So I promised to share a few of the projects that I am in the middle of. Part of the reason for sharing now is to make sharing the process easier but mostly I need some accountability.
A few weeks ago, I pulled out my stash of paper doilies to make paper cones. I started and stopped that project when I came up with an idea. What if I used the heart doilies on canvas? A few of them looked like they had gears so I decided to try two different projects – one steampunk, the other something else.
I once bought a jar of gel medium to experiment with. I keep seeing it used so I thought I’d try with this project. It was also perfect to pull out that rubber spatula that I bought at the dollar store.
I used the gel medium to attach the doilies. Not sure I love it. It took a lot of gel medium to do both of these canvases. They are huge canvases (18 x 24) so there was that but it just seemed like a lot of work and expense.
Canvas #2. Note the gear-like structure of the hearts.
Then I did a coat of gesso on both pieces. #1 pictured here.
On canvas #2, I randomly painted over a stencil of gears. I used grey, red, brown and kind of mixed them all together to make a variety of colors. Not pictured is that later, I added some eyelets to the canvas. My hope is that I can use them to attach items with wire.
The other project I am working on is an art journal book.
This is the cover to a book I had cut pages from for another project. I thought about just using the remaining pages but there was this weird gap in them from where I cut out what I needed before. So after some tinkering and playing, I just removed all the pages. I love that the inside and outside of this book is basically white – very plain and waiting.
I cut a series of scrapbook pages to replace the book pages. What you see is a random assortment of paper and cardstock. Some pages I folded instead of cut so that I have a variety of options to work on. I will say that I pretty much used pages I didn’t love. I bought a few scrapbook paper books on clearance thinking that paper is paper. Then they were hard to work with because I didn’t love them.
I attached the pages together using this method with washi tape. I ended up using some electrical tape but I was going through my colors so fast that I went back to just washi tape. The great thing about this is that the tape gives a little space between pages.
Once all the pages were together, I glued them into the book cover. I was planning on using rubber cement but it seems to be elsewhere at this time. So I used some regular tacky craft glue. Since the washi tape makes the book kind of spongy, I used clips to hold them all in place while the glue dried.
The end result is an actual book. The pages are flexible and open beautifully. This weekend, I hope to get some time to add some gesso and paint to the pages, just to give me more options. Then it’s digging into the stash to see what I can use up.
The best part is that most of remaining paper now fits in my page box instead of being all over the place.
So there I am – works in progress.