Tuesday, 2 February 2016

PLAYING WITH SCRAPS

I don't have many scraps and I don't collect patterned papers, although I do have a collection of magazines for cutting up purposes but they are not scraps yet, so don't count for the "Moo-Mania" challenge to "Use Your Scraps".

But, suddenly, I remembered I had a decent sized box of painted papers in the attic from when I was at Art College and painting and dyeing papers was one of my obsessions.



I painted endless papers (we call them backgrounds now).


We didn't have photo-editing then so I couldn't do this to it.  Isn't it amazing what a simple "Invert" can do.


Some were "too good to use".



Wandering through the Internet last week, I found an artist making art by cutting out paper shapes so here are my paper-cut house and garden designs, a perfect technique for scraps, large or small.


"The House"



"The Garden"



Materials used - the already coloured papers, oil sticks, cotton perle thread and coloured alarm wire.
Techniques used - stencilling using masking tape and my own cut stencils.


These were made in my huge journal (you didn't think I had one, did you?) measuring 16 x 11 inches ( 41 x 28 cms) and here is Douglas to prove it.







Linking to "Paint Party Friday", the great weekly site where artists meet to admire each other's art.

42 comments:

  1. Love the 'too good to use'. Hard to remember the pre-photoshop days, fiddling with bits of wood, string, paperclips, etc. Douglas will be proud of his ingenious use of scraps. Love it, Awesome !!

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  2. haha, to-good-to-use... i know that so well, but i try to overcome, which is not so easy sometimes.
    love the photoediting, and both the house and the garden turned out so well. how cut douglas witnessing your large Journal;) he Looks as if he wants to say "this is my home!"
    xox, johanna

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    1. cute!! cute!! douglas is cute!! (i swear there must be a typo sorcerer when i come to write my comments here!

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  3. Yes, I have a whole cupboard filled with paper which is too good to use. Love your scrap pieces, and nice to see you making something BIG. Thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and More. Have a nice day, hugs, Valerie

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  4. What fun pieces. You really have a wonderful touch putting those pieces together!

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  5. House and garden are great, interesting compositions, so unusual, somewhat cubist, but I recognize the Sheila-style!
    Beside the house I see a stylized tree ... or?
    I also like, that you have put a few embroidery stitches here!
    Great work, Sheila... and Douglas is excited too!

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  6. I don't have any paper that is "too good to use". It's more like who's good enough to use it for? Who will actually appreciate this paper? LoL. You're right...I did not think you had such a big journal. I also thought Douglas was a lot bigger than he really is. (Hello Dougie) Scrappy art can be quite satisfying. You're just as imaginative cutting scraps to make a scene as you are with painting them. I would think this was a grand time of fun creating with scraps. For me it's inspiring. Love that you've got stitching and thread mixed in.

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  7. Wow, that is huge for you. I love the garden, what a lovely place. Douglas likes it too. xox

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  8. This is MY kind of art. I can cut, I can paste. I just can't draw. I love, love this because it even includes sewing, which we both seem to enjoy so much.

    I'm not sure if you are trying to show how big your journal is, or how incredibly tiny Douglas is! But you certainly got your point across! I love both, but that paper is to die for!!

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  9. Lol.. to good to use....
    I have so many papers... good to use ..but not enough time to use.....
    Your house as well as the garden are most enchanting!!!
    And Douglas is a wonderful art director for the BIG BIG journal! You are really brave with this huge format Sheila!
    Great to see you at Moo Mania & More!
    Have a wonderful rest of the week!
    oxo
    Susi

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  10. Oh I love love love your collage artwork and I love it so much to see your background paper in close up view. It's phantastic artwork for itself!

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  11. Love the fantastic page you created with the painted papers.
    Yvonne

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  12. your papers are beautiful
    so wonderful that they are being admired, used and put to new use
    no longer waiting.... to be remembered ;-)
    your pieces are fun as can be. I enjoy seeing the stitching in the mix.

