Wow where did September come from - I can't believe how fast this year is going! Well I'm here with another project for the Lindy's Stamp Gang monthly Color Challenge - this one is for the month of September.
The colours for this month remind me of Autumn / Fall or an outdoor bbq party - they are bold, fresh and upbeat! Now you know by now I find these Color Challenges well quite challenging!!!! This was no exception as orange and yellow are on my least favourites list, which left green, red and turquoise - all the makings of a bad Christmas card! So I decided to use the green, turquoise, orange and yellow and see what I could come up with....
I have to admit - I like it - I like it - I like it!!!!!! Sparkly, grungy, a little bit of a mess - right up my alley!
I also have to confess to being inspired by Donna Downey - this page uses some of her amazing ideas. I've been taking Donna's Inspiration Wednesday classes and while I don't play along each Wednesday I do watch and learn!
You may want to know what on this page I learned from Donna? Well.......
1. Being brave and adding Extra Heavy Gesso on top of your almost finished page - yes take a deep breath and hope you don't muck it up before doing this!
2. Adding black paint into a Fine Line squeeze bottle so you can draw, add handwritten text etc to your pages. For my little twist on this I've discovered I ADORE painting bold lines in matt black gesso and then adding lines with the fine line black over the top, you get an amazing contrast between the matt gesso and the slightly raised glossy paint in the fine liner!!! Click the image below for a closer look so you can see what I'm talking about!
3. Squishing thick gesso into a stencil to create raised textural elements - even raised words.
So even though I don't create a page from every lesson - I am listening and learning Donna I promise and I'm enjoying every minute :) I'm also loving how the matt black gesso makes the Lindy's Starburst colours totally POP off the page - a match made in heaven!
My finished page looks like this, seriously sparkly and gorgeous!
Are you going to create something and enter the challenge this month?
Today I'm looking at the little miracle that is the Copic Colourless Blender. In spite of the name, the Colourless Blender isn't really used for blending, instead think of it as your magic wand! It can fix mistakes, create patterns and texture and add highlights to your colouring. Today I'm looking at the most common uses for your Colourless Blender.
To try out the following techniques you will need:
The Colourless Blender is made to correct mistakes, it contains an alcohol-based fluid that with careful application will fade and in most cases completely remove small areas of Copic Ink, though strong colours are notoriously difficult to completely erase. To test different colours, create a dark area of colour (this circle is YG09), colour outside your lines on purpose - then using the chisel nib of your Copic Colourless Blender 'push' the ink back towards the line. Apply one layer of blending ink and wait for it to dry, before applying more layers. This way you can see the colour fading and only apply as much blender as needed.
There are about 5 layers of Copic Colourless Blender applied to this area, you can see it's almost gone. It doesn't usually take this many layers of blender, but I may have coloured a bit enthusiastically, gone over he area more than once and created a large patch of colour - oh well, I sure gave it a good test!
All you need to create a fantastic spotted pattern is the brush tip of your Colourless Blender. Colour your image, this circle is coloured with R37 - then press and hold the brush nib for about 2 seconds on the coloured surface. For more pronounced dots either hold for a longer period, or go back over previously created dots. Don't worry squashing your brush nib into the paper won't hurt it - the nibs are very resilient.
To create a brick pattern all you need is the chisel end of your Colourless Blender. Colour your image, this circle is coloured with BG49 - then press and hold the chisel nib for about 2 seconds flat on the coloured surface, repeat to create a brick pattern. For a more pronounced pattern either hold for a longer period, or go back over previously created marks. This works best on darker colours, so that the pattern really stands out.
To create the texture of fur use a washcloth or a piece of velvet. Colour your image, this circle is coloured with E59, add some of the Colourless Blender to a mini misting bottle and spray onto the fabric. The material should be damp - not wet, which is why I prefer to spray the fluid onto the fabric, it's easier o control how wet it gets. Press the material to your coloured image. You should notice the pattern appearing almost instantly. If you have missed any areas or want a more pronounced pattern - repeat the above process.
Create Clothing Texture
To create fabulous clothing textures a piece of hessian, denim or lace is perfect.
