Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer of Color 3 - Week 1

Dearest friends,



Summer Of Colors 3 starts this week!. I've been waiting a year for this. I had a great time at SOC last year, which themed around colorful, yummy ice-cream flavors. 

This year, Kristin of Twinkle - Twinkle, allows artists to vote for colors they love to work, every week. Hence, "Artist's Choice" :). Read about the details on her blog's here. Fun times!.

First week's theme is Citron Green & Turquoise. Here's what I plan to do for the next 6 weeks;

1. I'll make a tiny 'Gratitude' booklet each week.

2. Each week, I'll journal about one thing I'm thankful for.

3. I'll use enough muted colors for the background to allow ample space for notes. The accents, embellishments and details will follow the color prompt of the week.

4. On Week 6, I'll display all booklets that I've created. [Can't wait!]. 

5. Maybe, I'll make some kind of storage for those tiny books on the final week. [Fingers & paws crossed].

Okay, on to the next. My first week's gratitude book;


The front. This book measures only 2.5" X 3.5".

The back.

As some of you may already know, I live very close to a small forest. I enjoy listening to the birds every day, especially in the mornings. I dedicate this to the lovely birds :).


Accordion folded linen, bound in the middle with a fiber.

A simple knot for closure.


 I sewed turquoise & white lace ribbons on the covers, lined with citron & white beads.

My first attempt at using neon color beads & thread (citron green). I'm just a little braver, following tips from Let's Get Trendy Now!3 - Neon!. [Yvonne, you got to love me for trying, *wink]. 


Used the tiniest neon beads I could find in my stash.


I stamped with gesso on a few pages, mostly to add layers & texture. Can you spot it here on the linen?


 Sewed white beads on some other pages, for dimension.


Let's take a peek inside the book;

I wrote the notes with black pigment pen.

I love stitching on plastic, so I added a clear pocket with tiny silk flowers. It's like looking at nature from my window :).

Read here and here to see how I made this.


First drew a bird in pencil, colored in with watercolor, then doodled over with black pigment pen. 

That's all to it. I can't wait to visit you all & see what you created this week. Have a great day!. HUGS.

P/S : If you're looking for more fun things to do;
Look no where else, check out amazing projects, trendy tips & play along the challenges at Let's Get Trendy Now!3 workshop.

Link up your projects by the end of June, AND win yourself some trendy prizes too. Good luck!

75 comments:

  1. that is mind blowingly amazing... this is going to form the most stunning collection by the end... can't wait to see the next one...xx

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  2. I always love your creation, you give such careful thoughts to every tiny bits of details, you are a wonderful, talented crafter Shahrul!

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  3. Your gratitude book is amazing! It is a beautiful idea and after the SOC you will have a very Special Kind of art. I love this and the idea behin it.
    hugs
    erika

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  4. Gorgeous! Love the lace and tiny beads.

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  5. Thank you for commenting my little scrumble - I am overwhelmed by your book - wonderful, wonderful. Those colours and your work, amazing. I am glad that I found you.

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  6. Shahrul, I'm so LOOOOVING this idea, anything made about being grateful is a favorite for me. OMG, this is the sweetest little book, how tiny and creative. I also LOVE your first choice, birds are amazing and say summer when they are around. Great job on the tiny beads and the drawing and colors!! Beautiful! It will be so neat to see them all together at the end and YES, you must make something amazing to put them in. I have my fingers crossed!!

    LOVE that trendy class, I learned so much from it. Anyone who hasn't should stop by and check out all the amazing and fun ideas shared there.

    Have a great day, so glad we are doing SOC together this year. HUGS!

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  7. This is wonderful, so many beautiful fabrics and textures. Love it!

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  8. wow this is gorgeous and such a wonderful idea for the SOC.
    Hugs Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Breathtakingly, amazingly beautiful! Wonderful concept and creation! <3

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  10. Your little book is just darling. I would never have the patience for all that needle work. Your piece is so unique. I look forward to seeing your next project.

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  11. gorgeous creation! love all the details!

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  12. This is beautiful beyond words! So much of texture, so sweet and so full of positivity! Love it!

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  13. Wow ! Its fabulous the neon lace n fiber stand out so beautifully on linen and the silk flowers in clear pocket are just wow !

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  14. Oh my goodness, this is totally awesome. It is just beautiful. Lots of detail in this little book and what a great idea. Looking forward to the next one. Thanks.

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  15. This is absolutely beautiful. I love all of the details that you have included. Such a wonderful idea. I am so glad you visited today.

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  16. Charming little book. Love the details.

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  17. Okay, seriously?! This is SO amazing, I love the concept, the execution and the little drawn bird. The gesso does create lovely texture and the stitched pocket is so beautiful. I'm in love with this and am eager to see them all come together! xoxo

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  18. What a wonderful idea. I like it very muvh!
    ManonX

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  19. Oh My Dear, just an exquisite beginning!!!
    Can't wait for the next.........

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  20. So whimsical and sweet ... just divine. xo

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  21. Wow oh wow, this is wonderful. Great idea and so charming, looking forward to the next one!

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  22. This is so absolutely fabulous!

