Unique, Colorful, and a Texture TreatPosted: August 10, 2012
Today on the Helmar blog, I have a project up that shares a video of a technique I love to use. This past weekend, I spent Saturday outdoors with my Brynne, filming three separate video techniques. The night before, a cool front had come through, and left us with a lovely break from the 100 degree temps that have hovered over us for about two months now. Being outdoors, smelling the fresh cool(er) air, and doing some messy crafting was such a treat! I realize now, I should have gone back in and applied some more makeup, as I had received a card that brought some tears, and made my eyes even puffier than usual. As my last post indicated, however, I’m letting go of quite a bit of the vanity. I mean…holy cow, I can fit in all kinds of crafting, when I’m not fussing over my appearance. Haha.
For the technique video I have to share today, I use corrugated cardboard (a big love in my crafty life, but hey, you probably know that by now, right?), cheesecloth, burlap, and decoupage paste create the base for a colorful and visually interesting project.
As seen in the video, here are a few shots of the layout created using this technique. I took this photo of my sweet Brynne in Minnesota. It was a beautiful 75 degree morning, in my aunt’s garden. I had her stand under a beautiful, huge spruce tree….and the bokeh that was created was amazing! I am so grateful to have this beautiful memory of her.
I love how the mists and paints did not over-adhere to the decoupaged areas, so it created a nice, colorful, blended look. I’m so happy with how it came out. I am LOVING the Dylusions mists. The Green Grass dylusions is such a vibrant color, and blends so well with other colors.
I’m also a funky junkie (hey, that rhymed!)…meaning I love fun oddities. This G45 paper with the glasses and eyes really appeals to me. I also have a fabulous stamp with a raven wearing pince-nez. It’s one of my favorite stamps of all time…mostly because of the ludicrousness of it. It’s very “Alice in Wonderland. ” It’s also perfect for my sweet girl who loves her glasses. She even wore contacts for a while, but chose to go back to glasses, because she felt more comfortable in them. I guess that should be the case, since she’s worn them since she just turned three.
And in other really awesome sauce news….I was notified today that two of my projects were picked up for publication! One is in Scrapbook Trends’ Create: Handmade (my altered flower pot), and the other in ST Create: Vintage (Mom’s Thoughts Over a Mug). I pretty much never thought they would use any of my projects, so I am over the moon that they want two of them! 🙂
Also, today was my final day as the Library Director at The Winchester Public Library. It’s an end to four years of learning, struggling, and gaining the most valuable experience. I will start my job as the Director of the Valley Falls Delaware Township Library on Monday. I am going to be assuming the job my mother-in-law had for 31 years. This is such a bittersweet thing for me. While I’m so incredibly excited to be moving to a library with a larger population, budget, pay scale, and to assume more hours; it hurts to know I have the job because of Kay’s death. I do think it will be helpful for the community to have someone that relates to the sadness they may feel when they go in the library, and she is no longer there. In the end, I am sure it will work out just as it should…but I do have to work through the anxiety.
Thank you so much for stopping by the Gnome today. I appreciate all of the support my lovely readers give to me! Big hugs and blessings to you all!