Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mixed Media June challenge

created a piece for Mixed Media Challenge Blog

My piece is inspired by Birds of a Feather and Inks and Mists.

I had fun smoothing inks, sprays and paints and then developing this little birdie from scratch using a China marker to outline it and cut out some collage words from a Brave Girls Club Soul School kit . 

Monday, June 08, 2015

Watercolor Blog Hop

Hello everyone. I am here today to share some watercolor techniques as a part of the Watercolor Bloghop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.
One of my favorite watercolor techniques is creating luxurious backgrounds. Whether they are subtle or bold, water coloring works fabulous on backgrounds!
First, I stamped a fancy swirl image (Hero Arts) with Versamark ink. Sprinkled on some Liquid Platinum (Ranger) embossing powder and heat set with my gun. This creates a bit of resist and allows the flourish to stand out.
This card was created using pigments from Kuretake Zig Gansai watercolor set.
What I love about watercolor is that you can let a layer dry and go back on top to really make another layer.
Then I filled in the gaps with Distress Inks spritzed with water using the blending tool.
Here is a closer view. Using the different mediums of watercolor really gives depth and luminosity to the background but is easy to do!

Here is another card I created using the similar background watercolor technique using Copics... Yep... Copics and the blending solution to soften the hard edges... This method is more direct and playful but can achieve a similar effect!
You can check out more watercolor images, techniques and art over at the blog hop host page. Inspiration and chances to win prizes.

Hope to see you there!

Watercolor techniques

Watercolor techniques are all the rage right now. Here is another card I am sharing for the Watercolor Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh. There are some amazing cards being shared. Hope you check it out!
My card starts with lots of layered papers. Some washi tape and letter stickers for the sentiment. 
The floral image is from W plus 9 and was colored in using Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush markers and Akashi Ya Sai watercolor markers. Both sets of markers are rich hues that activate with water and also blend well with other colors ( with or without water) 
There are 20 colors of the Sai markers and over 80 of the Zig ones... So much fun blending these and getting the boldness of the pigment with the easily controlled brush tips!

Here is another card I created using the same markers. Same stamp image but a different set of colors .
Check out the blog at Pretty Pink Posh to see more watercolor ideas!


Watercolor Blog Hop

I am excited to be sharing a creation for the Watercolor Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.

There are so many possibilities for creating watercolor effects in papercrafting right now. I have done several cards and am sharing three blog posts showcasing my favorite way to create a watercolor look using inks and paints.
This card uses stamp sets from W plus 9.
I stamped the images using Archival ink in black and let them dry.
I used Coptic inks to color in the flowers and butterfly.
The soft watercolor background is using diluted distress ink mixed with some wink of Stella and a pearly watercolor set by Yasutomo.
Here is another card I created using the same technique except I used the black filled Wink of Stella in the center of the flower... Really gives it a more natural shimmer layered over the Distress Inks. I stamped a simple sentiment and layered it on frosted vellum.
Stamps are from Altenew. Sentiment is Papertrey Ink 

If you are interested in seeing more creations you can click on the link below and leave comments for your chance to win some great prizes from the sponsors!