It was my daughter’s birthday last week (on Mother’s Day actually – we had a joint celebration). Some of her friends sent her a bunch of balloons. I was idly looking at them the other day and realised they formed a sort of colour wheel. There was some brightly coloured cellophane with them, which is the type that melts well. I cut a piece and folded it over on itself then ironed it between parchment. It melted up nicely. I put a piece of dark fabric behind it for the scan to show up the holes. The balloons have taken on the look of melted crayons. Not sure what I will do with this – maybe an ATC or postcard, with some stitching?
I couldn’t find any ‘metallics’, so had a go at laying down a base coat of white, topped with a golden yellow. The result is not bad – although in close up (not to mention daylight!) I see that there are little bits of white on the edges. I could always go over them again. I might have a go at weaving some threads and torn strips through this stuff and see what I get.
I got Tracy Bautista’s book, Collage Unleashed yesterday. Only had a chance to flick through so far – too many ideas to absorb at once, and the whole effect is slightly overwhelming, almost chaotic – I think I will have to take time to really study each page and really LOOK, so as not to be overwhelmed by the visual impact of the whole thing.
In her book, Never too Many Handbags Prudence gives lots of ideas for making bags out of scrumbles. She also mentions using gutter guard as a substitute for the pre-made frames. This is neat stuff. I got a roll at the hardware the other day.