Friday, January 30, 2015

Raindrops Keep Fallin'

Lydia had a fun challenge for us today in the Mixability Challenge. She called it Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head and showed us a fun way to make raindrops. I've made two cards so far and have another in the works.
My first card featured a piece I'd painted over a Gelli print that was made with bubble wrap and blue paints.

Stamps: none Paper: Recollections Ivory card, Early Espresso, Gel Print Paper Size: A7 Accessories: Acrylic Paints, Bubble Wrap, Gelatine Plate, Faber Castell pencils, Adirondak Espresso paint, TH Antique Linen paint, SU Chalkboard and Island Indigo markers, Pink Gelatos Techniques: Gel Printing, Painting with Acrylics

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I used acrylic paints to paint my flowers and branches over the Gelli print. I then used pencils to add details and shading around them. I used a white chalkboard marker and an Island Indigo marker to add some highlights and stippling to my raindrops.

My second card features a piece of paper I made using the CitraSolv Magic technique and a page from a National Geographic. Here's a link to Lydia's tutorial for this technique. The ink on this page had smeared in nice raindrop shapes!
Stamps: Summer by the Sea, alphabet block stamps Paper: Recollections Ivory card and black, Watercolor paper, National Geographic page Paper Size: A7 Ink: Stazon Black, Versafine Onyx Accessories: Watercolor Crayons, Smoky Slate Marker, Sharpie White Paint Pen Techniques: CitraSolv Magic, Watercoloring with Watercolor Crayons, Spatter                                              Read more:

First I outlined the shapes and added a little stippling.

I added some spatter over this piece. I went back with my Slate marker and added a bit more shading, and then a Sharpie white paint pen was used to add highlights to both the raindrops and the spatter.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Repeat after me, trust!

Today's Mixability challenge was to repeat shapes on our cards. I decided to go with hexagons. I used a punched acetate stencil to lay down Gelato colors on my paper first.
After scribbling the Gelatos onto the paper, I dry rubbed them a bit to intensify the colors. I then spritzed to let the colors bleed along the edges a bit. I then spritzed well again and added some salt. As it was pretty much dry, I started to add some hexagon embossing with the Honeycomb ef.

I used my silver ink rubbed along the top of the raised hexagons.

Here's the finished card with my word for 2015! More on that on my description at splitcoast
Stamps: Alphabits Paper: Smoky Slate, White Paper Size: A2 Ink: Basic Grey, Encore Silver, Versafine Onyx, MS petal inks, Gelatos Accessories: Black ep, 1/4" square punch and hexagon punch, Honeycomb ef, Tim Holtz-Umbrella Man die, Gridlock ef, Black and Smoky Slate markers, Cutter Kit Distressing Tool, Water Spritzer, Pretzel salt Techniques: Inked Embossing, Stenciling, Dry Rubbed Gelatos, Spritzing, Salted Background

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Resist for Static

     Today's Mixed Media Challenge is in honor of National Static Electricity Day. I chose to use a masking fluid resist technique to represent the static electricity. I flicked the masking fluid over it for my lines.
Step one-apply masking fluid and let it dry. I'm starting with a piece of scrap that I'd torn and used for a sponging mask.

Prepared acetate with ink with water spritzed over it

I've pressed the paper into the wet ink and then sprayed some homemade reinker spray over that. 

My final card. I layered some more wet ink over the first and then sponged over my masking fluid areas to give better definition once the fluid came off. I added some red yarn and blue twine after stamping my sentiment and adding some Silver Sharpie doodling and spatter.
Stamps: All I have Seen Paper: Recollections White Card, Midnight Muse, white Paper Size: A7 Ink: Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Midnight Muse, TH: Peacock Feathers, Broken China Accessories: Masking Fluid, Spritzer, Blue reinkers, Water, Silver Sharpie, Twine, Yarn Techniques: Masking Fluid Resist, Wrinkle Free Distress, Spatter

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