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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

January Week Four

Oh My Goodness! The first month has been so exciting. I have watched all your amazing creations coming onto my Facebook feed, and the enthusiasm and positivity is heart warming. 

Week 4 is about keeping the creativity alive, sparking new ideas, and practice, practice, practice.
If you are feeling a bit stretched for ideas, jump over to the Pinterest board and see if anything catches your eye. There are also MORE TUTORIALS saved to the Pinterest board for those of you who feel like you have mastered the techniques already shared and still want more.

Annette has been a busy busy bee ordering all new products from CHA in America this last 2 weeks, so she hasn't had any time left for her Journey this month, but the loveley Lisa Hanrahan has more than made up for it: 

This tag was stamped with the flower first and then coloured with white crayon. It was then sprayed with orange ink and once dry, more colour was added. Pink ink was painted onto the white crayon petals and as you can see, there is still white that shows through.
I really enjoyed experimenting on tags. I was able to have a play around with new techniques and ones that I had not done in a long time. It seems that my embossing skills are a bit rusty!

This tag was very simple. I stamped the same image twice with Jet Black StazOn, then added white crayon for the resist. I sprayed the tag with two Distress Stains. Once dry, I added brown pencil work to the stems, inked the edges of the tag and quote and added Kindyglitz to the dots.

This tag is a really good example of white with two. It has a stylised flower stamp embossed with sparkly black powder. I used Dylusions Spray Inks and Glimmermist to add the blue to the background. Then I added layers of Inktense pencils and Prismacolor pencils for shading, and white pencil to highlight the petals.

I also found these three examples from the Facebook Driver Reviver Group that really caught my eye:
Tania Ballestrin

Carita Casu Oksa
Essie Jane

Keep playing with your resist techniques, and we will be back on the 1st of February with a brand new Roadtrip and Detour. I can't wait to see what Annette has in store for us!

Happy Arting!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

January Week Three: Driver's Ed


Remember this is just what I used, and you can substitute what you have. I will put a list of suggestions for substitutes at the end.

How To Make the Background

  1. Use a white crayon (or your substitute) to randomly fill in the pattern all over your background.
  2. Apply colour over the background. Help colours blend together with water.
  3. Create texture on the background using inkpads and a variety of texture stamps or found and upcycled objects.
  4. Create a chunkier block of pattern with the alphabet stencil and spray ink or acrylic paint.
  5. Create contrast between the tag and the background by making one a lot darker in colour than the other.

How To Make the Tag

  1. Adhere a text page from a dictionary or another old book onto the tag.
  2. Stamp an image in Clear Embossing Ink.
  3. Shake Clear Embossing Powder over the stamped image, return excess to the jar.
  4. Heat the powder until it melts.
  5. Repeat the above steps with a phrase stamp and white embossing powder.
  6. When the embossing had cooled completely, colour the tag with water-based mediums such as spray inks, watercolour paints, dye inkpads, or Distress Stain.
  7. Punch a hole in the top of your tag, tie ribbon.

Resist Medium Substitutes

  • White Rub-ons: Works like a heat embossed stamped image. Gives a clear and crisp image with watercolour over the top.
  • Wet glue: You can use a sponge to apply the glue through a stencil, or put the glue into a fine-tip squeeze bottle and draw with it. This is an excellent alternative if you don’t have any stamps or embossing powders.
  • Vaseline: sponge or scrape Vaseline over the stencil. Spray inks over the top give clearer results. Brushing paint over the top will smear the Vaseline, no matter how careful you are. This is not wrong! It just gives a different result.
  • Oil pastel or plain white candle: The pastel resists the colour because oil and water don’t mix (just like wax and water don’t mix) 
  • White acrylic paint. The difference between putting the paint over the top of the colour as opposed to underneath is the paint over the top will reactivate water-based colouring agents and end up tinted; whereas putting the paint down first will keep it white.
My Experiments:

  1. Tag coloured with Distress Ink (inkpads).
  2. Images clear heat embossed (clear embossing ink, clear embossing powder).
  3. White acrylic paint over the top.
The white acrylic reactivated the water based Distress Ink, so the top layer ended up tinted. It was difficult to take the paint off the embossed area only to leave a clear image. I think the results are worth it though.

  1.  Text paper adhered to tag.
  2. Images clear heat embossed.
  3. Dylusions spray inks over the top.
 The text paper behind the images is too busy. This may have worked OK with a less detailed stamp.

  1.  Apply white rub-ons to a white tag.
  2. Apply colour over the top.
This is easy to do and an excellent alternative to heat embossing if you like the clean crisp appearance of a stamp, but don’t have any suitable images, or heat embossing tools.

  1. White acrylic paint stippled through a detailed stencil.
  2. Watercolour over the top.
The uneven application of paint gives a great background effect.

  1. White acrylic paint stippled through a stencil.
  2. Watercolour over the top.
The larger holes in this stencil allowed a heavier application of the paint. Too heavy in places as it traveled underneath the stencil and created blobs. This uneven effect is perfect for a background. 

  1. Clear glue applied from the bottle.
  2. Watercolour over the top.

This is very thick glue, like a gel and the word is raised. If you want to draw a finer detailed picture or word, use Glossy Accents, Glossy Mod Podge or a similar glue that dries clear.