Thursday, August 5, 2010

Europe Projects (3 of 3)

So, I am still getting used to the changes in Blogger. I have figured out the adding pictures thing, but why is all my writing center aligned-even after I hit left-justify? Mystery...)
Howdy Howdy! This is the last installment of the highly (by me and Deanne) anticipated "How I scrapbooked Europe" series....ha! I had a few blank canvases around from long ago plans to paint something. I thought to myself 'how cool would it be to create a collage to hang on the wall?" So, that's what I did.
Can I tell you-it was messy creative fun! I haven't painted a large piece like this in years, and it made me want to do another one. THere's something therapeutic about painting and gluing and futzing with a piece like this, I had no idea when I started what it would look like when I finished. If you're curious about some of the techniques, I thought I would share. If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I'll try to help!
* I used some crackle paint from Ranger over a pink acrylic base coat. The result is a really cool crackle textue on the large pink circles (which aren't as bright as they seem in this picture). I sprayed over the crakle paint with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, which settled into the cracks and gave it a cool sheen.
* I printed one of my favorite pictures from Paris onto textured cardstock. Then I decided to Mod Podge the photo to the canvas. This turned out to be a very bad idea and made the picture smear a little. Oh well, there was no turning back, so I went with it.
* I also heat embossed the dots and the silver foil stamping. That was way harder than I thought, mainly getting the Versamark to stamp evenly on the canvas.
* I used a little of this and that fom my scrapbook stash to bring it all together, including: A large cream photo mat that I inked to a perfect grey, part of an aitline ticket, and those clear letters I have had FOREVER fom Heidi Swapp. I colored them in with a Copic marker, and I love the way they serve as a title.




Overall, I love the way this turned out. I think it might need a bit of a third color, the pink and gray are a little flat. I am still thinking about that one. Unitl then she is hanging in my bedroom. A daily reminder that I see every morning while I am getting ready for work.

So, that's it!! Europe is officially in the can. I really enjoyed each of these projects. They were low stress and really reflected my style and the way I wanted to remember my trip. Mind you, I don't think I would do all 3 for every trip I go on, but this trip was special-the beginning of a new chapter for me, so I thought it deserved special treatment.

Thanks for stopping by!

M.


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