How are you all? I'd like to welcome my new lovely followers! So nice to have you nearby! Feel free to get in touch!
My dear blog buddies, I know I have been a bit quiet in the last few days, I will be visiting your blogs soon! I have been super-busy here at home and also made a Christmas card that I can't really show you so... here I am a few days later with an A5 size artwork using my little technique and Tim Holtz's gorgeous dragonfly die that my blog buddy and a friend Donna kindly sent me to try out before I go ahead and buy the die. OMG! I'm in love with the dragonfly die cut! So pretty!
I tool a few photos for you so I'm going to try and keep my blabber as short as possible :) But before I show you any photos I'd like you to imagine that you are floating above a swamp or a lake at night with full moon... the lake is sparkly, the fern is reaching over the lake from the sides, dragonflies flying over it in speed... see where I'm going with this? Well, this was the vision in my head before I started working on this piece and here I am ready to show you...
I started with a greyboard that was covered in my bubblegum pink mess the other day. I pulled the whole collage off with the pink mess and collaged heaps of papers over it again. I mixed my white Gesso with some clear embossing powder until it was like a paste. I spread this unevenly over this collage to create more texture. I used the leftover paper that I die cut my large fern from as a stencil with this mixture and stenciled some ferns around the edges, mostly to the bottom part though. Here comes my little technique. As you know, clear embossing powder will create emboss resist if you heat it and apply any water-based medium over it. I heated the heck out of the surface until I saw the powder within the Gesso melting and bubbling a little. I left this to dry over night.
This morning, I started with Dylusions and ended up using my Cosmic Shimmer iridescent watercolour paint until I was happy with the saturation. You can see how gorgeously shimmery the surface is in the sun... This was the start of my shimmery lake!
I sponged the edges and a little bit over the whole surface with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then a little bit darkened the edges and the ferns with black Stazon.
I added my ink dyed fern leaves and my die cut flowers (Cart-us) and worked on my dragonfly.
The dragonfly was covered in white Gesso at first, then coloured with the gorgeous Cosmic Shimmer paints...
I went over the Dragonfly with the Walnut Stain and covered it in Clear Rock Candy Crackle paint by Tim Holtz. This turned the walnut stain ink into green and when the crackle paint crackled up it revealed the gorgeous shimmery paints underneath! Oooh, how pretty is that?!
Now, here's the finished artwork. Notice how I created additional texture and created difference in colours added to the surface using this unique emboss resist technique. I love the way it looks and I will be using this gesso/clear embossing powder mix again and yes, I will heat the heck out of it :)
I hope you like my little artwork. Feel free to leave a comment, I'd love to read what you think. I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Stencils & Pastes
Lawnscaping Challenge - Texture (Texture, you say...?;))
Pan Pastel UK - Bold & Bright (I hope this qualifies...)
Thank you for stopping by!