Monday, August 29, 2011

New Scrapbook Papers?

Okay,  I  wouldn't  call  these  scrapbook  papers--I  would  say  they're  more  like  art  papers,  or  better  yet--little  works  of  art!


These  are  the  papers  that  I  ordered  from  Stampington,  and  I  just  LOVE  them!   And  as  an  added  bonus,  I  discovered  the  artist--Donna  Estabrooks---she  is  the  artist  that  designed  these  papers,  and  before  this  I  didn't  know  who  she  was,  but  I  sure  do  now--just  go  to  her  website  and  you'll  see  what  I  mean.   If  you  like  lots  of  color  and  whimsy,  you'll love  her  too--well...... just  look  at  these  papers!

They  were  so  pretty  I  didn't  even  want  to  cut  them  up.....but  after  I  added  my  own  style  like  doodling,  stamping,  and  some  rub ons-

....and  oh  yes,  some  embellishments  too

....and  then  some  acrylic  painting--



.....I'm  glad  that  I  did!



....so  happy  with  the  way  they  came  out,  and  when  I  was  making  these,  I  wasn't  quite  sure  what  I  was  going  to  do,  but  they  definitely  helped  me  with  their  fun  images  and  phrases.


These  are  snippets  from  3  different  papers,  but  by  putting  them  together,  they  made  a  whole  new  piece  of  art!

And  there's  a  few  features  of  these  papers  that  I  want  to  mention.   Half  of  them  have  glitter  on  them.  Now  for  all  of  you  glitter  people,  don't  get  mad,  but  I'm  not  really  into  glitter,  but  when  I  put  the  gel  or  matte  medium  over  the  top  of  them,  the  glitter  became  less glittery  and  more  textural (is  that  a  word?)--I  really  like  that.   And  also,  these  papers  are  heavy  cardstock,  and  they  were  hard  to  adhere  with  regular  gel  medium,  so  I  got  out  my  heavy  gel  medium  and  it  worked  like  a  charm!

So  also  when  I  ordered  these  papers,  I   pre-ordered  the  Fall  issue  of  Somerset  Apprentice,  but  I  was  very  excited  to  see  that  they  sent  me  the  actual  magazine.  I'm  not  even  sure  when  this  is  available  in  the  stores.


And  yes,  Lenny  was  very  excited  too!!

And  it  brought  a  big  smile  to  my  face  to  see  2  of  my  blogging  buddies  in  there  Terri  from  Pringle  Hill  Studio ( she  has  a  giveaway  going  on  right  now  too!)  and  Kristin  from  Twinkle  Twinkle  (the lady that brought us a  Summer  of  Color)!

And....in  the  latest  issue  of  Somerset  Studio  I  found  Marilyn's  art   from  In  My  Room  and  Cathy's  from  Artsy  Butterfly  (she  had  a  4-page  spread!)   This  is  another  added  benefit  of  blogging--you  become  friends  and  then  when  you  see their  art  in  these  magazines,  it's  even  more  exciting.   Way  to  go  all  of  you  guys--Congratulations!!

31 comments:

NatashaMay said...

That's what I thought when I saw the papers. Little works of art. :) You did a wonderful job creating the new artwork. I'll have to check out the links and thanks for the tips. :)

I might take you up on your challenge and get some turtle drawings happening. :)

PaperPumpkin said...

Yes! When I saw these at Stampington I thought that they were little works of art in themselves, too! How exciting to discover who made them, and go visit! Thank you for sharing all of this good news... Kathy

Buffy said...

Sounds like you had a good mail week,receiveing all the goodies in the mail! Those papers are little works of art,I would have had a hard time cutting them up too,but they look great on your art! Beautiful again!

umelecky said...

So happy and cheerful looking. I love everything Stampington!

Theresa Plas said...

Happy HappY art! Love your creativity:) Looking forward to getting my issue of this one...isn't it fun when you "recognize" so many folks that are published?!

Dianne said...

I just love your work!

Marilyn Rock said...

Diane; I agree - those papers are awesome and I picked them up awhile ago. It was instant love! Love what you did with them! Lenny is so cute!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

These really ARE little works of art. I would have a hard time cutting them up, but I really like how you did yours. These assemblages are awesome. And it was nice that you added the tips on using a heavy gel medium and covering the glitter, too. I'm not a glitter gal, either.

