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Moroccan-Inspired Artwork & Sale!

Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Kristin Batsel, Moroccan Doorways Kit

Before the pretty artwork, 3 items are back in stock (all 3 have been unavailable for quite awhile… that embossed brick paper for over a year)! Really nice thick paper for walls or floors, and imported from Spain.

The first of TWO Moroccan-Themed projects is by Bella (Kimberly Ayers). Wow! I love all the color and textures in her Moroccan Nights project! That photo at right shows the inside when the piece is open (and note the depth from the niche on the right side, behind the Moonshine Frame). There’s also a niche behind the scene on the front cover!

Per the work-in-progress photos below, you can see how Bella hinged the main house pieces. For the front cover she built her own frame using curtains, a valance (at bottom) and a dome on top. (See how the niches are offset in the side-view photo? The niche on the front cover is lower than the niche on the inside.)

Clever work, Bella!

You read more about the project and see more photos on her blog post. Plus here’s Bella’s supply list. And all of the items in both supplies lists are included in today’s sale (more info below)!

Next up is a project by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel and I gotta say: I cannot believe it’s been 2 years since Kristin created this Covid-19 Journal.

Here’s a bit from Kristin’s blog post:

Like most of the world, I have been sheltering in place for the last 34 days (yes, I’m keeping count). Crafting has been great entertainment, and one might even say, therapy. Making this Covid-19 Journal certainly was that for me.

I cut up a lot of newspaper in the making of this book; the background paper for all the pages was created by gluing articles about the virus to the covers (made from a House Shaped ATC Frame Set), and each of the pages, which are thin cardboard cut to size. I gave each page a thin layer of acrylic paint, a little ink, and some paint details. The type fades into the background, but if you look closely, you can still see lots of what it says. Anyway, enough chatter, let’s look at photos.

The front cover. Hopefully this conveys the feeling of being stuck inside. I started out with just the “metal” bars, but then added the red arch to make it seem more restrictive. Even that didn’t seem enough, so I added the “call again” emergency tape. Part of the beauty of having tons of collage sheets is finding something that just works. That emergency tape is actually a small cigar band image from the Mini Cigar Box Trims Collage Sheet. Like all of the type throughout the book, with the exception of the snarky captions, the “COVID-19” title and the “shelter-in-place” type were also cut from the paper.

The expression on this face is everything. All she needed was a mask, which I drew with colored pencils on a piece of typing paper, then cut out and glued down. My light table came in handy to show the shape of her face and and enable me to make the mask fit properly.

Nice job on drawing that mask, Kristin! There are other little props through the book that Kristin added (like her favorite treats). Plus see the wide photo below for a turban that was transformed into a bath towel:

As someone who really doesn’t mind spending a lot of time at home (when it’s by choice!), I did note that other than not having the option of going out, some things hadn’t really changed. I did, however, quit using a hairdryer and wearing makeup and jewelry, and we do seem to go through the alcohol faster than usual.

Nice work integrating all the tile patterns from the Moroccan Tiles Collage Sheet as backgrounds for the text snippets, too.

You can see more photos and read more on her blog post. Plus here’s Kristin’s supply list.

NEW: Moroccan Nights SALE

This is a custom collection that includes the supplies from BOTH art projects AND some bonus items (see the first row below). All 3 of those are substitutes for items in Bella’s artwork (actually, all 6 of the preview items below are in Bella’s project). One more bonus item that’s not shown: Small Moroccan Panel!

Use coupon MOROCCAN when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection (and that even includes some clearance items)!

The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, April 23rd at midnight PST. Over 30 items!

See the entire sale collection here!

Posted by Leslie, April 21st, 2022

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