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Making Fabric Dolls with Some Great Dollz

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Making Fabric Dolls with Some Great Dollz

Happy Sunday!  If you are a football fan, you’ll be watching the Super Bowl tonight. And.. if you live in New England, you’ll be watching the Patriots play and hopefully win… deflated balls or not.

We just finished having about 3 feet of snow dumped on us last weekend and another foot is falling tonight. We were doing so good, too.  It’s been pretty dry up until now.  Working from home, there is no such thing as sick days or snow days, but it sure makes for a great commute.

Two weeks ago, I was invited to my dear friend, Corrine’s home for some fabric doll making. I’ve never made one before, but always wanted to.  A few more friends (Kay, Barbara and Eileen) joined us at Corrine’s old/new farm house she is renovating with her super duper super hero, David (who drilled some holes in my clay for me). Here are some pictures of our fun day.

Our hostess, Corrine and a little table set up and we are ready to go. (click on any picture to enlarge for details)

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This one is mine.  Can you tell?  Teal colors (I think I have an issue) and clay wings, heart and face. Named her Edie, but I think she looks pissed, don’t you think?  She’s saying “Great, now what?… I have these damn heavy wings on me and how the hell am I going to fly.. they are upside down and they look like arms. I hate you”.  That’s not nice talk, Edie. I gave you life, after all.

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Check out some of Corrine’s art dolls here.  What a great day for art. We got to hang out with her beautiful 5 dogs, lots of laughing, eating and chatting it up.  And, as for sewing, Corrine sewed the shape of Edie.. thanks, you’re a doll.  You’ve given me confidence to go for a bigger doll next time.

Thanks for stopping by.. means so much to me when I hear from you and to just know you were here.

Judy ♥ ♥ (Go Pats!)

StencilGirl Blog Hop – Terri Stigmiller

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Welcome to the StencilGirl Blog Hop – Today I am playing with Terri Stigmiller’s stencil called Garden Swirl.

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I just love curvy and soft edge designs.  Flowers, hearts, spirals.  I saw many designs in this one stencil.  Of course, the flowers and spiral shapes.. but I also saw hearts.

I’ve decided to pull out my polymer clay again and target certain spots on the stencil to make thin embellishment to put on cards.  Ready? Let’s go.

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I’m working with Premo clay. Running it through the pasta machine as a very thin setting. If you are using a rolling pin, dedicated to clay, the make sure the clay is flattened to about 1/16th of an inch.  You want these to be thin enough to glue on a card and not be too heavy. I’m targeting that corner design that looks like a heart.  I also did the flowers and leaves.

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Take the clay and lay it on the surface, non-stick or paper is preferable, and take the section of the stencil you want and put it on top of the clay.  I am using an acrylic roller here.  Push down so it indents into the clay.  Pull up gently and you have your design imprinted in the clay. Use a dull knife to cut around the shape (think butter knife).  Now, with some plastic wrap, lay it over the shape and smooth your finger around the edges. This softens the edges.  Repeat with another shape.  The next one was a flower.

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Take a button or a rubber stamp and texture the clay flower (spray with water first for release).  I made a small center for the flower.  In the last picture, below, you can see the shapes I pulled from Terri’s stencil.  So much fun.

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Time to bake in my clay oven for the time specified on the package.  These are thin, so they won’t take more than 15 minutes.  Once they are baked and cooled, it’s time to make them purdy.  I took stickles glitter and drew into the creased lines of the heart and leave… or….

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.. here I stained my other pieces with brown acrylic paint.

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Time for a shine.  For the glitter pieces, I used Diamond Glaze.  For the stained pieces, I used my handy dandy Future Floor Wax.  Let dry.  As you can see with the last picture, they are pretty thin and flexible.

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I took two tags and laid them down and made a binding with masking tape.  Think greeting card.  Covered the card on the outside with Ranger tissue paper, gluing with gel medium.  Then I glazed with the Golden’s Patina Green glazing liquid, rubbing it in with a paper towel.

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I wanted to tone down the background.  I took a wash of titan buff acrylic paint and water and gave it a wash.  Then sprayed with Dylusions, front and back.

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I took my Krylon Gold Leafing Pen and went around the edges of the card and doodled all around.

