Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BRUSHO'S & METALLICS

I thought it was time we dug out the Brusho's and had another play with them, this time incorporating metallic colours with them.  I have used both the Ken Oliver Color Burst Liquid Metals (Heavy Metals set) as well as my Schmincke Gold & Silver powder.  The Liquid Metals are already a liquid but the powder must be activated with water first and they both behave quite differently.  For the samples with the faces I've used Jane Davenport's gorgeous face stamp sets which just give you the basic facial features and you add the rest.  I've also tried to leave some white open space on most of my samples as I love the colour contrast between the brightness of the highly pigmented Brusho powders and the white space.  I've also used a fine black Sharpie to add details to the hair on the two face ones.  The green ocean one was simply to use up extra of the Schmincke powder that I had made up and I blended it with a couple of colours of Brusho powders in green shades.  

"A little sparkle"...
(The lighter area in her hair is the Platinum Heavy Metals)

"Inside the box"...
(Copper Heavy Metals in the sky and Platinum Heavy
Metals for the moon)

"Love the sound"...
(Pewter Heavy Metals over Brusho's)

"Broken crayons"...
(this one is using the Schmincke gold over Grey Brusho)

"Salt water"...
(Schmincke gold splattered over a Brusho
& Schmincke gold background)

Lastly, these final two are both the covers, neither are finished but I wanted to show the different ways of using the Brusho's and how effective the white space can be.  These are 20cm x 16cm (or 8" x 6").



Really lastly, these two are the final samples from the previous class, Translucent Alcohol Inks.

 "Limited Edition"...

"Auto correct"...


Friday, July 14, 2017

TRANSLUCENT ALCOHOL INKS

Everyone knows of courses that alcohol inks are translucent but because of this, when applied to another surface that is also semi-translucent it creates another wonderful technique.  The receiving surface needs to be able to withstand liquid in the form of alcohol inks and rubbing alcohol without falling apart so something like tissue paper is out of the question.  Enter... deli paper!  It has a waxed side and a matte size which means it has the ability to stand up to the amount of inks & alcohol you need to apply for this technique.  But when dry, it can be applied with PVA glue, gel medium or even a Xyron over the top of another piece of card with a stamped image (or book paper even!) on it and the underneath shows through.  It gives a very watercolour painterly effect.  

See the little hearts on the first card below?  Those hearts are punched out of the deli paper and applied as well, but you need to enclose the deli paper between 2 pieces of normal copy paper as the deli paper is too soft to punch cleanly.  I layer several sheets of deli paper and each underlying layer is softer and more muted so you have lots to choose from.  Pay attention to your white areas too, as you can see below in some of the examples, the white bits add to the effect.  This means you don't cover the whole of the deli paper with ink, leave some white bits showing as these totally blend into the background so you can see the uneven edges where the alcohol inks are.

"Stupid"...

"Live a life"...
(over book paper)

"Key to change"...

"Believe in tomorrow"...


Lastly, this is my final sample from the previous class using the Distress Oxides.
"Periodically"...

Friday, June 30, 2017

DISTRESS OXIDE INKS!

I've been a huge fan of the Ranger Distress Ink Pads for years now and was, like most people, excited when the news broke there was to be a new Distress Oxide Ink Pad.   They do react very differently than the normal Distress Ink Pads and are a total stand-alone product that is worth the outlay.  This is my opinion anyway, I know some people have been underwhelmed but I think like any new product you need to play with it several times to realise it's potential.... my biggest gripe at the moment.... only 12 colours available at the moment.   Another 12 are to be released very soon and Tim himself has confirmed they will release all the colours that are in the normal Distress Range.  There are loads of example video's on YouTube so check there for inspiration.

"Time flies"...

"Dark & Twisted"...

"Bee my honey"...

"Anti-social"...

