Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Journal, spring, water ...
Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a good one and your week is going to be awesome! Before getting to my post today I just wanted to say thank you. Your lovely comments about my lilac project last week: meant that you made me smile very big last week and I am very grateful for that.
I had an awful realisation last week and that was that it has been a very long time since I played in my journal and as I had some projects that were drying as well as new stamps waiting to be played with I decided it was time …
It was good to play and to create just for me too and such warm colours too
Sadly it doesn't show but the flowers have some gorgeous shine
I love the stamped circles around the edges, I added them after I had adhered the panel on the background. I struggled to photograph the background, must try harder!
A final look
Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Anything But Cute Challenge #11 Crazy for Colour
I used all the colours and more
Stamps & Stencils Challenge Spring is in the Air
I used the colours and orange on my topper
I created the bottom layer using watercolours. I started by adding a layer of water to the card because I wanted the colours to blend. I mixed up washes of yellow and orange watercolours and applied colour here and there across the card. I left that to dry whilst getting on with the next step.
I got my favourite stamp from the flower garden stamp set out and coloured it with my Spectrum Aqua pens and stamped them onto another piece of white card. I used a damp paint brush to colour the flowers, stems and leaves and blasted it with my heat tool. I knew I wanted to use my AquaTints for the next step and I ummed and ahhed about what to do. In the end I applied a layer of Pebeo masking fluid to the flower, leaves and stems and left it to dry see below for comments about Pebeo masking fluid. Once the masking fluid was dry I mixed up a couple of washes using my AquaTints and then coloured the sky and ground with the blue, green and pink. I left that to dry, rubbed the masking fluid off: simples and I was astounded!
As the background of lemon and orange was now dry I got my stencils out and using two of them I added layers of Pumice Stone and Milled Lavender distress ink using my ink blending foam and I dried it completely with my heat tool. I then grabbed my midi Staz On ink pads and randomly stamped the images from this glorious and gorgeous stamp set. As the flower topper was dry I decided to add some Ranger Glossy Accents to the flowers. This has given them a lovely glossy look and added some much needed texture to the page. I have recently realised that I have thing for circles, as in circle designs lol! I trimmed everything up and popped it into my journal!
I have been asked before about what brand of masking fluid I use and where I purchase it. I’m very careful to do the prep required to use masking fluid, I learnt how to use it properly from a watercolour artist who also taught, how to be careful opening and closing the bottle, how to use a cheap brush which should be usable again and how easy it is to rub off the page. Last year I purchased three bottles of masking fluid, not cheap masking fluid, they were from a ‘proper’ art name, I won’t name it, £6 per bottle. Two of the bottles dried out within a week of opening and the final one stank, mould on top when I opened it so that went into the bin too. All three of them ruined the paintbrushes. So glad I used cheap old ones to apply it with!
Anyways when I heard Sheena talking about Pebeo masking fluid I was very sceptical. I purchased it from EBay. If you use masking fluid then I recommend Pebeo masking fluid. I washed my brush out with water, it rubbed off the card without taking a layer of colour or card (which the cheap ones had) and my paintbrush is usable!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x
Rubber Dance Art Stamps: Round in Circles stamp sheet
Tim Holtz: Flower Garden stamp set
Tando Creative Stencils: sequin waste; ink splats
Paintbrushes; water pot; spray bottle of water
Sheena Douglass stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
The flower panel:
Spectrum Aqua Floral pens: leaf green; bud green
Spectrum Aqua Primary pens: yellow; gold
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge (pink in the sky) & Landscape (blue sky, greens) sets
Tim Holtz Distress ink pads: milled lavender; pumice stone
Staz On midi ink pads: teal blue; pumpkin
Collall all purpose glue; Pebeo masking fluid; Ranger Glossy Accents