Today is February tenth, so it's time for me to update you on my "Ten on the Tenth" destashing project. When choosing a color scheme for this month, I thought of amethyst, which is the birthstone for February. Since the art world is all abuzz about the Pantone Color of the Year being a shade of purple, I was feeling pretty enthusiastic about making some purple projects.
Inspired by the above image, I assembled supplies various shades of purple, plus a few neutrals.
Above are the ten supplies that I worked with:
- woodgrain patterned paper from Kaisercraft (full sheet)
- striped patterned paper from Doodlebug (scrap)
- purple cardstock from Wausau Paper
- maroon cardstock from Bazzill
- embellishment: alphabet banner stickers from Doodlebug
- embellishment: shamrock doilies from Royal
- throwaway item: plastic purple netting from candy packaging
- throwaway item: scrap of yarn from gift packaging
- nonconsumable: stamp set from Lawn Fawn
- nonconsumable: heart punch from All Night Media
Like many people, I struggle to use purple in my artwork, so I thought this would be a good way to challenge myself. I do like purple, so I'd enjoy seeing it more in my scrapbooks. However, in retrospect, I think I should not have tried to combine so many different shades of purple at once. I did manage to create a card, a layout, and a collage, but the process did NOT go smoothly.
I was partway through both the card and layout (pictured above), when I decided that they just were not working. So I took them apart as best I could and started over. I hardly ever do this, so it was strange for me. I just felt like both projects were unbalanced, in terms of both color and scale, and I couldn't figure out a way to rescue them.
I took pieces from my discarded project, added in new alphabet stickers (Echo Park) and a new sheet of background paper (My Mind's Eye), and came up with the layout above, which I like much better. Can you see bits of the old projects in this new one?
When confronted with a bunch of triangular letter stickers that didn't spell anything useful (except for the letters L-O-V-E, which I saved for my collage), I layered them and created my own "arrow" stamp.
I used this arrow stamp, along with Stickles glitter glue, to stamp on my layout.
Below are photos of a few more details from the layout.
|A scrap of the maroon cardstock and a piece of netting help a small photo to stand out.|
|I did a couple types of stenciling--I stenciled through the doily with a white pen, and I stenciled through heart punch negatives with Stickles. I also sprinkled on some seed beads while the hearts were still wet.|
|I like the triangle stenciling from my original layout, but I think it works better in small doses.|
|I stamped with the string--again, using Stickles--to help my title stand out.|
Okay, moving on now to the card that I created... I ended up using the flowered side of the paper, with only a little bit of the purple striped paper as an accent. I also added a happy tulle bow and a couple dots of Stickles. I have been pretty into Stickles this month...perhaps you noticed? :)
Here's a closeup of the sentiment block on the card (below).
Finally, it was time for me to take my leftover scraps and make a collage. Actually, I didn't have many leftover scraps, since I'd had to start over with both my card and my scrapbook page. However, I did have a lot of doily pieces, so I collaged them onto a big cardboard heart...
I added paint and a few splashes of mist. I really liked this look, and I must try it again sometime, when I'll be able to leave more of it on display. As it is, I ended up covering up much of my doily collage, to make the project you see below.
|~previously blogged here~|
Notice that there is hardly any purple on this heart wall hanging, which I made for my son's room? I'm back to the bright reds, blues, and greens that I'm more comfortable using. I plan to go easy on myself for next month's "10 on the 10th" and use the bright, happy colors that I so love...no more purple for awhile!
Still, I am grateful for the learning experiences that working with purple provided me. I definitely tried new things and went outside my comfort zone, and I got some good ideas for things to try on future projects.
I hope that your adventures in art will go more smoothly than mine. In the meantime, have a happy Valentine's Day on Friday! :)