Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WATERCOLOUR BOOKLET

This technique will be run over two classes as there are 7 atc's to be made as well as a folded booklet that's made from an A4 sheet of paper.  We are using only one colour of Ranger Distress Ink Pad (shock, horror.... how can you choose only ONE colour!!!) and a metallic acrylic paint, I used Ranger Distress Paint in Brushed Pewter for my samples.  The idea behind this booklet is to let the sentiment (or word stamp) be the focal point with a 2nd focal point being your image stamp.  I love how simple and clean these look and can just see this being made as a birthday booklet for someone.  My first example has Rusty Hinge as the only colour and Brushed Pewter (silver) as the metallic accent colour.  Of course you'll need a Ranger Archival Black Ink Pad to do the stamping.
 
Here's the booklet completed...
 
 
Front Cover ...
 
Inside pages 2 & 3 ...
 
Inside pages 4 & 5...
 
Inside pages 6 & 7...


Single atc...
 
These next two are two individual ones for my next booklet.  This
colour is "Peacock Feathers" and I've used the Brushed Pewter
Distress Paint again as a contrast metallic.
 

 
These last 3 are from the previous Rinse Aid class.  LOVE Canvas Pad Paper.

"Too fast"...
 
"Heart sing"...

"Fairy whispers... 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

RINSE AID RESIST... RE-VISITED

Rinse Aid Resist is a technique that I first learned about from Claudine Hellmuth's Collage Discovery Workshop Book and I last taught a class using this technique in 2007 and then again in 2010 so I figured it was time to touch on it again.  Here's a link to the previous blog posts about it.  This time I have tried using the Ranger Distress Paints with the dishwashing Rinse Aid and it still works great with these paints!  Last time I was using Jo Sonja Acrylic Paints or any other normal acrylic paint that had been watered down to create a more runny consistency to create the resist effect.   The Distress Paints work just fine with this technique and I've found using baby wipes to remove the dried paint on the Rinse Aid works the best to show up the lighter areas.  Here are the first 3 samples from this technique.
 
"Now what"...
 
"Blood Night"...
 
"Day-dreamer"...

 
These last two atc's are from my previous class  -  Gesso Stencil Spray Stains.
 
"Happiness"...
 
"Soul"...
 
More samples to come from the Rinse Aid Resist class and hopefully I'll have my cover done for this book in the next fortnight too!

Monday, January 26, 2015

GESSO STENCIL SPRAY STAINS

Today is the 26th of January so happy Australia Day to all of us who love this wonderful place on the planet.  Lots of things to be grateful for living in Australia, I for one am so glad I was born here and congratulations to those who choose to call Australia home at the various citizenship ceremonies that are happening around our wonderful nation today.
 
So back to the arty stuff... This is Book Number 13 and the cover is called Gesso Stencil Spray Stains.  Fairly self-explanatory, stencil with gesso, allow to dry (or force dry to create bubbles and more texture) and then use the new Ranger product, Distress Spray Stains.  These are a very matte finish but with the application of one of the three metallic (my favourite is the pewter!!!) sprays at the end, you can have some lovely shimmer highlighting your work.  I don't have a cover done yet as I'll be demo-ing on one of my student's cover this Saturday at our first class so will post a pic when I get that done.  Below are the sample atc's using this background. 
 
Note:  Make sure your gesso is relatively thick, not a runny one as you
won't get much texture through your stencil otherwise.
 
"Fossil"...

"Freaks"...
 
"Spectator"...
 
"Tears"...
 
I'll be back with more samples and some cover shots as well.

Friday, December 5, 2014

PERFECT PEARLS RAINBOW EFFECTS

Coming up this fortnight is the final technique for 2014, Perfect Pearls Rainbow Effects.  Another use for Perfect Pearls so that makes it 3 PP classes in a row!  This class uses only the one colour though, the white one called Perfect Pearl.  When it is mixed with water it makes a shimmery spray that can be spritzed onto a card that has been embossed with either black or white stamps, then coloured using Distress Ink Pads (make sure they are juicy as you need a lot of colour to stop it from washing off when you spray).   It gives the card a lovely shimmery finish that is very subtle and can only be seen when the card is tilted towards the light.  It certainly adds something extra to the beautiful colours of the Distress Ink backgrounds! 
Once again, you can't see the shimmer in the samples below, so you'll just have to mix some up for yourself and try it out.  Just a hint  -  contrasting colours of Distress Inks work best as opposed to colours that are too similar.  You want the colours to run and bleed into each other, it will look too much the same colour unless there is some sort of contrast.
 
"Jingle"...
 
"Canvas"...
 
"Twilight"...
 
"Seriously"...

