23/07/2021

Embark a soulful journey - day 3

Happy Friday! It's day three of the washi tape Trio! So far I've made backgrounds using the tapes, in the extent of creating patterned papers using the tapes, and I've bound the booklet. In the meantime I've also added mixed media touches to the covers and inner pages but the piece is still missing embellishments. And that's today's topic! Embellishing! 

Back in 2013 (gosh, that's a long time ago!) I did a very popular blog post about washi tape feathers (link). The idea came to me one night and next day I shoot the tutorial and made the post. Feathers seemed to be popular theme then in scrapbooking papers and embellishments so they were in the air, so to say. I also used the feathers in a in-person workshop I used to teach about washi tapes. Several, but not all, of the elements from that workshop were included to this video series. But I knew that the feathers needed to be one of the elements to include! 

I'm starting with feathers of different kind, though. The shape was inspired by the dimensional feathers I knew I was including to the piece, but the technique is different. This is again where the properties of a good washi tape comes handy. I'm using baking paper just to make it extra easy to lift my "sticker" of the paper, but if you're working with good washi, you can even use regular printing paper. The key in making the stickers is to over lap the strips you're laying down so you get the rewarding feeling of peeling the sticker off the backing paper in one go. As you can see from the photos underneath or a little bit later in the video, I didn't throw the cut-outs away either, but used those to decorate the inner pages.

Besides the two different feathers using washi tape, I'm also adding some more mediums to the page. Even though I love the limited soft color palette I have going, it lacks a touch of contrast. So, I take some stamps and add black stamping to the pages. This gives them a little contrast, a little edge, against all the softness and fluffiness there already is. I also make a sticker of another kind using the same stamp set. I stamped the "fragile" label on top of kraft paper and backed it with double sided adhesive, but I could have used a solid color washi tape, too. Archival Ink, which I'm using to stamp, works on top of absorbing and non-absorbing surfaces, but needs a heat set on top of the non-absorbing. With the exception of one, all the washi tapes I've worked with have a sleek coating that makes them non-absorbing. So while you can use Archival Ink, the drying time is a bit longer and you probably need the heat-setting. But if you want something that will dry quicker, try using Staz-On to stamp on washi tape. 

As you can see from the video, and photos, I included the dimensional feathers behind the vintage photo I used to decorate the cover. She's a Tim Holtz paper doll, one of my favorite embellishments at the moment. The feathers were meant to give her a bit of background, but now looking at those, they almost look like she would have a costume one and those were her tail feathers! 

I hope you have liked this first Trio I've created for you! I enjoyed doing this little booklet! It was also handy to use some of my many, many washi tapes in a bigger make as the little details I usually add don't use the rolls that much. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 

PS. You might want to check my Instagram during the weekend. Just saying. Hint hint! 


Materials: Teippitarha, Paper Garden, Prima Marketing, Paper Artsy, Kuusade, Stencil Girl, Tim Holtz, Posca, Sizzix, Ranger












22/07/2021

Embark a soulful journey - day 2


Moikka! It's the second day of this month's Trio - the first Trio after Seth Apter Creative Team. I enjoyed doing the Trios so much that I decided to keep doing them, at least for a while. In this first Trio since Seth posts I'm concentrating on washi tapes.

In the first episode yesterday I made some backgrounds using washi tapes. First I created three different patterned papers using solely washi tapes and then decorated the covers using just some pieces of tape. This is the way I usually tend to use the washi tapes. Although, sometimes the tapes have such a juicy pattern that creating a whole sheet using just them has crossed my mind more than once. 

Today it's about binding the booklet. Well, I start by adding mixed media touches to the cover and the inner pages, but the washi tape part is mostly the binding. Here a good quality washi tape is the perfect thing. A tape that has good adhesion, but can be removed with ease. I guess good adhesion is quite obvious, you want the booklet to stay in one piece, but removing without damaging the paper is also handy. If you get a piece crooked, or need to adjust it no matter the reason, the property of lifting the tape and putting it down again is really handy. 

As you could see from the video, I used a piece of fabric to make the spine for my booklet. This is just a choice based on personal preference to add more textures, more different surfaces to the piece. I could have used a wide washi tape, too, or could have laid thinner ones overlapping to get a bigger piece. But I felt like a fabric detail would be nice and perhaps a fabric is a bit sturdier on the spine than just delicate washi tape. Although, washi tape feels delicate and thin, but washi paper is quite sturdy anyway. 

