You may be wondering what cluster art is. Actually, I wondered that, too! Hahaha! Our swap group Creative Crafty Friends is currently working on cluster art and I didn’t know what that meant. I went to YouTube (of course) and watched a short clip and got straight to work. Let me show you what I made.
For cluster art you need a lot of little papers. Small in dimension. Think a couple inches by a couple inches. Mathematical genius at work here. Hahahahaha! Several years ago I thought I wanted to get into pocket scrapbooking and I purchased all these little stacks of paper. I never really got into pocket scrapbooking but I really liked the little papers and I’ve kept them safe in this drawer. It is convenient to be able to just pull the drawer out when I am working on ATCs or a project that needs “small.” So bring out the drawer I did.
I needed to make three cluster pieces for the swap and I thought I might like to work with a theme. The card that really caught my attention was the one that reads “Don’t be crabby” hahaha! These are the pieces I selected to build my three clusters.
Next, I sorted them into three stacks of pieces I thought would work well together. I knew I wouldn’t use all the pieces of paper, but I had a good assortment to make the three pieces happen. My theme? The beach.
You will probably notice this is a top view of a stack of books. What does that have to do with my theme of the beach? Well if you squint, these could look like a boardwalk. Yes?
So I ripped off the spines of the books and inked the edges. Also scuffed some ink over the paper surface to age my boards a bit.
Looking for a bit of texture and something to detract further from the book look, I brought out this ATC stencil.
Using my dab and stab technique, I added some texture with the cattail color of Dyestress Ink Pads.
And I kept inking and layering.
Another boardwalk piece of paper and the word block. I love it! But not quite finished yet. I had the beach theme to carry across all three clusters, but I wanted one more detail to carry through.
I had these cute little flowers in my embellishments box. And I had it in three different colors 🙂 I attached this one with a Zots dot.
And cluster #3. Each were made using the same steps. And I was able to make all three in the space of about 30 minutes. I have so many projects going on right now, I needed to be able to make these quickly. I have no idea how they will be used by the swapper I send them to, but I am curious to find out! I can see me using clusters in my art journaling. Now that I know what a cluster is. Hahahahaha!
Have a great week!