 
Finally the last sample from the Perfect Pearls Suede class from last fortnight. 
 Love the colour combination in this one!
 
"Memory"...
 
Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas season and I'll be back in January 2015!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PERFECT PEARLS SUEDE

UPDATED 21/11/14 - NEW PICS BELOW
 
Here are another couple of samples for this class...
 
"Canvas"...
 
"Silence"...
 
 
To give the girls a bit more Perfect Pearls fun, the technique for this fortnight is Perfect Pearls Suede background that uses a combination of Glycerine and Distilled Water to make your own Ink Refresher (120ml distilled water to 5ml glycerine).  You spray this mixture onto black card stock, rub it in then while still wet, scrunch up your black card stock to create lots of creases.  Smooth out slightly then brush on Perfect Pearls all over the damp background.  Rub in with the brush that comes with the PP's and brush off the excess.  You don't need to set this with water as you worked onto a damp piece of card to start with.  These create beautifully, soft and shimmery backgrounds.  Of course, the computer screen doesn't do this technique justice so you'll just have to try this one out also.   Anything that has shimmer to it needs to be seen in real life to appreciate how wonderful it looks!  I've only had time to create two samples so far this week but plan to put some more up on Friday so check back in a few days and there should be more examples.
 
"As we are"...
 
"Imagination"...
 
This one below is the final sample from the last class, also using Perfect Pearls and once again, you can't see the Perfect Pearls.  The whole atc is an image and the ghostly woman had a white shimmer around her initially which I further enhanced by applying some clear embossing ink only over her image using my finger, then I brushed on Perfect Pearls in the white colour, called Perfect Pearl!  When you tilt the card to the light, the woman shimmers with a pearlised sheen.
 
"Dreamscape"...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Perfect Pearls Revisited

Perfect Pearls are a Ranger product that is a form of shimmery mica powder.  It can be dry-brushed onto a clear embossed stamped image on dark coloured card stock (as in "Psychodrama" below), or it can be used with a wet paint-brush to make a translucent paint for either colouring in stamped images or creating a background.  It does need water to set it so if you use it as a paint, the water is already added but if you dry-brush it into clear embossing, you'll need to spritz very lightly with water so it doesn't rub off.  It's virtually impossible to see how shimmery this powder is on a computer screen and in the card below "Seize the Night", you can't even see the powder at all until you tilt it so it catches the light, which obviously you can't do on the computer!   For that one, I stamped the image using Ranger Archival black onto a pre-coloured background, then using my finger, applied some Versamark (clear embossing ink) on various parts of the image, then dry-brushed the Interference Green Perfect Pearls and set it with water.  When you tilt this card you can see the green shimmer.  Great for ghostly effects!!!
 
"Dresses to Kill"... (image coloured in with Perfect Pearls)
 
"Medicated"... (hair only coloured in
with Perfect Pearls, gorgeous turquoise colour!!!)
 
"Seize the Night"... (Dry-brushed Perfect Pearls on various
parts of the image)
 
"Psychodrama"... (Stamped image with Versamark clear embossing
ink and then dry-brushed various colours of Perfect Pearls on to image. 
Also coloured in background with Perfect Pearls with a little water)

 
This one below is the final atc from the previous class - Sanitized Alcohol Inks.  The girls did a great job with their atc's in this class, so many different colour variations and effects were created!
 
"Stay Calm"...


Friday, October 24, 2014

SANITIZED ALCOHOL INKS

Alcohol Inks are a favourite product of most people who have them but it's always interesting to see how else you can use them besides the usual pouncing motion using a piece of felt on an applicator on gloss card.  This particular technique uses hand sanitizer gel as the carrier to spread and blend the alcohol inks instead of the normal blending solution that you use for gloss card.  Also, I have done this technique on plain white matte card instead of gloss.  I don't generally like the effect of alcohol inks on matte card using blending solution as it seems to be a bit dull, but this technique using the hand sanitizer gel seems to get a better and different effect than you normally would using the standard method of application described above.  How?... A small puddle of hand sanitizer gel on a non-stick craft sheet, drop in a few drops of a couple of alcohol ink colours, blend slightly and then press the card in to pick up the colour of the ink and the hand gel.  Re-press if more colour is required and allow to dry naturally and yes, the hand gel just disappears!   I just had a thought as I was typing this, I haven't tried the metallic alcohol inks with this method but I will tomorrow at my first class and see how they perform as well!  More results later.
 
"Aviator"...
 
"Shopping fool"...
 
"Transform"...
 
"Damaged"...
 
I thought I'd show you the stripe effect you can get with this technique.  A very different look than normal alcohol inks and yes, it's on matte card stock!