Friday

a hot mess...

To some people, this must look like just a bunch of junk that needs to be cleaned up and put away... to others, it may look very familiar! This is how some of us create, right?

Last weekend, some girlfriends and I attended a crop for National Scrapbook Day. I'd been wanting to start a little art journal and this was the perfect opportunity since we had 12 (TWELVE!!!) hours to play.

My page dividers are actually small (5x7) tabbed index dividers from the office supply store. There will be pages in between them made from watercolor paper.

I saw a post on One Lucky Day that very clearly explained how to combine paper, paint and ink. It was really fun!

I used a matte gel medium to cover my paper (which is some vintage sheet music) that had been adhered to one of those tabbed index cards. Next, I randomly slopped some acrylic paint onto the piece- no rhyme or reason, just get it on there. While the paint was wet, I took a baby wipe and quickly worked to remove most of the paint. It really worked great... the acrylic came right up, leaving nice streaks of color wherever I left them. Once dry, I used distress ink to 'age' the whole thing and soften the color just a bit more.

Here's a new toy- (I know it's been around awhile, I just never had one!). I've always used a Crop-o-Dile or a BigBite to make holes in my projects. Coming up soon, I'll be making dozens of small memory books for camp and I thought I'd go the easy route (re: mechanical power vs. my own muscle) to punch holes in them. Wow, am I glad I bought this baby- it quickly and cleanly drills right through whatever I put in there... chipboard, cardstock, felt.

Next time I'll show you some of the pages I made during the crop...

4 comments:

fairyrocks said...

I love how you described your work in progress!!! Genius creations come from such piles. Keep smiling and creating

scrapncathy said...

Looking forward to seeing the beautiful pages you created that day!

Cindy said...

Oh man...cutie, cute, cute, cute! I'm loving it. I saw here doing that and I wanted to try it too....you've inspired ME to try and get a little craft time in this weekend.

And that binder thing looks wicked cool! Hmmmm, maybe I can talk Santa into one for Christmas? :)

hugs,
c

donna!ee said...

cool process...thank you much for sharing! :)

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