Saturday, September 6, 2014

What I Did This Summer

Well, it wasn't beads, that's for sure.  Because of the problem I am having with my thumb/wrist joint I am not able to torch very much at all - in fact, even cutting a sandwich hurts.  I have an appointment with the surgeon in mid November, so hopefully he has some ideas.
Anyway, I couldn't just sit around twiddling my thumbs ('cause it would hurt!!) so I got out my large sheets of watercolour paper, my acrylic paints, and my bits and pieces of collage papers.  First I put gesso all over one side of the paper, then painted various colours all over.  Then I followed up with the collage papers - most of which I had made myself, and then painted in various spots again and painted the back in black.  Then came the stamping with gold and black - I think I got a little carried away on some of them,  lol.  I cut them all up into book mark sized pieces, painted the edges in black, and gave the whole lot a clear coat front and back.  My husband helped with the cutting up and the setting of the eyelets.
I was thinking about adding some of my beads at the top, but figured that would just be something to "help" the book mark get pulled out, so I settled for just a piece of leather cord.  I have been using one of the earlier ones all summer, as have a few of my friends and family members, and they are holding up really quite well.  It is kind of nice to open a book and have a piece of original art work marking ones page for you :O)

I have done over 50 of these little works of practical "art".

Close up shot
Thanks for stopping in, and hopefully in the not too distant future I will have some beads for you to look at.
Have a great day!


Elizabeth Chapman said...

These are really cool! Love them!

Jane Perala said...

Thanks Elizabeth!