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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Flower Power class with Alisa Burke

I was so VERY excited when I won Alisa Burke's Flower Power online class for free and was then VERY frustrated when my computer went out of action when the class first became available!
Finally I had a chance to immerse myself in her lessons...First I traced some flower shapes from photographs and pictures from some great floral gardening books
This was a really good exercise - it very quickly gave my brain inspiration for flower shapes and doodling. Then I had a play with drawing flowers to fill a page
and this next page was done after spraying colour on the page as the first layer
I've also got a few flowers in my watercolour journal inspired by this class
I love how these turned out. While I really want to be getting back to stitching, these are a wonderful way to add colour and creativity to my evenings.
And I'm looking forward to being further inspired by Alisa in her new class that starts on Friday - this is the last of the 4 classes that I won
For details of the class and to register go HERE OR better yet - leave a comment on her blog HERE and she will draw 10 winners for the class on Friday.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Last Me Time Message : 6

"Me Time Messages" is finished. I've really enjoyed this project and I had lots of  fun with this last envelope: instructions HERE.
My focus for this envelope was "I am creative" and I wanted the envelope to include stitch as an aspect of my creativity that I want to develop. I started with a very large envelope which I cut down so it would fit inside my cover
Then I opened it out to decorate - I am intending to add stitch as part of the embellishment, and to stitch it closed as I did with my cover. First was a layer of gesso and then modelling paste scraped through a stencil- you can use an old credit card or a paint spatula for this.
I removed the stencil and applied it a few different places across the length of the opened envelope paper - quite like that some colour from a previous project has transferred a bit.
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Here's a view from the side so you can see the texture modeling paste gives - I love it.
Then it was time to add some colour. I started with a couple of my fav sprays
And then added some gold to warm it up just a bit
The next instruction was to stamp on some tissue paper and glue that to the surface. I love to use paper serviettes in my work, so I pulled out a couple of my fav's
I used both of these recently in my fabric banner :
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and I think I've used the last of that blue butterfly serviette - also seen on this altered book cover :
To apply the serviettes, tear out your shape. You can make this easier by running a line of water with a brush around where you want the tear to be. Then separate the top layer from the 2 under-layers, apply gel medium to your surface, place the serviette on top, and smooth it into the background with the brush you used to apply the gel medium. 
I forgot to take photos of the next stages because I fell in love with what was evolving and couldn't stop :-) I also left the rest of the original instructions behind at this point and it became totally my own piece. Here's some detail shots of my additions of serviettes, found words, small strips of sari ribbon, and stitch
Here's the full view of each side of the completed envelope - I stitched up each side
and across the flap closure
See all the instructions HERE, and all of my postings from the workshop HERE

Friday, August 15, 2014

Watercolour Calendar Journaling

I keep all the paper towels that I use to blot my work
They are grungy and yummy and I thought it would be fun to start my next spread by gluing some down on the background. I just used one paper towel for this spread - 2 layers pulled apart and torn. I love it.
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On my left hand page I had sprayed onto one of my lovely stencils and then pressed it down as a stamp, so I just glued the paper down around it.
This spread was during our school holidays - a good chance to catch up on some reading and some viewing...We never watched the TV series of "Elementary", so very happy to be able to catch up on that on DVD from the library. Also saw "How to Tame your Dragon 2" at the movies as a family - highly recommended.
A busy and exciting week - I started the Me Time Messages project, and our Manawatu rep boys' team won their Under 15 National basketball tournament! (our older boy is in that team) What a fantastic experience that was. So lucky we were there for the quarter, semi and finals to cheer them on.
Enjoying playing with lettering and some pretty pieces of washi tape given by a friend - I'll remember her visit without even writing it down :-)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend with some time for creativity.
You can see all my calendar journal pages in my flickr set HERE.
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