Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How To Make A Multi Layered Background

Good morning! I got my distress oxides and participated in a challenge to make layered backgrounds, so I though I'd do a little tutorial. Those who know me know I love everything about the coast and I also just in a new Tim Holtz stamp set with this amazing octopus. I decided to make my background into a multi layered under da sea scene.

Seriously, these two colors were meant to go together! They are found in the newest release of the oxides

I blended the colors on to my watercolor card base, then spritzed with water to activate the oxide effect, using the Tim Holtz spritzer. Seriously love this thing.

Next I pulled out the supplies needed for the texture layer of my sea scene. I first applied texture paste through a stencil, Pomegranates, by Julie Balzer.

Then I applied spray ink and distress ink right then and there, with the stencil still in place. I learned this from May Flaum recently and I love the look! 

When you pull up the stencil, you get these nice bits of colored shapes. It's sort of like unwrapping a gift.

Lastly, I added some painted seaweed, using a brayer to roll the metallic paint into my stamp.

Next I got to work on this amazing octopus. Isn't he cool? I decided to use one of my favorite stamping/distress ink methods. You lose the detail, but it looks so cool and watery, perfect for under the sea.  I set a clean piece of watercolor paper in my Misti. You can do this with a stamp block as well, but I've had a wrist injury and don't always get the first stamping down well, so the Misti has been invaluable! I highly recommend it.

I started off with my lightest color, Wild Honey, and filled in the image. Then I took Rusty Hinge and randomly applied. Finally, I finished with just a tad of Fired Brick.

Once inked, hit it with some water. Be careful to use enough that you get the watery look, but not too much and end up with a giant blob. It takes a bit of practice, but is so cool.

Remove from Misti and hit with a heat tool to set. I use the Ranger tool, quieter and blows less air. As you can see, I lost the eyes, but a lot of the suckers show up. I repeated with some of the seaweed in the set and used Peeled Paint and Forest Moss

I cut out the pieces, though I only ended up using one of the seaweed pieces.

I played around with arrangement but the octopus felt ungrounded, so I added some twine.

Lastly I added a sentiment from Unity Stamp Co. It was the perfect sentiment and it's going to a good friend having a bit of a rough patch. This is where the Misti shines!  I used Chipped Sapphire to stamp the sentiment and it needed 3-4 stamps to get as dark as I got it. The Misti not only helped me get it on straight, but stamp in the exact same spot, numerous times.

The twine worked wonders and I added some gems for the look of bubbles.

I love how it turned out and want to make one for me, but on canvas, to hang in my living room.

Thanks for joining me and I hope I can help you create something you love.

Monday, July 3, 2017

With Brave Wings She Flies

Welcome to July! Here is the first of the July CSI cases.

I just loved the colors of this case. I used a prompt from Weekend Mental Health about imagining yourself as an animal. It reminded me of these photos of my kitty exploring the big maple tree in the yard, so I did an animal imagining herself as another animal. We had only recently allowed her outside. She really only stays in the backyard and wants us to be with her, so I feel good about letting her out.

I used watercolors to make a cool background, with splatters of the same paint, then added some washi tape and paper banners, along with my photos. I added some book pages from a girl scout manual that I found at a local second hand store. I cut the paper into banners and wrapped with twine,for interest. I then added some die cut leaves, wooden trees, and a piece of flair. A stamp by Unity Stamp Co made for the purrfect title and the "meow meow meow" for a fun addition.

Evidence used: book pages, string, watercolor, wood, leaves
Testimony is a prompt from Weekend Mental Health.

Play along with us this month, you have until July 31st!

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