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April 18-21, 2103
Split Rock Resort Lake Harmony, PAJoins Scrappetizer for our 6th annual Spring Scrapbook Weekend in the Poconos. This great weekend retreat is especially nice because everyone has an 8 foot table to their own for the whole weekend. We have an enormous room with plenty of space for your power lay-outs. We also have some fantastic vendors — you won’t want to miss it!
Our weekend is featuring a SMASHBOOK class — learn about this new craze!
If you don’t like sharing a small room but you want to be with your friends, this is the crop for you. We have large 2 bedroom suites with 2 baths and separate rooms. The more you have, the cheaper your room is!
Early admission starts on Thursday April 18 and the crop ends on Sunday at 4:00 pm
Come play with us at wendyrago.typepad.com/project52 – mixed media challenge, due November 21, 2009
Title “Artsy Scrappy Mama” by Julie Ann Shahin
I decided my self-portrait would be a paper mache art doll because I didn’t want to buy something, although I did look in a few stores. I wanted to actually make something and get my hands dirty, yet actually I wore “kitchen gloves” for the messy part! The wire mesh for the dress is no accident, I want you to see through it, to see the body has vintage sewing pattern tissue paper on it. I also wanted to attach items to the dress so this wire worked great, it is called “WireForm by Paragon” or “WireMesh by Paragon” depending on whether you want copper, brass, or aluminum diamond. Pam asked me what her name is, and I decided to name her “Artsy Scrappy Mama” because I wanted to show you a self-portrait of me in my studio, which is painted yellow, where I am happy and thriving.
The items on her dress include a cupcake charm (!!!), a handmade rose (tutorial coming soon), a deer brad because I see deer in my neighborhood all the time, a heart brad, an imagine charm for creativity and a nod to John Lennon, and a pin I saved from a trip to Toronto.
My technique: I wanted to use things that were on hand for paper mache. Make note of everything I recycled!
* The doll body was constructed from a toilet paper roll for the torso,
* and a wad of newspaper rolled into a ball for the head,
* taped together with masking tape.
* I used straws for the arms and legs,
* I punched a hole into the body for the legs and arms with my Crop-a-Dile
* Instead of using newspaper for paper mache, I used vintage music paper, vintage sewing patterns, and vintage book pages
* I made a 1-part flour to 1-part water mixture for the paper mache glue, and let each layer dry overnight
* The eyes and mouth were made on Claudine Hellmuth’s Sticky Back Canvas, cut out and applied
* The background behind her is also paper mache, made on a cardboard mailer. The newspaper article is about me, written several years ago, an interview I gave on hybrid scrapbooking when I was Creative Editor of Scrapbook Dimensions Magazine
* For her hair, I took 10 thin strips of fabric, tied a smaller strip of fabric around them at the top, then adhered one end at the crown of her head. I repeated this about 15 times. Then I tied various floral charms and beads to her hair.
Supplies: toilet paper roll, newspaper, masking tape, straws, vintage music paper (PERSONALITY), vintage sewing pattern(PERSONALITY), vintage book pages (FOUND at antique store), Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas Paper, Hambly Transparency, pop dots, various fabric strips for hair, Prima flowers, fake eyelashes (FOUND in my cabinet), wire mesh (FOUND), ArtGirlz cupcake/imagine/feet charms (PERSONALITY); Art Matters Pin I saved from Toronto Museum (FOUND & PERSONALITY); chandelier crystal from flea market (FOUND); feather; brads; twist-ties (FOUND); Hard Rock Cafe stir stick (broke stick off) (PERSONALITY), binder clip (FOUND), chair, misc charms and beads, newspaper article (PERSONALITY)
Tools used: Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch; GlimmerMist by Tattered Angels Mist and Screens; Punchella; Acrylic Paints; Stickles glitter glue; Copic marker; oil pastels; water, flour, gloves Please see the forum for further tutorials on my paper mache art doll!