I'm not sure if I mention it in the video, but the chosen washi tapes determined the whole color palette of the project. As I wanted them to be the highlight, I chose colors to match the palette of the pinks, vintage tea tones and lace-like neutrals. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope to see you tomorrow when it's decorating day! 


Materials: Teippitarha, Paper Garden, Prima Marketing, Paper Artsy, Kuusade, Stencil Girl



21/07/2021

Embark a soulful journey - day 1


Moikka moi! Welcome to the first Trio since Seth Apter Creative Team posts! I enjoyed making the series of three posts so much, that I decided to continue them at least for a while! If you want to see the older Seth Trios, you can find them under this label (link). The Trio posts usually had a topic, or a product, to which I concentrated, like Izink ICE (link). Or I could challenge myself with limited supplies (link) or use one source of inspiration for three pieces, like I did with "Mothers of Kalevala" (link).

The topic of this Trio is washi tapes. I'm using washi tapes in several ways and create a mini booklet during the three posts. I'm first making backgrounds, then add some mixed media touches and bind the book and in the last part I then make embellishments and decorate the book cover.

Before we start, a few words about washi tapes. There's washi tapes and there's washi tapes. You've probably noticed that there's decorative tapes that have a slightly washi style look, but which won't work the way washi tapes do. I've used different brands and what works best for me is the actual washi tapes from manufacturers like MT masking tape and Maste. I also love Finnish brand Paper Garden's tapes. What they have in common is the good adhesion and possibility to remove the tape without damaging the paper. Some brands I have used either won't stick to the surface at all or start to curl after a while and others rip the material when adjusting the alignment. So, before starting your masterpiece, try the tape out. If you're familiar with the way the tape behaves, you have more options in your palette. For example, if you love the pattern but the adhesive isn't strong, you can use glue or gel medium to make it work. Or if you know that removing will be difficult, you can add a layer of gel and dry it  before adding the tape on top to protect the paper. Or just take extra care when placing the tape. 

Washi is traditional Japanese paper and washi tapes are tapes made using that paper. The white areas in the tapes are usually translucent so you can create great layers by overlapping different designs. The tapes are available in array of patterns, colors and finishes. 

As you can see from the video below, I start this project by choosing a selection of tapes. This way the colors and patterns repeat throughout the project and it feels whole. If you want to play with colors more - like making pages with different colors, try using one neutral color in all of the pages or repeat the same pattern. That way there's something to tie all of the elements together. The tape I'm using in this piece are from the companies mentioned earlier - mt Masking Tape, Maste and Paper Garden. The first two are from a Finnish shop Tape Garden (link) with a wide selection of washi tapes and Paper Garden tapes are of course from Paper Garden (link)

Like you saw in the video, I started the mini by creating backgrounds. I'm making some washi tape patterned pieces, where the tapes cover the whole surface and then decorating the cover pieces, too. Especially in collage the adhesion of the tape doesn't play such a big role as you can use gel medium to adhere the tape in place. But I really love when the tape stays where I've put it and doesn't curl. 

The first background is the easiest - just lines. It's kind of a basic way, which you can then use to make something more complicated. The rhythm of the lines and the visual impact relies highly on the colors you've chosen and the pattern combinations. The second way to cover the background is more time consuming, but the effect is more interesting, at least to my eye. I'm playing with the same tapes, but the effect is totally different compared to the still, rigid lines. The third one, the chevron pattern, has the most movement. It starts with the simple line design but the key part is to cut the strips in opposite angles. Then, depending what kind of look you are after, you can either match the pattern or not when adhering the strips in place. I've included the pics of the finished backgrounds to the bottom of the post so you can study them more carefully, if you like. 

The way I add washi tapes to the cover of the mini is, like I say in the video, probably the way I use washi tapes the most. Kind of just pieces here and there, together with other elements, making a little "basket weave" near the focal point. Or just add a bit of color and pattern to a place. Because the tapes are translucent, even a strong color isn't usually overpowering as it dulls down a little bit and blends to the background. 

I hope you've liked what I've created today! Please be back tomorrow for another episode of "Soulful Journey"! Thank you for stopping by today!


