Color burst poppies

Color burst poppies Heather Telford

This watercolour powder experiment  displays on one card some of the different effects you can get with color burst powders. Depending on how much water you add you can get fine dots of colour or very watery blends of colour. I sprinkled the powder on a piece of watercolour paper and spritzed lightly at one end but more generously at the other. The fine dots must have got hardly any water, the little irregular shapes a bit more water then the purple and blue areas were fairly saturated. All the purples and shades of blue came from only pink and blue powders.

I die cut poppies from the watercoloured panel and some from foam as well then attached them all together with stick it adhesive.

Supplies:

Stamps: Snippets (Penny Black)
Creative dies: Poppy Pair (Penny Black)
Inks:  Color burst watercolour powders(Ken Oliver), Salty ocean distress (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano cold pressed watercolour paper
Also: Stick it adhesive sheet (Ken Oliver)


Bister Poinsettia

Bistre Poinsettia Heather Telford

I’m not trying to stress you out about there being only 155 days until Christmas. Besides 155 is a lot of days and even though I have the best of intentions regarding Christmas shopping I never get it done before December. I just needed to try this stamp out with some bister because I thought the two would be happy together. I stamped the petals only in spun sugar distress stain to get a pale impression then sprinkled some red bister into the ink. It takes several re-stampings with water to get the colour to spread around the petals so I used the misti.  I then moved onto the pine needles by stamping with bundled sage and dropping green bister. The centres of the flowers are yellow bister and black marker.

The panel started out bigger than this with a third shadowy flower at the bottom. I stamped the sentiment in crimson red versafine ink because the stamp has those nice little details and versafine does a great job with them. Versafine also takes longer to dry than dye ink so it is important to walk away, just walk away and let it dry! I didn’t. To my credit I managed to get the whole card stuck together without smudging the wet sentiment only to swipe my fingers right through it when I folded the card base in half at the end!

Hmmm…I quickly took it apart, trimmed off the smudged bit, restamped the sentiment and walked away.

Supplies:
Stamps:  Red Star, Hanging Treasures (PB)
Inks: Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage, Mustard Seed, Black soot Distress Stains (Ranger) Crimson Red Versafine (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb card stock, Red cardstock
Also: Bister powders


One stamp, two colours

Queen Anne's Lace Detail 2

Continuing my experiments with bistre paint powders, I pulled out one of my favourite stamps and limited myself to a blue and green colour scheme. Below are all the results of my fiddling around with colours, water, repetitive stamping and order of operations. All the panels were splattered with masking fluid which really added interest on the most watery panels. Where the stains pooled and bled into each other the little masked dots break up the solid colour. Each was taped to a board with painter’s tape which created a masked border that I retained on all but one card.

On the panel below I sprinkled both blue and green bister on dry watercolour paper then spritzed lightly, tilted it this way and that, then walked away. This is becoming my new watercolour mantra, ” Walk away, just walk away!” As I have said before it helps to have chips on hand to distract yourself from wanting to fiddle more with the painting that needs to dry. In this case I did not have chips but I did have four different panels to work on so as each one was set aside to dry I started the next. Once dry I stamped the Queen Anne’s Lace in a dark green and a mix of two blues to co-ordinate with the bister patterns. I stamped twice without re-inking in between so the lower images are a bit paler. I like the lacy airiness of the flowers on this one but it’s not my favourite.

Queen Anne's Lace 1 Heather Telford

There was more water involved in the panel below and some painting and sponging too in order to frame the scene. I began by stamping in pale green on a slightly damp panel. You can see those first pale images in the background. I then switched to darker colours and dropped some bister into the stamping. To fill the white background I used a paintbrush to pull both stain and bister into the spaces. I tried to be careful not to lose the definition of the flowers. When it was totally dry (walk away, just walk away) I sponged a bit more colour in the corners. I like the shadowy images behind the stronger ones on this panel but it is not my favourite.

Queen Anne's Lace 2 Heather Telford

To be honest with you, below is the one that almost got tossed. I didn’t walk away and you can see all the murky green that resulted. I didn’.t want to give up however so I pulled out some scraps of dry wall tape I had used on another project and sprinkled bister powder over the tape, spritized water over the powders, let it dry a bit then sponged for more coverage. Not only does the grid add some interest, it leads the eye away from the murk. The other thing that saved this one is the mass of masking fluid flecks right in the centre adding light to the murk. You have probably guessed, not my favourite.

Queen Anne's Lace 4 Heather Telford

Which leaves us with this one. It has lots of blue, some nice bister bursts, both watery and defined stamping, some white flecks in appropriate places and I couldn’t be happier. Yes, it’s my favourite. Which one do you prefer?

Queen Anne's Lace 3 Heather Telford

Do you ever fiddle around with the same stamp and colours for several projects? It’s not quite making multiples but it is time efficient to use the supplies while they are all on the table.

Supplies:

Stamps: Queen Anne’s Lace, Happy Notes, Heartfelt, A Sweet Day (PB)
Inks: Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Crushed Olive, Chipped Sapphire, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean Distress Stains & Chipped Sapphire distress ink (Ranger) Spanish Moss, Majestic Blue & Olympia Green Versafine inks (Tsukineko)
Paint Powder: Blue and Green Bister
Cardstock: Canson cold pressed 100%cotton watercolour paper, 
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid


Flowers on circles

flowers on circles Heather Telford

Before I made my previous card, the coloured balloon one, I did an experiment with leftover scraps of frisket film. Frisket film is masking paper for watercolour and other ‘wet’ mediums. I taught a class a couple of months back where we used a large circle cut from frisket film to mask the moon. I kept the negative scraps of film that I had cut many moons from. Just for fun I lay them on a piece of watercolour paper, overlapping here and there to create a random arrangement. With the film in place I dropped some blue and green color burst powders over the panel then spritzed with water. I used enough water to activate the powder but not so much that it ran everywhere. The result was the circles on the card above. I picked a simple outline stamp and coloured it in completely then added a sentiment which I curved to follow the stem of the flower.

