I’ve been enjoying the lazy days of summer. Slowly taking my time to enjoy my kids being home, the lack of schedule and dare I say, sleeping in a few days a week.
Imagine my surprise when I checked my email and shining like a star was an email from Sandi Keene of the Art to the 5th Academy asking me if I would be interested in being their “Featured Member” for July. EEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKK. Yes Sandi – yes please. I tried playing it cool but Sandi, Rae and Lorraine are some of my all time favorites so I might have screamed a little and texted my bestie about this fabulousness.
The theme for the PAC this week is: Start with a Black Background
I had ordered the Unplanner Kit way back when I signed up for this project so I thought the black tags would be a great place to start.
In my mind I was picturing a starry night with a little mixed media home set on a rolling hill of different variations of green. My first step was to get my gelli plate out and load it up with every green I own. I’m a HUGE fan of the gelli plate and use it in almost all of my projects and my art journal.
Using a brayer I blended the greens on the gelli plate. I cut a small wave out of a scrap piece of cardstock and used that as a template for my grassy knoll. After my hill was set I added midnight blue paint to my gelli plate and loosely stamped the “sky” portion of my PAC leaving some of the original black peeking through. I then covered my grassy hill and used a splatter technique with white paint to make the tiny stars.
As the background was drying I began to piece together my tiny house. I had some scrap background pages laying around and used that as the larger part of my home. I used a gelli plate on an old book page to make the windows and doors. The roof was made from old manila shipping tags.
I slanted the roof to add a little character. Every week I create two PAC’s. One to keep and one I send to my bestie who is also a member of DLP 2016.
Once the little house was dry, I glued it onto the background with a UHU glue stick.
I pictured bigger stars in the sky hanging from tiny strings. I create a lot of projects with hearts. Especially hearts made from under paper. I really wanted my personal style to come through in the PAC so I cut tiny under paper hearts and glued them in the sky.
Finally I pulled out Rosie my antique Singer Sewing machine and began adding the final touches. The grassy hill received some zig zag texture. I added a torn piece of a book page at the bottom. The heart stars received their life line strings and I stitched all around the edges of my tag. I hand drew scallops on all my hearts and added a few marks made from tiny bubble wrap. The home also received some TLC by way of lines, edges, scallops and scribbles.
And last but certainly not least – I hand stamped the word “home” on a tiny piece of muslin and gave it a quick stitch to adhere it to the PAC. Torn fabric as the tie and this little home is complete.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this little “how to” and I look forward to seeing what you create! You can find me and lots of my projects on Instagram: soul_positive