August was a month for healing and building up my stamina. Oral surgery on July 31st really sapped my energy and I have done very little crafting. I’m almost back to my regular work-out routine and finally have some time and energy left for crafting.
Inchies are 1″ x 1″ decorated squares of paper or fiber and are mini works of art – they can be painted, collaged, stamped or hand-drawn. They are sometimes traded in sets of 6, 9 or 12, but I made them for my Art Journal. I used many types of paper including watercolor paper, card stock, magazine pages, maps, sheet music, vellum, old calendars, dictionary pages, and other paper ephemera.
When I started, I thought I would do a page of inchies. I laid them out in rows of 4 but I decided rows of 5 would look better. Once I filled one page, I kept going until I completed 70 inchies. I found the small size very satisfying and delighted in coming up with different designs and embellishments.
Multicolored stripes from an ad in a magazine were used as waves in the ocean and as a cheerful background for a happy face sticker.
A scrap of paper doily inked a blue-purple became a lace fan for a sketch of a Spanish lady.
Although I used many different colors, I stuck with orange and green with some purple for my overall color theme.
I looked at things with an eye to how they might be transformed into an inchie: junk mail with a picture of an orange safety vest became a square, parts of a chocolate bar wrapper appear on three squares, and a business card for a Psychic I found on an early morning walk made two inchies with the addition of some washi tape and sequins.
I made tiny collages with layers of different paper. I searched through my scraps for little bits and pieces to use.
When I completed enough for both pages, I had to decide on the layout.
After gluing all the squares in place, I realized my little crescent moon was upside down, so I carefully peeled it off the page and put it on correctly.
I don’t know that I’ve gotten this little inchie-bug out of my system. I think maybe a birthday card made with inchies will be my next project.
Sorry for my lack of posts in August. Thank you for your support, patience and continued visits.