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1  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: May 27, 2018 09:29:10 AM
More projects (it's amazing what I can accomplish when I don't swap!)
These are paper snippet rolls - I cut strips of paper, about 1.5" to 2", and glue on my scraps.
You can sew after glue is dry but I like to rip them to add into my art journal.

I am also making Frankenpapers but I don't have any completed yet. Same concept as the snippet rolls - collaging (larger) scraps onto a base piece. Then it can be used for backgrounds for ATCs, postcards, or whatever. Some folks on YouTube glue just the edges so that they are double-sided but that seems too fussy for me.

Oh, I found one that is semi-complete - the YouTube folks sew the seams or highlight the images....

I like mixing my hand painted papers with scrapbook paper and origami paper and book pages. Some folks just use a scrapbook paper pad so it all matches. I like the combination of the different papers.

And I'm working on making altered clothing tags. This was a Cat Hand project on YouTube. I thought I would paint the edges before decorating - this was not necessary. It's just as easy to ink the edges when tags are finished.

And here are some of the tags in process:

The only drawback to making the snippet rolls and Frankenpaper is the creation of more scraps - so I am diligent about recycling the scraps of the scraps!
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2  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: May 19, 2018 04:31:50 PM
Still making prints with thread - love this set. And I will try to remember to make copies!

These are the first or second pulls - getting the paint off.

These capture the remnants - my favorites!

I am using sewing thread this time around. The others I posted previously were made with yarn and perl embroidery thread. I am trying to use up stuff and I need spools so this solves two problems.
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3  Mini Prayer Flags in Completed Projects by Smmarrt on: April 26, 2018 10:10:56 PM
I've been thinking about this all week for some reason so I had to make some.

This one measures about 3.24" by 5.5".

This one is a bit larger, 3.75" by 5.5".

And the last one...

3" by 5.5"

I didn't measure before making but I was aiming for about index card size.

If you like these, I am planning a swap to make a set of three - keep one, swap two and your partner will abandon the third.
Thanks for looking!
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4  Re: Monthly Dotee Swap - March 2018 - Muses Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: April 25, 2018 08:53:10 PM
I received from cmarion3 and it is also a very thoughtful dotee. I listed several female artists as my muses - I saw an exhibit at MOMA last May in NYC. I was inspired to learn more about these artists - one being Lee Krasner, the wife of Jackson Pollock.

Here is the Lee Krasner dotee:

The back:

And the painting inspiration:

The card and envelope are art-inspired as well. The sketch is Lee Krasner herself!

Thanks so much, Carol. I love her and I appreciate all the details. One question - did you paint the shawl? Or did you just happen to have a Lee Krasner piece of fabric?

P.S. Blonde moment - still chuckling.....
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5  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: April 16, 2018 07:20:50 PM
Here is one of the gel prints done with alcohol inks.

I squirt 2 colors first, brayer it to cover gel plate, then lay a stencil on top, and add a few more colors in spots. Let that dry - about 10 - 20 minutes, depending on how much ink you use and where you live.

Remove stencil and let dry some more - make sure there are no puddles that aren't dry. When it is all dry, roll a layer of acrylic paint and pull the print.

Here is a detail shot:

I have another design drying - will post pics if it looks good.
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6  Re: Prayer Flag twinkle - Round 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: April 04, 2018 10:14:58 PM
Yay! I finally finished my flag. And boo! It's crooked. Oh well...story of my life!

I'm trying to not buy stuff and just make stuff....don't look at that envelope of new stamps. They were, umm, a present, yeah a present. For not buying stuff..... Wink
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7  Re: Prayer Flag Swap - Round 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: March 31, 2018 03:58:13 PM
I received my second flag from Rosie1981:

It has two of my themes - she persisted and peace. Love the birds - are those hot glue embellishments?

Thanks, Rose!

I am working on my flag, hope to finish tonight.
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8  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: March 28, 2018 09:37:36 PM
I have been gelli printing up a storm - nothing earth-shattering, just playing. I tried to follow/accomplish the Birgit Koopsen 31 Days of Gelli Printing but I have a difficult time keeping up. I try to finish 3 - 6 prompts but it gets overwhelming.

I am tonight using alcohol inks on the gel plate and it's fun but there is a lot of drying time. I will post a few photos tomorrow night if the results are interesting. You squirt the ink or inks on (several colors if you like) and then add texture - stencils, bubble wrap, foam or rubber stamps and let that layer dry. Apply a THIN coat of paint to lift off - it's a subtle effect.

I've also noticed that if you lift paint off your plate with a glossy magazine page, you often get a reverse image of the magazine page. If you let that layer dry and add another layer of paint - you get a transfer image!

This page was an index of artists and galleries - not so exciting but I was thrilled that it happened unexpectedly.

I am trying with fashion-y pages but it's tricky getting the right amount of paint correct.

There several YouTube tutorials - search Shannon Green, Gelli Arts and Joggles if you want/need more info on these techniques.
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9  Re: Prayer Flag Swap - Round 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: March 28, 2018 06:48:56 PM
I received from Abbeeroad - She persisted

Love the hand-painted fabric, the crazy quilt look and the sentiment.
Here is a close up of the details.

Thanks so much Abbie! I might hang it on the door of my apartment!
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10  Re: MDS- February 2018 SCIENCE GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: March 11, 2018 07:42:09 PM
I received the most awesome dotee from newbie dotee-maker loves2experiment.
I listed the Big Bang Theory and Amy Farrah Fowler as favorites and look what I got!

One of the smoking monkeys from Dr. Fowler's addiction study.

There's no hanging loop, but the tail is wired so I can hang it wherever!

And I was looking for my favorite Amy Farrah Fowler quotes - "I'm giving him lung cancer, the least I can do is let him hang out and watch cable." AFF

Sheldon - "Are you worried about second hand smoke?"

AFF - "No, the real danger is him biting my face off while I sleep."

There is a Facebook page dedicated to the monkey - https://www.facebook.com/Amy-Farrah-Fowlers-smoking-monkey-221153114568365/

Thanks so much!

P.S. I received a gorilla and a monkey - maybe next month I should ask for Mickey Dolenz?  Grin
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