And I can't wait to see Apprentice. I've seen Marilyn in print this month. Marilyn, Terri, and you are three of my favorite artists! So this is a real treat, just coming to your blog and seeing what is new.

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Hi Diane! What fabulous papers. I had not heard of Donna either...but, I just looked at her site - LOVE. I am loving what you created too. I always adore the colors you use. Ohhh, and thank you for the links - now I have even more blogs to read! :)

Dorthe said...

They looks fantastic--well Diane, you know I hardly never uses such colorful papers, hihi- but I love seing your gorgeous art, dear- and the ones you made with these papers,- and your wonderful painting are wonderful-
I too get really exited seing friends art in Stampington publications- so special.
Hugs,Dorthe

Netty said...

Terrific papers, I wonder if you can get these in the UK.
Love how you've added to them, wonderful work. Enjoy your week, Annette x

Giggles said...

I love how you reconstructed those papers!! Lovely! I hate to admit I'm not a glitter lover either!! But shhh because my artist friend is a glitter girl who puts glitter on everything and doesn't understand those who don't appreciate glitter ground into carpets and such! I can understand how coating it would make a cool texture though....might try that!!

Hugs Giggles

Lynn said...

the papers are pretty but what you do with them is amazing!!!

Lorraine said...

excellent use of those papers..I reckon stampington should publish your projects to show how the papers can be used...so far I have just put mine in a frame in the living room while I decide what to do..they are lovely papers

Bren said...

Works of art for sure! Love how you used them, they made for some very 'happy' pieces. You're right it's fun to be able to see blogging friends art featured in the various magazines, celebrating with them :-)

Emelie said...

Well first off you need another turtle so you can have Lenny and Squiggy like in Laverne and shirley. Do you remember when Squiggy said he attracted girls like a maggot. Your too young maybe.

Beautiful creations for your shows people will be stunned and want these the design is so pretty these are good papers but, you know how to use them in such a great way. you paint also with such clean colors never overworked at all, that can happen to me in a minute or less.

Oh Diane I am so glad I know you.

Becky~ said...

I love them! I aodre the big sun and the bird with it sooooooo adorable.

Anneke said...

these pages are unique and great designs

Becky~ said...

that was adore lol.

Wax Beach Artist said...

I really love your style, so exciting and fun. I love all the little turns and curves that bring me to something new. You are brimming with talent. And wow, that sun is the coolest (hottest?)!

rachel awes said...

oh my gosh...those papers are beautiful!!! & love what you did with them...your birdie is SO content!!
& i must spontaneously share w/you that my hubby has a facebook page called "chubs"/he's SO into tortoises! :)
lovely dear, you are magic in the art room. & SO much fun. xo

Cameron said...

Beautiful, Diane...as usual!
You just have a way of putting things together that transcends the word collage.....more like meld-age...not a word, I know..

...but the items your choose to combine just meld and mesh so perfectly!

Isabel said...

Beautiful papers and as always you have an amazing creative mind:O) Love what you did with them:O)

Cynthia Eloise said...

i love what you did with all those great papers.

Blissful Pumpkin said...

Wow Di, they look wonderful. The papers you brought are beautiful also. I' m off to check out you links.
Cheers,
Kyles :D

Blissful Pumpkin said...

Wow Di, they look wonderful. The papers you brought are beautiful also. I' m off to check out you links.
Cheers,
Kyles :D

Wini said...

I Love those fabulous papers!! They are indeed works of art! Thanks for the intro to Donna Estabrooks. I love what you created with her papers. How fantastic!!!

joanna said...

Beatiful papers Diane and I love what you've done with them!
xoxo

Kristin said...

GASP! How cool is that?! First of all, it is SO sweet of you to mention me - I am thrilled to be a part of the issue but your congrats is very kind, thank you!
AND look what you did with those papers! I too would not know if I should cut them or what, but you really elevated them into a beautiful new piece, bravo! xoxo

Faerie Moon Creations said...

The papers are gorgeous, and so is the work you created from them!!!! All your work makes me smile soooo much, Diane. Thanks for the update on Apprentice. It is so sad not to be able to purchase my Stampington magazines at the store any longer. :( I shall go to the website and get one, too.

Lesley said...

These are VERY scrummy papers. I always love DCWV papers. Lovely quality. Haven't seen these over here yet. Will watch out for them.
Love your artwork!!!!
Lenny's looking chipper :)

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