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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Me Time Message 5

Penultimate week of Clare's Me Time Message project.  Last week I started thinking about the envelops we had left (window and cardboard one) and had a mild panic- how to use the window envelop???  My first thought was to preserve the window, but then how to avoid getting it covered in gesso?  Of course Clare had a much better idea- cover the window with gesso and incorporate it into the final design by doodling.
Anyway, I had a mad idea during one of my journeys to work in the week and had to give it a go yesterday.  I decided to insert my journaling on cardboard into the envelop, tape up and then cut the window out totally; all before gesso-ing etc.  I also thought that I would push myself to do a few things on my own on this weeks project- in previous weeks I have followed Clare's instructions quite closely.  I bought some cheap oil pastels the weekend before and wanted to test out a technique Clare suggested in this older vimeo movie. It was all a learning curve and I adapted things as I went.
 Front.
I diecut shapes, gesso-ed, oil pastels in yellow and green.  Then clear embossing (you can just see on the photos I hope), a swipe of stazon black ink round the edge and stamping in black.
 The front was spritzed with fireworks blue ink (it didn't really stick that well!).  Some doodling to finish off plus quote).
 Quote: 'If a problem can be solved, why worry?' (and of course if t can't be solved, there is not point worrying).
 Back.
The back was the same. This time I used the waste from the flower diecuts on the front to make smaller flowers.  Instead of spritzing with fireworks I wiped over with archival ink and a blue oil pastel.
I will enter this project into this months Stamplorations challenge (stamps and diecuts- using the Stamplorations happy sentiment builders stamps).
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