Friday, April 6, 2012

"Egging" it on...

I made two versions of this Easter card this year, one Designed 2 Delight digital stamp image a bit larger than the other, with the same papers and trim. The stamp is colored with colored pencils. I also used Card Patterns sketch 159.
Then I made this one with some collage sheet and german scrap images and a Stampers Corner yahoo group sketch.

I've been using eggs as a motif in my art lately, and it is Easter and all, but I just also think eggs have caught my eye, simple as that. Perhaps it's because it is Springtime. Pinks and greens are calling me.
 On a wild hair this week, I finally began to cover the first composition book art journal that I began in 2009, worked faithfully in for 3 months, then every few months, and less and less. This year I began doing something in it a few times a week, if only to add a layer to a background, gesso or paint a page, etc. I was feeling vintag-y and grabbed an egg collage sheet image, some scrap paper and washi and gaffer tapes, and without too much thinking, laid down a front and base cover with my Royal Coat decoupage medium.
 By then I was more comfortable with glueing larger pieces of paper, so I chose a pretty simple pairing of floral patterns for the insides of the covers.
 I even used my Martha Stewart border punch to create a pretty scalloped eyelet design on the edge of the green paper. After the back paper got glued down, I happened to notice that the last page was painted with complementary shades of pink and green. Karma! lol
 I've had this white roses paper for ages, from a photo paper stack / slab, probably Die Cuts with a View. And I'd always been afraid to use a big piece of it. I guess I shouldn't have given it a thought, because I love looking at it. :-)) I used a brown Pitt brush pen to outline the outside edge of both covers and clean up the look.
 Then, seeing an awesome opportunity to use up some ancient Chatterbox cardstock alpha and other assorted stickers, I boldly branded it by name, and then gave it a couple of protective Royal Coats to seal it all. I 've known this art journal for 3 years as the 'Almost Daily', so it would be silly to change that now, even though it really did not end up being worked in literally that often. The added irony makes me smile, so it's all good.
It's also really cool to begin to see this journal fill up. I still have virgin pages left, but few in number enough to feel completely confident that I will fill it up and finish it off this year...definitely over the hump and then some.

I'll show some recent backgrounds tomorrow -- laterz!
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