Monday, March 7, 2016

My Other Creations: Paper Towel Collage

With this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme being, "Create Your Own Background" (and throw in some cool Darkroom Door stamps if you have any), I thought why not make a background out of a paper towel?  I'm always getting them wet and inky anyway when I clean off my craft mat, so I decided to embrace my clean-up materials.


I started with Distress Inks and a record stamp from Darkroom Door.  I stamped the records one at a time with different colors of Distress Ink, then spritzed the circle shape with water right after I stamped it so the colors spread and blended.


Once my paper towel dried, I stuck some Washi tape on it.  Washi and paper towels?  Heck!  Why not?  (Washi doesn't stick the greatest to paper towels, so that's probably why not.  But I was feeling sassy and did it anyway!)


When my Washi was serious about not sticking, I showed it who was boss by sewing the strips in place with my sewing machine-- not to mention adding some other sewn lines here and there just for fun.  And because I like the scraggly look (or  because I'm lazy), I left all the sewn lines connected and didn't trim off the excess thread.


I added a little collage within my collage by incorporating this vintage flashcard that I cut into a file shape, stamped and painted.  And the most adorable part?  This happy little birdie from Darkroom Door.


I wanted a sentiment to top it all off, so I went with, "Sunshine," because we can all use some of that when days are dark or lonely or cold.  The sentiment is cut out from Simon's Hello Sunshine die set, which is insanely versatile.


At the end of the day, I hope this paper towel is pleased with its transformation.  It's got to be better than whatever fate awaited it in the garbage can, right?


Here are the supplies I used on this project that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

Darkroom Door Rockstar Stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Hello Sunshine Frame Wafer Dies


I am excited to see all the genius-level backgrounds you create this week!  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!

https://simonsaysstamp.com/
https://simonsaysstamp.com/http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
 


22 comments:

  1. I just LOVE this Andrea! to make a piece of kitchen paper into a work of art is absolutely fabulous and so creative! LOVE it :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. What cool texture! All those bright bursts of color with a finishing of grunge - yep. This is stellar.

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  3. This is beautiful. I love all the layers.

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  4. This is beautiful. I love all the layers.

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  5. Honestly, Andrea, is there anything you do not think of in that amazing brain of yours?! This is brilliant! I can see using up my messy paper towels, I think I have a wad ready right now to try! Love all the sewing, and layers, and the lovely bluebird!

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  6. I just love your bright happy palettes! They make me smile!


    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  7. Beautifully creative Andrea, love your mop up idea.
    Hugs Brenda xx

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  8. So now, what do you do with it? Heehee, what fun you DO have! Once when I was doing one of Kathy's 30-day color challenges, we were in a restaurant. While I waited I found a dry sheet of eyeglass lens wipes in my purse. I started filling in the rows of duplicate shapes with my ink pen. It turned out nicely and I got my coloring in on that busy day. I think you've rubbed off on me, Andrea, in fact, I know you have. :-)

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  9. I agree with Maura, totally agree! Your brain is a "volcanic" brain! Every week I'm waiting to see what incredible techniques or what kind of project you'll show us! you are a genius, a creative genius! This week I'm in awe!!! BArbara

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  10. WoW! This is the most crazy project I've ever seen! A real explosion of colors, ideas, materials, patterns and everything. It's a bomb! I love it.

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  11. I totally LOVE this! The linear stitching is AMAZING! And the use of washi over your color is fab! Such an inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

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  12. This is such a stunning artwork! Andrea. Love the gorgeous colors and beautiful layers of embellishments. :)

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  13. I often look at my paper towel after cleaning up and think how pretty it is but I would have never thought to create something out of it, Andrea. You are a genius! This is so pretty and I love, love the bright colors. Cathie <3

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  14. this is stunning Andrea...who would have thought this was a paper towel and well done for taking control of that naughty washi...hugs kath xxx

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  15. Haha! Don't leave it on your table or it might end up with more color! You definitely showed the washi who's boss! Love that record stamp. And *of course* the birdie is the cutest part...

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  16. Fabulous idea to use a paper towel as a canvas, Andrea! Love the colorful background, and the stitching gives it more of a fabric look! Stunning! Hugs, Sandra

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  17. Wow...what an amazing idea and who else but you would ever think of this! I can't believe how many paper towels I've thrown away over the years and they could have all become pieces of wonderful art! It's another stunning piece, Andrea and another one that I totally and utterly adore... :)

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  18. This is gorgeous Andrea! I love your background and those stunning colourful circles. And of course the little bird!

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  19. This is incredible! The colors are fabulous and the newspaper washi looks, well, just like newspaper strips. It's a fantastic mixed media piece of art!

    I also wanted to say thank you for the lovely comment on my blog!

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  20. That is just amazing! The paper towel is basking in its new given glory I'm sure.

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  21. You are FANTASTIC. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read PAPER TOWEL!
    you are so creative and talented my friend! What an inspiration! xx Zoey

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  22. oh, what a cool project!! really like this

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