>Perdu, a paper spool collage – Perdu, un collage sur bobine en carton

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It’s been a while since I’ve made one of these. There was a time when they were my “go-to” project. If I didn’t know what to do but still wanted to create something, I’d make a paper spool collage. Instead of adding a flower or a button, I added a little rhinestone this time. I’m hoping to put together a tutorial for these by the end of the month. The photos are all done, it’s just a matter of writing the tutorial and making it downloadable.
Ça faisait un bout de temps que je n’en avais pas fait un comme ça. Il fut un temps où c’était mon projet de secours. Si je ne savais pas quoi faire mais que je voulais quand même créer quelque chose, je faisait un collage sur bobine en carton. Au lieu d’ajouter une fleur ou un bouton, j’ai ajouté une petite pierre cette fois-ci. J’espère réussir à créer un tutoriel pour les faire d’ici la fin du mois. Les photos sont prises, il ne reste qu’à écrire le tutoriel et le rendre téléchargeable.
Today is my dear friend Catherine‘s birthday. Stop by her blog and wish her a Happy Birthday!
Aujourd’hui est la fête de ma chère amie Catherine. Passez par son blogue et souhaitez lui un Joyeux Anniversaire!

>Altered slide mailer – Porte-lame de microscope altéré

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 I haven’t altered a slide mailer in almost 2 years. And this was the first big one I did. I bought mine from ArtChixStudio a few years ago but they don’t have them anymore. I started by covering all the flat surfaces with vintage Italian book pages and then sprayed over with my pink and brown glimmer mists. I decorated the cover with printed fabric, baker’s twine, lace and a ribbon flower.
Je n’avais pas altéré de porte-lame de microscope depuis presque 2 ans. Et celui-ci était mon premier plus grand. J’ai acheté les miens chez ArtChixStudio il y a quelques années mais ils n’en ont plus. J’ai commencé par couvrir toutes les surfaces planes avec de vieilles pages d’un livre italien puis j’ai vaporisé par-dessus avec mes glimmer mists rose et brun. J’ai décoré la couverture avec du tissu imprimé, du fil de pâtissier, de la dentelle et une fleur en ruban.
  Then I decorated the slide windows with collage images from ArtChixStudio and Crafty Individuals as well as words cut from a vintage French book. On the inside cover, I added more printed fabric.
Ensuite j’ai décoré les fenêtres de lamelles avec des images à collage de ArtChixStudio et Crafty Individuals ainsi que des mots coupés dans un vieux livre français. À l’intérieur de la couverture, j’ai ajouté encore du tissu imprimé.
I also wrapped some fibers around the crease for a nicer finish. And finally, the slides were glued in place with a bit of Glossy Accent (and a clear circle sticker was added on top of the last slide.)
J’ai aussi enroulé des fibres autour du pli pour une finition plus jolie. Et finalement, les lamelles ont été collées en place avec un peu de Glossy Accent (et un cercle autocollant clair a été ajouté sur la dernière lamelle.)

>Simple pleasures – Plaisirs simples

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Day 2 of my week of art journaling.
I think that this page is very different from what I usually do. 
I actually started this page with an idea in mind but it changed along the way. The background is a dyed paper towel which has been covered with white acrylic paint. I wanted a colourful page without having to cover the background with lots of paint so I decided to layer pieces of patterned paper instead. I was really drawn to warm colours last night while making this page so I chose papers in red, pink and orange. I then added the red label in the middle and the small images (all from ArtChix) at the top.  To add some texture and more colour, I spread a bit of oil pastel in the bottom left corner and around the images. Then I stamped circles using brown dye ink and an empty toilet paper roll.
At first, I had wanted to write the journaling in the label but thought the page wouldn’t be balanced enough so I added another piece of patterned paper (the other side of the pink grid paper) at the bottom to write on. Finally, I wrote a bit in the label and I was done. This page took longer than the last two because the paint on top of the paper towel wouldn’t dry quickly enough and I had a hard time gluing all the pieces on top of it. I do like the final result though, even if I had to staple the images at the top a bit so they would stay in place.
If you have a minute, Maman KoolAid (my mom) has updated her blog with a beautiful card. Though she only writes in french, she does understand english so feel free to leave her a comment if you feel so inclined.
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Un de mes plus grands et simples plaisirs dans la vie est de recevoir (et envoyer) du courrier.
Deuxième journée de ma semaine de journal artistique.
 
