Michele of Little Bird Creations hosts ATC swaps, and I've enjoyed participating in them. The current one has a circus theme, and did I ever have fun with that!
I started with this image.
And a sheet of circus acrobat images I found on the internet. A lot of coloring and fussy cutting later.....
Doing multiples for a swap can be boring, so I like to keep to the same design but change things up enough to keep my interest.....in this case, coloring each clown individually and differently, and using different acrobat images.
Over at the Everything Wendy Vecchi group, the monthly challenge is to use Wendy's embossing paste, but mix it with something else. Since I belong to a birthday card club that sends 4x4 cards, I did my challenge piece in that format.
I mixed gold embossing paste with some green paint for the flowers (one of Wendy's stencils). It didn't do much to change the paste, so I went a bit bolder on the swirls and dots (a Crafter's Workshop stencil) and star (a Tim Holtz stencil). For those I mixed white embossing paste with a little Silks acrylic glaze in pomegranate. The Wendy stamp I used is the small weed from her Botanical Art set.
I saw some absolutely gorgeous roll up brush holders at that Jane LaFazio watercolor class I wrote about recently. They were made of fabric printed with Jane's gorgeous designs, and sewn together by a professional. Like I said (twice), gorgeous. I didn't buy one, because what I really wanted to do was see if I could make one myself. Also, Jane's were sized for the water brushes she uses, and I wanted one large enough to accomodate some of my taller brushes as well.
I stamped some plain fabric with my own carved stamps, using archival inks (mainly the new colors under Wendy's name), because they are permanent. I wouldn't want a still wet brush to muck up the stamping.
Rolled up, ready for travel:
I'm not saying mine is anywhere as beautiful as Jane's, but it is mine, and that makes me proud. I was happy enough to make another, this one for Teri's birthday.
Last of all, I recently received my friend Jen's field journal. She calls it the Sisterhood of the Traveling Beaches, and everyone is to do a beach themed spread. I've spent many a vacation in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and that's what I recall here:
I hope you enjoyed my little potpourri of projects.