As it was a minimalist project I decided that my minimalism would be how I'd not only limit my supplies to one stamp set, two ink pads and a couple of water soluble crayons, but to limit the size of my workspace too. Why ever would I do that? The answer is quite simple; it's holiday season in the UK and I'm thinking about what is possible to create on an aeroplane on a tiny fold down table. And so I gave myself only a pencil case to use for supplies and a tray to work on. I grabbed my journal and a handful of tags and tissue papers, a couple of plain sheets of A4 recycled cartridge paper (as these would easily slot in my tickets and passport folder) and then my first thought was oh! no scissors...and an even bigger OH! no needles so no sewing!! PaperArtsy did say that this minimalist project would need careful planning...they were right there, especially as I had set these extra boundaries to challenge myself.
The lid of the Ranger Archival Peat Moss Ink pad doubled up for a stamp block, this saved me space and gave me a sturdy block to stamp some images onto my left hand journal page with.
It was time to start adding some details without overdoing them. I ripped some squared maths paper and finished the edge using Ranger Black Soot Archival ink and stuck a little ripped piece on underneath the bottom edge before stamping the Vintage Ink and Dog stars on; again using the stamp lid as my block. I doodled some lines around the edge of the stars.
I used the Vintage Ink and Dog 'one penny for your thoughts' stamp straight onto the journal page using Ranger Black soot archival ink, but printed the same words onto some squared maths paper to stick the word penny over the top so that it created a pocket to fit a penny into. It's a good job I like rough edges as I had no scissors to use. If you are doing this at home and not on a plane you will have the choice of how tidy you like the edges.
To make the page interesting and to fit with the 'Penny for your thoughts' theme, I decided that I would fill the inside pocket up with tags to write my thoughts. I used my recycled cartridge papers, stamped and gesso'd them in the same way that I had made the journal pages and then played around with the combination of stamps. I ripped them using the edge of my short ruler before edge finishing them with ink. I liked to make them different sizes so that they were less uniform.
I teach small groups of up to 6 in my workshop in Hellingly, East Sussex UK