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Monday, July 19, 2010

Journaling with paper strips

The new challenge from Michelle Ward's Street Team is tearing your paper in strips and putting them on your page. It was just what I needed for I was stuck on a journal page in my paper bag book. The subject is cycling, for that is what I do. I don't drive a car. The text from Melanie's song is very appropriate so I added some lines.


This was how my page looked when I didn't know what to do or add.

I selected some scrapbook papers I had. Later I decided not to use the one with the loud colors (green, red. purple etc.)

This is my first lay out, on the tag I pasted a metal little mark that must have fallen of someone's bike. I found it in the street: it is called Gazelle a famous bicycle brand in the Netherlands.

In the sale I found these stencils, with red paint I put them over my page. (I still don't have spray paint) I also stamped with bubble wrap.


Well this is it before I added words. I put some gesso thinned with water on top to soften the red paint.


20 comments:

  1. Helen - I love that you shared with us the evolution of your pages. It's always fun to see what decisions get made based on thought process and materials. Love hearing that the attached metal piece was from a bike - clever addition!

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  2. I like what you did... the "texture" is a good idea :-)

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  3. Love seeing how the project began & how the crusade inspired you to complete it. The bubble wrap stamping is very effective.

    daisy

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  4. Helen, your page is just wonderful! I love how you have added the strips and then integrated them all into ne piece. Love thos tulips!

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  5. I really enjoyed your post Helen! Great to see your creative process! =D

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  6. Hi there fellow librarian! Really like seeing what you did; I think the hints of bright yellow really lift your pages. How cool to fins interesting stencils on sale :-)

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  7. Helen...This really works...I love the black and white paper you added along with the red stenciling...
    Mary

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  8. Your pages are wonderful! I especially like the colors.

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  9. Love your page! Thanks for sharing your process. I like how you added the strips after the bike and let the yellow peek out. Nice stencils.

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  10. Love your striped pages. You did a great job with the overstamping to tie the whole thing together.
    Thanks so much for the kind words you left on my blog.

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  11. It's so interesting to hear the thinking behind a project--to see the decisions step-by-step. And what is wonderful with art journaling is that you can always change your mind if you change your mood!

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  12. This is such a fun spread. Love the striped paper and the stencils you used. The red gives it a nice punch of color.

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  13. Helen,

    Thanks for the comment on Flickr.
    I love how you pages turned out, the selection of papers, and all layers your added.

    Elena

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  14. Hello Ellen,

    I like the randomness of where you put the strips of paper and the addition of the metal piece of the bike is great !

    Thanks for commenting on pinkepinke ! You ask how I used my stencils. For the page I made I used distress inks just putting them on with foam. Very very easy ... and you don't have the trouble of the paint getting under the stencil !

    The stencil I used is also a very thin stencil from www.thecraftersworkshop.com.


    greetings from belgium
    Inge

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  15. I enjoyed seeing how you developed the pages. I think the final gesso wash was the perfect finishing touch!

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  16. Such lovely !!
    I enjoy seeing the process goes by.

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  17. Thanks for sharing how you made your page come to life! I love the final look!!

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  18. love your journal pages!! the zebra pattern is such a keeper, adds the perfect contrast

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  19. I like the way you have let the strips be free and not made goody-goody strips that line up perfect and that you have placed images in a cunning way, so they look like part of the ripped strips and lastly thx for commenting on my blog, means alot.:)

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