Hello, my friends. I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen to be a part of this month's E-Team blog hop. This is the second in a series featuring art journals, with the theme -- inspired by words.
Visit each E-Team blog participant PLUS the guest bloggers to leave a comment to win a $25 eP gift certificate. Comments may be left from May 23rd - May 28th. Two random winners from the blog hop will be chosen. Gift certificate winners will be posted on May 29th on the eP blog.
Here are links to all the participants: Daisy - eP blog; Broni; Micki; Sherry; Starla; and the guest bloggers: Marji; and ME.
Join the E-Team in our journal adventure and link your journal page on the eP blog. Two people will be chosen to join the hop next month. You have until Sunday, June 3rd to upload your journal page inspired by the monthly quote. The next guest bloggers will be announced on Friday, June 8th on the eP blog.
For my page, I started with watercolor paper coated with gesso. Then, using matte Mod Podge, I covered the page with torn pages from an old book.
Next, since I wanted something to represent tea, I took some used coffee filters, which had been rinsed and dried, and tea-dyed them in some strong tea, giving them a nice brown color. After drying them, I tore them into small pieces, crinkled them up to get lots of wrinkles and texture, and then used the Mod Podge again to cover the page with the pieces.
I had this idea in my head to use several women stamps, but I wasn't sure how to get them on the page. I tried stamping them on card stock and die cutting them in ovals, but that just didn't work. Then I tried just cutting around the faces, but I still didn't like it. I finally settled on the idea of stamping them on some dyed coffee filters, coloring with copic markers and then attaching them with Mod Podge. This is exactly what I was going for. The stamps clockwise from lower left are B&J's Art Stamps, Inkadinkado, Stampendous, Stampington & Co., and Stamps Happen.
(edited: I replaced the blurry picture.)
Unfortunately, even though I used matte Mod Podge, the copic markers left a shine, which I didn't like. So... more experiments. I diluted some gesso with water, brushed it over the page, and then used a paper towel to blot it off. It took away some of the shine without removing or hiding the images. I needed to do that twice before I was satisfied.
I printed the quote on my computer, cut it apart, sponged the edges with tea dye distress ink and then edged the pieces with a black marker and glued them down.
Then I made a tiny tea bag from tissue paper, which I filled with tea leaves from a regular tea bag that I cut open. I added some tea dye distress ink and a tiny bit of water to blend it. Since I didn't have a tiny stapler, I just made a couple of stitches with black thread to represent the staples on the bag and tag. I also added some black pearls to two of the corners.
So, now I have my page all together... and I am not happy with it. It was just way too bland. I like more color. What to do? Well, add color, of course!
I punched out some tiny butterflies with a Martha Stewart punch and a embosslit die from SU/Sizzix, added some sponged color and placed them around the page.
That was better, but still not enough, so I decided to add some crochet accents. I made some tiny flowers, a small edging and a larger flower, to which I added some sponged color, and attached them. This was a big improvement.
Although this page didn't turn out quite like I wanted, I do like it. I think it would have been better if I had a larger area to work with, but since I started with a 6" square for my cover, that's what I'm using.
Don't forget to visit all the other members of the blog hop and leave comments. Thanks for stopping by.