Materials: Teippitarha, Paper Garden, Prima Marketing


20/07/2021

Teatime treat, vol 2


Hi there and tea toned Tuesday! Yesterday I blogged the workshop piece from the longer workshop I kept during an online crop in April and today it's the shorter class's turn. This workshop was called "Teatime treat" and you can see the announcement post here (link).

During this class we made a card (or several) using vintage tones and black tea in a various ways. The vintage photos used in the cards were from a .pdf sheet I made, using my own stash of vintage photos. 

Tomorrow is the third week and Wednesday. You know what that means? A Trio! I used to make those trio posts for Seth Apter Creative Team and liked doing those so much that I still continue making those although the creative team term ended. The topic of the first trio is washi tapes! 

Hope to see you tomorrow for the Trio! Thank you for stopping by today! 


Materials: Varalusikka, Prima Marketing




19/07/2021

Sorceress' Book of Spells - vol 2

Hi there and lovely new week! I hope you all are safe and sound! It's been unusually hot here in Finland lately. It's not hot maybe in the terms of actually hot countries, but still about 10 degrees hotter than usually during the summer time. But it seems now the weather is a little bit cooling down again. 

Here's something I created quite a while ago, during online workshops to Mixed Media Sweden! The online crop was in April, during which I taught two workshops - this journal cover one and another with cards. You can see the announcement post of this workshop here (link).

It was so lovely to teach again! I miss the opportunity and especially the atmosphere in the workshops! Well, one day again! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a nice start to the new week!


Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix, Teippitarha, Cricut






16/07/2021

Bee Nice to Mother Earth - Nathalie's Creative Squad

 

Heippa! Today I'm sharing my project for Nathalie's Creative Squad using this month’s theme of “Dear Mother Earth”. Kim mentioned in her theme email the art type mail art. I jumped to this idea and decided to do a set of decorated envelopes to be sent out.

Mail art is an art movement with the idea of sending small works of art through postal services. The movement started in the 1950s and 60s. Mail art can take various forms such as postcards, envelopes or parcels. Some artists concentrate more on the envelope than the piece inside. Artists also can create their own postal stamps, called artistamps. From Tate’s Art Term site (link) and Wikipedia (link).

As I plan to send the envelopes out, I needed to create flat layers. I’m usually drawn to dimensional pieces and assemblages, but that kind of work wouldn’t hold through the mailing process without the protection of a parcel. According to the Wikipedia article mail art becomes mail art only after it is dispatched. Even though I actually am looking forward of seeing how the envelopes change in the mailing process, what kind of wear and tear they get, totally loosing the added elements isn’t the thing. So, I made small, flat collages to the envelopes with the help of last month’s goodie – Grafix Double Tack Mounting Film.


I first added a paint layer to the envelopes, masking off the placement of the address. I also made a separate collage sheet which I die cut to bees. I also die cut some leafy stems and a piece looking like dry wall tape. I collaged a piece of book paper underneath the die cut elements and added some stamping in there, too. If you wish to see how the envelopes came into being, please see the video underneath.


When thinking about the theme of Mother Earth, I had no option but to choose the “Groove Street” stamp set. I really like the pattern, but more important, the stamp was round and thus reminded me of Earth. As there’s been a lot of talk about the declining numbers of bees and insects, I felt that a honey bee would be a nice focal point in the layering. It somehow resonated with the nurturing Mother Earth theme, maybe partly because of the importance to the ecosystem as pollinator, but also through Finnish national epic, Kalevala. There a honey bee flies to the heavens to bring a drop of golden honey to mother of Lemmink√§inen so she can heal her son. I recently made an assemblage piece with that theme, you can see it here (link) if you like.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a beautiful Friday and weekend!


Materials:

ArtFoamies – Groove Street foam stamp set
Ranger – Archival Ink Sepia, Potting Soil, Sunflower
CC Hobby – Plus Color acrylic paint Yellow Ochre, Peach
PaperArtsy – Fresco Finish acrylic paint Terracotta, Cerulean, Heavy Cream, Key Lime
Gelli Arts – gel printing plate 5”x7”
Grafix – Double Tack Mounting Film
Sizzix – Thinlits Meadow leaf (661792) die, Thinlits Bee (663852) die set
Studio Light – Art by Marlene die from a Tag Journal kit
Posca PC-1M paint marker Black, White
Vintage book pages
Vintage postal stamps
Kraft paper
White paper











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