As usual, I'm posting my Inspiration Wednesday work on Thursday - because by the time Donna gets HER video up, and I take care of all my homeschooling duties, children who need feeding, household stuff, etc...I just can't manage to get it all done (or posted) by the end of Wednesday!! LOL I suppose if I just did my own thing and started first thing on Wednesday mornings, I could...but what fun would THAT be? I wanna try whatever technique Donna is demonstrating...so I wait for her to post her video and then I get to play along!!
So this week, we painted the background with fluid acrylics using a palette knife! Totally a cool look! I love the lines and texture it gives the background. I didn't have the color of green I wanted, so I had to mix up some Hansa Yellow Medium, Phthalo Green (blue shade), and Yellow Ochre (all Golden fluid acrylics) to get just the right shade I was aiming for. My pictures don't quite show it right - it's a little bit more olive-colored in real life. My inspiration for the color was actually the shade of green in the patterned paper I used to make the flower at the bottom of the page (more on that in a bit).
I love this quote - it came from a women's devotional book I have. I have been working with my 5-year old a LOT lately on focusing more on others' needs than on his own, and on paying more attention to giving than to getting - so this thought has been on my mind lately.
This twisted paper swirly thing - not exactly sure WHAT to call it - was something that Donna Salazar taught during her Tuesday Tutorial a couple nights ago (you should definitely check those out - free online video classes - live - every other Tuesday - there's a link on my left sidebar). I tore three pieces of book text into about 2.5 inch-wide strips, coated them in Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish (she used a Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage, I believe), then gently twisted them one at a time. I formed a peak at the top, and a sort of flattened part at the other end. After forming all three and having curved them the way I wanted, I gently twisted all three together and smooshed the flattened bottom ends together, then laid them on my non-stick craft mat to dry. Once they were dry (I used my heat gun to sort of speed up this process), I spritzed the now-one-piece swirly with some Tiger Lily Glimmer Mist and some homemade magenta colored shimmer mist. It's hard to catch just how shimmery it really is, in photos - but let me tell you, it really shimmers! I adhered it to the page using Beacon 3-in-1 Craft Glue (love that stuff!).
The bird, I cut out of the same patterned paper that I used to make this beautiful rose. I outlined the bird using my dip pen and black india ink, just as I used for writing my quote. Notice the eye of the bird - I added a drop of Glossy Accents to give it a dimensional look. I also added several drops of the Glossy Accents to the flower petals to make it look like drops of dew or rain on the flower. The Accents go on a little cloudy-looking, but dry crystal clear and very glossy, giving a very cool look. Glossy Accents can also be used as an adhesive and will even adhere paper to metal.
Now - the flower! This is my newest fun technique!!! And SO easy it's ridiculous! I still can't believe I never knew until now how to make these! Can I just say how much I adore You-Tube? You can really learn just about anything there - I've learned how to sew, how to knit, and many many other skills by watching videos people have posted on You-Tube. Anyway, apparently this technique was originally a flower that Tim Holtz made using a Sizzix flower die; however, a very creative woman figured out a way to make them even faster using her Cricut and the George & Basic Shapes cartridge - which is the cartridge that comes with the orginal Cricut...the one I just happen to have. However, I would imagine you could find a flower shape on MANY of the Cricut cartridges that would work with this technique. THREE cut flowers is ALL it takes, a few snips of your scissors, some curling of the petals around a pencil or paintbrush, and a hot glue gun - and you've got yourself a GORGEOUS, 3-dimensional rose!
So...that's this week Inspiration Journal entry. I hope you enjoyed it...and I hope you do something to express your own creativity this week! I promise you that the more you take the time to practice being creative, the more you will find your creative impulses exploding in your mind!!