Saturday, 10 January 2015

Fragile Papers - for Paperartsy

The new Paperartsy blog challenges launched this week, and caused lots of excitement.  The current theme is "fragile papers" and so far we' ve had gorgeous projects from Lucy, Lynne and Kate - who's journal page style I've sort of based my project on.

I rounded up some old music score (gifted from a friend), dictionary paper, a page from a copy of Shakespeare's The Tempest, and some mulberry paper.
 I got a bit excited and didn't take any pictures for a while... I started by covering the journal with a mix of white gesso and Mushroom Fresco, and tore the papers and glued them to the page.  I was partway through doing this when i thought I'd add some stencilling so used the large Art Is stencil and Irish Cream Fresco
When that was dry, I stencilled the Lin B flower in Lake Wanaka, and added just a smidge of Marlin on the edges of the petals.

 Not enough paper.... so found some white (in hindsight, not the best choice) Mulberry paper and glued it in some of the gaps - you may be able to see the fibres to guage where it is, but I did add some more stencilling (not exclusively) over the mulberry paper using the Marlin again

 and finally found some die cut letters to spell out 'fragile'  - for a minute I thought I'd have to get the die out and do another alphabet, as it took ages to find the "e" but I did in the end.. I drew round the letters with a black pen, but the nib got a bit stuck in the excess glue on the page, so it's a bit hard to see.

Entering this to the Paperartsy challenge



26 comments:

Hazel Agnew said...

Great to get excited Helen, me too. Fab selection of papers, love the Marlin and great idea to use word fragile. Job done. Lovely days work! Love it! Xx

sam21ski said...

Great pages Helen xx

Miriam said...

Love these pages..... love fragile papers.... such a lovely project

Lucy Edmondson said...

Wonderful! Love how you've used the word Fragile in there!

Lucy x

Gabrielle said...

Ooh! It's a corker!!! Love, love, love xxx

~*~Patty S said...

Seeing your pages in progress is exciting...the word FRAGILE really makes a statement too.
Lovely work!

artmadnana said...

Helen this is gorgeous. I love the addition of the white mulberry paper over the vintage text. It adds an ethereal feel to the project. Subtle and fragile in it's completion. I really love it.

craftytrog said...

Love this spread Helen, great layers! X

Craftyfield said...

Great choice of papers, love the stencilling and the lettering is a great idea, super page!

Colleen said...

Helen,
These pages turned out wonderful, lots of layers and the word fragile across the middle fabulous

craftimamma said...

Fab pages Helen. Love all the papers you worked into them and the stencilling binds it all together perfectly completed by the word.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Great pages! Beautiful use the mulberry paper between the collage. Great idea to use word 'fragile' to focal point. I love it. xx

Sue Marrazzo said...

Perfect!!
I like the flowers.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was sure I had seen this before and left a comment, but apparently I had not. I was most impressed with this because I love mulberry paper, and I adored that floral stencil you used. I felt sure it was grunge paste, but didn't see it mentioned. Regardless, this is simply beautiful. Even the word Fragile has a lot of meaning, since that's what these old pages are.

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

That is a gorgeous spread, I love all the different papers.

kaybee said...

Hi Helen - first came across you on the Craft Barn's challenge, and now you are here! Though, like me, I know you are a PA fan. Fabulous pages, love the muted colour palette and the mix of papers.

Virginia said...

Gorgeous pages!

Angela Coles said...

beautiful, and thank you for showing us your process.

Julie Ann Lee said...

Lucky you, having some music manuscript paper and very lovely it looks too! This is such a brilliant spread, brought together perfectly with the word Fragile! Love it! xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Love your Page Helen those flowers are gorgeous and blend Beautifully with the background. Love it ALOT! Xx

Sarah B said...

beautiful Helen - really show-cases these lovely papers xx

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Wow, that's great Helen! Saw it the other day and got interrupted while commenting! Love how it turned out!

Trish said...

Great pages!

Claire said...

This is beautiful, a lovely array of different papers. And like how you added the word fragile to the pages too. X

pearshapedcrafting said...

No idea how I missed this! It really is fabulous! I love the fragile papers you used along with the word! Your flowers and your choice of colours make this a very special page! Chrisx

butterfly said...

Really love these pages, and not only because there's Shakespeare involved. Lovely papers, and so great to have the word fragile taking centre stage.
Alison xx