Next I sat down with a couple old magazines and started cutting out the pictures that interested me. I tried to cut them a little smaller than the cards. I also went through some old scraps of paper, tissue paper and some pieces of my art that I would not be sad to see cut up and reused in this project. When I had 52 or more things I got busy and started gluing them to the front sides of the cards.
The edges of the cards were too perfect so I decided to mix up a little gesso with some paint and quickly brushed it down some of the edges.
I always find that some black makes everything else really pop so smooshed some black acrylic paint on some of the cards in just a few places.
The next step was to head over to the internet and do some searching. I wanted quotes, sayings and little messages of encouragement or helpful tips. There is no shortage of those on-line. I wrote the best ones down, making sure that I didn't go wider or longer than the cards with my writing. Then I started gluing these on the cards. This is when I discovered that some of the cards had "art" on them that I just didn't want to cover up so I picked the side that I liked the best and glued the quotes on to the other side. The white paper looked out of place so I made some very thin watercolor washes and brushed that white away. I also dabbed my finger into some Distress Ink and rubbed that over the edges.
I still have some cards without quotes glued on them and I think I'm going to write directly on those with my markers or white pens. That way more color will show and I can experiment with different pens.
So now I have 52 Inspiration cards, one for every week.
I can toss them into a bowl and pull one out every Monday to give myself
something to think about during that week.
I can punch a hole in the top corner and slide them onto a ring to flip through
when I need a little inspiration or
I can give them away.