Monday, July 20, 2009

Wood Scraps

I was out in the hubster's workshop the other day and noticed a box full of pieces of wood. I asked if they were for the taking and he assured me they were.

I started with a small piece and decided to make a collage with jungle animals. The first one I tried was using a template from Martha Stewart. Unfortunately, the scrapbook paper designs I chose from my Scrappers' Guide Premier Membership stash were of the same value as the background (my art friend explained that to me). Following up on her suggestion, I put a sepia wash over the background. That seemed to help to make the elephant "pop". I then added the washer around his eye. He's not perfect, but I love him and I am learning.

This is about 5 1/2 " square.

Later that day, I started on a giraffe collage on another piece of wood. I couldn't decide how to finish it so went to bed with him unfinished. I don't know if others do this, but I dreamed about how to finish it. First thing this morning (right after making a pot of coffee) I came in and rummaged around in my alphabet stash and found some lovely chipboard letters to use. I began to plan how to place them when I discovered I only had one F. What to do.....

I scanned the letters into my computer and began to play. I found a font I liked (Stone Sans ....) and made a pattern from each of the patterns on the chipboard letters. I then pasted these patterns into the letters I had typed. I am thrilled with the result. Hope you like him!

This is about 8 x 11 with lovely rounded corners.

Once they are sealed (I can't decide between trying Future Floor Finish or wax.), I am going to attach a serrated hanger to the upper back and they will be good to go. I've never used wax before and don't know what to expect. I'll have to do some researching and hemming and hawing before I decide.

I am tutoring at 2 pm and then getting my hair trimmed. My 31st anniversary is Wednesday and the hubster is taking me to Darryl's for dinner.

I mentioned Scrappers' Guide and provided a link above. If you are using or wishing to use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and wish you knew more, Linda Sattgast is the person I would send you to. I had no idea how to use layers, etc. until I found her. You really should check her out.

See you tomorrow!


  1. I love how your giraffe came out... how cool that you dreamed about finishing it... that means you were very much in tune with this project!

  2. I love them both. Thanks for the link. I'm going to check Scrappers Guide out right now!

  3. I think these are great! I really like the washer you used for the eye. Very clever!

  4. Hi Vicki!
    I really like the way your elephant is "mysterious" against the somewhat similar background . . . it makes you really look at it to see the figure! The background really looks GREAT! I LOVE the abstract look . . . I also sleep on a project when I'm at a standstill . . . I find that ideas pop into my head while I'm resting . . . sometimes I have to write them down in the dark so I won't forget them!!! LOL!!!!

  5. these are fabulous! so sweet! i love both of them!

  6. The giraffe is done so well! I think alot of artists do "sleep on it" when meeting a roadblock. Keep it up.