Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Gelli Printing






I once attended a workshop with Elizabeth St. Hilaire in Italy. It was a week of collage technique under a Tuscan Sun. Stunning and so much fun! 

We made collage paper using paper and acrylic inks on a gelli plate. This week I wanted to do some collage work, but needed more collage papers, so I pulled out my materials and went to town! I ended up with an amazing array of  beautiful paper!  The above are just a few. I printed on music paper, book paper, deli paper, rice paper and regular old copy paper.  It all works...any thin paper really. 

On to collage!   Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Mixed media experiments

 










After seeing Jane Chipp's artwork, I was inspired to try it myself. I am learning what I like and what to change with each rendition. A great learning experience!  I love to learn new or different techniques. What I love about this is it combines painting with collage - a real mixed media project. 

Happy crafting!


Friday, January 28, 2022

Lots and lots of butterflies

 





Can one ever have too many butterflies??  I don't think so.  Although I have lots already, as soon as I saw this tutorial over at the Graphics Fairy, I had to give it a go!  There is a free download for the butterfly images. I printed them onto sticker paper. Plain paper works too. One must use a laser printer, as the gold foil sticks to the toner in the lamination process. After printing and foiling with the laminator, I painted the butterflies using watercolors and dye ink pads.  Over all, I am very pleased with the results!  For the fussy cutting of the butterflies- I watch TV while doing the cutting. Very Zen and relaxing. 

Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tiny journal with hand made paper

 









4" x 3" journal

One of my daughters gave me a paper making mold for Christmas and I used it today to make this tiny journal. I am so pleased how it came out! The mold makes 6" x 4" paper. I used scraps of very old paper that I have trouble throwing away...lol. Nothing goes to waste when it comes to old paper. I throw it in a bin and when there is enough, I make paper. 

Folded in half this makes the this tiny journal 4" high and 3" wide.  The paper is surprisingly strong, yet delicate. The thickest paper I used for the cover. I machine stitched them together. I added the dragonfly in the middle of the journal. I have a wonderful die that makes this add-in. I think it is spectacular! The cover butterfly and the dragonfly are both made of vellum.  

All in all, very satisfying...

Happy Crafting! 


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Junk Journal for my "Dephemerember" daily ephemera making

 



A friend gave me a beautiful Harry Potter book to use for junk journaling...I gutted it to make this junk journal.  I am pleased with the results. I added lots of pockets and used a lot of the book pages from the guts of the Harry Potter book. I still have empty pages to work on as the year goes on.
Making junk journals is much fun for me. 
If you are interested in the daily prompt challenge, here is a link:

Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 31, 2021

Bring in the New Year

As we close 2021 I say-- good riddance!  I am so over covid and all the hullaballoo. Here in Delaware, most folks are not wearing any masks and I prefer it that way. We are SLOWLY returning to some sort of 'normal..  I live at the beach, so it's nice to have no masks at the ocean and on the boardwalk.

Good bye 2021- I will not miss you!

 The whole month of December I joined an online daily prompt to make lots of ephemera. I really enjoyed ot and made lots of cool pieces yo add to a junk journal. It was on YouTube here.

Here are some random pictures of some pieces and closeups. 

Have a blessed New Year!











Tuesday, December 14, 2021

More junk journal ephemera making




I am still engaged with the daily prompts and making ephemera for a junk journal.
A great way to get a lot of cool ephemera pieces made with a purpose! 
If interested, search #Dephemerember on You Tube. 

Happy Crafting!