Thursday 30 August 2012

drawing with scissors PDCC147

 How have I not cottoned on to this idea before?  I get too precise and 'tight' when I'm drawing with conventional materials which is one of the reasons I love drawing with my sewing machine!  To add that dimension to this page though meant doing it on separate paper then adding it to the page so I just thought, "why not cut out shapes and add black ink around the edges instead?!"  Voila!

This journal page, and a tag, emerged from this week's colour combo over at the Play Date Cafe.  It's an unusual colour combo that I know I'd never have discovered myself, which is why I love these challenges!

And isn't that bird stunning?! (although my daughter says he looks like a pigeon - an artistic one though!)

 That 'evergreen' varies depending on which screen I'm using to view the image but I stuck with the labelled colours of evergreen, olive, smoke (grey) and cherry blossom.  Having happily unearthed my Dylusion sprays I started with my favourite ink of all time, the grey one!

 ...followed by some olive green watercolour straight from the tube.  I added some water and let it run then squidged it with a piece of paper over the top which produced a lovely secondary piece!

 A bit of stencilling next with the pink (an acrylic dabber) through some card cut with Tim Holtz' typeset die but what to do for a main image?

I was going to add some large letters so had a little nosy along the bookshelf for some inspiration.  I came across my Lotta Jansdotter book (LoVe her designs!)

... and spotted some nice shapes that I could cut out.  I didn't draw them first, just went straight in with the scissors before spraying them pink, and creating another nice effect on separate paper!

I added some stamped text and am very happy with the result!  Can't believe I'm finally feeling like I'm back in the 'flow' as it were, only to go back to work next week!

Finally (sorry, long post!), I made a tag with some of the background paper created during the making of this page!

And here it is alongside the inspiration image.  I added a couple more stamens as it made me think of lilies, a flower I LoVe.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!


  1. Wow Sarah! Love this! Brilliant ideas! Gotta go! Chrisx

  2. Beautiful Sarah... thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. omg...I am in LOVE with your pages here...WOW- I ABSOLUTELY must get some gray spray! Tyou for the GREAT inspiration :)

  4. Love the colours this week and your journal page and tag are just brilliant, so inventive - not to mention beautiful.

  5. beautiful work Sarah. I love the shape of the flower and the way you've stitched it on the tag - well... it just all hangs together. fab!

  6. Stunning! I wasn't sure about this week's colours - but you have transformed them.

  7. This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Love it, Sarah!

  8. Just gorgeous Sarah!! I LOVE it!!

  9. great new [well, for me] technique and it works so well with this weeks challenge. I can't wait to join in, but I am with family in Scotland atm

  10. Sarah, this is such a beautiful spread for your art journal! I love the bold & graphic design of the pink flowers. So glad you could join us for this week's Play Date Cafe challenge!

  11. Lovely work, the colors melded together so well for you! Thanks so much for hangin' out at The Play Date Cafe, you are always an inspiration!

  12. Great take on the colors - I'd love for you to link up at 52 Card Pickup this week.

  13. So pretty, love the flow of the colors here.

    xoxo, Kristen
    Visiting from PDCC#147
    Stop by and say hello!

  14. I absolutely love how you used this technique here. I am bookmarking this post as inspiration for later! Thanks for playing along at The Play Date Cafe!


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