Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April slide show

Show time! The last day of each month we have a slide show of the Sketchbook Challenge Flickr group's work for that month's theme. To have your work in the slideshow, be sure to tag it with the theme's tag for that month, given on the first day when the theme is announced.

Thank you to all of our followers for playing along!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

another polka dot box

Sue B here...

I loved Jamie and Leslie's polka dot boxes so much I decided to create one myself!  I took a little different approach though.  I started out by fusing a layer of Mistyfuse to a piece of watercolor paper and then fused the paper to the backside of a piece of black and white polka dot fabric.

And then ran the box die with the fused paper/fabric through my big shot die cutter:

I used hot glue to assemble the cut pieces into a box:

And since I had the hot glue gun out anyway, I decided to make some button stacks:

Which I used to give the box some feet, a handle for the flap and a decorative top:

Monday, April 28, 2014

Two Polka Dot Boxes from Leslie and Jamie

Jamie Fingal here - using a Sizzix Big Shot die cutter, I made a cardboard box

Here is what it looks like right off the cutter.  I cut two and the sides on the box measure about 3-1/4."  The two sides will fit inside each other.  The cutter scores all of the folds too, which is pretty cool.

I decided to go with a black, white and red color scheme.  I used acrylic paint on the sides of the boxes. Those polka dot sheets in the background are made on Deli paper, which almost like tissue paper, but stronger.  It is great to stencil, draw or even paint on, and then you can decoupage it to anything.

I cut the papers - just eyeballing it - to the sides of the boxes.  The stencil is 'to the point' by StencilGirl Products

I used Liquitex Matte Medium to adhere the Deli paper to the box
Then I added more paint "paint the town red" - more circles, and letters that spell out ' d o t' using the 'vintage typewriter alphabet' (one of my personal favorites) from StencilGirlProducts.  Now I could have been done with the surface design at this point, but no....

...I decided that it would be fun to use Puffy Paint to give the box more dimension.  It takes quite awhile to dry.  Silly me, I had to load these into a box, and put it in the back of my car, so it could dry at home.

I really like the puffy paint dots.  I drew some circles around the dots, just because it seemed like a good idea, with the theme, and all
't' - spells dot!  The spotty dotty box!


Greetings!  Leslie here.  I don't have the box die that Jamie has, but I happened to have two pre-cut ATB's from a recent blog hop for Sizzix so we decided to each do a set.  I love these little boxes because they present so many possibilities, inside and out.
Polka dots can be linear and non-linear.  I think I prefer linear, or very evenly-oriented dots, and this just occurred to me.  
I decided to write a list of things that have dots...

I think I'm a bit obsessed with this Fade Horizontal stencil from StencilGirl.
I seem to use it on most everything.

Using two colors of transparent acrylic paint I lightly covered the writing on both box strips.
Here is the strip with the stencil over it...

and after the stencil is removed.  I like the way it partially obscures the writing.

I was thinking about how it is difficult (for me) to visualize the negative space around linear dots....

do you see the larger dots?

Because the flaps will occasionally be exposed, I made up a "polka dot" font.

I have plenty (and I mean PLENTY!) of polka dot fabric.
I cut several colors of dotted fabric into 3" squares
and after spreading the Yes! glue on each section, I positioned the pieces of cloth on them.

I have a "thing" for googly eyes and was given boxes from two different people
as a holiday gift last year.  You can never have enough...

Using Yes! glue I first attached a button, then a large googly.

On another section, a row of graduated googlies.
(May I just pause here to mention that autocorrect does not like the word googly?!)

On the inside, a few bits of fun

Googly faces....

and another...

I like little surprises inside boxes.

And here it is!  Later, after the glue is well-cured, I think I'll use a pen and color in the creases.
Thanks for stopping by to see our boxes.
What do you like to do with polka dots?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Polka Dots Here and There

Polka Dots are perky and fun!  Jacqueline Newbold here.  They make me happy.  Polka dots are just glorified circles.  The circle represents unity, wholeness, and infinity.  They have no beginning or end.  They have no sharp edges.  The have no corners or edges.  Just add a little color to the simple circle and you have polka dots!  Here are a few of my watercolor journal pages where I added polka dots.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mid month polka dot slide show

There's so many great polka dot sketches out on the sketchbook challenge flickr group we decided to do a mid month slide show. Watch and be inspired!

To have your work appear in the slideshow be sure to tag it on flickr with apr351.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Accidental Polka Dots

Leslie here.  I'm always goofing around in my studio with a variety of "stuff".  One happy accident was my discovery of printing with Oil of Olay facial wash cloths.  Since I use them nightly to clean my face they sometimes made an accidental trip through the washing machine rather than into the recycling bin.  Since they held up nicely through the laundry it occurred to me that they were probably made out of cotton and, although they are not woven, they must be well-compressed.  My next thought is that they would most likely take dye.  So...I started experimenting with them.

At first, I was focused purely on the cloths themselves, not paying any attention to what was underneath.  Eventually, I realized I was getting some very nice "strike-through" onto my drop cloth.
Here is one of the first constructions I created using both the facial cloths and the "drop cloth" below them:
See the writing on the facial cloth segments?  The writing was done by extruding thickened dye onto the silk screen, then pulling dye over the writing which pushed it through the screen onto the cloths
(and also onto the drop cloths, which are the areas with the accidental polka dots!)

Here is another quilted construction.  Note the curved areas?
Those are the edges of the facial cloth that forms a "resist" to the dye penetrating the drop cloth below.

Here is another project using some leftover portions of printed cloth.  
I created this small piece below in the spirit of Lynn Krawczyk's "Stacked Collages" from her new book, "Intentional Printing".  Please drop by my blog to read her interview.

For my project I am using this piece of silk crepe that was screen-printed with thickened dye, 
cotton-linen blend that was screen-printed with dye, wool-blend felt, Mistyfuse fusible, embroidery thread, and buttons.
First, I fused the piece of silk to a 6x6 inch felt

then I took this piece of linen cotton blend and fused it over the silk.
The polka dots on the small piece of cloth were created by using a StencilGirl stencil with thickened dye.
This is the "Fade Horizontal" stencil and I love it and use it all the time
in a wide variety of ways.

I looked at a variety of threads and buttons to use as embellishments...

and opted for this black thread.

I added another fused piece of silk/felt (a 3x3 inch square) over the 6 inch piece
and these red buttons.

After stitching using a running (Kantha-style) stitch and french knots
I secured the edges with monofilament thread on the sewing machine.

Finally, I attached two charms from an old necklace below the two buttons.

I'm pretty happy with my little stacked collage!

I think it may become an adornment on a journal cover or a handmade book!