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Michelle Ward has a new challenge up for July on her GPP Street Team site, called "Strip Ease." Go see...it's easy and fun to do!

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Even though I'm not a huge fan of doing vintage, I seem to be attracted to old papers of all sorts. I began by grabbing a bunch of them, tearing them into strips, and gluing them down. I grabbed an old gift card and spread a thin layer of gesso over them, letting the text and images peek through.

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Using that same gift card, I scraped several colors of Golden's acrylics here and there, loving the texture that the overlapping strips created.

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I continued to play with strips of different papers - the sun and grass are scraps from my stash. The stem and leaves for the flower came from a paper bag from a store, and the flower is created (except for the very center) from paste paper scrps. The only thing that is used scissors for was the very center circle on the flower.

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I outlined the sun, grass, and flower with a neopaque crayon, used my pitt pen and new stencils from Michaels' to ad the words "way too hot,' (It was 102!) and then journaled with the pitt pen.  Pretty different from what I normally do but fun to push in a different direction for a bit!   



absolutely lovely color & content...thansk so much for sharing your process... ;)

michelle ward

whoa...what a drastic finish! i love the original ripped collage and thought that is where it would end....but you played and played and got so daring and vibrant and super fun - love that you kept torn elements as the theme. gorgeous! and YES...it's been way TOO HOT!!! thanks for sharing your pages, and your process paula!!

Julie Prichard

So rich and delicious, Paula!


Wow!! I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your interpretation of Michelle's challenge! Love your colors and the flowers and the sun...especially the colors! So fun.


ooh i love it!! It is fascinating to see how it began, until the finished product. I need to remember to do that more often :) I love the colors


Great colours! The finished page, with its rich colours, is so different to the vintage beginning. Lovely work Paula.


What an awesome page - love the colors! I agree - the texture the torn strips background created looks like it really works for this page. Stay cool!


I love it! It's nice to see the progression of your work. Delicious colors and I agree it's way too hot . . . humid etc.

Kate Robertson

I love this one. I like seeing the whole process. This is a fun challenge. I have one page dome but plan to do more before I post it. Have a wonderful weekend.

Kim Mailhot

Oh how I love these pages ! I love how you got there and the colors and those strip-y flowers ! Just gorgeous ! You rocked the Strip Ease, my friend !

Suzanne Bouchard

Love the technique, the colours, the texture and then the fun with flowers!

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