I'm on a roll here! Into these art journals and learning more everyday ... and the more I learn, the more I want to! I love the idea of this blank "canvas" in front of me, begging for adornment
, and some magazine page, billboard, website, whatever gives me an idea or inspires me, and I just have to go create another!
I was in the dollar store the other day and saw these little kids books for yep! $1. Well, actually, there were two of these little guys in a box for $1, and I bought several. I thought they would be perfect as a foundation for a book because the pages were so nice and sturdy. But that's another tutorial post down the road.
This morning I was finishing up the newest little book I made from one of the childrens books, and needed just a little something for the cover, an embellishment of some sort. I had been playing with some techniques I had read about and simplified one that's a great way to use up paper scraps and can be made in a heartbeat. It's dimensional so it would be great as a gift wrap adornment, on a journal cover or scrapbook page, strung together as a garland, and more.
For this flower, I used two varying sizes scallop circle paper punches, one by Fiskars that was 1.5 inches and a larger by EK Success that was about 2 inches, both of which I purchased at A.C. Moore with 40% off coupons. (gotta love it!) I see no reason why you can't use the same size punch, but I had both, so decided to use them.
Punch some circles from paper scraps - patterned, plain, textured. I used some vintage sheet music, vintage book pages, and some pretty ivory paper that was leftover from a scrapbook page.
The next step may seem a little weird, but ... scrunch up each of the circles into a little "wad".
|"Wad" gently if using vintage papers so as not to tear them.|
|Just for example, this is a different flower, stapled in the middle. For this one, I used a scallop punch with a daisy flower punch to vary it a bit.|
OK, back to the original flower: Starting with the top circle, scrunch each layer up again into the center, one at a time. Fluff the top and gently push some of the layers down till it resembles a flower shape.
|the original , in place|