Friday, August 08, 2014

Life's Too Short ~ Rick St. Dennis Altered Hat Book

Hi everyone! I had a chance to play with another one of Rick's gorgeous hat ladies and my altered children's board book. This is the third spread I've completed with these Hat Ladies representing each month of the year. This one is called August Poppy and can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop along with many other fabulous hat ladies.

I coloured Poppy with Prismacolor pencils along with a few Faber-Castell Polychromos. Yellow acrylic paint was used to dot the centers. She was then cut out, matted in black, and popped up on foam tape. Love her beautiful face and poppies are one of my favourite flowers.

The background was covered with dark gray Authentique designer paper which has a subtle charcoal damask pattern on it. It seemed elegant enough for Poppy.Scraps of other grays and gold papers were cut or punched into circles, squares, and rectangles, and faux stitched with a black Micron. The one long gray striped strip was left unstitched on purpose. I like that it is different and a little unpredictable. The shapes were arranged into pleasing (to me) groupings and adhered to the pages, repeating the patterns on both sides for continuity and flow. A larger gray scrap was cut with an Alterations Cameo die to frame Poppy.

White gesso was used to create patten through TCW's Mini Textured Stencil and script was stamped randomly using Jet Black Archival ink. Small red butterflies were punched to create a visual triangle with the poppies on the hat forming the third angle. This helps the eye move around the spread connecting the three spots of red. A chipboard butterfly was stamped with the same script stamp, given a photo turn body, and adhered to the top right corner, bringing the butterfly theme to the second page.

The sentiment was computer generated and printed on white cardstock. Each segment was matted in black and popped up on foam for added dimension. Doodling was used to frame the spread and outline the various shapes. Flat black pearls were added to the punched butterflies.

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