Today's project is the result of that "use 'em up" decision.
The frame opening is 12 x 12" to fit a page of scrapbook paper. I painted the frame with Black Soot Distress Paint and let that dry while I decided on the paper for the background.
I chose this one from the Correspondence Paper Stash because of the great graphic and the gray tone. Once it was glued down, I added a thin coat of MM over the top to seal the paper.
Once dry, I added Distress Paint Hickory Smoke and Vintage Photo to the surface, manipulating the paint with a wet wipe to control the opacity. I wanted to see the graphic through the paint.
Here is the finished collage.
(please click on photo to enlarge)When I was going through the small stack of saved ephemera I found a page that said. "what should girls read?" It was an advertisement for a woman traveling the country, talking to girls about books and reading different subjects. That one phrase, cut from the page, was the catalyst for the rest of the piece. I took out the pictures of men I planned on using and replaced them with more pictures of women of different ages. The string starts with the arrow pointing to the phrase and then winds around to each woman, like information passed along as we read, learn and share.
The rest of the photos are just closeups. Hope you enjoy!
Adornment arrow + gold alcohol ink
Dual Duty Button and Carpet thread
here last October. Maybe I should have made a copy before I started cutting them up because I sure don't want them to end!
Hope this gives you some inspiration to make something on the fly. Nothing planned, just a small bit of ephemera. You will never know what the words you find will lead you to create.