Seeing as TOMORROW is Inspiration Wednesday already...I figured I'd better hurry up and get LAST WEEK'S entry in my Inspiration Journal posted!! I have been so busy being creative that I haven't had the time to sit and edit pictures or blog about them. Hmm...must figure out better scheduling so that I can fit that in.
So last week, Donna introduced us to her AMAZING array of watercolor crayons - hers are Caran D'Ache watercolor crayons, which look positively wonderful and I hope to try them one day soon. I have, in my stash, two tins of Stampin' Up! watercolor crayons - so I was at least able to play with the technique, if not necessarily get the exact same quality of results (for example, mine wouldn't maintain color over gesso, like hers did). Anyway, I loved this technique SO much - I had never used my watercolor crayons like this. Mainly, I had used them for coloring in stamps - such a limited use!! This was WAY more fun!! I loved how they blended together, and I love how the crayon strokes just disappear completely when you add the water and start painting.
Like Donna did, I started out with a bit of clear embossing, to give some resist once I added the watercolor crayons. The stamp I used ended up being too fine in detail, so much of it just looks like large areas of embossing powder - but lesson learned. It still looks pretty cool, I think. I also used one of my new EK Success (Michael's had them 40% off) edge punches along this side - LOVE the look!!
On the first side of the insert, I continued the color scheme and the quote (which I got off of a Tim Holtz stamp), added a Donna Downey canvas tab (using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher), and added a Tim Holtz acrylic tile which I backed with coordinating patterned paper. I outlined the insert using my india ink pen (as I did most of this entire entry).
On the second side of the insert, I liked the bird idea, so I cut one from chipboard using my Cricut, glued it to the insert, and gesso'd the entire insert. This time, for some reason, the watercolor crayons DID work (while on my main page, the gesso resisted the crayons). I love how you can still sort of see the lines behind the paint and gesso - it was originally a receipt-tag or something like that. I printed the word "dream" on my Brother labeler, cut the letters apart, and stuck them on the bird, then outlined everything with my india ink pen. I added a few Prima flowers and the orange ball trim (all of which had arrived JUST THAT DAY in some AWESOME grab bags from Donna Downey's website). (Read: If you ever get the chance to get one - or four - of those $5 grab bags - they are so TOTALLY worth it!!!)
In the upper left hand of the left page, I attempted to stamp a floral-divider kind of stamp by Tim Holtz. But despite a couple times of trying, I could not get the center of the image to stamp well. So...I was innovative...and took a different stamp (Prima, I think?)...which was also floral and similar in look...I inked with Versamark, and heat embossed with black embossing powder. Then I used my india ink to write "Dream" along the edge. Overall, I ended up loving the look. Happy accidents...they are the best!
On the lower part of the left page, I added part of a paper doily (also from a grab bag), which I had spritzed with Glimmer Mist and then rubbed over with some light brown chalk ink. I ran the doily through my Xyron 900 to add adhesive to the entire back easily, rather than messing around with any kind of wet glue for such a delicate piece. I stamped the umbrella man and word quote in charcoal chalk ink, but wanted the words to be bolder, so I went over them with india ink. (Note - behind the words, you can see some of the drippage effect, from when I sprayed the page with water after I painted the watercolored areas - SO cool!!) I, of course, had to finish up by adding a tag with the date.
So, tomorrow is another Inspiration Wednesday! I'm just going to go ahead and say it - I probably won't get mine posted ON Wednesday! LOL I did do lots of creative things over the weekend, so hopefully I can get some of those things posted soon too.
Have YOU been playing and being creative???