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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Journal Page with a Woven-Paper Background

Here's something I actually made after being inspired on Pinterest (the link is to my Pinterest profile, in case you want to follow me.) After seeing several posts on paper weaving and using strips as collage backgrounds, I remembered that I have a fair-sized collection of paper strips in my stash. I sorted through them and picked out the brightest, most random-looking assortment of strip colors and sizes I could find. Then I found a random, half-painted page spread and went to work.

The pic above shows the right-hand page with the weaving done - because that's when I remembered to start taking pictures! On the left page you can see the half-painted background over some old notes. 

Now for the steps:

Here's the left-hand page after I put a strip of double-sided tape across the top and stuck a collection of strips to the tape. Helpful hint: don't use repositionable tape like I did, because it didn't stick very well to the paper! Fortunately it was easy enough to work some glue stick under the tape to secure it to the paper, and then glue-stick another strip of paper on top of the woven strip ends. But it would be much easier to use permanent double-sided tape in the first place. Word to the wise!

The left-hand page with the weaving begun. I put some double-sided tape down the side of the page at the outer edge, to hold the horizontal. The coolest thing was when I discovered to use a ruler as a treadle (or whatever that weaving thing is called) to separate out the vertical strips that go "over." It makes that whole "over and under" thing much quicker and easier to do.

The weaving is finished on the left-hand page but not trimmed. Somehow I also meshed the left and right horizontal strips together ...

... and trimmed them up to get this woven beauty. Don't ask me how I did it, but somehow I meshed, trimmed and glued the strips where they met in the center. This spread is so fun and colorful, you'd think I would have left it alone. But I didn't. I'm so into backgrounds,  and I wanted to see what it would look like with gesso and/or iridescent medium over it and figures glued on ...

And here it is, in its final glorious state! I painted white gesso on the left page and iridescent medium on the right (so I could see which does what), then added a few figures cut from magazines. I definitely like the iridescent medium effects the best, because it gives a softer look and sparkle is always good. But it's nice to know what can be done with this technique if I ever want to try it again.

And that's my paper-weaving journal page! I'm happy with it :)

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