Saturday, May 30, 2015

Journal 52, Week 22: Wings

For Week 22 Chelle had a guest artist Boo Martin create an entry for Journal 52.  Boo covered her page with a napkin,

so I went to my napkin basket and found one with wings.

Of course, I had to make sure it was large enough to cover my used file folder, which thankfully it was.

Boo gave some tips for using a napkin for a background, and I thought I would add my tips, too.  She advised to make sure to separate all three layers of the napkin before adding glue.  Boo used gel medium and suggested we embrace the wrinkles because they couldn't be removed once pressed to your substrate.

Those who frequent my blog know I have a dislike for glue stick, even though I used to be a Design Team member for UHU Glue.  However, I am a BIG advocate of using glue stick with my handmade paper, tissue paper, and napkins.  This is when glue sticks shine.

Start at the top and lay down about 1 inch or so of glue stick all the way across the substrate. Try not to miss any, because there will be a bubble if you do.  Position your napkin and smooth it.  If your napkin is crooked, you still have a few seconds to remove and reapply it.  Keep applying glue an inch or so at a time across the substrate, then press your napkin in place.  That should get rid of most of the wrinkles.  Once the substrate has been covered, cut off the remaining napkin.  That's exactly what I did above.  Then I found some butterflies I had cut last year when I visited my friend Kathy and used her dies.  These were the closest colors I had.  I had to use what I had on hand, since I don't have the butterfly die Kathy owns.

Before I finished my entry, I decided to take a photo showing the detail on these butterflies.  I knew I would lose all that lovely 3-D detail once I placed the page on the scanner.

I'm having all kinds of trouble with my sewing machine since I broke my needle.  I can't get the tension or the positions correct.  I'm surprised I was able to sew the word "FLY," especially since I have no feed dogs.

Detail 1 shows how my sewing machine and tension are messed up.

Detail 2 shows how I attempted to write sew the word.

Detail 3 shows the week number and the long tails I left on the thread to signify antenna.  I was quite lucky to find a piece of the same paper I used to make the butterflies.

Here is "FLY" in all its glory.  I hope you like it, because I spent a lot of time trying to get my sewing machine to work.

Materials used: one napkin, six butterfly die cuts, matching paper, and thread.

Thanks as always for your continued support of my art and the fun time I'm having at Journal 52.

16 thoughtful remarks:

Sue Butler said...

How lovely. Thank you so much for the tips. I've never used napkins before on a page so all are gratefully received :)
I've very impressed with the sewn lettering. That's something I wouldn't have even thought of.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

So lovely.. I like butterflies and you used the napkin in such a creative way here!

TwinkleToes2day said...

A beautiful butterfly piece and a couple of them even look a little like my Painted Ladys . I like that you sewed down the centre of the bodies and sewed your letters. Enjoy the rest of your weekend Elizabeth :o))

Craftymoose Crafts said...

You did a great job with these lovely butterflies. I think there are times when wrinkles are good, but I tend to like the smoother appearance. Thanks for sharing your technique!

Nancy said...

That napkin was perfect for the theme. Thanks for the glue stick tips- very useful.

Linda Manning Findley said...

Nice job "E" ... I love butterflies an this is just super ...

Lisa Graham Art said...

This is really wonderful Elizabeth. I can tell you spent a lot of time on it. The details in the butterflies are exquisite.

Happy weekend to you! Are you going to Riverfest this week?

Julia Dunnit said...

I do like it! What struck me most is how scanning it has changed the colours so! Great tip with the glue stick..if only all wrinkles could be wiped smooth like this!

~*~Patty S said...

Great use of that napkin and it often amazes me that there is that third layer hiding.
I like the way glue stick melts the napkin onto the surface.
As far as other uses for glue stick I burnish burnish burnish anytime I use it and find thing stick nicely that way.
Butterflies hold so much symbolism and beauty.
This is a very nice piece.
oh and I feel your sewing machine woes...
what a pain that stuff can be and what a wonderful thing when the machine is working nicely!

Rita said...

This is so pretty! The bane of sewing machine tension--awk! Turned out really great, regardless. :)

Halle said...

Lovely butterfly page. You correct glue sticks do have their place and you proved it very nicely.

Aiyana Kalyna said...

I love your page. I love the butterflies. Thank you for the tip about the glue sticks. I am one who does not embrace paper wrinkles. :) Sorry if this gets published twice. Blogger is giving me error messages. I think they are working on their servers.

voodoo vixen said...

Love the fact that you found some die cut butterflies and they look so fab on your napkin background! Thank you for the glue stick tips... a really pretty piece E and your sewing machine antics only added to the finished project.

Divers and Sundry said...

Your butterflies made a hit with me as I try to research herbs I can plant that will attract them. Yours are beautiful :)

pearshapedcrafting said...

I agree about the glue sticks - very under-rated glue! I love your addition of the die cut butterflies! Beautiful page!
Everything is now on hangers(for last minute packing) or in cases - I think I can spend some more time getting my travel journal ready tomorrow -and if I don't it's useable! Going to try sketching more little scenes again this time! Chrisx

see you there! said...

Very colorful. Thanks for telling us how to do this with a glue stick. I've always used the gel medium with the napkin and while I'm fine with wrinkles it is nice to know there is an option.