"Define It" by Sharon

Sharon loves letter forms and words in addition to being a mixed-media artist.  She was recently a guest artist in Stamper's Sampler summer issue featuring her amazing cards along with a wonderful interview.  She altered an existing calendar for "Define It" giving each participating artist an opportunity to use images, photos and rubber stamping to define their chosen letter.  I selected the letter "P" for Pisces.  I so enjoyed working in her book! 
I love the idea of altering an existing calendar and I'm now inspired to alter one from my personal stash!

I adhered blue mulberry paper to represent water.
Loved using my Pisces stamp!  I added star embellishments everywhere there was a star in the stamp design.  To emphasize the theme, I added text using a label gadget.
The images of the bathing beauties are from Graphic 45. 
The fish man is one of my favorite rubber stamp images.  He so much fun to dress in different clothes which takes a bit of fussy cutting and planning but worth all the effort!
I think Sharon will especially enjoy the collage work on this page.  It was fun adding different textures.
This was my last page - Sharon requested that we do four pages.  I added the yarn to the edges of each page and sewed tabs using the extra canvas from the background I used on the 1st page.  I dyed the canvas material using Tim Holtz sprays and stencils several years ago for a major project.  I have small sizes left that I enjoy using in my art.  My stash is almost depleted and I will need to take time to do more.   It's a messy process and I like doing a bunch so I have a supply on hand.
The odd shapes are from a piece of jewelry that I took apart.  I think they make interesting "pretend" stones or shells.  I added bling where the hole was drilled.


Sharon said...

Sara, I cannot wait for this book to come home! Your work looks beautiful! I love that you added lots of texture to your pages. Thank you so much for doing four pages!!! Much love to you! sharon (inkybru)

Sharon said...

Sara, I now have my book back and in my hands! I am thrilled that you worked on the letter "P". I was so hoping you would do a page or two on Pisces! I know that's your sign and I love your sea-themed art works! The ribbon-sewn edges are beautiful. I love all the shades of blues and greens you managed to use on these pages without any clashes whatsoever. The beautiful Pisces image on top of the inked and dyed swatch of muslin is so gorgeous. The tiny rhinestone stars around the fish really make it a stand-out image. I love that you put the definition on dyed piece that looks similiar to the shaving cream paper technique. How did you get that ink to stand out? It feels like it has been embossed. The "By the Sea" photos are too darling! And your Mr. Fish image is fabulous! He must really be enjoying gazing at those bathing beauties! LOL The mulberry paper and the map image really give that page an underwater feel. The shell page is wonderful as well with the mulberry paper and map image. Love that you made a frame around the shells with the polka dot paper...another under water feel. ") The last page with the school of fish is so well done with all the sakes of blue ink that you used. And I love those epoxy bubbles you use! Is the compass image a stencil? Love it! The pieces you have attached to the bottom of the page really give the illusion of sea rocks. And I really like it that you used some of your dyed muslin to make tabs for these pages.......and you sewed them on! These pages have everything I love! Oh, and the silver fish and swirl charms tied onto the ends of the ribbons.....perfect! Thank you so much, dear friend, for so much work on these pages. I will cherish them always! Much love to you, Sharon