One-Layer Wednesday: Punctuation was posted yesterday. Please scroll down if you missed it!
In my ninth-grade English class, each student had to explicate a different poem assigned by the teacher. Caroline Finklea was assigned the lovely poem "The Chambered Nautilus." I wanted that poem. Instead, the teacher assigned to me the following by William Carlos Williams:
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
I'm still bitter about that bit of poetic unfairness. Caroline was a beautiful cheerleader; I was ... not. She got the lyrical poem, and I got a 16-word poem about chickens that lacked punctuation and capitalization. It wasn't until graduate school that I could appreciate Williams' genius, but even now, I laugh when I read "white chickens." For some reason, I think of Chaucer's Nun's Priest's Tale of Chauntecleer the Rooster and his white lady Pertelot, with her sexy red eyes. Bwaaahaaahaaa!
But I digress into my literature geek self, and you come here for LateBlossom the Simple Stamper. Today's card is my ode to the chambered nautilus.
Chalk, used in this very basic way, is ridiculously easy. I used a pom-pom attached to an alligator clip to rub the brown chalk onto the stamped image, then cut it out and popped it up on the woven stamped background, which reminds me of a net. The sentiment is from SU's Happy Harmony.
A few basic, beginner tips regarding chalk....
1. Using pom-poms and alligator clips to apply chalk is much nicer than using make-up applicators. You can use tiny pom-poms to do finer detail or bigger pom-poms to cover larger areas.
2. You can blend chalks and layer colors for shading but I've never done it. I have about 48 colors of chalk, and usually use them as I did on the card above: the easiest way possible.
3. If you mess up chalks or get chalk where you don't want it on a card, just use a clean white eraser gently to remove it. It's really very forgiving.
4. If you rub chalks firmly into cardstock and blow off the excess, it'll stay put for ordinary use without sealing. If you really don't want the chalk to rub off or smear, you can use hairspray to seal it. I did this once, but it made the card smell funny, so I never did it again. *chuckle* If you want to get serious about sealing chalk, use an artist's spray fixative. I also have that, but it's toxic, requires good ventilation, and stinks. I don't recommend it.
stamps: Hero Arts, SU Happy Harmony
ink: Memories wheat (for background), Palette dark chocolate
paper: PTI white
accessories: chalk, dimensional
BTW, for anyone who follows Lost, you might enjoy yesterday's post on Questioning my Intelligence.