*NOTE: This post was started February 19 and completed today, March 02*
"Where has the Queen been?" You probably haven't been asking yourself lately. If you have been, thank you - and I'll put you down for the Tupperware in my will.
I have spent the last week in some parallel universe, where only 4"x4" pieces of art and childebeasts suffering from the stomach flu matter. The good news? I think I may finally be finished with the less-than-royal jobs a mom is blessed with when her offspring has a gastrointestinal bug. And my little works of love went Postal today. Huzzah!
I am dying to show you what I created for the swap. Before I do, I'll give you a quick run-down of the swap rules. It's being hosted by the Art Techniques group (fabulous group!), and this crazy lady named Margie is acting as hostess. She is well aware that I think she's totally nuts - you would have to be to organize 120 swap participants! (Margie, if you see this - you're certifiable, totally - but I love ya!)
120 participants means I had to make 120 4"x4" pieces of art. BUT...the swap focuses on a technique using recycled materials - so the pieces didn't have to be finished. Instead, the pages just need to demonstrate a technique.
I chose a technique originally created by Jeni Calkins, who runs Studio Jeni, OPALS/Fantasy Film Stained Glass Paper. Left over/scraps of Fantasy Film are pieced together, sprinkled by Franklin Opals, then heated with an iron. It makes this beautiful, translucent paper you can use for all sorts of things. You can see a fabulous tutorial by Linda Hanson, owner of After Midnight Stamps, on You Tube.
Here is an sample of my pages, for your viewing pleasure.
The top two are the OPALS/Fantasy Film Stained Glass Paper, the bottom is the back of one of the swap pages.
The swap was a lot of fun - but I have to admit...after making 120 pages of this stuff, I'm not in any hurry to make more!