Friday, October 5, 2012

You never know what you will find

This morning we went into town to do a little bit of shopping.  While I was waiting for the chemist to fill scripts, I went next door to the opportunity shop to have a little look see.  Whilst I was beowsing, I saw some old knitting machine cards.  You know, from those knitting machines we all thought were really great in the '70s?  I didn't think much about it, but as I was looking at them I had a what if moment.
These are some of the cards.  They are made of a thin white plastic and have little holes punched in patterns all over them.
These were out drying after I had used them.  You can probably guess what I did by the state they are in.
I suppose that is how those old machines worked out what to knit.  They reminded me of the key punch cards I had to use at university to write programs for computer science, lol.  No keyboards and mouses in those days!
Anyway, I couldn't wait to get home with them.  I got out my journals and paints and went to work!
I used them as stencils!  And wow what great stencils!  These ones above were the first ones I did, with my dobber bottles and you can see my techniques was not great.
I used my stamp pads for these, and although they are sharp, they are not even - and used a lot of ink!
These were done using diluted acrylic paint in spray bottles, and they worked really well.
Here are some more - absolutely fabulous, if I do say so myself.
Of course after I sprayed them, there was a ton of paint on the top, so waste not want not,
I turned the cards over and stamped with them, getting a positive image as well.  I loved this one, it looked a bit like lace.
And here I stamped a whole lot on one page.  I am really liking these and sure I will use them in my journals a lot.  They are about 5 by 12 inches, so quite large.  I wonder what all those lovely dots would look like stencilled on sheer organza!  Or any fabric for that matter!
I showed my hubby what I had done and he suggested that I could make more of them with different designs with my silhouette as well.  What a creative hubby I have!

So I am quite happy with my 50 cent purchase this morning.  That is why I love junk shops. 
You never know what you will find, or what you can use it for.

Happy creating!







4 comments:

  1. Wow! What a great find.I love the positive stamped images.

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  2. Brilliant idea! I like them any which way, layered or not. This could get addictive! I have loads of ugly fabric, and now its spring its time to give them a facelift. Thank you for the nudge!

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  3. What a wonderful example of "repurpose". I'll bet you could crate more with a hole punch. Some punches create shaped holes like stars, crescents. Wow those would look "groovy"

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  4. A great reuse, recycle project with such promising results. Go for it.

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