Thursday, April 19, 2018
Throw Back-Play day
Hi and welcome! Today I'm sharing some 'throw back Thursday' projects that are perfectly named in so many ways! I am finally caught up on birthday and anniversary cards, so I had some time to just play around in my studio. I have a tiered basket that holds unfinished projects and various odds & ends. The idea is that if I see these things all the time, I will be encouraged to use them. I wish I could say this was a perfect idea, but more often than not, I'm busy making something specific and don't have time to 'treasure hunt' in the baskets. Today however, I spied two unfinished art journal pages that were begging to be completed. I started my art journal years ago as a way to experiment with new techniques and it has also become a great place to collect quotes and words of wisdom. This is the first 'throwback'. Next, I found a baggie of molded clay pieces that I made a very long time ago and had saved for a rainy day-'throwback' number two! Finally, I pulled out some well loved, but recently uninked stamp sets making the third part of my 'throwback'.
I decided if this was going to be a play day, I was going to get a little messy and inky. I colored the clay pieces with markers (and ended up with as much ink on my fingers as on the clay pieces), and pulled out an old plastic stamp case. A quick hunt through my reinkers and I was ready to go. I actually used copy paper instead of watercolor paper this time since the page was already going to be quite lumpy from the clay parts. It was a little tricky getting the paper out of the ink and took a very long time to dry, but the end result was quite pretty. A little stamping, doodling, and gluing and I was done!
This would have been a perfect creative session if my eldest DD (home from college) hadn't interrupted me to ask if I could help her file her taxes... Nothing like waiting til the last minute! Luckily, it was fairly quick and painless to do hers, but the next time I decide to have a play day, I'm going to lock the door!
I hope I've inspired you to dig through your stash and use some of those forgotten items! If you're like me, you could do this every day for a year and still have plenty of things left over! Thank you so much for visiting and have a wonderful day!
Project Recipe: Stamp Sets-Faith in Nature, Gorgeous Grunge, Ink-blushing bride, Baja breeze, crumb cake, garden green, real red, summer sun, early espresso, black fine tip Sharpie, Paper-always artichoke, Accessories- molded clay pieces, Martha Stewart leaf punch