Hello everyone! A new fun challenge is up at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog, 'A is for'. I had so many ideas for this challenge and couldn't make up my mind. Then I got the phrase 'Altered Artsy Almanac' in my head and remembered a planner from some years ago that I never used.
'Almanac' is a common word in Swedish for a calendar or a planner, I think it might mean something slightly different in English, more in the line of weather, tides, planting times and such. I wasn't sure what to do with my almanac, but figured that something that was meant for planning a year, might work well for recording a year too. I used a bunch of different techniques to make this and turned it into a tutorial.
multi-medium, leaving me with 12 spreads, one for each month. They were left to dry overnight, under a book with wax paper in between each page. Then I gave each page a coat of gesso. The planner had really thin paper and they didn't handle the gel and the gesso very well, with quite a bit of warping involved. I almost gave up, but decided that it wouldn't matter and wouldn't show as much in the end.
Graphic 45 A Place in Time 8 x 8 papers, which contains pages for every month of the year and picked colours to fit with the patterned papers. Just scribble the Gelatos over the gesso and then spread and blend with a paint brush and water.
embossing folders. I used the bubble folder embossed foil on the back.
Ranger Emboss-It Dabber around the edges and embossed with Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Enamel. The Prima metallic rose was also embossed with a little bit of Teal and Silver powder. Be careful since it gets hot.
Vintage Market die. They were painted silver, sanded and scratched and inked with Black Soot. I coated them with Glossy Accents. The Prima metallic word was embossed with a little bit of silver powder. I used washi tape to cover the joint between the two pieces of foil. Quite a transformation from the plain black cover.
Graphic 45 papers to decorate the inside pages. I made sure to include enough space to write on. I used similar parts of the 8 x 8 papers on each page, but still have lots of left-overs.
The background stamping adds nice texture to the pages. This script stamp is from Darkroom Door.
Beautiful flower images for June.
I tried to pick stamps that fit with the months, a wavy scalloped pattern for the sea images of July.
August, apples and pears.
As you might know, I love text and script stamps, this is a part of a Hero Arts stamp.
September, with some sweet school time images.
The gesso gives a nice surface for the Gelatos and also makes the pages sturdier.
I hope you will join us this week! As always, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.
Thank you for looking!
Surfaces: Graphic 45 A Place in Time 8 x 8 paper pad; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard; old planner; Ranger Metal Foil Tape Sheets
Stamps: Darkroom Door: French Script; Hero Arts: Tiny Star Background, Coupon Background, Lacy Background, Tiny Heart Background, Lattice Background, Grid Pattern, Three Cats, Snow Dots; Prima: Lines; Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Seasonal Catalog 1
Ink: Ranger/Vintaj Patina Ink: Weathered Copper, Victorian Gable; Archival Ink: Potting Soil; Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Black Soot; Tsukineko Stazon: Jet Black; Ranger Emboss-It Dabber
Paint: Faber-Castell Gelatos: Gift Set, 50s Diner; Ranger Adirondack Silver Dabber: Distress Paint: Black Soot