Tuesday, 31 May 2011

To doodle or not to doodle

Hi. In my journal post I mentioned that I'd used waste from cutting out shapes on my page but didn't actually explain how so let me put that right. If you feel nervous about doodling on a page then this idea might just help.
I created this bee by using the waste from the cut out as a template and stencilled the bee shape with some shimmering watercolour paint. When it was dry I traced the outline with a black pen.
I used the detail on the actual cutout as a guide of the other details to add to my sketch. If you don't have a digital cutter then you might own a die cut machine like the one I used to cut out these flower shapes from some grungepaper.
You can see from the paint around them that I've already used them as a stencil on another project but because the grungepaper is fairly sturdy they make a great template to draw around and that's what I did here with some doodled flowers.
Another idea for using cut out waste is to use it as a negative image as I've done here with the birds sat on a line.

I think sometimes to make the best of any cut out shape you have to get a bit creative.

This angel wing appears on a card I was asked to make but I wasn't quite sure how to feature the double wing shape. So after I'd opened up the software I got rid of the cut out parts on one side of the wing and cut it out. I added a tiny bit of glitter and folded the solid part of the wing behind the cut out part to give it a bit of dimension. Although this is on a card it would look brilliant on a journal page.

I hope I've given a few ideas I have to say I now love doodling. I'll be back soon to share some of my journal pages that I had a lot of fun creating over the weekend.

Happy Creating.

6 comments:

Wrightboysmum said...

You're on a journaling roll. That machine was well worth it's bargain price. Great stuff.

Sian said...

Clever! I especially like the way you used the flower shape as the base for your doodle, and it's great to see someone getting good use out of their cutting machine

Winnie said...

I never thought of using the negative as a doodle template, that's very creative!

alexa said...

I love the way you've used the negative shapes, and you're clearly a bit of a whizz on the old cutting machine too...

Sandra said...

OOhhh I adore what you've done here. My head is a buzz with all the images I've downloaded recently from the silhoutte site.

I so love your work.

Sarah H said...

such a good idea to use the negative of a cut out - very inspirational!