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EXPERIMENTING WITH BLENDING SOLUTIONS FOR COLORED PENCILS

Wednesday, February 17, 2016



As much as I love using my copics and feel very comfortable with them, I am a relative newbie to colored pencils.  I have had my Prismacolors for a long time but other than sharpening them I had not really done much with them.  I think I was intimidated by seeing what professional artists can do with them which seems almost magical.  But I have been trying.  The adult coloring book craze has been a major aid in motivating me to use my pencils.  Having read so many different articles on blending options I decided I needed to try them for myself.  Let me say first off that I had only ever tried a blending (or burnishing) pencil and may not have been using properly but I didn't get great results.  I then watched a YouTube video about using vaseline but when I tried it I found that, for me, it was hard to control and I got big clumps of vaseline on my pencil or blending stump.  Gamsol I was familiar with but after spilling the container and getting the smell everywhere I decided it wasn't for me and I again, wasn't loving the results.  Next up, Baby Oil.  Who would have thought that this would give both lovely results in a controllable manner and NO SMELL!
I also liked that I could go over the area that I had already blended with the baby oil and add more color which I did in both the rose and the flower.

First layer

ALTENEW PEONY BOUQUET, PRISMACOLOR PENCILS

Blended with additional layers


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ONLINE CARD CLASSES: WATERCOLOR FOR CARD MAKERS, INTERMEDIATE TECHNIQUES

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Have you fallen in love with this class yet? I have, but what a challenge.  On day three Dawn's video on negative painting just blew me away and I just had to try. I didn't have a leaf stamp so I chose an older floral with leaves but I think the image was too complicated and it turned into a hot mess and I completely lost the image.  I watched the video 3-4 more times and opted for a simpler image.  Moderate success but I am definitively NOT a natural (I think I like coloring in the lines too much!)




Color a little off in photo and I couldn't quite get it adjusted in Photoscape.


FIRST TRY WAS A HOT MESS!


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OCC WATERCOLORS FOR CARDMAKERS: INTERMEDIATE

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

If you haven't signed up for this class and you have any desire to use watercolors on your cards or just want to learn some new techniques, I can't recommend this class enough.  Dawn Woleslagle from Wplus9  is not only an artist but a wonderful teacher.  Most importantly, this class is FUN! For the first day I wanted to try the pears but didn't have a pear stamp so I hand drew a pear on craft board, cut it out and used it as a template.
I had so much fun with the pears but those darn leaves gave me all kinds of trouble.  Gotta work on that brush technique!  One thing to note, I was uses Arches Aquarelle hot pressed paper, 140 lb but when I laid down color it looked like the paper was pilling. However, when the color dried it did dry even and flat. 

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CHRISTMAS CARD WITH DEER

Thursday, December 10, 2015



I stamped the Memory Box Pine stamp onto patterned paper with Memento Lux Northern Pine pigment ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then used a mini blender and gold pigment ink to burnish around the stamped image.  I die cut the deer and used a darker green ink to add some dimension and a white gel pen for spots on their backs. The greeting was die cut out of the MFT Shimmer gold card stock and I used the same card stock for the card itself.  The green card stock is MFT Elf green which I seem to have used on most of my Christmas cards this year.









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MAKE IT CRAFTY: AURORA BOREALIS CHALLENGE

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Make it Crafty, copic markers

I haven't done a challenge in quite a while but trying to color, paint, create an aurora borealis intrigued me.  I first colored the background with distress inks and splatted the stars.  I used a dry brush and guache paints to create the aurora.  After it was dry I used wink of stella clear to give it a real shimmer effect.  You can sort of see it below.
The cute little snowman is Make It Crafty colored in copics and popped up with foam tape.  This really was a challenge for me but I did enjoy it.







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ONLINE CARD CLASSES: HOLIDAY STYLE DAY 7 SHIMMER AND SHINE

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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This is the first card I made for the shimmer and shine day.  I embossed the background and the image with versamark and embossed with Filagree gold embossing powder.   blended distress inks over the embossed background in two colors giving an ombre effect and also colored the image with distress inks. Some pearls and a few sequins finished it off.
The card base is MFT Elf green which has been my go to green this season.





IMPRESSION OBSESSION GREENERY
POWER POPPY POINSETTIA
DISTRESS INKS
COPICS
GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER
NEENAH SOLAR WHITE


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ONLINE CARD CLASSES: HOLIDAY STYLE MASKING

Sunday, November 15, 2015


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You can see the stickles here but not the subtle glitter in the snowflakes


Day 5 was cutie patooties and I opted to try out a one layer card with masking. Laura Bassen's card was just to adorable to resist and I wanted to get all the layers correct. I started by stamping the small gift and then worked my way backward, masking each layer. When all the stamping and masking was done, I blended my sky with Amuse Pigment inks.  I just love using pigment inks for blending.  When the ink was dry (the next day cause it was very late at night and bed was calling) I used Carte Bella snowflake stencil with Aleene's glitter snow embossing paste.  When that was completely dry, I pulled off all the masking paper and colored the images with Copics.  The ribbons and bows are painted in gold but they don't show up well in the photo. I used StarDust stickles all over for an added glittery snow effect.  After I finished the card I realized I totally forgot a sentiment and also the card was warped so I cut it down and adhered it to a green card base which solved the warping problem and I typed and foiled a greeting and adhered that to the top.  Hope you like it.




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