The title means hands that create. It’s an exhibition by the Swedish Handicraft organisation where I live. It’s an organisation with ties to the Swedish arts & crafts movement, and with traditional crafting.They’re celebrating 100 years this year, and to celebrate this they’ve invited around 300 artists and crafters to showcase their work. I contributed with this shadow box.
The exhibition is at the Smålands Museum in Växjö, and if you want to check it out it’s there until the end of August.
I’ve been working on this on and off, much using the same technique as in the grungy journal I made earlier this year. The paper I’ve used is mainly from Marion Smith Designs ”Something Wicked Halloween mini book printable”, but I’ve also used printables from Graphics Fairy, Memories Pictures over at Etsy (she’s got some awesome printable envelopes and background papers), and a place that’s called How to Haunt your House. They got fantastic bottle labels, for free, I used them a lot.
This is quite a picture heavy post, and yet I haven’t posted every page in the book. I like how it turned out, a little chunky Halloween book. The size of it’s about 11 x 13,8 cm (roughly 4,5 x 5,5 inches).
I’m not sure what the stitch I used when binding the book is called. I learned it via The Paper Addiction, but I’ve seen it in a couple of book binding videos over at YouTube too.
Next weekend we’ll be having a birthday party, and as usual he wanted a party with a Halloween theme. That will be a blast! Starting to collect good snacks and food at Pinterest.
Love this quote by Vladimir Nabokov.
I had, however, a hard time with this layout. First it turned out all orange, and it was laying there a couple of days and I was feeling unhappy with it. Then I covered it with white gesso and started from the beginning. Like it better now.
Used some scraps, both home made and bought stamps and some different metal trinkets. The food stamps I found last summer in Gothenburgh, bought a whole stack.
The background paper is from an old drawing pad and an old notebook.
The edges are inked with distress ink, Vintage Paper, and I’ve sprayed the blue element with some Tattered Angel mist.
Now I’ll go out in the sun, maybe take a cooling dip in the lake. I love being on holiday! … even if it’s soon over.
Today I decided to alter the little paper box I bought earlier. I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do with it. I sort of just went with the flow.
I added some paper from Graphic 45 and some pictures I found on Graphics Fairy. The background behind the lady and the crown is a playing card, with some texture paste I added through a stencil. I also sprayed the inside of the box with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise.
The embellishments are some stuff I had laying around, brads, paper clip, sequin and button. The stars I cut out from a paper-scrap I had, can’t remember where it came from.