Sunday 31 October 2021

2021 Topic 13: Tiny (News) Print with LPC {by Autumn Clark}

    2021 Topic 13: Tiny (News) Print

A shadow box encapsulating a girl with a unique twig skirt is the perfect way that Autumn has chosen to give a thoughtful gift for a friend using a favourite Lynne Perrella image. She's also got a clever tip for blending paint on paper and creating your own gel plate inkpad!
~ Keren

Hi everyone, it's Autumn Clark from SewPaperPaint with you today to share with you a shadow box doll art I've made with my absolute favorite stamp by Lynne Perrella.

I made this project to encourage a very dear friend who is going through a rough time.  She and I have been making paper dolls for almost two decades, so I wanted to beef up the idea and make a gift she could display in her own art room, thus the shadow box.   

My friend has always loved deep jewel tones, so I chose a palette of gold and wine, which she also loves.  Ha ha!  One of my favorite ways to incorporate tiny text into a project is by using book pages and hymnal pages.  I chose a hymnal page and treated it with a coat of matte medium on front and back so I would have blendability with my chosen PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylics.  Then I did some finger painting; what fun!  I blended Nougat where I would stamp my doll's face and smoothed out the edges with a baby wipe.  Then I went on in a circular motion with Gold Rush, then Toffee, and finally Mahogany.  I wanted to raise my doll's head from the base, so I started all over and repeated this entire process on another sheet, on which I stamped "tree hair lady" from PaperArtsy {Lynne Perrella} Collection (LPC049).  I was then able to add watercolor detail to accentuate her and her owl companion's features.  

Though I was really happy with my background color, I wanted to add in some pattern.  I chose another favorite stamp, a tile image, which I love to use for repeat patterns, PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Emma Godfrey} Collection (EEG26).  I stamped Toffee over the center and Mahogany over the lower portion in rows.  To stamp with paints, I simply brayer a section of paint onto my gel plate then use it as an "ink pad."  As a bonus, you can brayer out excess paints and make a gel print to use for later.  Win win!

Now, the way I often start a project is by sketching an idea.  My idea was to make a twig dress for my lovely tree girl.  I had fun selecting twigs and breaking them to size.  I took some yarn and wove it in round and round each twig to connect them.  Once they were secure, I wove strips of hymnal pages between the center layers.  I also secured some found feathers.  


Next, I decorated the edge of my wooden shadow box.  I embossed the tile stamp in gold on paper printed with Mahogany  I added a nest charm to tie in the metallic detail.  

The final detail was a bit of paper doily place-mat from another dear friend.  I loved the torn, irregular edges and lacy accents.  
I hope you paper doll lovers out there will be inspired by these techniques and my friend will be encouraged by this creation.  It's always a joy to play with Lynne Perrella stamps!

In conclusion, there are so many ways to incorporate text into your stamping projects.  In the photo above you see the reason I chose this particular hymnal page, to subtly pray for peace and joy for a dear friend.  I find peace in nature, particularly among the trees.  And using natural elements, vintage bits and beautiful stamps allow me to bring that feeling indoors. What elements inspire you and how can you blend them into your own work, whether as a focus or subtly?  I certainly hope tiny text will be making an appearance for you soon as well.  

xx, Autumn

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Kathi said...

What a wonderful piece! I love all the details, especially the specific text/hymnal paper that you used in such a subtle, yet effective way.

Thank you for the step-out photos and the concise instructions!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Autumn! I saw this on Instagram and had to come and look immediately! What an amazing project - I love the twig skirt and the stamp is one of my favourites too! Your friend will surely love this, Chrisxx

Words and Pictures said...

She's absolutely beautiful, Autumn - the colours are warm and cherishing, and the prayers within the tiny text carry your love to your friend too with this thoughtful gift, so brilliantly made. that twig skirt is amazing.
Alison x

Ellie Knol said...

Love this.. so very beautiful.. I also like the different styles up till now from our team for this theme.

Kay said...

Your paper doll is fantastic. Using a shadow box is ideal.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is just gorgeous, Autumn, and so original. A perfect piece of decor art x