Thursday, June 30, 2011

ABC Anniversary swap: Goddess No 8

I'll take you through the steps in making my ABC anniversary swap entries that have to be the same or very similar.

For those of you who follow my blog, you saw (this post) I made some backgrounds one Saturday. When I cut the papers, something happened. I still can't figure out what I did wrong, but I didn't get enough backgrounds for my project. So, I was back outside a few days later, making a couple more background pages.

After they were dry and cut to size, I got out the supplies for the remainder of the technique. From back left top (clockwise): patching plaster, stencils, credit card, bamboo skewer, backgrounds, bowl, water, coffee, plastic sheet. The coffee is not required, just something I need. I was trying to recreate the technique I found at Connie's blog. I suggest you visit her blog, because the technique is fabulous and it works!

I began by mixing some patching plaster which I had convinced myself might work as well as Connie's drywall mud, which is pre-mixed. I finally gave up trying to stir that mess with a bamboo skewer, and went right to the faux credit card. I used the technique that Connie used to apply the mud/plaster over the top of various stencils. In her video, Connie pointed out the background colors

would turn the drywall mud a lovely color over time.

I was certainly hoping so, because I was counting on the stencils. In case you are confused, instead of cutting pages into 4 X 4 squares, I cut them 8 inches by 4 inches, then folded them in half width wise. After spreading all the plaster on the pages, but before I removed the remainder of the plaster from the bowl,

I was going to take the various stencils to the outside faucet. It was then I saw the plaster fell off like chalk. I didn't even need the faucet for the stencils' just the bowl of leftover plaster.

When it was time to bring the squares inside,

I was shocked and mortified. The plaster not only fell off my plastic stencils, it also fell off my artwork. That's when I learned that patching plaster and drywall mud are not interchangeable.

At this point, I had too much invested in the squares to quit. Story of my life, I guess. Instead of making a single piece to see how things will work, I end up doing everything at once.

The good news in all this is the stencils accepted the patching plaster, and the plaster accepted the background colors. To compliment the backgrounds, I had intended to use a different image, but decided on the Goddess because I thought she would be a lot easier to cut out than the intricate image I had planned.

Here is a completed swap square. I sewed it on three sides. I know the colors are a bit similar, but I hope my swap partners aren't too disappointed.

13 thoughtful remarks:

Cath said...

Wish I had signed up for this now. I love them.


see you there! said...

I admire you for always looking at new ways to create, new materials to use. This looks like an interesting swap.


Halle said...

I know it wasn't what you planned but I really love the subtle look of the faded background where the stencils had been.

Marilyn Rock said...

I love the result you got here even though it might not have been what you intended. It all works and the stencil touch is awesome! I would not be at all disappointed if I were in the swap. You turn everything into gold my friend! xxoo

Dianne said...

these are sooo coool!! too bad your original plan didn't work, but they turned out great anyway. as you may know, I am very fond of these colors too. boy, do I need to get busy... I am going with 'linen & lace.'

Diane said...

It doesn't matter--the end result is wonderful!!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

It's absolutely lovely!!!! I love the vibrant colors surrounding the goddess! I'm sure your swap partner will adore this! Happy 4th to you!

La Dolce Vita said...

alls well that ends well eh? looks lovely, E!

~*~Patty S said...

it may not be what you set out to create but golly gee E...your squares are gorgeous...Love the symbolism of the #8 goes so well with your Goddess form and those colors are splendid!

Lynn said...

They look great to me!!! What fun.

voodoo vixen said...

What's not to like!! Love the muted colours and your goddess is perfect!!

Marlynn said...

I am still LOL - you are one amazing Wonder Woman. I would have walked away but you stuck to it and kept your goal in sight. You always amaze me.

Steph said...

oooh these pages looks yummy!!! Love the colors!!