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Bright + Bold Basics

“Sometimes serendipity is just intention unmasked.”
― Elizabeth Berg

You can take something basic and do lots of things with it.

I had a half hour before picking up the kids and I finger-painted a few 9x9" pages from the Aquabee drawing journal with heavy body acrylics. I liked the bright + bold simplicity of the page and thought about what to do with it. I could cut it into strips to use as book marks, slice it up for collage fodder, cut it into squares for my little handmade stitched journals... write on each color with black sharpie... even weave it.

Sometimes the most basic things have the most potential. So I took photographs of the page and played with it in photoshop to get the Hitchcock Psycho style look.

And this morning I took the page to the "sewing room" {aka guest room overrun with fabric + fodder} and considered both simple lines and a free-form mandala but frankly didn't feel like switching the foot on the machine. After stitching along the lines I took more photos because the texture was very cool.

You know that I could have gotten angry with myself for messy stitching but that would have missed the point of just having fun and seeing what happened. Everything - well almost everything - is just an experiment. See what happens. And the result of trying to stitch paper painted with acrylics? #pass

The imperfections add charm.

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Reader Comments (7)

The colors in this are great. I love what you wrote about the Hitchcock psycho look.

It is very hard to just go with trying things with art ... especially when I really like something as is, but then I want to just try adding "x" or "y". Sometimes the additions/changes work & sometimes they don't. But, then I think of what you said in your podcast with Rice. You said something along the lines of:" We're playing & learning. We're not making collectible works of art". (Well, I think you are making special works of art, but most of us are not:-)

Once again, today I did something inspired by you. I'm going to attend a local ATC meet-up tomorrow. I need to bring cards to exchange so, I used a water color piece that I made a month ago. I got the exacto knife out & cut them down to ATC size.

Thanks again, for the constant inspiration.

09.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

Oh my. I think I have to go stitch on some painted pages now.

09.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarlene

I always think it is in the imperfections that the pages are really mine, or show me. I love your stitching...I like that it isn't perfectly matched up to the colours.

09.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

Sherry, Sometimes - only sometimes - I make two of something so that I can experiment with one and keep the other as it is! That's what happened with the Faux Vogue cover the other day: Here: and here: Or I'll do a bunch of similar things and change each of them differently. Great comment!

09.21.2012 | Registered Commentergypsy

could cut it into strips to use as book marks, slice it up for collage fodder, cut it into squares for my little handmade stitched journals... write on each color with black sharpie... even weave it.

Thanks for all that inspiration of what to do with some of the papers I paint! :)

09.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica

You are a woman who makes good use of her time!! I absolutely love the look of the stitches over the bright colors. And I agree with Erica: I love all the different ideas you provided for painted papers.

09.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

I absolutely love the stiching Tammy - I hope you glue it on to a backing though, with all those holes might it not fall apart a little too easily? It looks fantastic - simple and a little crazed!

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