Inspired by France Papillon, Days One and Three

Published May 18, 2013 by isisimaginings

Happy Saturday everyone, hope you’re having a great weekend.  I’ve had a busy day & shall be spending the rest of the evening on the sofa, but first I’d like to show you my piece for this week’s challenge on the PaperArtsy blog.  France Papillon’s projects this week were fantastic, with lots of layers & textures.

I combined the techniques from days one & three by cutting a piece of PaperArtsy’s grey board in half & making a sort of shrine thingy.  It wasn’t my intention, but I ended up copying what France did, almost completely, hope she’ll forgive me.

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Here’s the front cover.  I can’t believe I actually sewed – by hand! –  on one of my projects.  I’ve had a length of poly cotton in my stash for almost a year & kept meaning to use it.  No excuses this time.  I cut the hinges out of grunge paper using a PaperArtsy die, added PA Grunge Paste & painted them with French Roast, Little Black Dress & Claret fresco paints, finishing with treasure gold.


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This was after I stamped onto two sheets of Kraft Glassine with a stamp from PA set HP1107.


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This is the inside.  I’d had a discussion on Twitter with France & Nicky about what to use to create texture.  France used gauze with great effect & I didn’t have any.  I found a piece of thick plastic on my desk, I can’t remember where it came from, but I thought I’d give it a go.


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This is it with the grunge paste on & below you can see the texture it created.


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The grunge paste didn’t adhere very well to the plastic, so I added a layer of Satin Glaze on top & left it to dry overnight.  It’s better, but I have a feeling this particular project won’t last forever.

(If you’d like to know more about Grunge Paste, Leandra has posted links to a series of videos on the PA blog today).


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The word stamps are Chocolate Baroque’s Artistic Expressions & Artistic Affirmations sets.  The heart is the Tall Heart PaperArtsy die.


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France added more grunge paste through a stencil directly onto her journal pages, but I put mine onto a scrap of white card & roughly tore pieces before gluing them on.  And no, I could not resist adding more treasure gold.

That’s it for  now.  I am very grateful for all the kind comments I’ve received on my projects recently, thank you again.  Until next time,

Love & light.

11 comments on “Inspired by France Papillon, Days One and Three

  • This is brilliant Kirsten. I especially love the heart on the wire mesh background and the texture you have achieved with your improvisation is fabulous. Your colours work really well too. Oh, and well done on the hand sewing, lol!

    Lesley Xx

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