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Glued the clay embellishments on the front of the card.  Inside the card, I glued in torn pages from a children’s book and washed that with titan buff and water to push the words in the background.

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I wrote a message in a thick lettering style – “I  Am Grateful 4 U”.

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And, that’s it folks.  Making your own handmade embellishments for your handmade greeting cards, just adds that special touch.   I just love that you can use stencils in so many ways. Just one little section can create wonderful designs all by themselves.

Give-a-way alert:  All comments left on the ENTIRE hop are eligible to be picked as the winning comment. Giveaway will close on Sunday, November 24th at 11:59 p.m. cst.

Please follow my art friends below. Can’t wait to see what they have all done.

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Terri Stegmiller
Linda Kittmer
Kirsten Reed
Marjie Kemper
Janet Joehlin
Judy Shea  (that’s me, next is Linda)
Linda Cain
Corrine Gilman
Leslie Tucker Jenison
Mary C. Nasser

Thank you so much for stopping by.  You know how I feel about you.  Loving all your comments.

Judy ♥  ♥

Blog Hop with Mary Nasser’s Map Stencil from StencilGirl

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Well, here I am again..and what a summer it was. I’ve moved to a new home, turned a year older, sent my girls back to college and now I’m ready for some art making… .and what better way to begin again?  By doing a blog hop with StencilGirl designer, Mary Nasser.  Mary just designed 4 new stencils.   I was so excited to participate in this hop with many other artists you can see below, in a minute.  What a fantastic crowd to hop along with.  Thank you, Mary, for asking me to participate.

I chose this stencil:

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A journey came to mind when I saw this stencil… and how perfect for me since I just moved to a new city.  I decided to make a journal with covers out of polymer clay.  A “Journey Journal”.  This measures about 3 1/2 ” x 4 1/2″.

Let’s begin our own journey with this process, shall we?  Hang on tight, grab your favorite comforting beverage and enjoy the ride, cuz it’s a lot of pictures.  Hey, it’s my comeback..  I’m going big.  Chop chop.

I started with, of course, Polymer Clay, in my favorite color, turquoise.  Condition it until is soft and pliable. I used my pasta machine, that is only used for clay (not food).  As a matter of fact, anything you use for clay from your kitchen, should never be used with food again.  Click on pictures for close ups.

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I took the stencil and the clay and ran it through my machine together so the map would impress the clay.

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Cool, huh?  I did this twice for the front and back cover of my journal.

Now, I needed a book template to follow, so I took my trusty coasters.. the ones I collect from restaurants and made sure the clay was as big as the coaster.  Now, these are my covers.

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Next up…making the pages to go inside.  I used Bristol paper and traced the coaster onto the paper and cut out about 8 pages.

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I stacked the pages together, but had to make them a bit smaller than the covers.  So, I scraped the sides with scissors and roughed them up… you can see the edges below (a “Distrezz it All” tool would be perfect for this).  Then I had to make the holes for the binding.  I took my awl and poked 3 holes on the top side using the coasters as a guide.  In the meantime, I baked my covers in my clay dedicated oven. Let cool once done.

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Once i had all the pages aligned, I clamped them together.  The used my big puncher (god, what is that called), to punch the holes in the clay covers.

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With me so far?  This is not even the fun part.  Stay with me now.

Once the clay covers had their holes and lined up with the pages, it was time to antique them.  What is “antiquing”?  Well, it’s taking brown acrylic paint and pushing into the grooves of the textured clay.  Then you wipe it off and leave the paint to sit in the textured valley’s, if you will.  So, it looks old and vintagey.

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Now, once you get the paint to where you want it, then let it dry.  Time to make it shine.  I used “Future” floor polish. I know, right?  Just brush on one coat with a soft flat paint brush, let dry.

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Nope, not done yet…more fun coming your way.

It’s time to make those covers come to life.  First, I glued one page to the front and back cover.  I made a bunch of my  “button n’bellishements”, cuz I needed more… especially hearts…. then added a few metal charms.  I used glitter glue to highlight a couple of the highways and I even cut out the route sign shape from Mary’s map and made a clay piece from that.  I also took a text rubber stamp and stamped onto the covers.  I used Elmer’s Squeeze Caulk to adhere the paper down and Helmar Glue for any embellishments.. I just love that glue.

