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Not much going on down in the studio these days. Too hot! I did manage to work on this spread in stages, based on one of Donna Downey's recent Inspiration Wednesday videos. I started off exactly like she did, with Tim Holtz tissue paper and joint compound (not plaster), with acrylic paint over. Then I decided to use some batik flowers I cut ages ago with the Alterations Tattered Floral die (I think) and buttons. I used a Stabilo All pencil for the stems but it bled onto some of the flowers. In the words of Dina Wakely, oops, oh well. I like how they look otherwise. I colored in the leaves a bit with Neocolor crayons and glued buttons down as centers. Some Donna Downey stamps and Neocolor crayon around the edge to finish. Be sure to seal the joint compound when it dries or it rubs off quite easily and loses all the interesting texture. Kind of a ho-hum design but I was done looking at the background and wanted to move on. And get out of the heat. Rather than be bold, I just did what made me happy at the time. <snark>


I've started another spread in a bigger journal using the same technique but I had to come up for air. And I have no idea where it's going, either.


In black and white part II


When I thought I’d have to abandon the first black and white pages I’d started for the Fall Fearless & Fly challenge, I started over. I like what I did on the first attempt:

but I haven’t figured out how to finish it, and it isn’t exactly JUST black and white. So I used the same Balzer Designs stencil from Crafters Workshop with white acrylic paint. This time I sprayed black Dylusions in a few spots and wiped the spray off in a circular motion. This created a two-tone effect and also gave a kind of pebbled effect where there was overspray. I carefully wiped some of the overspray off to make areas whiter

And the circular sprayed areas have a sort of ‘cut away’ look, even though the black is on top of the white. Strangely, the black has different hues on different parts of the page although I didn’t use anything but black and white on this page. I liked the baxkground as it was and finished with a Donna Downey tag stamped with one of her Unity stamps and some black masking tape for a border.


Pages revisited


Remember these pages? They’re in my Donna Downey canvas journal. I did the background some time ago using Pan Pastels. It sat for a while as I’ve been collecting embellishments and frankly, doing a lot of other things. I’m much better at making backgrounds than finishing spreads. The tea bag envelopes are part of my collection from our Minnesota trip. I love the colors and matte texture of the Stash envelopes almost as we’ll as the tea!




Fun is NOT optional


Okay, this one’s a bit over the top for me, but it’s been a long week and my back is bugging me again. Honestly, you’d think I was getting old or something…anyway, while watching the second Kate Crane Art Journaling DVD I suddenly wanted some fun images for collage and I found Cemerony on Etsy. I used a prepped background (the many spatters done with leftover paints from another project). The homemade ‘washi’ tape probably looks familiar. When my back is out, I can sit on the couch with an ice pack and watch preseason football and cut things out for hours. It’s about all I can do. Tiny attached a little date tag a la Donna Downey (three, DD, count ’em!) and called it good. I am serious about this, folks, that fun is NOT optional, it’s a necessity of life.


New pan pastels!


Woohoo, love these! I now have the painting and shades sets. I got trays for them and I can see that this will make them much easier to use, although it’s nice just to sit and stare at them. 😉 Honestly, some of these colors look good enough to eat. (Do I have to tell you not to do it?)


Here’s what I’ve done already; a spread in my Donna Downey canvas album. This is the first time I’ve done much work on canvas. The Internationally Inspired videos from DD Studios have helped with lots of techniques and inspiration. Still thinking about how to embellish this spread…