Feature Friday

The first Friday of the month I pull out some type of crafty product and play with it. I show at least 10 ways to put that product to use. Here is a look at that video. And if you want the short and sweet version, you can see the photo gallery bellow. But trust me, some of these techniques you’ll want to see in action, like the inked circles with dripping.

Remember when viewing a gallery you can click on each image to see the full version. The gallery view does cut off some sides of the images and you may miss something important if you don’t see the whole picture!

Do you have a favorite? Let me know! Want me to show something you’ve been curious about? Let me know?

Until next time, have an artful day.

Forgery on the 4th for July

Forgery is the act of recreating something. And over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, the quote “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” by Oscar Wilde is used to give us permission to recreate something we see and like. This builds our skills, saves on money and resources, and it just plain satisfying! So let me show you what I forged. If you prefer reading, then scroll down for the print version…

Our kit inspiration for July is from The Paper Person April 2021 kit called New Episode. So lets look at it again. Do you notice anything you could re-create at home? I noticed something I wanted to try to recreate. I had high hopes it would come out well. What piece was that?

Yep, I picked the wavy color striped pattern paper. Here is a better view of that…

I wanted to be sure to switch up my color palette to include my pops of red instead of the orange in this paper. I grabbed some cheap acrylic paint and a sheet of Vicki Boutin’s Foundations mixed media paper and started painting. Here is how it came out…

So, what is my final feeling about this piece? I like it as its own project. I like the texture that came from the brush I used. I knew I would not get a smooth feel from that brush and I was okay with that difference. The texture came out how I imagined it would. But… did I get the feel I was going for in the original? Not really. My piece does not have the light and airy feel of the original. My colors are too saturated. Mine is also less dynamic. What I mean by that is all of my stripes are too similar. Notice in the original that the stripes widen and narrow across the length of the page. My stripes do not do that as much.

Am I unhappy with this piece? Not really. It is a bit bold for my style generally. I definitely imagine using it in smaller doses – as border strips, and as punched shapes. I’m actually interested in creating another page and trying to work on some of the “problems” that I had. It felt like this process involved a great bit of learning, especially since I don’t usually work with acrylic paint. I need to put what I learned into practice.

I’m very curious to see what I will actually do with this paper! Come back later in the month to find out along with me.