Wednesday, August 6, 2014

More Seth

Hi everyone!  It's been quiet around the blog lately.  We've been having the most wonderful weather and I've been taking advantage of it and working my garden.  Usually by this time of the summer the heat and humidity are oppressive and I water pots early in the morning and spend the rest of the day out of the sun.  But, this year we are having wonderfully uncharacteristic weather and I'm loving it!

I've been wanting to share some of the other projects that my daughter and I did in the weekend of Seth Apter classes that we took at The Queen's Ink.  I shared the Majestic Medallions in a post here.  The next class was "52 Card Pick Up".  Our homework was to cover both sides of a deck of 52 playing cards with black gesso and have them ready for class.  We brought paint and glaze and sprays to class.  Seth also wanted us to bring stamps, stencils and ephemera.  The first step was to paint, very quickly, each of the cards, both front and back, with whatever colors we wanted.  Once that was done we added a layer of paint that had glaze added to it.  I'm not a fast worker so this was all a challenge for me.  But, I got all my cards painted and glazed and then the fun began.  Some of us (me) hated what the cards looked like when we were finished with the painting but Seth assured us that we wouldn't hate them for long!  And that was true!  We added stencils and sprays and splatters of paint, along with stamps and ephemera.   It changed the appearance of the cards entirely.  Here are some of the ones that I finished in class and also some that I worked on at home.

I love using an old credit card to make hash marks on the cards.  And, I love using stencils with sprays.  The white flower and the damask stencil pattern in the picture above is Dylusions White Linen spray.  Because of the glaze on the card it beads up rather than giving full coverage. Unfortunately I couldn't capture in the pictures the glimmer that some of the sprays I'm using on the cards.    Here are some details.

As you can see I've had a great time, both in class and now at home, embellishing these cards.  Seth suggests using them for journaling, one a week for the year.  But, I'm embellishing both sides and I'm going to put them together as a collection of art cards.  Seth gave each of us mat board covers cut to size and suggests tying them all together with a ribbon or fabric strip.  I think that's what I will be doing with mine. 
Thank you for visiting me today.  I hope you have a wonderful day and get to do something creative.  


  1. those are awesome! I love the richness of the patterns and how free flowing they are!

  2. These are so creative! I could see these hung around a small mirror, creating a frame of sorts. Loving your artistry here, and today WAS gorgeous!

  3. Hi Maryanne! I am glad that you are enjoying your summer! I absolutely love what you and your daughter have made during your classes!!!! Your pages are fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us! HUGS to you!!!!

  4. These are beautiful - I love the effects you've achieved, and I love the colour palette too. I'm quite envious that you get to so many wonderful classes, I wish some of these artists would come to the UK! Lovely, lovely work.

  5. Your cards keep getting better and better Maryanne. I love the depth you created and am glad to hear that you are still enjoying the process!

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