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ABOVE:  With a small alphabet stamp set and with white acrylic paint, I stamped the word “journey” on the cover over a black acrylic edge.  Let me say that this journal went through many transitions.  I had ugly moments, or as my friend, Carolyn Dube says.. an “OOPS”!  Oh yes.. many of those.

I had a piece of suede leather rope to tie the book together, but then I thought it needed a solid binding edge to grab onto.  I made this twisted piece of clay,.. baked and antiqued it.  Then tied 3 separate pieces of the suede through each hole.

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That’s it, my friends.  I really hope you enjoyed this “journey” with me.

Now, it’s time to go visit the other blog artists to see what they did with Mary’s stencils.  I can’t contain myself.  I’ll meet you there.

StencilGirl Talk
Mary C. Nasser
Mary Beth Shaw
Jessica Sporn
Janet Joehlin
Heather Haymart
Judy Shea  (that’s meeeeeeeee)
Pam Carriker
Nancy Wethington
Talk2TheTrees
Corrine Gilman
Rose Wilde
Nancy Curry
Kristen Powers
Carolyn Dube
Maria McGuire

AND.. that’s not all… screeeeech…. halt……  There will be a give away for this hop.  Yup, it’s true.

Mary and StencilGirl will be giving away a set of four of her new map stencils.   ALL the comments on each blog, above, will be eligible for the drawing.   Just leave a comment by 11:59PM Central Time on October 4th.  The more blogs you comment on in the blog hop, the more chances you have of winning!

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I love hearing from you and appreciate your comments.

Judy ♥ ♥ ♥

Angel in the Window Coaster Collage – Stencil Test Drive

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My dear friend, Jessica Sporn, did a post on her blog this week about angels.  I was inspired.  So, when she asked me to test drive her new stencil from Stencil Girl Products called Windows & Doors, I said to myself, “self, you need to do something with an angel”…. and so I did.

As most of you who follow me know,  I love to collect coasters from restaurants.  Sometimes, our server is nice enough to give me a stash of them.. .but I do ask beg them nicely.  I love working small sometimes.  It’s just such a nice little piece of art.  The coaster surface is really great; it absorbs wonderfully and has the right thickness.

First, let me show you the stencil I”ll be working with… I’m going to use the top right church window. Seems appropriate for an angel, don’t you think?  Jessica really created a beautiful stencil here.

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I picked out a 4″x4″ rounded corner coaster and started to apply gesso.   Let dry. Then I applied some random colors and smooshed with my fingers.

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I pulled off some of the paint with another piece of paper.. this tip came from Jane Davies; simple and effective.  Then used a brayer to blend the colors.

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When I started to dry the paint with my heat gun, I started to get bubbles which is a very cool effect.  If you hold the heat gun very close, the paint starts to bubble.  Once I got the colors the way I wanted, I brushed a loose wash of acrylic teal paint with water on top and spritzed some alcohol on it to let the paint separate.  Can you see the texture it created?

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Now, I know I wanted to put an angel on my coaster, but I needed her face to show through, so I put a light coat of Titan Buff fluid acrylic paint (from Golden) in the section where her face would show.

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Now, it’s time to transfer my image onto the coaster. I printed off the angel image on the rough side of a transparency film (ink jet printer). I took gel medium and with my finger, rubbed some along the section where I wanted my angel.  I also put some on the image itself.  Laid down the image and gently rubbed with a soft cloth.  Wait a couple of minutes, then gently lift it off. There you go… I like that it’s NOT perfect.. it has a worn/vintage look to it.  Now, let her dry.. doesn’t take too long; about 5 minutes.

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Oh boy.. I get to play with pastes.  I used the Viva Decor Modeling Cream in gold for the window.
I placed it over the angel’s face, taped it down on one side.  Using my palette knife, I scraped the cream over the stencil and lifted it up… Beautiful window.

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Now, one of the panes was covering my angel’s face.. I had to gently scrape it off.  There she is.. so purdy.

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I added my spiral lace paper in the corner and used a pen tube as a stamp for some small circles.  Added gold ribbon lace to the bottom of the window.

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I found an old earring that I cut up with a wire cutter to make a window top.  When I cut the metal, it creates tiny rough metal edges; so I filed them down with a Chizzel-it.  I’ve had this for years.  I used it for engraving baked polymer clay.  Oh, who am I kidding.. it was just a fun toy.  You can also use 200 grit sand paper to file down the sharp edges.

