So I always save all kinds of bits and pieces of things that I save because I think they might come in handy one day to craft with. The fun part for I have to admit is re-imagining (upcycle if you will) things you would ordinarily chuck out. So I have boxes of salvaged things like popsicle sticks and bits of wire, used plastic zip ties and gold paint that I scraped up off mats. I found a book of latin verse that was published in the early 60's and I collected that too.
But what do you do with the random collections of junk before your house starts to look like a an episode of Hoarders? Make cards - that's what you do, make adorable cards for your loved ones.Popsicle sticks can be turned into a little fence with a black pen and some brown stain or ink. I mixed Dala Sepia Drawing Ink with a bit of their Black drawing ink and watered it down to get a weathered effect.
Old cereal boxes can take a crafty beating - I put a layer of modpodge on it to glue down some book pages - inked over with Dala Drawing Ink. I love Dala drawing ink for vibrant but translucent colour. The ink must have some kind of glaze or polymer in it because it dries to a matte gloss finish. It's really cool
I then die cut the Hollyhocks out of the cereal boxes with the holly hock die. They went in front of the fence and that wrought iron strip was a piece of zip tie that got a treatment of super glue and fine beach sand that I dyed with Dala drawing ink. I kinda did the same thing on the sentiment label plate thingie bit with a rougher texture from big flake glitter that I had bought for my kid from Dala as well - over the top went some gold leaf size from Dala which I could swear is the same as Dala Stencil Glue which I have been obsessed with for years. I let that dry out a bit to get super tacky. The gold leaf flakes are actually the result of mixing Dala gold paint mixed with a bit gold edible mica (the kind you use in baking - think I originally got that from Barco moulds. Anyhooooooo, I had painted something or the other and because I use those clear kitchen mats cutting boards as a palette - I had quite a bit of this beautiful dried gold paint - so I had the tincan head idea to scrape that off and collect them in a jar. Like OH MY GUYS - it worked brilliantly as a knock-off diy of flake bits - seriously they work just as well as any other flake bits that you would buy.
Remember that old book of latin verse? I have been wanting to try my version of the Japanese Mokugami paper. Mokugami is kind of like a rumpled texture paper. I always loved how it adds a depth and texture to paper. I thought a latin page would be cool to do this with. Anyway, I wanted a lighter pastel type of colour to this so instead of Dala, I went in with ink blending brushes. I didnt even re-ink them - just went with the residue on the brush.
I started squishing and squashing and then thought that I kinda wanted it to look more like waxed paper so then I got a solid body butter stick (for reals I am not even joking) - this butter stick smells so deliciously like citrus leaves. I swiped that all over the page, used my hairdryer to heat enough so that it saturates the paper. I then glued that down with Dala stencil glue onto an old offcut piece of canvas - this might have been out of one of Dala's painting pads but I cant be sure - it was just a random piece that I found in those boxes of stuff that I save like a hoarder.
I don't work for Dala by the way, even though this whole post is reading like an advert for them. I have to tell you about my most recent serendiptious moment with them - I had bought their liquid tempera for my 6 year old to paint with and guess what - I have stolen most of it from her supply. I love it more than the regular craft acrylic I get from them - I think I love the tempera more - its like the perfect highly pigmented translucent paint that dries to an un-movable finish with insane pigmented translucency with a matte finish. It is so light fast as well. I dont think gets DALA gets enough credit in the crafting world for the kiff-ass stuff products that they make. I am such a fan.
So that's this post. I will keep posting my destashing attempts as I go along.