Strip Ease…

Michelle Ward suggests having a ripping good time this month for the Street Team Crusade – No.42

So, I took some of the papers on my desktop and dutifully tore them into strips. I like torn edges, so it was no hassle at all! It also made a big change for me NOT to do any sewing at all for this piece… Thanks for getting me back in the loop, Michelle. It’s been a while since I took part in a Crusade!

I got my altered book out – the one I use for journal pages – and began to stick the papers down randomly. I always wonder whether anything we do artfully is, in fact, random? Or is it all there already, subconsciously?

Random rippings and stickings...

Took that pic with my phone, so that you can see what I started out with… and this is what developed.

Love is...

So there’s some loose threads there, I know, right? But I was sitting right next to the sewing machine and it seemed natural to just grab some and stick them down too – in the name of my god, Texture! I used liquid glaze and some acrylic paint, gesso, stamps from my collection, my Neos and my favourite black and white Sharpie Poster Paint Pens… it’s been too long!

I shall do more pages like this again soon. I am committing myself to “Memories and Reflections”:  Kelly Kilmer’s online class later this month. My BBGF, Barbara Hagerty has been telling me about Kelly (whose classes she’s lucky enough to take in person too!), for the last 18 months at least, so I know it’s gonna be good!

It’s been almost a year since I last took an art class, so I am investing my earnings from sales of wearable arty things at Glastonbury in this class. I love that I don’t need to buy any new materials and also, that we learn to make 2 journals to use in the class too. How cool is that?

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37 Comments

  1. Fabulous creation!!!!!

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  2. Really like how your page turned out…I’ve taken two classes with Kelly Kilmer now and really enjoyed it. She’s great at inspiring you. The new class looks like fun !

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  3. If you’re looking while you work, it isn’t random. Human brain is not wired for random, it’s wired for patterns. Only a computer with a really good programming can do something at random, it was one of the most difficult programmin achieved – because our brain is in fact unable to make it happen 🙂

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  4. WOWZERS Rosie- Love how you pages turned out! All that textures is awesome! I can’t wait to hear about Kelly’s class! SMILE!

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  5. Pam Prosser

     /  July 5, 2010

    That is great to see that someone else likes to “just get in and do it!” like I do.
    I use this technique as backgrounds for A.T.C.s and book pages too. You have done a great job of it. As they say “a change is as good as a holiday”

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  6. excellent layering and the end result is beautiful. I like the threads you added in there 😉 I have taken Kelly’s online classes before and I highly recommend her!

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  7. Rosie – happy to see you playing with us again! Love this piece. Fun to see how you started out with the ripped papers, and then the final result. Very cool. Love how you left evidence of the two strong red bits from the original foundation. (I even spy one of my SA stamps *grin*)

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  8. lee

     /  July 6, 2010

    wow rosie you did a fabulous job…..love it…let us know how you are liking the class

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  9. *LOVE* *LOVE* *LOVE* these GREAT pages, Rosie!! My two cents worth says that nothing is random. It’s all there waiting to come out. Just like Picasso said: “The statue was already in the wood before I carved it.” We delve deeply into our artwork to pull out what’s already inside of us! Can’t wait to meet up with you in the workshop…and there are others too, you know, so this is just the beginning……!!

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  10. Rosie – i think its about time you starting offering your own classes – either in person or on line – fab piece x

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  11. Your strips almost disappeared in there, but it’s great you took the first photo to show that you started out with a first layer of strips. Cool!

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  12. FANtastic – love seeing all the details. There is such a feeling of depth and layers. One thing amazes me. You have your sewing machine near where you paint? Far out! As it is, I have paint up the wall (okay, and all over the mail in my in tray – oops!)

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  13. really like your jounal page and you have some lovely arty things on your blog..thanks for your good comments on my GPP card

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  14. thanks for showing us how you started, your completed pages are gorgeous Rosie.

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  15. Great page Rosie. I especially like the loose threads. They always look so lonely sitting on the floor, so I’m glad they found a home 🙂 I have to say that doing something to appear random is one of the hardest “patterns” around – you really have to concentrate. I used to sew bridal gowns made to order and sewing on a few beads to achieve a random look was harder than following a uniform pattern.

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  16. ROSIE! This is TOTALLY delicious! I love it!
    xo

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  17. This is really amazing. And I love seeing what it started out as and where it ended up!!

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  18. Wow! This turned out really cool! Love how you laid all the strips out and the end result is so inspiring!

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  19. This is gorgeous! I love the colors.

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  20. Lots of texture on the page. Very nice. Mona

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  21. Hey there Rosie ! Have lost touch for a while -but I am trying to reunite with the GPP Crusades and the sweet comminuty here.
    Your pages ? Wowza, Lady ! Just gorgeous ! You really did a great job with the Strip Ease challenge !

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  22. LOVE this! The texture and color are both fantastic.

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  23. WOW that is a fantastic piece…

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  24. wow, this is BEAUTIFUL! i loveeee the end result, and that gorgeous turquoisey color.

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  25. Amazing how you got from the torn strips to the final piece. I’m such a beginner that just tearing and pasting is an achievement for me! Such lovelies to see with this challenge.

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  26. You sure seem like you know what your doing in collage world. I aspire to this ease and what a beautifull page! I want to learn to do this.

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  27. Oh, I love this, Rosemary! The paintind and stamping really brings the whole piece together to form such a beautiful whole. Great colours, too!

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  28. Hello Rosie,

    WOW ! I love how your ripped strips of paper evolved in this page !
    it’s a great background and I love all the layering you have done on top , even the loose threads ! 🙂
    great page

    greetings from belgium
    Inge

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  29. Great page! Love the colour and the stamping!The background seems to get alive with this technique…

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  30. How nice to see how your page turned out, after the first lay out. When I lay out pieces of paper, I try not to think too much. Go with the flow…

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  31. fabricfan

     /  July 21, 2010

    These are both great. Love the colours.

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  32. Thanks for showing the before picture. I never would have guessed the after picture started out so humbly. It’s a fun page.

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  33. I’m truly impresed by the final effect – wow!

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  34. look great! 🙂

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  35. It’s beautiful ! So cool you’re showing them both. Isn’t it fun to see that what you start out with can change totally ? Love it !

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  36. Brilliant layout! The difference between the two photos is amazing.

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  37. Gail

     /  August 6, 2010

    Wonderful stuff! I was away and missed posting in time, but I love this challenge too.

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