Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lois Ehlert Follow-up: Random Household Materials

Last week, in my book review, I gushed about the inspiration I gained from Lois Ehlert's The Scraps Book.  Wanting to experiment with elements from Ehlert's signature style, I decided to create a mini album.  It's still a work in progress, but I'm excited to show you what I've done on it so far.  The specific elements from Ehlert's style that I want to incorporate into my mini are: 1. bold, colorful shapes, and 2. collage of household items.


I'm making the album pages from upcycled "Simply Delish" dessert boxes.  After gessoing and/or painting both sides of the cardboard, I'm creating collaged backgrounds using household items.  See if you can spot some of the materials I used in the following detail shots.


In the photo above, you can see stamping with two types of bubble wrap--regular and jumbo.  I love the "crackle" effect on the jumbo bubbles.


I used colorful scraps of gift tissue, as well as a scrap of ribbon, on the page above.  You may also be able to spot scraps torn from an extra coffee shop napkin on all of my pages.


The flocked design on an old Easter egg card turned out to be a great stamp for the two pages in the above photo.  

I'm really excited about this album.  It's nice to be able to run with a fresh source of inspiration...something a little bit different, yet still right up my alley.  My next step, after I finish collaging the pages and adding a thin topcoat of paint, will be to add photos, journaling, and further embellishment.  Once I have the whole book assembled, I'll share the finished product with you in another post.  So, stay tuned.  And thanks for visiting my blog today!

8 comments:

jeanie g said...

Hi Denise long time no see your work. I love this recycling painterly stamping and stencilling. Can't wait to see the finished book.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh Denise, this is right up my recycle loving alley. I was most impressed by the flocked card and how well it stamped. You are making lovely art, and I can't wait to see more of it.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Fabulous work!!!!

Patricia said...

very beautiful recycled work...

Sharon Fritchman said...

WOW, Denise! You used her style to perfection here. I absolutely love what you have made with this book so far!!!!!

Patricia Roebuck said...

Ooo love all these techniques! And great idea!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

What a really fun idea!!!

Lynette Jacobs said...

Beautiful...such awesome texture and color.