These are some samples without anything on them.  They are 5" high 
x 3.5" wide (or 13cm high x 9cm)







Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TARNISHED FOIL

Probably one of the best purchases you can make in the papercraft/mixed media world is a roll of Silver adhesive foil tape.  Ranger sells the sheets (A4 I think) but I prefer the roll that you can buy and if you get the one that is about 8cm (or 3") wide, it will cover an atc easily with extra to wrap over the edges to keep it neat!  When you combine silver foil with embossing folders, embossing powders and black Stazon ink, the effect is just wonderful!  I like to attach my foil to some card stock first to give it a little body, then emboss with your favourite embossing folder then swipe over some clear embossing ink lightly in areas, emboss with powder (I used gold, copper and some colours that suited my chosen images) and heat.  Allow to cool and add another colour embossing powder to contrast against the first colour, then after cooling again, swipe over some Black Stazon ink from the ink pad and it will pick up the texture from the embossing powders as well as highlight the design from the embossing powder!  Great background for cards too!!!

"Freak"...

"Planet B"...

"Bee little"...

"Black as my soul"...

"Assemblage"...

This last one below is my remaining atc from the previous class, Embossed Blobs.

"Honest"...

Friday, June 2, 2017

EMBOSSED BLOBS

First class back from my month long holiday in New Zealand and we'll be working with embossing powders.  I love the fact that there are so many ways to use embossing powders and this is an easy way to add a substantial embellishment piece to your work without detracting from your focal image.  The samples below all have a free-form blog of embossing powder that is made by tipping powder onto a craft sheet and then heating.  I use my Ranger heat gun as it is particularly good at not blowing the powder everywhere but what also helps is if you place a small piece (about 10cm square) of baking paper over the embossing powder before you heat it.  

Another example of how embossing powders can be used is seen in the first example below, "Nature's Graffiti".   The dragonfly is a silver metal embellishment that has been heated and then embossing powder tipped on to it before heating again.  No need to use an embossing ink, the heat from the heat gun is sufficient to get the powder to start to melt and stick to the metal.  I've used black and have added a little gold and a little copper too!

"Nature's Graffiti"...

"Iridescence"...

"Proton"...

"Malevolent"...

Monday, April 17, 2017

FOILED AGAIN!

I have had a "thing" for foils.... the ones that go onto a sticky surface and then peel off to show shiny, gorgeous colours.  So we all know that it works semi-ok on the sticky embossing powder, works brilliantly on double-sided tape, works wonderfully on clear embossing powder images and then run through a laminator but this is another way to use it!  Get out your dies and your double-sided adhesive paper (also known as JAC paper), cut out your shapes, peel the protective backing off, stick it to a card, peel off the front protective piece, add your foil, rub well and lift off!  You'll have beautiful die-cut shapes that have been foiled!  Of course, you can use several colours to make a multi-coloured effect or a single colour.   If you've missed any bits, use a glue pen to add some more sticky and wait 5 or so minutes, foil again.  To appreciate how awesome this technique looks, you must try it for yourself, the computer screen does these atc's no justice at all.

I'll be taking a small hiatus, be back early June.  

"Nature's Graffiti"...

"Gardener wanted"...

"Bee my honey"...

"Glitter Whore"...

"Wildflowers"...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

GRANULATED WATERCOLOUR

I have done the technique before where you sprinkle either rock salt or plain table salt over wet watercolour where the salt soaks up some of the liquid to leave you with lighter areas where the salt was.  This is a variation on that theme but you mix table salt with water in a spritz bottle and spray onto the wet watercolour instead.  After reading several articles about properties of watercolours including the difference between student quality and artist quality, it became obvious that certain colours granulated more than others.  

This is another of those techniques that you need to just play with to see what works and what doesn't.  Even the ones that don't work as well as you'd like, you will still end up with a useable watercoloured background.  My ratio of mix was 1tspn salt to 6tspns of water, but you can certainly play around with those quantities to see what works for you.  Besides my atc samples below I have posted my unadorned samples so you can see the granulation better.  You can also buy granulating liquid for watercolours but I wanted to try the cheaper (and at hand!) alternative of salt and water spritz.  

"Black"...  
(this started out with a layer of gold first,
the added a layer of black over it before
spritzing with the salt spray.  The little
black & white skulls are nail art!)

"Edgy Chic"... 
(this is burgundy and black with gold over 
the top section and dripped down)

"Be quiet'...
(only one colour, pale blue)

This is the "edgy chic" before adding the rest.

Pink, Purple and Gold.

Purple and pale blue.

This is the "be quiet" pale blue before adding anything.
Love the striations and granulation in this one!

Blue, rust and a bit of black.

Blue and teal.

Olive and navy.

Green and black.