread near and far I think it's time to show you how to make a paper pocket. Take a page of a book or other paper cut approx to A5, fold the corners to the centre as if you're going to make a paper planeTake the top right and fold to centre, there should be a small overlap running along the side (left)
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Last night I went to a stamping course and one of the things I learnt was how to fold a pocket. I had one of those 'aha' moments when your mind goes into overdrive with possibilities. My original idea was to make some kind of carrier for an ATC but with a bit of stitching the whole thing has actually turned into an ATC itself! I can see this is going to be a superb way to use up the 2000 odd pages I have left of my old German Lexicon, who says I'm not organsied for Christmas!I stitched around the pocket, added some lace and a photo backed on a piece of faded crepe paper
Monday, 15 June 2009
I recently took part in a postcard swap with my online group QB5. The theme was 'Childhood' and the only restriction was the size (6x4) I have a number of slightly odd childhood photos as my father was a keen photographer and as kids we were often asked to 'stand over there and try not to look daft' while he pfaffed about trying to create the perfect picture. Afterwards we would retreat to the darkroom and watch the magic of the photos unfold before our eyes.
Carole http://kiwicarole.blogspot.com/ giving us her best smile!! yep I know, the second one poking her tongue out!
Nathalie http://nathaliethompson.blogspot.com/ dressed in her best.
Linda http://lindajos.blogspot.com/ riding in from Texas!