Sunday, August 17, 2008

You're just so Transparent

Vellum is a lovely medium to use in paper craft and collage. It comes in a wide variety of colours and with patterns but all of the vellums shares one basic feature - they are translucent. You can build up views within a collage by layering vellum over other items, cutting away areas and even stamping/ marking on top of the vellum. My favourite use at the moment is to create butterfly wings out of vellum. They are so light and fluttery.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ink your sides!!!

I love the technique of inking the sides of card stock of every colour and weight. by applying ink (black, brown, white are my favourites) you add depth and a rustic feel to your collage and card creations.

And by the way this bag is one I have just finished today, using a collage I put together recently of some great images from a vintage Home Journal cover from the 50's. I am most pleased with the carrying of the collage panel onto the rest of the bag.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

She-Paper Doll

My latest creations are a little different. I think they have evolved from a number of influences: more babushka dolls that are never far from my heart, the things that challenge about being a female that are female ie thighs and flappy chicken arms, hard to handle hair. There is also elements of the harlequin and the colours are elements of Australian nature. Each is an individual capable of some movement and can deliver a message. The size is 21cm tall (about A5).
Have a look and let me know what you think.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Transfer Tape does Oz

In one of my recent posts I extolled the virtues of using Tape transfers in paper craft collage. here are some recent examples I have been playing with using images from the fantastic classic children's book The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. For the transfers I have used them as stand alone stickers to create a look of still from a film, I have used a transfer as a transparent link between two images of different sizes, and I have attached them to vellum to create a ghosting effect. Of course it's hard to go wrong with great images like these.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

EEE Bristyle team ETSY Super Sale

My team on ETSY are having a sale:

From Saturday 9th August to Sunday 17th August, the talented BrisStylettes are offering some Show-Stopping Specials!!

Everyone loves a Show as much as they love a Sale, so the the BrisStyle team have put together some special promotional deals to coincide with the Annual Brisbane Show - the 'Ekka'.
BrisStyle members are a diverse group of artisans all with their own unique style. We make a range of lovely goodies: Jewellery, Bags, Children and Baby clothing and accessories, Art prints and originals, Retro/recycled treasures, Dolls and Softies ... And they’re all on sale!!

Visit the stores below to take advantage of the 'Etsy Ekka Extravaganza Sale' and grab some great deals: 15% off all items in store and free Vintage Ladies Art Card with every order over $15 (excl. postage) 15% off all items in store Free Owl Brooch & Gift Wrapping with purchase Free childrens' 'gift card' with all purchases. Purchase two or more art prints, receive free an additional art print of your choice. 10% off all items in store 10% off all items in store + free postage on orders over $100 10% off all items in store + free postage on orders over $100 15% off all items + a free pair of gemstone earrings on purchases over $100 after discounts Free gift pack (bookmark, felt hairclip & postcard) with any bag purchase Retro Brisbane gift cards with all purchases + Free Show Bag with purchases over $40 Retro Brisbane gift cards with all purchases + Free Show Bag with purchases over $40 Free postage on all purchases

Be sure to keep up to date with what's happening with your favourite BrisStylettes on our blog:

Paper, Paper, Paper

I have spent time recently creating art collages in an attempt to discover the perfect decoration for a bag. The journey has been consuming me over the last few months, hence the break in blogging. But now I want to start recording techniques and things I have found out about my new passion. So coming soon to this space will be a discussion, starting with TRANSFER TAPE:

This is a fabulous technique and so easy. Take a piece of clear packing tape, a rectangle of good clear contact, or even some quick laminate. Adhere to the picture you would like transferred (photocopy, colour copy, picture from magazine or newspaper) and rub to stick down really well. Now take the covered picture and immerse in hot water for about 5 minutes. The paper will be wet through. Use your finger to rub the paper surface and it will start to ball away from the tape leaving an impression on the tape surface. This impression will be transparent and great for all sorts of uses: turn into stickers, adhere to vellum, stick to another copy of the image for a ghosting effect, as a faux movie cell effect,... the possibilities are endless.