To create this pattern colour the image using BV08. Spritz a piece of hessian with Colourless Blending Fluid and press the damp material onto your coloured image - this works best in small areas.
To create this finer material pattern colour your image using RV09, then spritz a piece of denim with the Colourless Blending Fluid, then press the damp denim onto the coloured shape. The denim used was quite fine (like on a denim shirt) if a thicker denim had been used, like jeans denim, then the pattern may have been more pronounced. Either way makes a cool pattern.
To create this lace pattern, colour the image with YG09, then spritz lace with Copic Colourless Blending Fluid - press the lace onto your coloured image and hold for a few seconds, be careful not to wiggle or move the lace or your pattern will be blurred.
To create a highlight, colour image using Y35 then using the brush nib of the Copic Colorless Blender over the coloured area to draw your highlight. Add one layer of Colourless Blender at a time and allow it to dry before adding the next layer, so you can see the actual amount of colour removal. You may need to go over the area 3 or 4 times to achieve the level of bleaching that you want.
I hope this gives you a few more ideas about how to use your Copic Colourless Blender, it really is one of the most versatile tools you have in your Copic marker collection.
Today I'm testing Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays over a variety of Golden products. I'm often see comments on my projects saying 'ooh Love this will this technique work on (insert name of product)?' Now most of the time I've tried a similar idea but sometimes I haven't, so I thought that for today's post I would gather 7 common Golden products and see how the Lindy's Stamp Gang Starbursts react.
I'm testing products commonly used by both artists and crafters over canvas, paper etc. I've cut up pieces of cardstock and used either a brush or spatula to apply each product as smoothly as possible. I left the whole lot to dry overnight and confirmed each product had completely set.
#1 - Plain white cardboard
#2 - Golden Gesso (White)
#3 - Golden Absorbent Ground
#4 - Golden Acrylic Ground
#5 - Golden Soft Gel (Semi Gloss)
#6 - Golden Fiber Paste
#7 - Golden Light Molding Paste
I've used an eye dropper to apply the same amount of Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst to each surface. This applies a lot more liquid and a lot more dye colour in one small area than spraying the colour onto the surface would have. It means my results are slightly exaggerated, but it's also easier to see what's happening.
First I wanted to test:
Some products reacted exactly as I expected them to, others were a little surprising. When the Starburst puddle had dried, this is what it looked like on each surface, again I left each overnight to make certain they were dry. Please note some surfaces are absolutely better than others, especially when it comes to the shimmer - there are huge differences, which I hadn't really expected!
NB: Each photo was taken in the same light, on the same angle.
#1 - Plain white cardboard - the liquid spread into the cardboard (a bit messy because of the amount of liquid)), colour is true & shimmer is even. I'd give this 4 stars out of 5
#2 - Golden Gesso (White) - no wicking of colour, true colour (though slightly darker around the edges) & shimmer is even. I'd give this 5 stars out of 5
#3 - Golden Absorbent Ground - colour has wicked, is darker in some areas & shimmer is patchy (concentrated in area of initial application). I'd give this 3 stars out of 5
#4 - Golden Acrylic Ground - no wicking of colour, colour is much darker & shimmer is concentrated in the spot initial colour was applied. Shimmer is muted. I'd give this 3 stars out of 5
#5 - Golden Soft Gel (Semi-Gloss) - no wicking of colour, colour is a little darker & shimmer is evenly spread, though it has settled into pits in surface. I'd give this 5 stars out of 5
#6 - Golden Fiber Paste - colour has wicked, is significantly darker, shimmer has settled into the surface texture and is almost invisible. I'd give this 2 stars out of 5
#7 - Golden Light Molding Paste - no wicking of colour, colour is much darker & shimmer is evenly spread, though muted. I'd give this 2 stars out of 5
To sum up the shimmer is at it's best on Paper, Gesso and Soft Gel.
Next I wanted to test what happens when the colour is re-wet, as happens when layering or applying extra product over the top. This determines if colours get muddy, mix, move etc., so basically how much of a mess you might make!
To test colour re-activation I added 2 drops of water to each coloured test patch, let it sit for 5 seconds then I dragged a paint brush through the water and across the surface. Admittedly five seconds is longer than the average wet product may be sitting on your coloured area - but I wanted to see what would happen.
