Thursday, March 27, 2014

Splatter Brush Background

The technique this fortnight makes use of the Noodle Brush we used a little while ago in another class but this time we'll be using it to apply gesso as a base on watercolour paper.  Distress Stains are then applied over the top of the dried gesso brush marks with the gesso making a resist so the Distress Stains don't soak into the watercolour paper.  You can also add more colour after the Stains have dried by applying the Stains colour directly with the Noodle Brush.  The Noodle Brush is also known as a Silicon Pastry Brush and as the "noodles" are quite separate, you get good definition of the marks as opposed to how it would look if you just brushed on gesso or stains with a paint brush.  I tried this with several types of paints as well and found them all a bit too thick whereas the Stains being more liquid, it was easier for the noodles to stay separate than clump together.  Some samples follow with the colours of Distress Stains in brackets.
"Family Skeleton"... (Seedless Preserve, Broken China & Salty Ocean)

"Sleep"... (Dusty Concord and Gathered Twigs. 
That shimmery bit of goodness down the left
hand side is Angelina Film that has been heated
and attached with double-sided tape!)
"Luminosity"... (Evergreen Bough, Chipped Sapphire & Barn Door)
"Forbidden"... (Tumbled Glass, Rusty Hinge & Wild Honey)
"Go for Baroque"... (Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw, Black Soot & Rusty Hinge)
Finally, these are the last few samples from the previous class - Marble Rolling.  Loved how easy this class was and how quick you can make loads of different backgrounds for your stash!
"Do Nothing"...

"Temptation"... (this one also incorporates
a black glue border from the
previous Glue Embellishment class)

Friday, March 14, 2014


So apparently I'm the last to know that marble rolling has been around for years and it's something that kids have done at school as well as at home.  It's a pretty simple technique and after having a play around with a few different combinations of doing things I've worked out I like to let it dry a little and then smudge it a bit with a baby wipe so you'll reactivate the re-inkers to subtly colour your stark white background.  If you google "marble rolling technique" you'll see loads of good examples of how this technique is done for card backgrounds!  Here's my samples for this fortnight's class.
"No imagination"...
"Fashion taste"...
"Fancy terrible"... (I love this Dorothy Parker quote!!!)
"Die good"...
Last weekend a group of my atc girls attended a camp at Landsdale Farm where we played all weekend and I taught a mini canvas class.  Below are most of the canvases the girls completed, only a couple are missing.  I have another camp coming up in another couple of weeks where I'll have a different group of girls and am teaching the same canvas again so I'll post those pics as well!  A wonderful time was had by all.