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I added some glitter and painted around the edges with a Gold Leafing Pen. I love this pen.  It’s puts the best finishing touches on your work.

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I added a “believe” metal tag to the bottom.  After all, we DO believe in angels, don’t we?  Then I added some red lines of acrylic paint with my credit card that I changed to white in the end result… you’ll see why.

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To the right of the coaster, I added handmade polymer clay flowers in red with turquoise (what else) rhinestone centers. Then teenie tiny flowers to the bottom of the stems.  The leaves are made with music paper. I thought the dragonfly was a cute touch, too.

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Here is the final piece and a close up of window.

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Now, it’s your turn to go visit my art sisters to see what they did with Jessica’s new stencil… go now!

Jessica Sporn, our leader in this drive.
Carolyn Dube  (by the way, Carolyn has a new Gelli Plate Workshop starting on April 1st… what fun; I can’t wait!)
Maria McGuire
Corrine Gilman (Corrine is going to be teaching at Lucky Star Art Camp this Fall… they are so “lucky” to have her join their team).

AND…Thank you, Jessica for another amazing stencil creation.  What else to you have up your sleeve?  Hmmm?

Well, there you have it.  So, grab some coasters next time you go out (or have a friend grab one for you) and get creative with them.  Then, send me a picture and I’ll feature on my blog.  OR.. create it, put photo on your blog, then comment on my blog with your link back to your blog… Huh?  What the hell did she just say?  Go on… you can do it… I know you can.

Alert… Alert… Up Next:  Giveaways !!

Thank you for stopping by.  Share the love.

Judy 

Gelli Prints – Recycled Box

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Well, I’ve been waiting for this week to come for about 4 months now. This marks the end of very long days, and sometimes nights, preparing for a very big customer event at work.  So, mission completed and have sent all the executives off on their trip. I promised myself once this week came, I would take some time off and enjoy some time in the studio….

…. and that’s exactly what I did this morning…… follow me, will you?

I recently purchased something that was contained in this long box.  I decided to recycle it … I could do something with it… right.. something for the art studio???  I think so.            CLICK ANY PICTURE FOR A CLOSER LOOK.

I gessoed all over.  If I were to do it again, I would sand the sheen off. But, a couple of coats; wait til each coat dries.  Tip: sand the box first.

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Then, I used up my Gelli Prints I had done over the past couple of months.  See my posts/videos HERE and HERE.  Measured, cut and glued.

I used Martha Stewart’s Decoupage Glue and Sealer.  I had it in the studio, so I do not favor it, really.

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One the sides were glued down well, I scraped the edges with a scissors blade to get rid of the excess paper coming over the edges.

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Then I used Pan Pastels to fill in any white spaces.

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It’s coming along.

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Took a rubber coaster and used it as a stamp (dots) with some Staz On black ink.  Then I used Distress Ink (walnut stain) to rub along the edges of the box to stain it or vintage-ize it (I made up that word).

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Not shown here, but I added some stamping around with black ink.  Painted a text stamp with white acrylic paint and stamped all over.  I also took some brown and orange paint mixed and filled in some of the corners of the box.

Ok.. now I must put some “buttons n’bellishments” on there, don’t ya think?  What to choose, what to choose.

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Then on the back.. I think a big face.  Yes?

I put a coat of the Martha Stewart sealer on one side and Liquid Laminate on the other.  The MS sealer had tiny bubbles and dried that way.  No big deal, but wasn’t crazy about it.  The Liquid Laminate was, as always, great.  Nice thin coat that dries fast.

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Ok, now it’s done.. what shall I use it for?  It won’t take anything to heavy, I had to think light.  I decided to use it for my smaller stencils and Gelli Print bookmarks I made. I LOVE! I LOVE!

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I love what embellishments do for an art piece.  My online “Buttons n’bellishments” workshop is over and I’ll be sharing the student results very soon, along with a Flickr group.

If you want to see what else you can alter/recycle with your Gelli Prints.. Check out Carolyn’s Heart Boxes and Corrine’s binder along with Jessica’s pasta box recycle.

As always, thanks for stopping by.  Leave some love.. I love hearing from you.

Judy

Mixed Media Collage from a Post It Pad

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I had so much fun creating my Post it flip chart paper collage.

