Inspired by Ellen Vargo

Published March 22, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, I managed to finish my page for this week’s PaperArtsy challenge earlier – a day ahead of the deadline, it’s a miracle! The wonderful Ellen Vargo was back as the guest designer & over three posts, she showed us a fantastic, collaged journal page & a lettering technique – with videos. I LOVE video tutorials, they’re so helpful & Ellen’s are great. I have basically copied Ellen’s’ page, using different colours, stamps, etc. (The first stage of Ellen’s page is HERE)

My chosen background colours.


I used a sheet of watercolour paper to brayer on & tried to use less paint, so that areas of each colour could still be seen.


I’m saving my pennies to buy a set of Ellen’s PA stamps at Ally Pally next month, so in the meantime I had to use something else. I chose the Mini 01 stamp from Darcy’s Eclectica range, stamped it with Watering Can & Cornflower Blue Archival, (stamping alternate rows in reverse), then stamped the swirls from Circles & Swirls 2 with Snowflake Fresco.


I stamped scraps of Fresco painted card with another PA stamp, Squiggly Mini 15, then die cut the card with the PA Tall Heart die.


Glued them in place.


Cut up the sheet at this stage, I knew what I wanted to do with it.


I used scraps from my precious stash of PaperArtsy’s Thorndon Hall papers.


And then………. Writing on the page. I was so tempted to not do this, I hate my hand writing. But I tried not to think about it & followed Ellen’s instructions. I used one of my favourite quotes, by Pablo Picasso & put the finished page into my new PA art journal.


I got two cards from the other piece……….


And this is for everyone who visits this blog, leaves comments & is always very kind & supportive of my efforts……….


Thank you also goes to Ellen for her inspiration. See you all next time.


22 comments on “Inspired by Ellen Vargo

    • Morning Jules, thank you. I used a Sakura pen. It didn’t work brilliantly, but the pale colours of my background didn’t help either. I’ve got three white pens; the Sakura, a Posca & a Uniball Signo & I never get the clear result others do with any of them.

  • Love your take on Ellen’s project and the lettering looks good. The cards work so well too. I wanted to do this project but I have been too busy playing with my Dandelions…

  • WOW! It is kind of you to make a thank you card for your followers/visitors, it is appreciated but then your blog has amazing posts and fabulous projects which is why we all come back…

    Enjoyed Ellen’s video tutorials this week, am glad you used hearts, looks amazing and makes beautiful cards. By the way your handwriting is very good! 🙂 xxx

  • Wow I love these gorgeous collages, what a fab idea to have a PA journal, and your writing looks great – I need to try this out too ‘cos my handwriting leaves a lot to be desired x

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