2/24/12

lettering love: cutouts

Lesson 20 in my LetterLove online class (given by Joanne Sharpe) is about making random painted backgrounds both in my journal and on separate papers. Then, letter a word or phrase, cut it out and glue to a decorated journal page.  This wasn't one of my favorite lessons, but the exercise was interesting.  First, some of the decorative backgrounds I made using paints, collage, markers, oil pastels, stencils, brayer, etc.  These are all on bristol paper about 6x9".

 

I started out hating the background below - the colors were sagey greens and golds and browns and it was a muddy, blobby mess.  You can just barely see the greens peeking through after I covered it all up with a buff color and started over - now I really like it.
I cut words out of 3 of them and glued them on prepared backgrounds in my lettering journal (a strathmore sketching notebook).
 I really didn't like this background - it started with gluing down a book page and painting over it, but it was too muddy and unappealing for me.

This was my favorite result - using the map just sparked the travel word and it's certainly one of our favorite activities!  Also it seemed to make sense with this background - very tropical feeling.

This word would have been much prettier on a different background, but this is what I had and it's .... okay.

Even though Joanne's class is drawing to a close, the videos and lessons are staying up forever, so the class is available to start at any time - whenever it fits into your schedule.  It was great fun and inspirational and encouraging - got me to experiment with and work on improving my lettering options.  If that's something of interest to you, check out her class and the flickr group.

9 comments:

  1. Terrie, the pages are really cool. The first one is my fav. And thank you so much for subscribing my Blog.

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  2. Lovely work! Valerie

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  3. I think your pages are great..am liking all of your colour choices. I will check out the course..have a lovely weekend!

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  4. These are wonderful Terrie, and it looks like they must have been lots of fun to make!
    I especially like the red one.
    So cheerful!
    Sending you wishes for a wonderful weekend!

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  5. Yummy Yummy map piece, I love it. Fun explorations, gleeful play. xox Corrine

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  6. your pages are awesome!!! i am in that class as well & loving every minute of it!! i am waiting for supplies to arrive so i can actually DO some of the lessons!!

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  7. I love the Bold piece, maybe it will grow on you.

    PS, I saw you in my Etsy circle and checked out your shop too! I like your old rusty photos a lot, the subtle color splashes work so well in the old car!

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  8. These look fantastic, Terrie!

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