Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I began with Claudine's resist technique. I dipped foam stamps into gesso to stamp the polka dots and swirls in the center. I sponged over the gesso dots and swirls with fire brick distress ink. I then added a few flourishes in black archival ink. I cut material to cover the entire inside but left a side seam allowance of 1/4" on both sides. Yeah, sticky back canvas makes projects fast and easy. I zipped off the backing and on went the fabric. Folded up the bottom and hand pressed the side edges together for a good seal. I added a little checkered ribbon trim on the inside to cover the side edges.
I used gold metallic dabber acrylic paint to add interest to the outside opening edge and black dabber acrylic paint for the sides. Embellished with plain white Prima paper flowers that I inked and stamped and finished with some final pearls. This whole project took less that 1 hour including drying times...and most of my time was spent selecting the combination of stamps, inks, and material.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I love swishing my aquabrush with pretty alcohol inks across acetate. I find this technique not to be a precision painting style but rather lends itself to relaxing and playful creative time. This one I had fun experimenting by adding playful dots.
I used parts of background stamps for both of these images. I had fun adding stickles behind the alcohol ink for a set of ATCs.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The warm weather was welcomed for the fireworks display to kick the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Alaska statehood . The display had been cancelled three times during the extreme cold. The fireworks opened with a display of several large candles floating into the air which turned into stars forming the pattern of the Big Dipper -the design of our state flag. What a fun evening of watching fireworks in the warm weather! That's something unheard of here since we have sun all night long during typical July 4th fireworks we regularly have our big fireworks display on New Years.
Like everything my creative projects screeched to a minimum. I began the year with recycling many calendars by making them into envelopes for my cards. I recycled a piece of clear packaging plastic to use as a view finder to determine the best placement of the picture. I tried to layout the envelope so the most interesting portion would be on the left side to allow for the address.
I also participated in a sympathy card swap and enjoyed preparing one of my favorites techniques of white embossing on white vellum and coloring on the back side of the vellum to create a soft look.