Saturday 21 July 2012

Childhood memories

The theme for this month's postcard swap on UK Stampers is "childhood".

If anybody picked a random day in my childhood and took a peek, they'd probably see a little girl with slightly red hair, pale skin and her nose in a book. I'd be surprised if there were many days that didn't involve reading somewhere along the line.

So I picked one of my favourite Crafty Secrets stamps and, inspired by a memory of a make-over by Sophie LaFontaine, I turned the little boy into a little girl!

I started with a page from a story book stuck to some card and lightly covered with gesso. There's a local business that sells packs of paper ephemera, mostly pages resuced from books that are not fit to be sold on in their entirety - this is a page from one of those packs.

The wording and swirls are stamped directly onto the page, the little reader was stamped, coloured, cut out and stuck on. I used watercolour crayons to add some background colour in the doodled circle - I thought the colour could represent the colourful world of the imagination bringing the words to life.

Story of Me (Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets)
Big Inspiration and Storybook (both CHF, retired)
Paper: Book page and smooth white
Ink: Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)
Copic markers
Neocolour II watersoluble pastels
Corner Chomper

Thanks for stopping by!


Christine said...

That's a lovely postcard! I hope it comes my way....

Kath said...

It's lovely, Joanne. That would suit my childhood too. I had to wait until I was 7 to join the library! :)

Dawn said...

What a lovely card Joanne, defo with you on the reading theme, lol my house is stuffed to the rafters with books! What company sells the ephemera packs? Sounds very intriguing.
Hugs x

Effie said...

That's a lovely postcard....

Anonymous said...

Clever transvestite touch. :-) Clever whole thing. Love it. I've had my Gesso for years but never used it. Seeing what you did with it gave me just the inspiration I needed.


Karen said...

Awe, that could be me too :) This is lovely Joanne x

Sophie LaFontaine said...

I JUST saw this!!!! Now I have a huge warm fuzzy!!!!!!!!!