Saturday, 9 May 2009

The big experiment

It has always surprised my that crafters spend so much money buying lots of different sparkly paints when there are artist mediums that cost a few pound and will mix with felt tip ink, stamp pad ink, watercolour paints etc. After a bit of discussion on ILWS about twinkly paints I decided to put this up to show the 2 mediums together as well as experiment a bit.

Using a stamp from Stampin'Up!s Seaside Fun set I stamped with stazon on to 300gsm bockingford watercolour paper. The dress is coloured with ink taken from the Lovely Lilac SU marker which was scribbled onto acetate. Before I picked the ink up I dipped the tip of the (old and tatty) water brush into the lid of the iridescent medium. The hat is using the same marker ink but this time I mixed it with a teeny bit of the pearlescent medium. You might be able to see how the colour has slightly lightened. In real life it looks like I've stamped onto pearl paper when it's tilted in the light which is how this photo was taken.

I've used the iridescent on the back area of the grass and the pearlescent on the front grass. Now when using either medium the water doesnt flow from the waterbrush as much as normal so it's "stiffer" when painting and the paint doesnt spread as far. You don't want to be using your best brush with the iridescant as the glitter is a nightmare to remove fully. With both mediums you'll need to wash your brush as soon as possible.

This picture is taken straight on and although you can see the sparkle in real life my camera wont pick it up.

I did have a eureka moment a while back and thought it might be fun to fill my water brush with iridescent medium. Doesnt work :( the glitter is too large to go through the valve, even the cheapie waterbrushes that normally leak like sieves don't like it. Spray bottles wont work either.

However it is possible to mix the pearlescent medium with water and use it through a spray bottle. You need more medium than normal, I used about 5 pea sized blobs and mixed with 1fl oz of water. Now this is where the experiment came into being.. could you make faux glimmer mists by adding a drop or 2 of reinker? Not having seen them in person I don't know how close the effect it but I added a couple of drops of a blue archival ink to the mix and gave it a quick squirt over some black card. Might not be perfect match but for those who very very occasionally want this sort of effect without having to spend lots of something they might never use again perhaps it's a good enough compromise.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Sketch and stash challenge

I was so pleased with Dads card I decided to carry on the theme for this weeks sketch & stash challenge. This time I've used the little girl image from the Summer by the Sea Su set. SU papers in bashful blue, brocade blue cs and an organza ribbon from stash. She's coloured with rich regal watercolor wonders.

Nothing to do with the challenge, I promised mum I'd make her a tissue box in peach & cream. Watered silk paper over card to give stability, peach bazzill punched with my MS edge punch. Cream pearl and and organza ribbon. The poppy image is from Bloomin with Beauty stamp set and coloured with dark chrome yellow, cadmium orange, light cadmium red & juniper green F&C pencils. Took 5 12" pieces of card to make & decorate so she's better not bin it in 6 months.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Dads birthday

This is for Dads birthday on Mon. He's not into any hobby as such unless you count Boddington beer, but he is a lucky s*d and lives just by the sea on a caravan site. I've kept it very very simple, Summer by the Sea stamped image from Stampin'Up! coloured with their rich regals watercolor wonders. Now why didn't someone tell me how good they are??? I've spent an awful lot of money on my f&c pencils but these are a lot quicker to use and blend really well. Flourish is from the Season of Joy set and sentiment from cheer & wishes set both using bashful blue ink, brocade blue & cream linen cs.

blog candy alert

Steph Has some lovely candy up for grabs if you're quick. Deadline is May 3rd.

Still havent had chance to play in challenges but I have added a few cards to my SU blog.