Je pense que cette page est très différente de ce que je fais habituellement.
J’ai commencé cette page avec une idée en tête mais elle a changé en cours de route. Le fond est une feuille d’essui-tout teint qui a été recouverte de peinture acrylique blanche. Je voulais une page colorée sans avoir à recouvrir le fond avec beaucoup de peinture alors j’ai décidé d’étager des morceaux de papier à motif à la place. J’étais vraiment attirée par les couleurs chaudes hier soir pendant que je faisais cette page alors j’ai choisi  des papiers en rouge, rose et orange. J’ai ensuite ajouté l’étiquette rouge au centre et les petites images (toutes de ArtChix) dans le haut. Pour ajouter de la texture et plus de couleur, j’ai étendu un peu de pastel gras dans le coin inférieur gauche et autour des images. Ensuite j’ai étampé des cercles avec de l’encre à base de teinture brune et un rouleau de papier hygiénique vide.
Au début, je voulais écrire mon texte sur l’étiquette rouge mais je me suis dit que la page ne serait pas assez équilibrée alors j’ai ajouté un autre morceau de papier à motif (l’envers du papier à carreaux rose) dans le bas pour écrire dessus. Finalement, j’ai écrit un peu sur l’étiquette puis c’était terminé. Cette page a pris plus de temps que les deux dernières à faire parce que la peinture sur l’essui-tout ne voulait pas sécher assez vite et j’ai eu de la difficulté à coller les morceaux par-dessus. J’aime bien le résultat final par contre, même si j’ai dû brocher les images du haut un peu pour qu’elles restent en place.
Si vous avez une minute, Maman KoolAid (ma mère) a mis à jour son blogue avec une joli carte. Laissez-lui un commentaire si ça vous tente.

 

>Pédagogue

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A really quick page done in my small journal. It took less than an hour from start to finish. Acrylic paint, a bit of gesso, book page, image from ArtChix, vintage book sleeve (Dead Souls), playing card, journaling tag, vintage lace, paper flowers, patterned paper (frame) and German paper border were all used on this page.
Both of my journals are coming to an end. I have 4 pages left in this one and 3 in the big one. I want to complete them both before going back to work.
Last reminder: sign up for my giveaway. It ends on Sunday night.
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Une page rapide faite dans mon petit journal. Ça m’a pris moins d’une heure du début à la fin. Peinture acrylique, un peu de gesso, une page de livre, image de ArtChix, vieille couverture de livre (Dead Souls), carte à jouer, .tiquette de texte, vieille dentelle, fleurs de papier, papier à motifs (cadre) et bordure de papier allemand ont tous été utilisés sur cette page.
Mes deux journaux arrivent à la fin. Il me reste 4 pages dans celui-ci et 3 dans le plus gros.Je veux les remplir tous les deux avant de retourner au travail.
Dernier rappel: inscrivez-vous à mon tirage. Il prend fin dimanche soir.

>Of collages, paintings and a prize in the mail

>As promised, here are my latest paper spool collages. I made these last Friday while spending an evening of fun and crafts with two of my favourite people in the world: my mom and Catherine. I also worked on another little project which I won’t show until it has arrived to its final destination.

My hands are feeling a lot better. I don’t know if it’s arthritis or carpal tunnel and as long as it doesn’t bother me too much, I don’t want to know. Now, no lectures please.

Anyway, yesterday, I finally decided to take some Tylenols and it helped relieve the pain so I was able to create. Of course I did my Daily Art Card which is the following picture, but I also finished an art journal page and two paintings. I’ll show them later this week.

I’ve always considered myself an artist. There was a time when I thought I was only a painter but now I know I’m much more than that. I guess that if I have to label myself it would be Multimedia Artist and Recycle Crafter. Ye like? I like! But I had forgotten how much I love to just paint. So I’ve prepared a few backgrounds to work on when the mood strikes. It was fun to work on something other than a canvas. My plan is to do enough of these types of paintings to eventually sell them.

