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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.

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