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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Plays With Stamps And Distress Inks Again!



I can't resist playing with Distress Inks. My latest craze is stamping an image with Antique Linen, then watercolouring using the faint outline as a guide.



I stamped one large daisy and several smaller flowers in a random fashion onto mixed media paper.




I used an acrylic block for a palette, squishing various Distress Ink minis. Several of the colours were left over from a previous session. I just let them sit there until I want to use them again. If I want a complete new start, I spritz the block and wipe the colours onto a page in my journal. The middle brush is my "slosher", the top brush is the "splatterer", and the bottom brush is for detail.




I pulled in some of the Antique Linen colour and added some very diluted hints of colour on the flowers.




I washed the background with clean water and dropped in some blues, deepening the colour around the petals.





I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Smoky Grey because I didn't want a strong contrast.




I mounted the panel onto card, at which point I decided it was too similar to this spotlight project I did a few weeks ago. So, not wanting to short-change you, I started again.




This time I used watercolour paper (by accident - I thought I'd picked up some more mixed media paper). It was a bit smaller than the first piece but I re-stamped the images in roughly the same position.




I added some purples and greens to my palette.




Added some diluted colours to the petals.




I painted (well, all right then, sloshed) several layers of wash on the background, deepening the colour around the main flower.




I mounted the panel onto white card. The white helps to highlight the purples in the background.

Stamps used:

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6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for showing your work in progress! Both turned out Squashingly Good!

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  2. I'm yet to try this technique... I love your watercolour card! xx

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  3. Love the watercolored BG and stamping technique using distress inks.

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  4. Gorgeous! when I went on my most recent spending spree back when I visited my family, Antique Linen ink joined my collection. Excited to try the technique you've shared here...although I'm still at odds with the whole distress inks/ markers situation. You've inspired me to give them yet one. more. try. *grin*
    ~c

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  5. What an awesome technique. I'm definitely going to have to try.

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  6. Both cards are so beautiful. Love the idea of stamping with Antique linen so that it fades into the background. Loll xx

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