Do you know the theory called ‘Six Degrees of Separation’? It says that any two people are separated by only six people. So if I know Maury Povich and you know me, then you’re one degree of separation from him, but if you know the guy who cuts my hair that adds a degree. And so on. Well, here’s my story when it comes to the late, fabulously talented artist/designer Laurel Burch:
I taught at a college in Dallas in the 1980s. One of my students moved to California when she finished our graphic design program and got a job as Laurel’s personal assistant! It sounded like the best gig ever – product development, travel, and when they were in the studio another employee brought in a homemade lunch. (I always thought that having lunch arrive with no work on my part would be the ultimate luxury, don’t you?) So here I am, only one degree from Laurel Burch, alas, someone I never got to meet but always admired.
Here are the easy steps for creating your own Blossoming Woman projects:
1. Pick a color palette and gather supplies that fall within it, or don’t pre-plan and just let things unfold!
2. Choose your favorite coloring medium, or mix several.
3. Stamp in a dark color on white or any light color cardstock.
4. Color. Color some more. Use realistic colors or venture far out of the box.
5. Hand- or die-cut the faces, earrings, flowers.
6. Combine the pieces with assorted background layers (stamped or plain solid color cardstock, origami paper squares, hand printed paper, gel prints – there are endless options!).
7. Other options (All are shown):
*Incorporate more stamping, for example: Mini question marks, a sentiment.
*Add dimension to faces, flowers, and earrings with foam tape.
*Accent with purchased embellishments like silk leaves and paper flowers.
Here are some close-up photos to show more of the details:
- Laurel Burch ‘Blossoming Woman’ stamp set
- Ink in dark color of choice (Shown: Denim)
- Coloring medium of choice (Shown: Winsor & Newton ProMarkers; Chameleon Color Tones Pencils, Sakura Pigma Micron pens 01 and 1)
- Cardstock in white or any light color and assorted other colors
- Patterned papers (Shown: Origami paper, gold and purple Indian hand printed paper)
- Foam tape or dots
- Glue to adhere embellishments
- Dimensional embellishments (Shown: Paper flower, silk leaves)
- Dylusions stamps (Ranger)
- Assorted mini-size question mark stamps
- Laurel Burch ‘Blossoming Woman’ die set (not used for projects shown)