Saturday, June 26, 2010

And I Love Paper

We all do, don't we, and don't you think that the scrapbook paper world in the last 5 years or so has just gone crazy with color, textures, patterns, etc., etc.?!   I never was a "scrapper", and I think one of the  reasons  why  was because that I was never that crazy about the selection of scrapbook paper--either just plain colors or too cutesy, but not anymore.  When you go online to see all of the different kinds, you could be looking for a LONG time.  I like to go to Michael's or AC Moore's to just look at the papers for color combinations and inspiration , and I love the big paper pads that you can get with all the coordinating papers. 

And how about  the  2-sided paper?  How cool is that?!   I was at AC Moore's  last week and I found a 2-sided  one that  I really liked,  and it was not my normal colors that I would go for, but I decided to use it for my next piece using only the colors of it  (you know--the 'with one pallette thing' again).

(Love those cupboard doors!)  It's the icy blues--in person, it's actually more of a gray-blue, and the buttery creams, and white!  I never use white, and I put away the black. I usually use black for outlining or edging--I did use brown though.   So the background of this was the one side of the paper--

It's beautiful paper---scrapbook paper has come a long way.  And the flowers  have lots of texture with Golden's soft molding paste. The centers I did with tiny beads and Crsytal Lacquer, which I talked about and showed more on this post.

And how about this vase? --looks like I  finally got that 2-step crackle method down--

No.....that's the other side of the paper--I just added some highlights with paint.

And on the frame part of the door,  I combined both sides of the paper with crackle paste and those little beads again--it almost looks like it was all just painted on.

I'm really happy with the results!

But I still like to paint my own papers, and I've been busy doing just that.  This time, I wanted to use some fun colors.  I've been getting alot of different colors that I've never had before, and what better way to play around with them.

They'll be here waiting for me  when I  get  back!

Because tomorrow I'm leaving to go to the City that never sleeps, The Big Apple (do they still call it that?)---New York City!!  My son has lots of plans for us.  He teaches at a college in New Jersey, so he isn't working  right  now, which  makes it great.  And I'm  going  to  try my darndest to post photos every night, because I want you all to come along with us and have fun too.  I'm not sure about Monday's plans,  except for one.  We're going to the David Letterman show--COOL!  So if you watch on Monday night, I might just be on TV--stay tuned!


Vicki Holdwick said...

I love your cupboard door and I agree that scrapbook papers have come a long way.

But I like the papers you did yourself even better.


Monica said...

love how the molding paste worked out on those flowers.
this came out really well. and i love it on a door too.

have fun in nyc!

daisydolls said...

OMG I hope you have an awesome time in NYC!! I went in January and you are right, the city that never sleeps. You have to make the most of it while you're there. I look forward to your NYC posts.

That piece is beautiful, I love the colors. I know what you mean about looking through them for color combination's. There are some gorgeous papers out there! I have to say, your papers are pretty spectacular and completely organic.....Love them!!

Jeanne Nelson said...

Love your flowers in vase piece on the cupboard door, Diane ~~ you have lots of talent at blending a piece together to give a nice, balanced appeal. And, I am so with you on the scrapbook papers; not being a scrapper myself, I used to always skipped this aisle...but not anymore! However, if the Michael's aisle contained some of your handmade papers I would fill my cart with them! Love your new color choices and can't wait to see what you do with these papers, ;). Happy trails and safe travels on your trip! It's been years since I've visited NYC, and I'm looking forward to "going along with you." Wishing you blessings of blissfulness.

Janine said...

OMG! How wonderful!

Janie Husband said...

Diane, i just love these colors....and talk about scrapbook paper!!! ....I have a stack of it because i thought it was so beautiful....thanks for this post...i am going to get the paper out for inspirition.... your work is beautiful....such talent... ;)

Tina said...

Enjoy your trip. It sounds wonderful! I am in awe of this door and your gift for creating.
I do love a good excape to the paper isle myself.

Dianne said...


sharon said...

The colors are so serene Diane...really beautiful!! But the crackle effect is my favorite!!
Have a blast in the city!!

mojca - mka said...

It is very beautiful. uauuuu... beautiful, beautiful!

Carin said...

Wow, that's gorgeous! Love it!

