Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mini Inspiration Journal

inspiration journal   This is my last project as a member of the Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Design Team. I would like to begin my post by thanking the wonderful people at Arnold Grummer's Papermaking and Terri Sproul for this most awesome opportunity to be a part of the Design Team and work with their products. For this project I made a Mini Inspiration Journal using one of Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Fan Decks. This is one of the coolest ways to make a small book because everything you need to make the book comes in the package. All you need is your own creativity. fan deck   Above is a picture of what comes in the package. 2 cover, a screw post (to hold it all together) and 52 ATC sized cards (2.5" x 3.5"). This will come assembled, I took it apart so you could have a better view of all the pieces. This is how I made my Mini Inspiration Journal. layer of gesso   The first thing I did was to Gesso the covers. I did this to prepare the covers for the next layer. tissue paperNext I added a layer of tissue paper for texture and color. stamp and stencil   I added some additional color to both sides of the covers using craft paint, a homemade stamp and some Punchinella. quote Finally as the finishing touch for the covers I found the definition for inspiration in an old dictionary and adhered it to the front cover. Now that my covers are done here is a sneak peek at what will go in this Mini Inspiration Journal. DSCN2023   I love finding inspirational quotes. I use them in my journals and art work quite often. So I figured what better way to fill my Mini Inspiration Journal. These are the first two of the many that will in end in this little book. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. Please check out Arnold Grummer's Papermaking and the Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Design Team Blog. If you would like to see more of what I am up to you can find me at the Corner of the Bedroom Studios Blog and Facebook, on YouTube and my group Art Journal with Annie on Facebook.  

Sunday, June 9, 2013

~Bloom Where You Are Planted~ Arnold Grummer's June's Design Team Project

~Bloom Where You Are Planted~

This very fun project using Arnold Grummer's Paper Making Kit is something creative,unique and  so easy that  even kids would love to participate in its creation! The whole idea came about because I wanted to be able to have a project that could serve a dual purpose~ creativity and beauty in the garden. This project is created using collage paper but most importantly the centers of the flowers are made by using Arnold Grummer's handmade paper making kit to create  the handmade papers. The circles of handmade papers are where the flower seeds will be glued down. When planting times comes,the circles can be removed and planted right in the ground for lovely flowers to enjoy during the summer!


Handmade papers using Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Kit
Collage Papers for flowers ad background
Mod Podge- Matte
Mod Podge-Gloss
Packets of flower
 Stickers with garden quotes
Pitt Pen
Decorative edge scissors

Cut down the side edge of the background collage paper with the decorative scissors

Using a template cut out , flower petals,leaves and circles for the center of the flowers

Mod Podge the main background onto the page with matte mod podge and place the petals & leaves on the page to create your design and paste down.

Add the  quote stickers on the page.
Cover project with gloss Mod podge except for the seeded flower circles

Glue handmade paper circles lightly with Matte Mod Podge( be careful to only glue down enough to secure  both underneath and over the seeds ,as the watering in the garden will be breaking down the glue so you don't want more than is necessary) Add seeds  onto the glued circles and gently press down to secure.
Then using highlighters outline the collage papers and with a pit pen,outline the words.

When ready to plant the seeds, just pull off the circles and plant in the garden!! What can be better than a multi -use project!! Enjoy:)

~In Faith and Love~

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Handmade Paper Bead Jewelry

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I love creating jewelry using unique components. And handmade paper is definitely not a common jewelry component. I made the paper with help from my grand-daughter using Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Kit. I followed these basic instructions for making the sheets of paper.

One of the hallmarks of handmade paper is the beautiful deckled edge, but for this project I needed straight, squared edges, so I used a paper trimmer to cut two strips, each 1½" x 5".

Next, I marked the center of each strip at ¾". 

I marked a line from each of the top corners of the strip to the center mark. Using a metal straight edge and a craft knife, I cut on this line to end up with a perfect isosceles triangle and two right angle triangles. 

Working on a Teflon craft mat, I misted both sides of each strip as I was working on it. This increased the paper's flexibility and allowed it to roll easily. 

 Starting at the wide end of the strip, I rolled the paper toward the point. I used a hat pin as a support for rolling the bead.

When I neared the point, I added a thin line of liquid adhesive, and continued rolling to the end.

I let these damp beads dry overnight before coating them with Amazing Clear Cast resin. While the resin helps to strengthen the beads and seal their surface, resin and moisture do not mix. I followed these basic instructions for working with resins.

I wear latex gloves when working with resins and am careful to protect my work surface. Each bead was supported on a pin while I applied the resin with a wooden stir stick. The pins and beads were stuck into a Styrofoam block to dry, again overnight.

Now for the finishing touches—crystals, beads, and chain. Ta, da!!

You can see more of my projects on my Create & Craft blog.

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