One Little Word ~ Focus


This year I’m joining in with Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class. Choosing a word to keep close for a year becomes an interesting excursion in thought, intention, and desire. I auditioned quite a few words before realizing “Focus” is the right one for me for the coming year.

I bought an unfinished top hat at Michael’s last month (didn’t you?) thinking it might be fun to alter for the New Year. I used Tim Holtz’s Tissue Tape and several Sizzix dies (Harlequin border, ticket, and Carnivale alphabet strip.)

Here it is soon after I got started:

And later in the process, when I’d figured out how best to deal with the brim:

A thin coat of Ranger’s Glue & Seal was perfect to provide a little ‘stick’ for the TT. I’ve taken classes with Tim where he’s explained why it’s low-tac ~ it comes on a roll, so it has to be low-tac or else it would stick to itself.

I thought Dylusions Ink Sprays would be the easiest colorant, but the TT resisted, so I went with Color Wash, and it still resisted… but Ranger’s Archival Inks did the job. I applied Manganese Blue with an Ink Blending Tool, using various degrees of pressure to vary my color.

I really like how the TT layers look, and the way the Harlequin border formed my hat band:

I dyed a trinket pin with Pitch Black Alcohol Ink to hold my ticket:


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