I confess that I'm a little behind with the Life Book lessons. I was having a hard time getting my head around lesson 7...had a thought on how I wanted to approach the lesson and then things didn't turn out the way I wanted so this piece of background, shown above, sat on my studio table for a week. When the lesson 8 class rolled around I realized that my background would be perfect for my boat! I momentarily let go of #7 and fully embraced #8!
I'm a big fan of designer paper and love the idea of using collage to create a picture. I was a bit rushed on this project, but it's something I've experimented with before and would like to explore in greater depth in the future.
My background was created by using a brayer to apply a few layers of acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry, I added the fun clouds, which were created by hand cutting a cloud stencil and then using a make-up sponge and white acrylic paint to add the design. I also added some white paint speckles all over the entire page.
For the water, I mixed Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Paste with some Tim Holtz Distress Paint and applied the mixture to the bottom of the page with a palette knife. When it was dry I added a hint of aging around the edges, using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
I hand cut a boat shape and sails from designer paper. Added some more aging on the edges of each piece and glued my boat to the background. The mast is a painted wood stick that I used to adhere all of my Tim Holtz rub ons. I used a white gel pen to add a bit of design.
I also added some stenciling, using black Archival Ink and a TCW stencil, to the background (before applying the boat), and added a bit more paint over the bottom of the boat so it was in the water instead of on top of the water. This was a super easy project and "boat" loads of fun to create! **giggle** The week 9 project looks promising so here's hoping I find some time to play this week!