Sunday, 29 January 2017

2017 #1 Pocket Letters {by Wendy Mallas}

TOPIC 2017 #1: PINK and ORANGE

Tonight we have Wendy joining us, her style is fun and quirky and she loves to work with colour so this is the perfect theme for her, follow along as she takes you on a monster adventure. 

Hello PaperArtsy Blog followers, it’s Wendy here, sharing with you a post about pink and orange. I love colour but pink and orange aren't my usual choice. I'm more drawn to blues and greens. I love a challenge though and pink and orange do pop, so I made a pocket letter. I'm not content with one item - this time it's nine. 

Pocket letters are destined for fellow crafters. Nine ATCs in a plastic 'swap card' holder, with small gifts of materials popped in the back. Then a secret letter about you and your art hidden in one of them.

I started with a masterboard (always a good starting point) using the square and rectangle mini Gelli plates and Tracy Scott's new, limited edition paints in Tangerine Twist and Butternut. I simply wanted to get some colour down on 12 x 12" Heavyweight Smoothy Card. 

I added some interest using stencils (Including PS031) and some Prawn. Then I couldn't resist doodling into the circles with a selection of gel pens.

I felt the masterboard needed some dimension so I continued doodling, but used Liquid Pearls and Nuvo Drops in different shades of pink and orange. Sometimes it's good to go where your muse takes you. It was only after the dimensional additions had dried that I decided to go for a pocket letter. 

It was difficult cutting the masterboard into pieces of 2.5 x 3.5" with a paper trimmer. Mine didn't much like the chewy dimensional bits. I should have cut the masterboard before adding them, but hindsight is a wonderful thing... 

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I stamped lots of monsters and flowers from ElenaZinskiArt and coloured them with many different pens and pencils, but always pink and orange. The best way to fit large images onto small pieces of substrate is to chop them up into moveable elements.

Some of the flowers have holes in so they were for the chop too...

Lots of doodling and glossy accents later, and my pocket letter was almost done...

The back of the pockets contain lots of crafty bits and bobs.

It is always fun to just go with the flow with no particular plan, but be prepared for obstacles. I should have trimmed the masterboard immediately after I'd finished with the Fresco Paints. I now have quite a chunky pocket letter. Elena's stamps look amazing all together. It's like a big, fat house party. Pocket letters are such a nice thing to be involved with. Why not look for a group that participates in them? 
Love and peace,
Wendy x
For more detail about this project, please visit my blog

Aww they look fabulous all in their little cubicles, just waiting to jump out and party. These seems to be a really fun version of ATC's, with all the extra goodies stuffed in the back. The dimensional bits and the glossy accents really make all the elements pop. ~Darcy

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Helen said...

Amazing project, Wendy! Love all those monsters in their pockets. Glad mine isn't the only paper trimmer that would have objected!

Corrie Herriman said...

Fabulous !

Kirsten said...

These are wonderful! I love all the different images.

Miriam said...

Wonderful project Wendy.. love how you have used the stamps

Miriam said...

Wonderful project Wendy.. love how you have used the stamps

Sarah B said...

So much fun - like the idea of pocket letters x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is gorgeous wendy. I love your masterboard and all your lovely monsters. So original and effective,

Lucy x

Hazel Agnew said...

Great fun Wendy. X

Lauren Hatwell said...

Ace project. A perfect introduction to pocket letters. I've never come across them before. Love the idea! Lx

rachel said...

so gorgeous - I adore these x

Clare Lloyd said...

Fab the colours

Artmadnana said...

Ooh Wendy. How clever - completed two challenges in one! These are great fun and beautifully crafted! And of course, my favourite colour combo. What could be better!

Elena said...

Wendy this is fabulous! I've never come across pocket letters either, i feel another obsession coming along. Beautifully made!

Mac Mable said...

Fabulous idea, love the colours, techniques, layering and thank you for the step by step and the inspiration x

Claire said...

Love this! The monsters are so cute and I love how you have positioned them in the pockets. Claire x

Maye M.L said...

A very thoughtful gift. Love the circles. And the googly eyes for the critters are a fun and clever touch. Cheers!

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