Friday, January 24, 2014

The Whatevers 2 & CJS 2014

Just what are "the Whatevers"?  It is a monthly commitment between Nathalie Kalbach and friends to take an old photo, give the photo a story and create a project using the photo. You can read about it here on Nat's website, n*Studio.
I have always wanted to join in on The Whatevers and decided to start this month. And I could use it for one of the challenges on Nat's Creative Jump Start 2014.  So here is my page.

And here is my story:

starring Harriet, George and Edward McCorn.

Times were tough. Money was tight.  Especially for the McCorn family. It really started when the family patriarch, Edward, just up & left one day. He told his wife, Harriet and son, George that he was going into town to sell that days eggs and milk and he was going to stop in at the Dog & Duck Tavern on his way home for a quick whiskey. He drove away in the family’s pickup, waving goodbye. That was the last time Harriet & George ever saw Edward. Rumor had it that Edward ran off with the bar wench named Trixie.
Despite the despair this caused, Harriet & George went on with their life on the farm. And when the towns annual square dance social came around, Harriet and George gussied up in their finest Sunday clothes, excited to be leaving the farm for some social interaction.  The only problem was they had no way to get to town as Edward absconded with the only mode of transportation. Determined that this would not stop them, George came up with the perfect solution - the wheelbarrow! He scrubbed and whitewashed it and loaded Harriet up and pushed her all the way to town. What a sight for the townspeople! 

“Oh George, what a good son you are! And so strong - how did you manage to push your mother all the way here?” To which George replied…..”she ain’t heavy…she’s my mother”!!! 

I started by roughly painting the page with several colors of LuminArte Twinkling H2O's. I then misted a Stencil Girl stencil (Arabesque/Nathalie Kalbach) with gold Heidi Swapp color mist. Using more stencils from Stencil Girl (Three Trees/Jessica Sporn, Calligraphy and Retro Comets/Mary Beth Shaw), I applied Liquitex modeling paste and colored the designs with metallic Pan Pastels once the paste was dry. I dripped gold and bronze Heidi Swapp color mist as well as chalk Tattered Angels Chalkboard over the page.  I randomly stamped bubble wrap with Liquitex Unbleached Titanium acrylic paint and then stamped my title with a Prima Press font in black Hero Arts ink.

Using Tim Holt's scratchy tool thing, I scratched marks along the perimeter of the photo and colored in the areas with more Twinkiling H2O's. The photo was adhered to the page on 3 sides, leaving one side open to create a pocket where my story was placed.

I will be using my Whatevers for the Stencil Girl challenge at CJS 2014.

Hope you enjoyed the tale of the McCorn family!


  1. Ohh I love this Andrene- the story and the awesome page. LOL about the transportation system to the annual square dance social - love that! You also used my Arabesque STencil- yeahhh so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  2. pretty pretty!

    here from CJS2014 Pan Pastel link page

  3. cool story and awesome background!! thanks for playing along!