Monday, July 18, 2011
Oooh what a fun color challenge AND sketch challenge this week! Over at CCG our four challenging colors were: Creamsicle Orange, Vanilla White, Cool Blue and Ice Blue... pop over if you'd like a peek! (You have until Midnight Wednesday to play along) The designer challenge was to add a dripping element to the page! That drippy ice cream inspired me (as well as the many submissions that are already up for viewing, I'll admit I gleamed an idea or two). Many used paints and used a direct to paper approach for their drips... I was wanting something much more dimensional..
I started playing right away.. (spent most of my weekend experimenting!) This is what I came up with. Take a clean craft mat (You know the one you get from Ranger or Tattered Angels, the one nothing STICKS to), your favorite clear dimensional medium. I experimented with Mod Podge's Dimensional Magic and Ranger's Glossy Accents. My first attempt was to mix the DM with some blue Perfect Pearls, I poured a thread of this directly onto my craft-mat. Then I picked up the edge of the craft-mat and let it drip and run. Once satisfied with the "drippiness" lay flat and allow to dry. In Texas in my garage... about 12 hours. Mod Podge turned yellowish hue after drying..making my drips too golden/yellow for my project. I made a second attempt w/ my Ranger's Glossy Accents and Glimmer Mists ... MUCH HAPPIER results and after a good drying I adhered to my layout with clear liquid adhesive. (non yellowing)
After that and LOVING the effect.. I started playing with other "liquids" in my arsenal. I've seen acrylic paint dry on my craft mat and in the can (for proper trash disposal...) and another light bulb lite up! Taking my CLEAN craft-mat, I squeezed a huge blob of white acrylic paint onto the mat and let is spread out. Then taking Ranger's Stickles and Liquid Pearls.. I dripped directly into the wet paint. Then taking a stick pen, I start to swirl and drag the paint around. Then take it out to the garage and let bake for 24 hours. Don't attempt to dry with an embossing gun. It just doesn't work. As it dries, it may crack (it's paint) or shrink.. no worries. After it was completely dry, I cut out two "splats" and adhered to my layout. Once adhered, I coated with Clear Glossy Accents and a few more Stickles, and swirling with a stick pin. The orange really "bled out" while the blue stayed separate for some reason...
Lastly I played with ribbon. I was inspired by a jute/hemp piece in one submission and some pretty charms hanging from another.. so I tore up some cotton muslin in very thin strips and colors w/ my Tattered Angels. I pulled out my 'baubles' by Theresa Collins... a touch of watercolor here and there. And finished.
Thanks for stopping by! Liked the layout? Head over to Sketch Inspiration and play along. Who knows, you might win a prize... I did! That's where I got these lovely papers from! My prize package included blues from Making Memories! My orange Theresa Collins I grabbed up from Cat's Creations out in Mineral Wells. (And a frequent sponsor at SI!)