Painted Clothes Pins and Recycled Paper Books

Wow it has been a couple of weeks since I last posted. Amazing how time flies when you least expect it. Today I am sharing a couple of things I have worked on and a shout-out to myself 😉

First up the recycled paper books.
When we moved here in August we had tons of paper from all the breakables and the huge multi-layered sheets they used to wrap up plastic totes. While in the process of clearing out some of those paper sheets in the attic a few months ago, I noticed that one of the layers had some cool texture. So I peeled it out and set it aside. One sheet of this paper was big enough to cover the top of my queen sized bed. A couple of weeks ago I finally used that big paper to make pages for my books. Here you can see the two types of paper I found and saved. Such fun texture!

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I took cardboard food boxes I had saved and measured them to see what size pages would fit in them. Then I proceeded to cut/tear from the large sheets what I needed for each book. After that I set up signatures and test fit them to the covers as seen in this next picture. I was able to make three signatures for each book of 8-10 pages a piece. One book has four signatures. In addition they provide space to add in chunky items or extra signatures.

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I learned a tip somewhere (cannot remember who, might have been Kathy Orta) of using tyvek envelopes as reinforcement for binding signatures. It stops your thread from ripping through the cardboard. This next picture shows the strip of tyvek attached to the cover and lines drawn for where the signatures will be placed. I have pierced holes using an awl type tool and sewn in the first signature using waxed thread. The tyvek was attached using double sided tape.

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Here are all of the books showing the binding and thread. This will be covered up as I decided what to decorate the covers with.

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All the rough bits of edge look awesome. It was fun to use products that would have gone in the recycle bin. I now have six new books I can do art in or add things into like a Smash book. I also have a video on my YouTube channel where I talk about them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT-CxESXo8E

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Next up is my painted clothes pegs. While shopping here and there I kept noticing decorated clothes pins. Some were painted, others had glitter or words on them. My frugal mind said “don’t buy those, you can make them yourself for cheaper”. So I did.

Here they are completed. I painted them then added rub-ons for the numbers. I will be posting a video on my YouTube channel of my process for these once I get it edited. I am going to make more in assorted sizes.

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My shout-out is to please visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe. I’m at 29 subscribers so far and I would like to do a give-away when I reach 100.

Hope you have had a great couple of weeks doing crafty things, I know I have.

KIF Napkin Swap & Week 13

Been a little behind with my 48 weeks pages. It’s hard to find the time to sit down and do them when you have company. My Mom came out for about a month so she could be here for both kid’s birthdays. I did manage to get week 13 finished and I’ve also been part of a napkin swap with KIF.

First here is week 13 from Donna,

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and here is mine

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Here are a few close-ups of some of the page texture and how the paint caught on it. This was a pretty fun page.

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Next up is the KIF napkin swap. Napkins can be used many ways to add interest and texture to your mixed media creations. If you remember I used napkins on my idea cards here: https://bluecrafty.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/new-art-journal-pages-deck-of-cards/

Naturally, different areas of the US and world will receive different assortments of napkins in their stores. Because there are so many kinds out there KIF had a napkin swap where we could share some of those fun napkins with each other to expand our choices for projects. We were put into groups of five and were to send out 10 napkins to each person in the swap. (four mailings per person) 10 different ones (of course if possible). Additionally patterned tissue paper could be used to finish out the 10 if someone only had eight kinds etc. I wont show what I sent out just in case someone in my group peeks at my page. Don’t want to ruin their fun by seeing what they get before it makes it to them. Here are the envelopes I decorated for them. The blue paper is covering the person’s mailing address for privacy. I splattered some metallic water colors on the paper and also added a handmade stamp image. Sealed the package using some fun butterfly packing tape.

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Here are a few napkins I have received so far.

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There are a couple I know I will never use so I will add them to my RAK (random act of kindness) box to be included in some “happy mail” for someone else. When using them in your project, it is sometimes best to separate the layers. Most good napkins are triple ply. You only really need the layer that has the images on it.

