Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Mixed Media Card Challenge

Happy New Year-2015!

Wow, it feels like December was the shortest month ever! I do hope it was a wonderful one for you. Now it is time for somethin' new--Yes, new is the challenge theme this month at the Mixed Media Card Challenge and tissue is the optional item.

Here is my card for this month:

My first step was penciling in the rocks onto watercolor paper. I adapted a sea foam stencil  to create a perch for the bird. I used a extra fine black calligraphy marker (new to me) called Elegant Writer by Speedball and followed a few new techniques Karlyn Holman teaches on this You Tube video.  I outlined the stones with the marker. Wetting the black circles causes the ink to bleed and so I brushed the ink onto the background.  When it became too wet I gently tapped it dry with a tissue. Moving the water changes the colors to shades of pink. The ink becomes permanent when dry and then other watercolors can be added. It is a fun process and I hope to try it again in other applications. 

Magenta bird stamp is water-colored and added white accents with a Signo pen and stamped the sentiment in archival black ink. The card with the Hampton Arts sentiment "spread your wings and fly " is appropriate for a wide variety of occasions where one is making a new beginning.

You can find all the details for the Mixed Media Card Challenge here.

Hope you have fun playing along with the MMCC this month!

Thanks for stopping by!