Crusade 45 was very time consuming for me, but well worth the work. Michelle Ward knows what she's doing!! This month's GPP Street Team challenge was to copy an existing background a few times and work them up differently.
I took my scraped Ward Boards from C44 and copied them onto decent weight paper. These sat around for awhile buried under a bunch of Halloween stuff. So while cleaning up some googley-eyes that the small man and I were glueing onto pipe-cleaner spiders (yes, this is my real life)...two of them plopped out onto one of the copies and suddenly the forms became faces to me.
So I worked at one of the copies exploring these characters and then re-arranged my earlier painted boards and did a couple more blobular folk. They're a funky hybrid between aliens and snowmen.
For the second copy I dug out the masks from scraping C44 and sewed them onto the blank portion of the edge in a loopy fashion. Then I did my typical freestyle detailing that I never get sick of while listening to this podcast.
What I came away with from this exercise is that it's not a bad idea to make a copy of something just to work out a prototype of what you want to do on the "real" one. It totally added an extra layer of freedom to the journaling because there was really no worry about ruining it as well as giving me a practice run before committing something to my chip board pages.
So thanks once again Michelle -- how cool are you?