I have a couple more things I have been working on but I will save those for the next posting. I hope everyone has been having a great art and crafty couple of weeks.

Lady Blue

Week 4 “Canvas to Our Imagination”

This one was a little intimidating for me as I don’t like to draw people. I actually erased what I had twice before doing what is there now. I think that also explains the scale of the figure, since it feels like it needed to be bigger.

Here is Donna’s page:

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Here is mine. The quote says “This world is but a canvas to our imagination” by Henry David Thoreau:

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First onto the page was some dress pattern tissue paper then a layer of joint compound over it. Donna used something I do not have to create some added texture in the joint compound. I substituted using a rubber stamp I have. You can just make out in the top left corner of the left page where the stamp was used. If you do this, make sure to wash your stamp out right away using an old toothbrush or similar tool so that you get all of the compound out of the grooves. I used a flower stencil and modeling paste to create the flowers.

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Here is a close-up of the figure. I drew it with pencil then went over it with charcoal. Next I used varnish fixative to set the charcoal. Then I went in with neocolors on her. I used some gelatos for the blue on the page.

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Here is a close-up of the texture of the flower and the coloring I used.

I cannot say I had as much fun with this page as I had with say the flower page from week 2 but I did get some practice in doing the human form lol.

I’m still working on the little houses I mentioned in the last post. here is a picture of them so far:

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I think they are really cute and will look great once I finish adding little touches here and there.

I also mentioned I was going to make some smaller versions of my pages but only on canvas. Here is the first one of those. The canvas measures six by six inches.

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I repeated most of the steps I used in the art journal and then added the embellishments. I plan on adding something to the flower centers but haven’t decided what exactly. I think I will also outline the petals with some color.

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Here is a view of one of the flowers. I used rub-ons for the lettering and words on the other one.

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Here is a number plate I got from CTMH, it is very similar to the ones put out by Tim Holtz.

That’s it for today. As I have said before if you want more information about the 48 Weeks class look to the right side of the page and you should find a click-able web blinky to take you there. Might have to scroll back up a little depending on the placement of the post.

Have a great week!
Lady Blue

New Art Journal Page & Handmade Book

Took me a couple days to get back to that post I was going to “do tomorrow” lol. Don’t forget to look at my previous post for a link to a blog hop going on where you have a chance to win some great stencils.

Ok on to my stuff, I finished working on the blue page with hearts I showed before. Here it is:

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If you compare it to my previous picture you can see where I added to it. Make sure to click on the picture to make it full sized so you can see the awesome dimension and texture on the page. I added more color around each heart, stamped some background script all over the page, and on the photo. Then I stamped, painted, cut out and attached the word Enjoy. Stamped “what life has to offer” along the spiral and then I called it done.

Next page I have finished is this one:

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I started with using a stencil for the shape of the flowers. I painted each flower and stem. The butterfly are re-purposed from an old card. I didn’t like how the looked so I covered them with black or white Gesso and then used rub on transfers to make them look like fun butterfly. I added wire to them for the antennae and stuck them to the page using pop dot squares. The “grass” at the bottom was done using tissue paper, same with the taller plant object near the spine. Along the top I took old sheet music and tore it up, distressed the edges and glued it on. The saying on this one is “Bloom where you are planted” Which is fitting for a Mil Spouse who has to move around and find a new way of feeling at home, etc.

This next project was started before I moved. I had bought a sketch pad tore the pages out and folded them neatly in half. Then they sat for a few months. I dug out the tutorial video I had saved on Pinterest showing how to do Coptic binding and got to work. I used black chipboard for the cover. Now I have another art journal book that does not have a spiral in the middle of the spread lol.

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Here is a close-up of the extra blue thread detail I added along the spine

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Happy Halloween, here is a link to Fall/Halloween cards

And here is a link to Halloween decorations

Enjoy!

Lady Blue