Monday, August 20, 2012

Design Principles Class - Applying What We've Learned - Lesson 1

This morning before work I had some time to myself to squeeze in some crafting.  I thought I'd work on the cards from the Design Principles Class that I'm taking.  These were two quick cards that focus on the theories and principles that we learned in the first class.

The first card here focuses on things we learned about colour and line. I never really thought too much about colour before, but having being introduced now to the colour wheel and how to use it properly it's pretty darn cool!

Supplies Used:
Paper - Echo Park Cardstock
Distress Ink - Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky, Broken Chine, Shaded Lilac
Stamp - The Stamps of Life "Mums2Love"
Ink - Jenni Bowlin "Spiced Tin"
Tools - Amercian Crafts "Knock Outs" Interchangeable Border Punch
Embellishments - Hero Arts "Pearls and Gems"

The second card focuses on texture, in this case visual texture (stamping pink ink on pink cardstock, and using copics to create coloured texture in the stamped image)

Supplies Used:
Paper - Echo Park Cardstock
Inks - Distress Ink "Picked Raspberry", Memento Tuxedo Black
Background Stamp - Market Street Stamps "Pretty Perfect Grid"
Stamps - The Stamps of Life "Penguins4Christmas"
Tools - Kiwi Lane Design Templates (circle), WRMK Corner Chomper

Texture is something we usually assume is tangible, in that it's the way something feels to the touch, but in this case it was cool to learn how to create visual texture. I've never used this technique before with my copics. It's hard to photograph, but on the present there are subtle stripes on the blue wrapping and brighter pink dots on the ribbon.

Textured colouring. The sequins were part of Britta's Design Principles Kit

There's still lots of time to grab a seat for Britta's class! Head over HERE to find out more details!


The Paper Girls Challenge #14 - Get Messy!!

It's challenge time again! I feel like I haven't participated in one in a little bit. (summer hols)

Our team member, Amber, challenged us to get messy with our projects. We could use mists, inks, paints, anything we could think that would be fun and messy to use!

At first I wasn't sure if I would have time to put something together but this challenge does coincide with an art journal/reference book I have been working on alongside an online class I've been taking.

Right now at Britta Swiderski's blog, there is an online class called Design Principles. It's a fantastic class that she is teaching all about the definitions of design and how to apply them into crafting. Each class we make a tag to put together into a booklet so that we can go back and reference what we have been learning. If you're interested in joining check out her blog for info --->HERE

Starting out as plain manilla tags, I used many colours of Distress Inks, water, stamps, embossing powder and washi tape to decorate them. I made the seven tags over the weekend while catching up from vacation so the end result was very messy, inky and stained fingers!
(you can see all the tags HERE)

Inspiration University - Design Principles Class Booklet with Britta Swiderski

Head on over to our blog, The Paper Girls Challenge to see everything that our team created and to find out how you can enter a "Messy" project of your own for a chance to win a prize!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Inspiraton University - Design Principles Class

It's been quite a while since I've done any crafting. We've been busy this summer! Aren't we all? lol
At the beginning of June an opportunity arose to become cottage owners and we were absolutely thrilled when everything went through! So most of July and August have been spent by the lake relaxing, boating and swimming (and cleaning and organizing our new space!)....but more about that soon....

About a year ago I came across Britta's youtube channel and I have loved watching all of her tutorials. The first ones I was introduced to were the No Stress Distress Inks series which spawned my love of my Distress Inks! Since then I have learned lots of different bits and pieces and was so excited to hear when she was going to start an online Design Class!

Growing up I never really considered myself overly artistic in the traditional crafty sense. I loved playing music on piano and flute and adored being on stage with various theatre classes but when it came down to crafty just say I never was the one to excel. So all through school I pored over maths and sciences to get through college and left the creative things to the side. (See here)

Since I started paper crafting I've been stretching that part of my brain again and love it!! I may not be amazing at it, but I am hoping that the Design Principles classes with Britta will teach me some new techniques and understand the basics in designing my cards and layouts.

So far we are six classes into the course and I am loving how much I have learned so far! Over the weekend I played catch up a bit. Summer holidays have kept me from crafting so I've been reading along and watching the videos and soon I hope to find some time to apply what we've been learning in class. Along with the classes and tutorials we're also working on creating a quick reference guide book. Each class has a tag that we can use kind of like study notes that we can go back to at anytime, and it kinda looks like an art journal too which is fun!

Here's my tags so far:

Title Page

Class One

Class 2
Class 3

Class 4

Class 5
Class 6

The Whole Booklet So Far

 If you're interested in joining in the classes you can still participate and have access to them all. Head on over to Britta Swiderski's blog and all the info is there :)
My plan soon is to have a post with the cards that I make that apply the principles we have been learning.
Stay tuned!!