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  13. A wonderful scrap-site, i love the garden and the house! But the sweetest is the Teddy♥♥♥

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  14. You've made wondergul papers and it's glad to see how beautifully and artistically you use them now. Love your pages. The "Garden" is my favorit.
    Have a nice evening, Sheila ♥♥

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  15. Gorgeous papers and artwork using them. I hope you are having a great week, Shirleyxx

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  16. Haha Douglas proves it, but he seems happy to have this cool house with a modern ladder on it to climb the magical window! I really love how you use the stiching to give the piece another interest! You also always amazes me with your digital overwork ideas...so cool! And yes the red wire give the eye and amazing place to land and climb up the tree! So clever ♥ Conny http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous and very creative work! I do love your garden and house! Your sweet little teddy is so cute!!

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  18. WOW, Shelia! What a great idea! I love what you did with your art work from college! Your new art work using your old art work is absolutely amazing! I love them both and cannot wait to see more! I love your creativity and always love visiting your blog, my friend! HUGS!!!

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  19. How fun to find those old papers, must have felt like a treasure to find them. Also they came into good use. Lovely.

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  20. I came to thank you for your nice supporting words, I need them for my new efforts...
    Have a happy PPF and enjoyable weekend, Sheila ♥

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  21. these are lovely paper cut collages! Gosh, I have way too many stashes of paper scraps...

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  22. Beautiful scrap art. Isn't your garden just so cute?? You are inspiring me now
    Happy PPF

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  23. Love these! I love doing designs and cuttings--so relaxing and fun. xo

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  24. These are great! Collage is one of my favorite things to do and I also love painted papers. You've used yours in such a wonderful way.

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  25. My comment disappeared darn it!! I love this process with all the coloured papers!! I can recognize your cool style in all mediums now too!! Sooo cool!! You are so resourceful... wonderful job! Very inspiring!! Oh and I have a little white bear the same size that sits on my pc... Again thanks for all your help last week!!

    Hugs Giggles

    Hugs Giggles

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  26. Oh, good for you not to have scraps all over your home -it's a constant chaos, believe me!

    I like your collages and those fabulous painted papers.

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  27. these are gorgeous

    have a good weekend, thanks for dropping in at my blog

    much love...

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  28. Your scraps are gorgeous. Sometimes things are just too good to tear into little pieces, though. I do love what you did for your journal page. The background papers look wonderful, especially the one right in the middle, just below "too good to use".

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  29. Beautiful backgrounds and wonderful paper cut art very creative!

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  30. Brilliant use of your Art College papers Sheila.
    What a great scene you've created with your lovely paper cutouts and PS skills.
    I know I've said it before... you would faint if you saw all of my collections ;-)
    Happy Weekend to you and Douglas and Happy PPF oxo

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  31. Sheila....I love that BIG journal. I want one so will start looking. Maybe Amazon will have one or Michael’s. Love how you are using your torn paper. I have bunches I brought back from Rome and Florence where the paper makers were all over the place in tiny little dark stores. It is under the rug in my “office” to keep it flat. Your house and your garden...so cute. I love the simplicity of it all. Nothing fancy...just a precious idea bouncing around in your head and creatively put down onto the page. And your thumbnail by your name....she is precious....what a cute little girl with her suitcase. Fell down my old steep farmhouse steps so am in bed. Think I will go down your sidebar and see all the art blogs you have listed. Happy Saturday. genie

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  32. Wonderfully cute little house and garden! Great project!

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  33. Love what you've done with your long lost scraps :)

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  34. What wonderful art! Such beautiful papers you made and created with and such a cute little bear!

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  35. Hello Sheila, I see you are having fun trying out new things and on a big scale too here, that is a big journal for you!
    You've put me in the mood for some cutting and gluing. I especially love your garden, it has a beautiful tropical feel!

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  36. Wonderful papers/backgrounds, Sheila. I love what you have done with them and, clearly, Douglas does too! Jx

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  37. Love all your hand dyed papers and the stunning end result, but Douglas is the star x

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  38. Recycling your papers, great idea. I like the simple shapes but together they make an interesting collage, Garden and house look really good.

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  39. Sheila, wow a really big journal you work in, love these fantastic papers and the collages you have made with papers and embroidery.

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