I was interested to see that ALL the surfaces I tested had colour re-activation to some degree, and ALL allowed some colour to move, it was just a matter of how much!
NB: Keep in mind there was more dye in one small spot than there would normally be if you had sprayed your colour on.
#1 - Plain white cardboard - medium amount of colour re-activation.
#2 - Golden Gesso (White) - this had a high amount of colour re-activation.
#3 - Golden Absorbent Ground - this had the lowest amount of colour re-activation.
#4 - Golden Acrylic Ground - this had a medium amount of colour re-activation.
#5 - Golden Soft Gel (Semi Gloss) - this allowed a lot of colour to re-activate!
#6 - Golden Fiber Paste - this showed a medium amount of colour re-activation.
#7 - Golden Light Molding Paste - this also showed a high amount of colour re-activation.
To sum up the colour moved the LEAST on Absorbent Ground, Acrylic Ground, Fiber Paste and Paper.
The colour moved the MOST on Gesso, Soft Gel and Light Molding Paste.
Now, how do these results help choose a product? Basically they give you a quick guide (which I've displayed below as a table) of how Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays will behave, what shows the shimmer at it's best, what you can layer on (and what you can't), how much the colour will move and spread and if the colour is likely to mix with any other colour you spray over the top. I'll be trying the Soft Gel and Acrylic Ground in upcoming projects, as they look like I might get fantastic shimmer and interesting results!
I hope this helps a little, will be back testing what you can use to seal your Lindy's in another post :)
Goodmorning, today I am looking at Copic Various Inks. Various Ink refills are part of what make the Copic system truly amazing. All 358 marker colors have a matching bottle of ink. Each bottle will fill a dry marker up to 15 times, depending on the style of marker. Each bottle of ink has a built in dropper tip for simple application. The airtight inner seal prevent sthe ink from drying out for many years. Now while it's true their intended purpose is to refill your markers, they are an amazing art supply all by themselves, incredibly versatile and perfect for creating alcohol ink based art projects. Today I am using Copic Various inks in 2 different ways, allowing you to incorporate more inky fun into your cards, pages, canvas or scrapbooking layouts.
Begin by preparing a page in your X-Press It Mixed Media Journal with gesso, if you would like a white background paint the page with white gesso. If you would like a coloured background, then add a few drops of Various Ink to your gesso to create a tint. Wait for the gesso to dry before trying step 2.
Step 2 - Add one drop of Various Ink onto your background, because the paper has been sealed, the ink will spread and wick forming a circular shape. I used R35 as the first colour. For larger circles add a second or even a third drop of ink.
Step 3 - To create some variation add a single drop of Various Ink - Colorless Blender to the center of each circle. This will create a paler area in the middle of your circle.
Step 4 - To create a more interesting looking circle add a single drop of a different colour to the center. I used Y38. You may notice that a single drop of any colour travels almost the same distance over the gesso!
Step 5 - To create smaller circles, add 3 drops of colour and 2 drops of Colorless blender to a plastic surface, mix together and apply using an old paint brush. Adding a smaller amount of liquid/ink results in a smaller circle! You can use the brush to create smaller flowers, flower centers or add little drops of colour to the background.
Repeat Steps 2-5 using a variety of Copic Various Ink colours, until you have almost covered your background. This example uses: V15, BV04, RV19, V06, R35, RV32, Y38 & YR04
Step 6 - Add a little Various Ink - Colorless Blender to a small mister and lightly spray the Colorless Blender over your pattern - this will create random spots and create pattern and interest.
Step 7 - Use Copic Multi Liners 0.3 & 0.5 to add a doodled designs and embellish your circles. I made my circles look like flowers by adding lines to resemble petals.
Step - 8 Use Kirarina Wink pens from the Precious Metals set to add touches of pearl and metal to your design - once dry you can draw over the ink with your Copic Multi Liners for extra detail.
This is some of the pattern up close - the Various Inks give the most amazing concentrated colour to your projects. Sigh - so vibrant and beautiful!
And the finished project looks like this...
So grab your Various Inks and use them on your next project - they're not just great for refilling you markers, but are fabulous all on their own.
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