SKIZO said...



claire barone art said...

thats brilliant you are very good at experimenting and very good with texture its good to see people experimenting and not sticking to what they feel safe with experimenting equals growth and your work is growing everyday well done you xx

Rina said...

What a gorgeous painting Diane! Love it and love how you color your own paper...I want to start playing and doing that as well. Enjoy your trip and how cool going to David Letterman's show!!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I really love your latest cupboard door, Diane. It is a very different color pallet than I'm used to seeing you use. The piece is exciting and lovely. And yes, scrapbook paper has come a long way. I even found myself buying ONE sheet of Graphic 45 recently. Possibly the only sheet I'll ever buy, but it is beautiful.

Like you, I still love to paint my own papers, and I must get back to that soon. You have reminded me how much I miss that process. Yours are all lovely.

Have a fun and SAFE trip to the Big Apple. Enjoy your son, and see the sights. Hope you will post a bit, but understand if you can't. Just enjoy and come back to us soon. I, for one, will sure miss you.

wanda miller said...

"amen" to unbelievable papers to buy now, said it all!
i wish i could have packed all my favorite bloggers buddies away to bring to panama!!! we could have put our heads together with such new ideas.
where do you find your cupboard doors darlin' are hookin' me in...your work on these are STUNNINGINGLY beautiful...i am in love with your LOOK!!! xo

Barbara said...

Hi Diane,
I love this post ... thankyou, it is so informative. I must say I one day might be tempted to take my hand at it ~ mind you I have enough to keep up with. You make it look so tempting and inviting ~ so talented!
Have a great time in NYC,

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Diane,
This looks fantastic!
Thank you for sharing. I'm new to journaling (not art)I would never have thought to embellish scrap papers the way you have here.

Anonymous said...

Diane, Have a good time in NYC. I live right outsiude on Long Island. I was just telling my husband that I wanted to go into the city one afternoon. You'll never be bored, that's for sure!

I think that you used a cabinet door as a surface medium is the coolest thing. I am in the middle of painting my kitchen cabinets as we speak and I think you have inspired me to get more creative with the surface treatment.

Tell us about NYC when you get back!


Biljana said...

Such original, imaginative and absolutely wonderful,bravo:))
Have fun in NY

Buffy said...

Love the colors of this one and the crackle is so neat. I really have to give that a try. This is gorgeous as usual. I hope you have a great trip and I'll try to watch David Lettermen on monday to see if I can see you. How Fun,I'll probably fall asleep though!

An Altered Wonderland said...

your cupboard door is beautiful! i love the color combo. I also love paper... so much that i actually hate to use them.

Debbie said...

your handmade papers are so wonderful! Love the painting with the scrapbook papers too. I always enjoy coming to your blog!

Manon Doyle said...

The papers are awesome. I have a whole bunch of paper but I never use I really like what you've done with the molding paste. I use the stuff for every painting.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, I do really love those flowers! I learn so much from your blog! We have a craft fair here on Friday and I am really hoping to find some nice paper!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

AMAZING creations, Diane! I love the crackle effect on the vase - that is just so stunning. Have fun in NYC! Theresa :)

Gaby Bee said...

Fabulous art work and the papers are amazing!

JBeaudetStudios said...

I love your cupboard doors! Iknow, I can spend hours in Michael's; then spend a lot of dough! Have a wonderful time in New York. I look forward to your posts about it! Jennifer:)

Marilyn Rock said...

Your cupboard door is amazing and I agree; the scrapbook papers are really wonderful now a days. Your own papers are beautiful! Enjoy your time in the big city :)

FlipSyde said...

I am so glad I visited your blog. I LOVE the cupboard door! On saturday I bought an old hanging cupboard at GoodWill thinking I'd alter it in some way. Yours is very neat - I hope I can think of something as groovin'!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful works dear Diane!!!

Serena said...

Beautiful piece, Diane! I love the textured flowers and how you did the crackle/paper border...the colours work so well together. Great job!

Kristin said...

This is so so so cool! I love the addition of the crackle paste (you turned me on to that!) and all of the wonderful texture. Hope you have / had so much fun at David Letterman, Kristin xo

Jonny said...

Gosh Diane- I love this door, very pretty colors you have such depth and imagination in your work- and I really love your picture that you painted a face on musical paper I have been wanting to do something on musical paper for a long time I love the warm colors you chose - its a romantic beautiful piece.SincerelyJonny


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