And finally, I received my first OWOH prize today! What joy to find a parcel addressed to me coming from Hawaii! And when I opened it, I was presented with this beautiful doll made by Lilla… look at her. Isn’t she pretty? She shimmers in the light.


Right now, she’s hanging on my fake wreath which is still on my bedroom door (and might stay there all year long to display various hanging goodies I receive and/or make.)

Now, I’ll go paint some more me thinks. No blogging tomorrow as I’m having dinner with my parents and watching LOST with mom. Have a good Thursday!

>One World One Heart Giveaway

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Okay! Here it is! My giveaway for the One World One Heart Event in Bloglandia!

Here’s how it works. To be eligible for this giveaway, you must leave a comment on THIS POST (not any other) and have an ACTIVE blog. If you don’t have one yet, it’s easy to start one so go ahead and dive into blogging! And remember to visit the OWOH blog for all the other giveaways. There’s is lots of beautiful stuff being offered out there so go look.


The prize: an altered slide mailer! This is the main prize as I plan to add little bits to the package but I don’t know what yet (probably one of my paper spool collages of course!)

So again, for a chance to win, leave a comment on THIS POST and have an active blog. The winner will be picked on February 14th and announced on an UPDATED version of this post AND a new post.

Good luck and thanks for participating!

Edit on Feb 11th: There will be three winners for my giveaway. I’m in the process of making two more slide mailers (colours and images will vary) and will try to post pictures before the weekend.
Also, regular blogging will return after OWOH. I need more time to create for myself!

Edit on Feb 5th: Those who comment and don’t have a blog listed on their Blogger profile, please make sure that you leave a link to an ACTIVE blog since this is an event to meet other bloggers. I started visiting the blogs listed and will continue to do so even after the event. This is NOT a giveaway just for “giving’s sake.” If you’ve already commented without leaving a way for me to see your blog, please email me a link at sophietousignant[at]videotron[dot]ca. Thank you.

>Paper spool collages

>As promised in my previous post, here is some art. These are my latest paper spool collages. As always I used ArtChixStudio products to do them. All buttons are from my personal stash. I need to get more buttons, preferably vintage ones. Maybe I’ll raid my mom’s stash!

Some of these beauties will be going in the mail soon with ATCs (but I’m not seeing when or where!)

To make these, I prefer paper spools to plastic ones. I sand them a bit to get the sheen off and then I dirty them up with my trusty Van Dyke Brown ink.

After that is done, I tear a piece of text (these are from pages of an Italian encyclopedia) which I also dirty up with the ink. I wrap the paper around the middle of the spool and glue it in place (the ends are on the back.) Next step is to wrap a bit of embroidery floss or waxed tread (whatever I have on hand really) and secure the ends on the back with either a glue dot or a bit of clear liquid glue such as Glossy Accents. When that is done (and the glue is dry) it’s time to look through the images I have. I use mostly images from the Mini Chix Collage or Mini Mix Collage. This, to me, is the hardest part: deciding which images to use and then which embellishments to add.

All for of these have German Paper Borders but I don’t always use them. Sometimes I add a flower or a little piece of glitter. I always add a button and I try to find the one that best suits the collage. I like to thread a bit of embroidery floss through the buttons for that used/reused/vintage look. The final touch is adding a lengths of twine that has been inked a bit so it matches the whole collage. And of course, I sign on the back.


I really enjoy making these little works of art and I hope that my step by step explanation helps some (or all) of you to create your own. It’s not always easy working on such a small canvas but the result is oh so worth it. Don’t you think? If you have any questions about these or anything else I make, feel free to ask in the comment section or email me.

My new glasses have been ordered and should arrive next week. They are similar to the ones I had but then again, it was the first pair I really really loved!

Snow day is over. I shoveled my car out of the close-to-two-feet snow dump. And while shoveling and sweating and looking as awful as anyone can in these conditions, the landlord from across the street from me was flirting with me and actually asked me for my phone number. It was just too weird. And he’s not my type so I said, “Sorry, I don’t think so” in the most polite tone I could muster. Hopefully that’s the end of that! And on that note, I bid you Goodnight!

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