Friday, June 27, 2014

Runaway studio ATC Swap for May

Easy fun and fabulous technique.   This was for Runaway Studios monthly ATC swap. The theme for May was comic relief. 

Faber Castel Gelatos or gel sticks. 
Sturdy paper (Canson Mixed Media)
Stamps (Pink Flamingo for quote, Deep Red for combat boots)
Waterproof permanent ink (Archival by Ranger)
Water or baby wipe

1. Starting with lightest gelato scribble color on a 3rd of the surface of the paper.
2. Repeat step one with each other  2 colors. 
3. Blend with your finger or a baby wipe. I use my fingers dipped in clean water. The gelatos and gel sticks blend so easily. 
4.  Let dry.
5. Using permanet ink stamp images. 

Now go out and trade away. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Panpastels to the rescue

Every create a background then realize that it's just to bright to be a background that it will take over the entire piece?  Yes I've done it once or twice myself. One way to fix it is to some how cover it with a white or buff color. For this card, I started off with that problem but I used panpastel in white and a stencil to push the painted piece into the background

Acrylic Paints (Distress Paints)
Non-stick Craft Sheet
Spray bottle with Water
Watercolor Paper (Canson Mixed Mefia)
Panpastel (White)*
Sponge Applicator
Stamps (Tim Holtz)
Stamp Pad (Archival Ink Jet Black) 
Pitt Pen
Adhesive (ATG)
Washi Tape
Card Base

1. Apply acrylic paint to craft sheet making sure that the color do not touch each other to decrease over blending. Spray with water. 

2. Lay watercolor paper on top of paint. Smoosh around just a little bit. Pick up paper and if more paint is desired repeat this step. If there is any paint let spray with water and repeat on a different piece of watercolor for additional backgrounds. 

3.  After watercolor piece is dry. Apply panpastel* over the paint using a stencil and a sponge applicator.  

4.  Stamp images with archival ink. Doodle around age with pitt pen. 

5.  Using adhesive apply panel to card base. Place pieces of tone washi tape around edges as desired. 

* I found Panpastels work best due to the binder in the formula. But you can use any chalk or pastel but you will not get the vibrancy of Panpastels and will have to use something like a fixative or hairspray to bind it. 
On this altered book page background, I did the opposite. I thought the background was to pale and flat so applied panpastel in a purple color and a doily stencil.