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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Challenge #93 - Show Us Some New Tricks

Care to show us some new tricks?
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We always love to learn something new
and this week we are asking you to
show us something new to you
(a new technique, craft, style, whatever)
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Who knows what we might discover!
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Rosemary here and I want to show you two new things I've been playing with - both with paper but uniquely different.
My first project is a new type of card (well, new to me) called a sidestep card.  There are loads of tutorials to be seen (personally, I recommend going to YouTube and watching some of the tutorials).  I'm not copping out, honest, they are just better at demonstrating (really).

and this is why it's a sidestep card.  LOL

My next project is a continuation of my UTEE obsession - won't you join me?

Let's make pins!
Once you get all the pieces together it is SUPER easy and fun!
For more details, see my blog







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Jana here: I have been LOVING my art journal adventures. So many possibilities. One of the joys that I am experiencing is the gazillions of different techniques that are possible. This week I am playing with texture.

I used a thick, opaque gesso. I spread it on two pages.
One plain white and one that I had colored with watercolor crayons. I then used the tip of a paint brush handle to doodle some designs into the wet gesso. And now the hard part. I had to WAIT for it to dry.  (Waiting is hard if you are impatient, like me.)  Once the gesso was dry, I painted over the top of the pages.

On the plain white doodled page I used watercolor crayons to add the background color of blue and green. (I didn't take pictures during this creation. Sorry.) I didn't like the stark white of the circles, so I traced over them with paint pens. Same with the zig-zags. Then added some randome curlies and dots.



I really like the colors on this page, but there just isn't enough depth to it for what I want. I love that I can experiment.

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For the next one,  I used acrylic paints on top of the gesso. I just love how you can see the watercolor peeking through the doodles I made in the gesso. And I love how the ridges created by the doodling caught and held the colors I painted.


And here is the whole page.



I am really looking forward to finishing this page. I love the color, the depth and the texture.

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Okay, now it's your turn to show us what you discovered this week.

8 comments:

Deanna Cosgrove said...

Wow, what a challenge you guys. Just love that sidestep card Rosemary. Been seeing them around lately. Yours is exquisite---definately has your flair. Been wanting to try UTEE but avoiding taking on yet another techniqe/craft that requires an initial investment. What you can make though is just beautiful. Okay, Jana, actually bought some gesso myself but have never put it to use. Maybe I can take a que from you and make the leap to create something. Both your pages are just stunning.

Will be interesting to see what I come up with. Can't wait to see what your other followers jump in and do too. What a great idea you guys!!

A Gypsy Angel/Stamperbee said...

Sounds like another great challenge. I will be linking soon. Hope you all have a wonderful week. :)

Hazel said...

It's always good to try something new (although I didn't do very well). I was amazed and delighted when the post arrived today from your package - what can I say - thank you seems so inadequate - I've blogged about the lovely surprise. x

Deena said...

Thanks for the awsome challenges...and the great prize!
Deena

Electra said...

Love your new header!! YOu have the best blog headers ihn the universe.
I tried to upload my felt project, with no luck, and I'm not sure if my other one will go through. Oh, how I hate technology. Or it hates me. I'm not sure which. Ill stop by tomorrow to see if anything showed up! lol

Electra said...

Good grief. I'm sorry about the double-posts! Like I said, I'm technologically-challenged. big-time.

June Houck said...

Oh, good! I just learned a new technique yesterday...I hope I have a chance to try it and blog.

On another note, Rosemary, your side step card is beautiful! You and I mad the top 3 this week at Jingle Belles...I am in good company to be paired with YOU! I love the beautiful elegance of your card.

Lori said...

Thanks for the great challenge! Love both of your projects, spectacular!