As I packed up my temporary crafting area for transportation across Europe, May Flaum posted a piece about using up leftovers so, although I still have three large folders full of scraps in my luggage, I did make an effort, as I was clearing up, to start putting the 'using it up immediately' into practice. Here are some ATCs (my first go at them) I put together out of the leftovers lying on and around the craft table. Last minute crafting, when I should really have been packing...
The sharper-eyed followers among can run your own little test trying to spot the projects of which they're the remnants... click the links for the answers!
Since I know there are a few non-crafters following, I should probably do a little explanation of ATCs. It stands for Artist Trading Cards - cards measuring about 2½ by 3½ inches, on which you can create a piece of work which can then be swapped or traded (or hoarded for oneself!).
As they're the same size as collectors' cards, such as baseball cards, they can be stored and displayed in similar ways, and have become a big way of sharing work in the artworld and in craftland. Wikipedia has more here if you're interested...
My little selection, as I say, are made out of what was around on my desk, with some extra stamping and embellishing, obviously. Since lots of stuff I've been playing with recently has been in a vintage monochrome world, I think they sort of work as a set.
And since my favourite game is combining Words and Pictures, they are each built around their own sentiment. The choice of sentiments comes straight from the life project and life events I'm in the midst of at the moment. Here is what I have to say for myself at present...
I couldn't even, when in the thick of things, spare any mental energy for reading (apart from things related to the work)... which is one of my havens of escape.
So, I loved this photograph I found when on a vintage image crawl. Two pictures from the same haul found their way on to a favourite card of mine, and this library lovely was left on the sheet I'd printed out. She got the Vintage Photo and Paper Distresser treatment!
The stamped clock is from BoBunny's Timepiece stamp set - it's a gorgeous pocket watch, and a gorgeous stamp.
And there's one of the little metal clock charms I got from the Bead Shop (you've seen one before... here). This one got a coat of dark brown acrylic, then I dabbed on some white acrylic very roughly using the end of the bristles on a very firm paintbrush. Finally I sanded it in places with an emery board to get some of the dull gold to show through again.
The 'lace' on the bottom is leftover from yet another project. It's cut with Tim Holtz's Decorative Strip Die called Vintage Lace, from delicate paper ribbon, so it has a lovely fragility... There are three different laces on the Die, so unless you trim the paper first, you get three bits of lace whenever you use it - and it's great to have the spares around, until you come to packing away your whole craft area, of course! This has had a bit of distressing with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.
You don't have to look very far back in the posts for the next place things are left over from... This was in fact a leftover idea rather than a scrap. The Renaissance Men challenge over at Frilly and Funkie asked us to use one of four great master artists as inspiration.
I went straight for Leonardo da Vinci, and my first thought was that I would use something from his Notebooks where all his plans, inventions and engineering ideas are (as well as preparatory sketches), including the infamous helicopter.
I got this grinding mill image from a Google search, and for a while was playing with the idea of combining it with cogs and gears from the TH Idea-ology range.
In the end I went a completely different way, but I'm so pleased to have found a small way to honour that first idea... And, as you can see, I've also deployed some of the mesh ribbon I used in that same project. It started out plain cream, but Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain soon put an end to that!
I love this sentiment (again a TH stamp - embossed in copper over Versamark Watermark) - and it's so apt right now, at a point when I'm not only reinventing myself as a freelance, and exploring an emigration to a whole new country, but also having so recently discovered this whole new world of crafting and expressing my creativity through visual means - quite new to me.
The last one of the three comes straight from the heart - and that's probably why it ended up with a heart as its focal point!
I claimed I was making these ATCs to use stuff up so as to reduce how many tiny little scraps of this, that and the other I would be packing up and transporting. The truth is that I was making them to delay having to start the packing, as I was so reluctant to do it!!
I was doing my utmost to stay in a state of denial about having to leave the Czech Republic and head back to a chaotic month of busy-ness in the UK... so I certainly did not want to 'speak of parting'!
You'll have seen the sheet music appearing in many projects - it's from an actual old music book. Music is one of the great joys of my life, and I'm lucky enough to be able to include it in my work quite often, and so it is only appropriate that I also include it in my craftwork quite often.
Besides, I find manuscript music beautiful in itself. I think the treble clef is one of the most beautiful symbols there is, and I love sharps and flats too... This piece being in E flat, you get three flats next to the clef in the key signature!
The background was created using the TH tissue tape, covered with Picket Fence Distress Stain; and I used Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks to edge and colour it. The tissue tape is also backed onto tissue paper to make the ribbon (leftover from this).
The heart, meanwhile, is leftover from a project which is still in the making, and which is travelling back to England as yet unfinished... you'll get to see it in a future post.
That project is based around kraft paper with clear embossing of various flourishes to create a homemade Kraft Resist. Then there's gesso and white acrylic applied and wiped away to get the shabby chic look you see here.
This was a whole spare 5x5 inch piece, so once I knew I wanted a heart, I drew one on the back and cut it out. It's edged with some more of the leftover paper lace, this time trimmed to change the shapes, and stuck onto some padded tape to lift it away from the background.
So, my last minute crafting, procrastinating, ATCs of denial speak out loud and clear about what's going on with me at the moment... but I hope you can also take pleasure in them on a surface level. I can see I'm going to become slightly obsessed with the browns/kraft/creams and weathered whites... they please me greatly - in lots of amazing projects I've seen by others, I hasten to add, not just here!
A big thank you for joining me here today for some more Words and Pictures, and have a wonderful time doing whatever it is that gives you joy, until we meet again.
I'm entering this set of ATCs in the following:
Simon Says Stamp and Show's challenge based on words: What do you say?
Try It On Tuesday's current challenge Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy would like to see Vintage with Distressing and Lace
Make It Monday's 100th (!!) Linky Party
Incy Wincy Designs are having an Anything but a Card challenge
Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say goodnight til it be morrow.
Romeo and Juliet II.ii, William Shakespeare
A wandering minstrel I, a thing of shreds and patches, of ballads, songs and snatches...
from The Mikado, Gilbert & Sullivan
The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.