These colours are much brighter than the bister and just as much fun. Can you tell I am really enjoying these paint powders?

Supplies:

Stamps: Snippets, Enamor (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx black (Tsukineko) 
Cardstock: Neenah Epic Black 100lb smooth , Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Color Burst powder, Prismacolor Premier fine line marker, Grafix extra tack frisket film


Bister burst balloons

bistre burst balloons Heather Telford

I have added another powdered watercolour paint to my collection so the fun continues. You can see in the card above there are some bright colours alongside the muted earthy gold tone. I picked up four bottles of Color Burst powder from our wonderful local scrapbooking store. I just chose four favourites out of the six available (blue, pink, purple & green). This card is for my younger daughter who is celebrating her 19th birthday today. Her favourite colour is yellow so I needed to include some bister yellow but the rest of the colours are color burst. The powders did play well together so the possibilities are looking endless!

I die cut circles from frisket film and used scissors to cut the little tie end outside the balloon shape.  I pressed the large frisket mask (the negative part) down firmly, added a little crescent shape to mask the highlight then sprinkled powder inside the balloon shape. I spritzed pearl-ex spray over the top of the powders. I did move them round a little with a paintbrush just to make sure the whole area was coloured but then I left them alone to work their color magic. When the paint was dry I removed the negative mask and covered the balloon with the positive mask while I added two smaller balloons behind.

The sentiment was die cut from a watercolour scrap and the balloon strings were hand drawn with fine tip sharpies. Yes, you can see sequins on a card of my making, strange though that might seem to you. My girl likes a little sparkle!

Supplies:

Creative Dies:  Doodles (PB)
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Bister powders, Color Burst powders, Grafix frisket film, sequins, homemade  shimmer spray made by adding pearlex powder to water.


Flowers on flowers

Flowers on flowers Heather Telford

The other day when I was happily stamping background stamps over papers sprinkled with bister powder I made this print with ‘floral tapestry’. I can’t remember exactly what I used to stamp. I think it was mainly water on the stamp and mahogany and yellow bister on the dry watercolour paper. I may have used a pale distress stain; I’m not sure. I was using the Misti so I did stamp multiple times in order to spread the water over the whole panel. Sadly you can’t see it in the photo but the water had some pearl-ex powder mixed in so the pattern has a pretty sheen to it. While trying not to make the panel too busy I did want to have something more defined in the foreground so I stamped several flowers with brown inks and coloured them with watercolour markers using pearl-ex water to blend so they too have a shimmery sheen.

Dina Kowal posted an informative video this week with so much inspiration for using different watercolour powders. She also has two posts on her blog, one about the powders and the other about papers to use with the powders. Dina is a fabulous artist and has compared, tested and created with the powders. Now we can all benefit from all her research. Thanks, Dina.

Supplies:

Stamps: Floral Tapestry, Snippets, Enamor (PB)
Inks: Versafine Crimson Red (Tsukineko) Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs  Distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth , Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Zig clean color real brush markers


Misti & Bister

poppy pattern bistre 2 Heather Telford

My bister experiments continue, this time with the help of the MISTI. I know the Misti is helpful for all sorts of stamping but so far I have used it most frequently for background stamps. The poppy pattern stamp is a lovely stamp but I must admit I had hardly used it before I got the Misti. I used bister powders for both the cards below but used a different order for applying colour, ink and water.

On the panel above I inked the flowers on the stamp with spun sugar distress stain; it is a pale colour so I could see it when it stamped but it didn’t impact the end result very much. After stamping I dropped mahogany bister powders onto the wet flowers. After the first impression I switched to stamping with water, adding a bit more bister here and there until the flowers were well covered. I dropped some black powder in the centre of a few poppies and then inked the leaves with iced spruce distress stain (again a pale colour) and dropped green powder onto the wet leaves and stems. I re-stamped many times to get the effect I wanted always in the same place because the stamp was firmly positioned on the Misti and my watercolour paper panel was held down by both tape and magnets. I let it air dry then brushed off excess bister, added a black sentiment and two co-ordinating mats.

poppy pattern bistre 1 Heather Telford

On my second panel I randomly sprinkled yellow and mahogany bister powder onto a dry piece of watercolour paper (once again held firm in the misti). Before I could stamp over the dry powder I managed to brush half of it off with a towel so I had to sprinkle another lot over the panel! I then painted water onto the stamp with a paint brush and stamped over the powder. I had to stamp several times with water before the flowers really took shape. Instead of adding black powder to the centres of the poppies this time I added distress marker to the centres on the stamp then stamped over the top of the colour already there.  Again I let it air dry then brushed off some excess powder. For a little added interested I trimmed then die cut the panel so it could reveal a thin strip of the burgandy cardstock underneath. I wanted the sentiment in the same ink colour as the cardstock so I stamped first in versafine satin red then over the top with versafine vintage sepia. (restamping sentiments precisely is another tricky task made easy with the misti)

Edited to add: Dina Kowal posted a very helpful description of four different water-soluble powders on Splitcoast. Check it out to see price comparisons, colour range similarities and differences as well as a good way to repackage the powders.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Poppy Pattern, A Sweet Day(PB)
Inks: Spun Sugar, Iced Spruce distress stain & black soot distress marker  (Ranger)
Creative Dies:  Stitched Edges (PB)
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Bister pigment powders


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