Sunday, August 12, 2012


I found an intriguing picture of Sherlock Holmes in a magazine ad, and promptly cut it out.  I had read about using magazine figures as silhouettes and had even seen this technique used by other artists, but had never tried it.  When I recently visited my sister on Cape Cod, I accompanied her to the "transfer station" (aka the "dump") and found what is called a Swap Shop.  It was a free-standing building and inside were shelves and tables of usable goods and things of interest--all for free.  This was "one man's trash is another man's treasure" come to life!  Well, I spied the magazine rack and the rest is history!

So, back to Sherlock.  I used torn book pages (also picked up two books while in the Swap Shop) and adhered them to my page using ModPodge.  Next, since the ModPodge wasn't quite dry, when I placed my silhouette into position, it conveniently clung to my page.  I covered the page with black ink using a Tim Holtz applicator, hoping to create what I imagined would be a smoky aura of mystery--ok, that didn't work *quite* as I imagined it!

The title of this page came from the expression that explains the unexplainable, those things of mystery:  THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO, HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! 

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  1. Great idea and cleaver idea for the page. Wish we had the "Swap Shop" at our dump.

  2. I love it, Kay! And a swap shop? What a wonderful find! Keep the posts coming! -nitzah

  3. But it i s a somoky aura of mystery!! Well done!!

  4. Such a clever idea Kay and also love this sentiment! I think your project came out really well! Experimenting and playing and having fun is what it's all about!

  5. I think you accomplished your air of mystery just fine, Kay. Love the silhouette! I must try that myself!


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