Strange indeed to see me enter a challenge, follow a sketch, use a chevron pattern and texture paste! I would not be surprised if you thought someone else had taken over my blog. There are two signs, however that this is my card, those watercoloured poppies might look familiar and the placement of that little sentiment is pretty standard for me also.
How did this happen? Well, I have been meaning to try adding texture to cards for a while so I picked up some molding paste and applied it through a couple of stencils. In this experiment I mixed liquid metal into the paste before spreading it through the ‘Zigs and Zags’ stencil from Penny Black. It didn’t end up with a metallic look but it took on the green of the ‘verdi gris’ liquid metal. It has been a while since I did a challenge other than One Layer Simplicity (new one is up today) so I checked a couple of my favourites and found the sketch on “Case this Sketch“.
The die-cut poppies were sitting on my desk along with some other left over watercolour painted panels. (I will share projects featuring the other panels later this week.) This card really is an exercise in contrasts, the soft blends of the paint against the sharp corners of the zigzag, the pops of red over the stripes of green and the tiny black letters in the midst of a large expanse of white space.
As Joan Bardee would say:
MOOD WHEN DONE: Surprised but satisfied!
Stamps: Snippets (PB)
Dies: Field of Dreams (PB)
Stencil: Zigs & Zags (PB)
Inks: Versafine onyx black (Tsukineko)
Mediums: Molding paste (Golden) Verdi gris liquid metal (Ken Oliver) Watercolour paint (Kuretake Gansai Tambi)
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, Neenah solar white cardstock
No, I’m not heralding the end of summer, I’m showing a sneak peak of my next class. I teach monthly classes in Ottawa at a rented location and at Crop A While scrapbooking store. You can see the details for the classes I host on my Upcoming Classes page and find the dates and times for Crop A While on their events page.
I receive quite a few requests for online classes which I would love to provide at some stage. Be assured I will let you know here on the blog when I have some to offer you. While you wait I do have a few videos on my youtube channel.
Thank you for your interest and support; I have been so encouraged by the kind and generous comments left here on the blog and on my instagram page also. I am thrilled that you enjoy what you see here and love to hear when you try the techniques for yourself. I am always happy to answer questions if I can, so don’t hesitate to comment or use the contact me option to get in touch.
Recently I got together with some friends to do some artsy crafty playing. One of my friends inspired me to experiment rather than work on my ‘to do’ list as I usually do. We decided to stamp on a variety of fabrics with a variety of inks. This is one of my experiments using some silk left over from my bridesmaid’s blouses. I spritzed a piece of silk with water then sprinkled brusho over it. I kept spritzing and sprinkling the powder and watched the colours spread and blend. Once it dried it was paler as is often the case with watercolour and especially on fabric.
I stayed firmly within my comfort zone where colours were concerned and played with blues, purples and a touch of burgandy. I used the MISTI to stamp the ‘Delightful’ stamp in Encore silver ink as I didn’t know how many times I would need to stamp in order to get a good impression. Once the silver ink was dry I coloured the petals and leaves with fabrico markers from Tsukineko. The markers did a beautiful job both laying down colour and blending with each other. The colour did bleed outside the lines here and there; I will need to get used to how much ink and how close to the lines I need to colour.
I enjoyed trying a different colouring medium and substrate and of course, joining in with the Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge!
Stamps: Delightful (PB)
Inks: Encore Silver (Tsukineko)
Brusho: Turquoise, Ost. Blue, Ultramarine (Colourcraft)
Markers: Fabrico skymist, ultramarine, burgandy (Tsukineko)
Also: white silk, blue cardstock, white textured cardstock
I continue to grab opportunities to participate in the 30 day colouring challenge and have once again used the new “glee” stamp from Penny Black. I used a combination of brusho and liquid metals on my earlier card; for this one I pulled out my Faber-Castell polychromos set. I blended pencil with pencil rather than use a liquid blender or blending pencil. I chose two browns for the centre of the flowers, a yellow and two burgandies for the petals and two greens for the leaves. To blend pencil with pencil I generally colour with my lighter shade first then over the top with my darker shade and then blend again with the lighter shade. Once all my colouring was done I shaded lightly around all the images with a purple pencil. I chose purple because it is opposite yellow on the colour wheel; positioning contrasting colours next to each other helps to make them stand out more than they would otherwise. I stuck with the purple-gold combo when I added a mat and a sentiment,
Stamps: Glee, Words of Kindness (PB)
Ink: Versamark ink, Versafine onyx black (Tsukineko)
Pencils: raw umber, burnt sienna, dark cadmium yellow, middle cadmium red, dark red, earth green yellowish, olive green yellowish, purple violet (Faber Castell)
Paper: hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, gold and purple cardstock
Also: gold embossing powder
I didn’t intend for this week to be all about butterflies but that’s the way it turned out. To create this panel I coloured the little butterflies on the butterfly charmer stamp using what I am calling the colour drop method. I don’t think it is anything new but I needed a name for this little technique. I stamped the large stamp with wild honey distress ink then painted the butterflies with water one at a time. The water blended the wild honey ink to give each butterfly a warm yellow tone but it also gave me a pool to drop another colour into. I took colour from my water colour pencils and dropped it onto the wet wings and let it spread into the whole wet area. I moved from wing to wing so they could dry a little before adding a second colour to an adjacent area. I did video the process and have sped it up and posted it on my instagram
When the wings were all dry I drew over the butterfly bodies, legs and antennae with either a dark brown watercolour pencil or a distress marker then blended the brown with a very small paintbrush and a wee bit of water. The finished panels remind me of botanical books.
The first one I did using this method is below. I added colour to the little butterflies also and filled in the background.
I used Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils over rusty hinge distress ink for this one
You can see on the close up that you don’t lose all the definition of the stamped image when you paint over it; there are faint outlines of pattern underneath.
Thanks for dropping in; have a great weekend.
Stamps: Butterfly charmer, Happy Snippets (PB)
Inks: wild honey distress ink, rusty hinge distress ink (Ranger) Versafine vintage sepia (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, brown cardstock, green cardstock
Also: Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils (Faber-Castell)