Friday, 1 March 2013

Waste not...


A bit of ink left on the back of a stencil goes a long way... in fact it may even present a result of far more interest than the original intention - especially when applied to the paint spattered reverse of the birthday card you are making... Then if you apply a little stamping, some tape and a dash of loving care and attention you end up with this. Rather like it if I say so myself.

I've never really been one for throwing things away truth be told. Birthday cards, bits of string, concert tickets, toys, drawings... all help to feed the memory, each containing a small part of the story of me.

I wonder what a psychologist would make of my art stash - tiny scraps of paper with interesting patterns, ribbon, acrylic skins, rusty bottle tops, beads, random words from magazines... It's almost as if the hard drive of my brain reached its maximum and had to download somewhere!

Sharing with Paint Party Friday - hello friends - what's in your art stash?

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28 comments:

  1. Have done this myself and it can make great ghosting. Love how yours turned out.
    Happy PPF, Annette http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. I agree that what you make with the remains of another idea can be stunning...love the white space.
    Have a great day
    xx

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  3. I think your art stash resembles what most of us have collect ;-) You're right, using something in a different way than originally intended often gives the best results. Your card is wonderful!

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  4. What a spectacular page! Gorgeous. Happy PPF

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  5. nice stencil work today Lisa!

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  6. This is beautiful! You are so right about the stencils and ink- the unexpected is often wonderful! Happy PPF!

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  7. Gorgeous!
    I love using the inked side of stencils this way, too! So much fun and surprisingly crisp results! :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  8. Gorgeous!! My fav color palette, love the layers of color behind the heart stencil work. Fab! HPPF!

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  9. Yes, there are many cards in my house. Someday I will do something with them. I can't throw them away. I like what you've done with yours. Lots of great layers. :)Happy PPF!

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  10. This is a beauty! The colors and layers are perfection.. and that heart - wonderful!

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  11. Wow, I love how this turned out! I don't throw much away myself.

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  12. what a lovely stencil and a great result from what started as something unintentional!

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  13. Lovely card, really beautiful design and wonderful colors and textures! <3

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  14. Hello Lisa!!!! this is so pretty and I love the heart!!! looks like fine lace....you are always an inspiration!!!

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  15. This really is lovely, Lisa. Probably one of the most beautifully made pieces of stencil art I've seen. I love how creative and inventive (is that a word?!) you are. :)

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  16. Love the affect. Very pretty. HPPF

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  17. i dont throw much away either. I am loving using stenclls and inks and paint and all that jazz. I agree the reverse can make some interesting work. I love the heart, just beautiful.

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  18. I have much less ephemera than I used to. As I look around my desk I despair at the amount of paper I have, but I haven't worked much with collage. I have a few rice papers and shiny bits and it's so hard to get rid of cards. I usually paste them into the journal -- so I like what you say, that they are part of the story. Lovely work!

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  19. I love this piece so much. I am a fan of hearts and love!! You are not alone...my daughter collects all that stuff too!! I collect and have every card ever given to me.... I have a few binders of them...plus little piles stashed around too!! I have no idea why...but it might be fun to dig them out for inspiration one day!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  20. Beautiful card. I love the heart :) Its hard to throw things away when you know they will be just what youre looking for one day!!

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  21. I think they'd say you were one smart artist! Card came out beautifully!

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  22. Oh this is just gorgeous! Love the colours and technique, and that wonderful patterend heart. I tend to keep all those scraps too, although sometimes I get just so tired of the "mess", that it goes into the bin.

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  23. Good for you Lisa for not wasting anything. Your artwork is even made more beautiful with the leftover scraps. Creative!

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  24. Awesome creation, love the colors and the fab design.

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  25. I ADORE this! Truly beautiful and I'm with you - waste nothing! I'm learning to use my stencils (and I have many) in a number of ways. I'm even getting over cleaning them like I used to :)

    Yes; my fingers are stained - people ask me if I have a rash :)

    My stash is unbelievable and this probably falls into the category of a hoarder but I don't regret the tiniest art supply that I have and keep.

    Keep up your beautiful and inspiring art and words! xxoo

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  26. Love your work, it is great. I found your blog by way of another blog and have become a follower so that I can pop in often.

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