Saturday, 13 July 2013

A Compendium of Paper Artsy Designers!

Recently a friend saw a stationery wallet I had made from some Amazon packaging. She asked if I would make one for a friend of hers; but could it reflect nature and poetry - her friend's passions? Since I started blogging back in April I've been playing along with the Paper Artsy challenges and - like Lucy last week - I realize I've been inspired and acquired many new skills as I've gone along. This wallet has turned into 'a compendium of guest designer inspirations' so I'm entering it this week with acknowledgements to all the artists who have taught me so much over the weeks. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and fabulous imaginations. If you want to share in the Paper Artsy fun just click HERE.  But how did France's techniques  find their way into the project?
I decided to include tags with poems inside the wallet so I played around with France's tissue and  Crackle technique, using lots of layers of painted tissue, Crackle Glaze and some tissue ivy leaves lifted carefully from a paper napkin. I loved playing around with the delicate tissue and getting very painty in the process! Here is the complete tag with some Crackle glazed tissue butterflies attached. It doesn't look anything like France's and I didn't think the sewing would fit with me having to have a poem on the back, but I did enjoy fixing lots of crackle and tissue layers. I'l save the sewing for another project.
If you click on the images you can see the texture a little better. I stamped with Ice Blue Fresco to create delicate leaves over the crackled tissue background and embossed in a mixture of glittery embossing powders to give the butterflies an enamelled look. They are part of a Paper Artsy 'Wings' stamp. I also added a Grunge Paste swirl in the top left-hand corner.
If we go back to the cover of my wallet - what techniques from past weeks can you spot?
There's Sue Carrington's curled book pages; Carol Quance's idea of sprinkling gold UTEE along the edges and trying not to melt it too much. There's shrink plastic medallions there thanks to Carol and France who got everyone fired up about SP again! With the butterfly medallion I discovered that if I dropped blobs of alcohol ink thinner onto alcohol ink I could create a marbled effect; here's a close-up when I added the Glossy Accents.
I'm not quite sure because it was a while ago, but was it Michelle Webb who used corrugated cardboard to create a fabulous effect? Whoever did this let me know so I can give you the credit! Then if we peep inside the wallet there's loads of Darcy's idea of making Washi tape!

There's also a picture printed on 'tie-dye' background a la Sue Carrington. There's a Crackle-glazed pocket for storing a tag. Here is my other tag which I painted with Egg Plant and Guacomole for a breaking dawn effect - and another shrink plastic medallion!
Here is the reverse side of one of the tags with the poems on them.
Finally, sorry this has been such a marathon, here is the inside with the tag just peeping out of its pocket!
Oh yes and  the tissue technique tag was attached by an eyelet and I added a few extra butterflies painted with Butternut.

So thank you Paper Artsy and your wonderful Guest Designers for providing inspiration every week and to Leandra and everyone at Paper Artsy for producing such gorgeous stamps and materials!


  1. What a fabulous idea, and how beautiful it looks - I love that you have been so inspired by all the PA guest designers (haven't we all!) and this is a wonderful tribute to them.... wish I'd been so productive this week!

  2. This is wonderful Julie and very clever of you to include so many of the techniques shown by the talented designers over on PaperArtsy. I love the colours you have used and the choice of images. The recipient of this beautiful wallet is going to be so thrilled I'm sure.

    Lesley Xx

  3. Wow! First your beautiful tag, I especially love the butterflies and the embossing powder. The cover is just stunning and it's such a good idea to make a compendium. If I get the time...

  4. What stunning work ... love the nature theme and the colours. The tag is beautiful. I agree with you, it's wonderful that the very talented crafters share their knowledge so readily, enabling us all to benefit. Elizabeth xx

  5. How clever to use so many techniques in one project FABULOUS
    Janet x

  6. Oh my goodness... utterly stunning - I'm completely blown away. I'm going to have to come back to look in more detail over the course of the week, as it's almost 2am and I HAVE to go to bed!!
    Alison x

  7. Oh WOW Julie, you are a fast learner,it's hard to believe you've only been at this for a couple of months,"SHUT THE DOOR"..
    I agree with Butterfly I'm blown away too.all those techniques you have done perfectly and of wonderful of you to menton them for inspiring you, I certainly know that feeling.Well my dear Miss Magpie you have created work worthy of a designer, I wouldn't be surprised if you become one real soon. I applaud you for this make, you make Magpie Parliament. Going back to look close up and drink it in, thanks for sharing Julie and have a great day..

  8. Wow Julie, this is stunning, so pleased that you have been inspired in one way or another by our ever so talented Guest Designers. Thank you for joining in our challenges.

  9. WOW...Julie this is AmAzing work...What a tribute to the crafters that inspired you... you inspire me as well as many others I'm sure... Breathtaking beauty... Love it all... Hugs May x x x

  10. what a beautiful way to put all the techiques to good use and a lovely gift for the lucky lady. Love the butterfly embellishment - well done x

  11. Wow, this has become a most wonderful book/wallet. I love it. All the texture and layers are wonderful and the colors are just stunning. The butterflies are gogeous as are the little stamped leaves. Your friend will be pleased =)


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