Thursday, September 29, 2016

Elegant Writer Technique

About a month ago someone shared this amazing video on the Dare To Get Dirty Prize Drawing thread. I've included my first experiments below today's apple drawing.
 Here's my drawing and the picture I copied
I began by activating the outside of the lines in the drawing with water. I used a medium size brush and once the colors started to bleed, swept them outward. I decided the sun would come from the right so I shadowed to the left. 
Now I'm activating inside the drawing starting from the bottom and moving up with the color. 

I did a lot of dabbing on the apples to get more purple but left the bushel basket ink more in the blue/grey

Here you can see the difference between the activated and non-activated apples.

Here's the final look before adding any color.

Starting on the bushel basket with my Hot Cocoa Chamelon Pen

Completely colored with just 3 Chameleon pens (Hot Cocoa, Crimson Red and Olive Green
Here's the final look of my card. I sponged Tempting Turquoise along the edges. I framed with black and used a sheet of Kraft embossed in the Square Lattice ef as my base. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx
 Here are earlier attempts.  I had an ancient pen in my stash and when I tried the technique it seemed completely purple and pink instead of having any blues/greens like in the video. (She did say that the colors have changed in the newer pens and mine was definitely NOT new!)
Well, I loved the technique so the next time I was in a craft store I whipped out a coupon and bought a set of the Elegant Writer Pens. They are meant for calligraphy and are black pens (they sell colors but I haven't tried that out yet) but because they are water based ink, when you activate them with water the colors separate out. My next drawing was of rocks and then I went back and watched the video again and drew a scene very similar to the one she had sketched and used for the tutorial.

I realized later that it looks like 2 bunnies, but I drew rocks!
On this one I'd watched the video again and added the color on the rocks from the bottom going up. I also used the new pen on this.

This is almost all color just from the one black pen!I sketched the flower then activated with water. I added a little Sahara Sand to shade around the flower and in the stem. I also used a purple marker to add in some detail to the edge of the petals.
I watched another video and got the idea to use a stencil for my next trial.
I taped down my stencil over a piece of watercolor paper and used my pen to outline and fill in the image.
Here's what it looks like as you start to activated the ink. I used a larger brush and wet the area around the image with water, then put the edge of the brush against the outside line of the image to start the process. I then stroked outward to spread the color around.
Here's the before and after. Once you have the image how you like it, take a fine mister and spritz from above the image to let a very fine mist land onto the image. This will just barely activate the lines that you haven't activated yet and once dry, they will no longer be able to be activated so that when you go to color the image, you don't accidentally start a process that you don't want.
I used my grey Chameleon pen to color the plane. I went back with the black pen to fill in the gaps left by the stencil.
The leaves and fish are stenciled. I drew the heron, copying from a color page I found online. All are only activated with water. If you want more of the purple color, you take a tissue or towel and dab at the wet color. On the fish image, I had used a LOT of ink and then while it was wet I added pretzel salt.
Here's the heron colored with Chameleon Pens

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lifted Illegibility

     I decided to try to mesh two techniques together and I'm really excited at how it turned out. I haven't turned this into a card yet, but I love the look and decided to share it now. 
     The first technique I described in my last blog post. I learned it from last week's Mixability Challenge where Lydia linked the fun tutorial for very loose, illegible writing as a bg. The second technique was featured a couple of weeks ago on splitcoast and it is called watercolor lifting. I have combined the two using distress inks and a liquid coffee that I sometimes use as a spray with my writing done using a Versamarker.
     I started off by smooshing several different Distress Inks onto some plastic packaging and adding water and dripping in some of the coffee liquid. I make this from instant coffee and water. (I guess I'm really doing 3 techniques because I know this one as Wrinkle Free Distress). I laid my paper, torn from a Mixed Media journal, down into the wet ink. Once that was dried, I did another dipping to intensify the color and dried again. I ran an embossing buddy over the whole sheet and then used my Versamarker to illegibly write over the whole sheet. If I remember correctly, I loosely wrote the lyrics from a couple of worship choruses on this one. I then embossed with clear ep.
As you can see, it is hard to see the writing when the whole piece is darker.
Looking at the top left corner you can see where I'm starting to lift the color and as the bg gets lighter, the embossed writing now shows up darker. MAGIC!!
Here's the final piece. I removed color from the whole piece. I poured out some of the coffee liquid into a dish and dipped an empty toilet paper roll into this to add the circles. I also spattered a bit of the coffee around too. Really fun technique to try out. Hopefully I'll either get it turned into a card, or maybe just add a bit as a journal page.

Secret Journaling

     Last week Lydia introduced me to a fun technique on the Mixability Challenge. She described it as "secret journaling" but it is basically a very loose writing that is illegible. Here are a few pieces I made using markers on plain white paper and onto some previously made watercolored pieces.
 I quickly became obsessed so here are a few more cards I made using cut up pieces of the writing. 

All the details for each card can be found at my splitcoast gallery where I'm known as mamaxsix.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Thrilla from Manilla

I couldn't resist the Ali reference.  I have been following a thread about manilla cardstock vs manilla folders.  I picked up a 10 pack of folders from the dollar store.  They are much flimsier and I imagined that I would end up using them more as bases than for direct techniques.  However I had also picked up a couple of Tim Holtz kits that included manilla tags so I figured I would do some comparison.  I fashioned my tags using a 1/4" followed by a 1/2" circle punch to make my hole reinforcers. Here are the pictures side by side. 
 My tag is on the right 

Used the wrinkle free distress technique to pick up sprayed ink.

Here are the dried tags  Manilla folder rag on right. 

I added modeling paste through the stencil in the kit. My tag is on the left. 

Sprayed with color

Misted with water.

Dried and ready to go.  The Ranger tag is on the right. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Pencil Sketched Sympathy

I am playing along with the splitcoaststampers challenge to Pencil Me In where we're stamping lightly then using pencil to add back in detail. 

I've started adding in a few detail on the bottom right leaf and flower.

I used the blending stump to soften the shading and details. 

Here's the final card. I went extra soft on the sentiment panel and distressed my edges a bit. 

Stamps: God's Beauty, Petite Pairs by Stampin' Up
Paper: Whisper White, Neutrals Patterns Pack dp
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Smoky Slate
Accessories: 2 1/2" circle punch, graphite pencil, blending stump
Techniques: Pencil Sketching, Distressing, Stamping Off

Monday, December 7, 2015

MISTI snow

I really have enjoyed my MISTI and decided to use it today to make a snowy card using Kraft cardstock. I thought the MISTI marbling technique would work well with white ink to make snow. 
This is why I love the MISTI-If I were stamping this without it, this is the image I would have. When stamping on Kraft paper it is great to be able to reink and stamp again. I used markers to ink the image so I could use Espresso on the branches and Mossy Meadow on the needles.

Here is the first stamping of white over the 2nd stamping of the greenery. I used a gloved finger dipped in the white to tap "snow" onto the branches and needles on the stamp and then stamped over the colored stamping.

I've stamped some more "snow" but I didn't like how much of the color I'd covered up.

Again, the beauty of stamping in the MISTI is that you can keep layering stamping until you get the look you want. I wanted the snow to look like it was concentrated at the top of the branches so I added more brown on their undersides and I wanted the needles to be more distinct so I added marker there too.

I rounded my corners and sponged some Suede first then I sponged white along the edges of both the base and the image panel. I stamped my sentiments in the MISTI as well. It really helped me to place the words where I wanted them and to double stamp so the red would really show up well.

I popped the image panel over the base for some depth.

Here's a closeup of the greenery.