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  23. Wow! Wow! Wow!

    What an amazing project.... it is simply stunning.

    Karen x

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  24. this is awesome!! so much detail. i am inspired :)

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  25. Gorgeous book, love all the fabric and love birdsong too. Twinchies are just 2 inch square pieces of art, only constraint is the size. BJ SOC#2

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  26. Your little book is just so beautiful.

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  27. what a gorgeous little fabric book! I'm looking forward to seeing more :)

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  28. this is amazing..love this sweet little book :)

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  29. Your little gratitude journal is so gorgeous. I always love seeing the journal creations. They do inspire me..

    Hugs~

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  30. Shahrul, your book is absolutely amazing, beautiful and so, so wonderful! I love it!!!!!

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  31. Oh wow. You do amazing things with fabric and thread girl. Love those tiny little beads you added. And kudos on using neon! :)

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  32. Totally adore your interpretation for the challenge. Love it! :)

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  33. I'm stunned, your book is so beautiful, love every little bit of it!
    xx

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  34. What a beautiful little book - I love your delicate and pretty work - the little bird is exquisite. That's a lovely idea, making six books each with something you are thankful for - I love your first sentiment - I would hate a world without bird song.

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  35. This 8s wondetful...a great loving piece...x

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  36. How very sweet this little book is! You've done a wonderful job with the stitching and painting and construction of this little beauty! Great idea to make a book for each week.

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  37. This is amazing, if it was a contest, you'd win!

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  38. Absolutely beautiful! Very Nice Work! Tee

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  39. Your gratitude journal looks amazing.I love all the tiny details you've put into it.
    Susan

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  40. beautiful and inspiring creation.Great work!! Thank you for sharing

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  41. That just could not be sweeter...

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  42. Oh my gosh. A most fabulous idea. Your book is divine. So precious. They will all look fantastic together in six weeks!!

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  43. This is a simply beautiful little book. Blessings!

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  44. What a beautiful and wonderful way to create for the citron/turquoise SOC challenge. I would never have thought of making such a lovely boo, but I shall be back to see how you made it, and I hope you will not mind if I treat myself to making one too. And what a lovely gift this would make for a friend. Lovely.

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    1. Hi, Jez :). I'm so pleased that you're inspired by this book. Yes, please do make little books to make someone's smile, enough LOVE to share around, right??. HUGS.

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  45. Oh I just adore what you are doing with this challenge...your gratitude book is amazing...Love It!!

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  46. It's gorgeous Niza...love the different tech that you have used. Yes, nature's bounty is something that one has to be grateful about. I have series in that name :)
    ps: Thanks for dropping by :)

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  47. I don't think I am able to express just how much i love this! It is awesome and very well put together. I can't wait to see the other ones you create!

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  48. Oh Shahrul - this is totally wonderful! What a delight to find your blog - thank you Summer of Color link magic!

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  49. What a great idea the books at the end of the challenge will be such a cool set! I love all of the details.The sewn plastic idea is very cool too I want to use that in one of my art journals!
    Thank you for your wonderful comment about my daughters work she's come by to say hi too.
    Cat:This is beautiful,I love little books!:)

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    1. Hello, little Cat :). Happy that you visited. HUGS.

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  50. You are so amazing. This little book is beautiful beyond words. So are you...

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  51. What a wonderful series you're creating! Beautiful work.

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  52. Oh this is so beautiful, I can't wait to see what you add next!! Brilliant!!

    Hug Giggles

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  53. This is lovely--so delicate and meaningful. Great mixed media piece.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog!

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  54. I love your little book, and your idea for 6 books to span the summer. Your work is beautiful! Wonderful project.

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  55. Hello Shahrul and warm thanks for visiting
    my blog! I'm really glad I found yours that way, too!

    Your art looks really amazing. The tiny books are such a great idea and you did it so beautifully. Love the turquoise lace and especially the plastic pocket with flowers. That's an idea I really want to try!

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  56. I sure do spot that subtle gesso stamping on the linen. Soooooo beautiful! Love the pops of color with the blues and greens, too.

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  57. THis is the sweetest little book ever, I just love it!

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  58. oh my gosh this is absolutely gorgeous!! I can't even say enough about it; it's just wonderful!

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  59. This is gorgeous! Love what you did with the colors and love the little touches!

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  60. I'm sitting here shaking my head and smiling at what I see on your blog. You really do continue to make the world a more beautiful place. :)
    hugs to you,
    Lisa xx

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  61. Waw!!! So beautiful! I'm really looking forward to see the other books you are going to make!

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  62. your book is beautiful! I can't wait to see what else you create!

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  63. Wow! hat a pretty little book with so many perfect details - love the idea of gesso on linen, the pop of color from the tiny beads against the lace and that gorgeous bird - love it all! Can't wait to see the next one! :o)x

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  64. GORGEOUS!!! That bird is beyond amazing, I'm in awe... And I totally love the plastic pocket with flowers. You know, the way you mix all the different techniques is so creative. The painting combined with needlework and stamping, and so on. Very inspiring. Hugs!

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  65. Woah, this is crazy beautiful! You did an amazing job!

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