Saturday, 26 September 2015

PaperArtsy Topic 17: Pigment Powders

I looked at this challenge and though I haven't got any pigments! Then as I was reading the explanation of all the pigments available it suddenly dawned on me that I had 2 kindsMica and Luminarte pigments. 
Primary Elements Artist-Pigments are created by hand blending bright clean high quality pigments with our proprietary blend of mica's and other minerals. The result is brilliant colours refracting light similar to a crystal. The sparkle and shimmer of Twinkling H2Os add depth and dimension, even when used in washes. Luminarte Artist Pigments are perfect for mixed media. 
Luminarte Artist-Pigments TM, mixes with ease in gum binders, any acrylic medium, water-based polyurethane acrylic glaze or gel mediums. 

So that's what I have used, but I really need some Brushos! Obviously because I need non sparkly pigments, lol. 

For this challenge I was inspired by the design done by Kay Carley.
But I wanted to try embossing powder over the wet pigments! I haven't seen it done before, then realised it would be very hard to achieve as with this method there is too much water on the card! So I didn't bother, lol. 
Here goes; 
Stamped with Versamark and then applied white embossing powder and heated with a heat gun. Anyone new to embossing must understand that a heat gun gets very hot so to melt the powder a hair-dryer doesn't get hot enough and will blow the powder away. 
I spritzed the watercolour card with water. 
Sprinkled the pigments all over and waited for the magic,adding water if needed in different parts. 
Dried thoroughly. 
With a wet brush lifted the colour from areas that I wanted to apply another colour. 
Dabbing with a paper towel to help lift even more colour. Then applied more water with the brush and sprinkled with the pigments. 
Once happy with the distribution of the powder I dried the card with a heat gun. 
I liked how Kay had applied a shadow to the stamped images. I wanted to give that ago but I forgot to do it before fixing the design with Spray n Shine, lol. 
Stamped the wording. 
Applied Spray n Shine to fix the design. 
Matted onto black card. 
Will either use for a greeting card or may hang it on the wall. I've really enjoyed this technique and it's one that I know I will use often. 

Tip; decant your powder into a shaker type container or if original container allows make a few small holes in the lid so that you can shake the powder onto your design. I didn't do this and found it hard to shake the powder from a stirring stick because most of the time it fell off in one big clump and so I had to use a brush to move the powder and water. Dipping ( just touch the surface is quite sufficient) a stiff brush into the powder then flicking it over the card and water gave a better result. 

Materials used; 
Luminarte Artist Pigments – Ginger Peach, Blushing Rose, Sky Blue, Key Lime, Sunflower. 
PaperArtsy stamps –  
Wow Embossing Powder- White. 
Distress Ink  Peacock. 
Crafters Companion – Spray n Shine. 

From my stash; 
Watercolour card. 
Fine mist sprayer. 
Black card. 

Challenge entered; 

Sunday, 6 September 2015

PaperArsty Topic 16 – Circles

Hi there bloggers this post is going to be a very quick one as I'm really late writing it up! My project was finished Tuesday (it's now Sunday 2pm!) but I had a message from my friend about a dog that needed re homing and he's coming all the way from Spain! I will blog about him and his journey once I get him this next Friday but through messaging the person about him I got it in my mind it was Friday just gone n went into panic mode getting things ready for him, lol.
Anyway back to the challenge.

Inspired by  
I used white card as my base, ripped up pieces of a book and some bits of patterned paper I found.
Stuck them to the card with Matt glue.
Washed over with dilute white paint.
Once dry embossed and dry brushed with blue paint.
Applied grunge paste through a stencil and then stamped into it for even more texture.
Stamped with paint onto the background then stamped on spotty tissue paper.
Painted them on the reverse side.
Applied to background with Matt glue.
Highlighted with white pen.
Glitter and pearl drops added to finish.

I will make them into cards when required and add a sentiment to suit the recipient.

Materials used;
PaperArtsy -  Fresco Paints Beach Hut, Yellow Submarine, Orchid, Tango. JOFY38. Grunge paste.
Indigoblu – Slap It On. Pantry White paint. Stamp.
Clarity Stamps – Stencil
Distress Stickles
Liquid Pearls.

From my stash;
Spotty tissue.
Embossing folder.
White pen.
White card.
Bottle tops various sizes.

Challenge entered;