It was hours of filming and editing, and would have been too long and I would bore all of you.. but here is a video of my process… sped up.  I would have kept it really time with my hand dancing, grooving to the music and talking, but it went on forever.  So…………

…. it started with my flip chart pad that I keep under my work surface.  An idea I got from Autumn Hathaway.. thank you Autumn.

Here we go…

Close ups. Click for larger view.

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Let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you.

Judy

Stencil Test Drive – Starry Night – Stencil Girl Products

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Well, it’s my turn again to test out one of Jessica Sporn’s new stencils called Starry Night by Stencil Girl Products. This time around, I used the stencil creating two pieces.  I didn’t start out thinking I would do two, but it just seemed to fall into place that way.

PART 1 – First, I’ll show you my collage. I took Bristol Paper and made a paste of Super Heavy Gesso and Hansa Yellow Medium acrylic paint by Golden. Then I used the stencil to push the yellow paste through it onto the paper.  Let dry.

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The result is below left.  Then I took Patina Green Glaze by Golden and spread it over the textured page. IMG_3071 IMG_3074 IMG_3073

Now, let’s start collaging.  I added some lace ribbon down the left side and then did a leaf stencil with the heavy gesso on the bottom right.

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I had put some of the same stencil on other cardstock (as you’ll see in my next project), painted it blue and ripped it, and put gold leaf pen on ripped section then put down the right side.  Now, I’m adding more papers and fabric and end with one of my polymer clay “bellishments”; I chose Mr. Moon. Here’s how it developed IMG_3084 IMG_3086
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Added some rhinestones on the pink paper; fabric under Mr. Moon.  Store bought embellishment on top of the gold embossed paper.  Made the embellishment a flower with lace stem and magazine paper leaves.  Added another “bellishment” at the bottom right.  I like the orange contrast with the rest of the collage. IMG_3091 IMG_3094

Final collage.
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If you want to learn how to make my handmade polymer clay “Buttons n’bellishments”, come join us in my online class that starts in February on Joggles.com

PART 2 – Handmade Journal

I started out with other 1/2 of the Bristol Paper from my collage. I used my palette knife and spread extra heavy gesso all over it and let it dry.  I love the texture this gesso leaves.

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Then I took Ultramarine Blue acrylic paint by Golden and scraped it on the gessoed paper with a old credit card.  Just look at that texture.  It almost looks 3D.   Just beautiful for any texture queen.  Click on the pictures for a closer look.  Hard to believe it’s just a piece of paper.  My daughter thought it looked like denim. IMG_3065 IMG_3066 IMG_3067
Then I took the same yellow paste I made above with the heavy gesso and the yellow acrylic paint and used a palette knife to push the paste through the Starry Night stencil.  Helloooo.. is this cute or what? IMG_3069 IMG_3070
I took Liquid Laminate and brushed a layer over the entire page to give it a shine and strength.  You’ll notice that I only covered 1/2 of the page.  Once the laminate dried, I took some lace paper and put a few of my favorite spirals on the back then took a black sharpie pen and outlined the stars and swirls.  See the shine? IMG_3083 IMG_3097 IMG_3098
I took Wausau paper (cardstock like) that I got at an office supply store and made one signature of 5 pages.  I ripped around the edges for two reasons.. one to make them smaller than the cover pages and two, to give them a roughed up
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Now, it’s time to sew the pages and cover together.  As I told you in my last post, I am not a journal maker. This is basic in one hole and out the other sewing.  I used black wax thread.  Then I sewed one of my polymer clay buttons to the cover.  Sprayed some Dylusions Ink to the front and back covers pounced some titan buff paint through the stencil and
called it done.   Badda Bing.. Badda Boom!

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Front and back cover

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Well, that was fun.  I’ve never been sad doing art.

Check out Jessica’s post this week test driving her stencil.  Then go check out my partners in stencil crime, Maggie Nemetz and Revlie Schuit and see what they did with the Starry Night Stencil. Here are the Stencil Test Drive players:

January 23: Random Squares
February 27: Fun Borders
April 18: Flying Tulips
May 2: Cascading Leaves
Jane Davies, Maria McGuire and Carol MerveilleThank you, Jessica, for inviting me to be part of the drive.

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear from you.
Judy