Tuesday, May 20, 2008

finally creating (a little!)

After what seems like weeks of sorting, separating, categorizing, and stashing, I'm beginning to see enough light at the end of the tunnel to not feel guilty spending a little time actually creating something. Here is an artist's postcard that will be part of my garden swap. (For those of you who are concerned that what you're swapping isn't "gardeny" enough, stop it. You can define 'garden' as closely or as loosely as you want.)

This is Juliet on her balcony, which presumably looks out over a garden. At least it does in my world. I used a piece of Latin text scrapbook paper, walnut ink, embossed and painted rose stamps, a picture of Juliet herself, and a piece of tea-dyed scrim. It isn't finished yet but I like it so far.

On the back of the postcard I've used something new, or at least new to me, Ranger's crackle paint. See the fine crackling? I like it because it is crackle and paint all in one. It comes in about 6 colors. I got mine from Quilting Arts.

Ahem, you remember me moaning about how much stuff I have? Well, that fact doesn't seem to have stopped me from getting more. At least this is stuff I didn't already have. I have found a new web based company, Alpha Stamps, that has some of the coolest stamps and collage ephemera I've ever seen. Just yummo. I couldn't resist. Actually, the Juliet picture above came from them.

I got a few unmounted stamps as well, but since they don't photograph very satisfactorily I'll just tell you what they say: "a little something from the art fairy", "ars artis gratia (art for art's sake)", and "silence your inner critic". I also got a stamp of a ruler, a row of buttons, and a female harlequin. Very cool, and a wonderful store which you should check out immediately.

By the way, Dylan had a great time on his field trip and was feeling very smug about carrying his lunch and lemonade bottle.
Have a terrific day, everyone.


Lesley said...

Phew - you've been so busy!! Your weekend looks like good fun and I love all the great cards you're getting in your swap.

It's fascinating seeing everyone's different style and interpretation.


CG said...

That card is really lovely. I always imagine that there must have been a garden in that balcony scene too.

Kate said...

Oooh, yumminess!! (That's everything. I love a bit of shopping!!) xx