Saturday, January 31, 2015

Charming Fellow

They've been around a lot lately. At least this one wasn't peeking in the window or sitting in the bird feeder.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Here Piggy, Piggy, Piggy

OK. I finished two cards that utilized the pigs I painted with the markers. One uses the marker painted piece and the other uses a Print and Cut I made from a scan of the marker piece.

This one is the marker piece. Hubby says I have a warped sense of humor.

Actually, I watched a tutorial on how to make Faux Bacon

Sounded fun to me.

This one uses the scanned PnC and is done at the request of my daughter. She saw the first one and started telling me what she wanted on a card to go along with the pigs. Nothing like designing your own.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ladybugs and Thistle

I colored these with alcohol inks. Still working out my techniques.

The background was digitally created and light enough to add additional elements if I choose.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Lessons Learned

Silly me.

I actually intend to use these as a shape, no background, on a Valentine card. I should have imported the original line drawing into Make-the-Cut and printed it with registration marks before I colored it. Had I done that, I would have been able to cut them out with my digital cutter.
As it was, I used scissors. It could have been worse, but I learned a valuable lesson.

I also used a brush on the white pig to paint the fine white detail hairs. I am now much happier with the lines.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Here is another attempt at using the Spectrum Noir markers.

I tried something different with the background on this one. I digitally created a colored background. I also took a little "artistic license" with the colors that I chose to use.

I've found only one thing so far that I don't particularly like about markers. I am incapable of drawing as fine a line as I would like. Maybe that will improve with time.

EDITED: I tried adding detail with a water-based ink pen. They work great under and over the alcohol markers without smearing as long as they are dry. My problem with the pen lines is that they are consistent in width from the base to the tip. You can't add pressure to deviate the line. For me, this is a must to create flowing, more natural looking lines. Next trusty brush.

Monday, January 19, 2015

I Succumbed

I have resisted purchasing a set of alcohol markers for years. Goodness knows I have enough painting products to last me forever. Are they the brands being sold today for the current paper trends? Not all of them. Are they the same products? Most, yes, and I've done a great many of the "new" techniques in the past just on different surfaces. So...honestly, I didn't really NEED the markers. Not even to keep to speak. That fact has helped me resist them. Until now.

When a friend posted a link to a site that had them on sale, I succumbed. Coincidentally, I had been looking at them again that very morning. I purchased the whole set of Spectrum Noir Markers.

I made a few digital stamps from some of my own drawings while I waited for my markers to arrive. I've managed to complete two of them.
Learning to work with a new painting medium is fun and exciting. For me, though, it is also a slow process. I like to play as I learn and usually end up veering off in umpteen different directions.

Here are scans of the two completed projects.

I did this first one just to see how the markers work and to get the feel of them.

I did this one to see if I could blend the colors to get some mottled texture without distinct edges.

I must say, even though I have a lot to learn, I rather like working with them.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

I've Had Some Time Off

Now it is time to get down to business. I can't believe the number of things I have on my "to do" list.
I have so many new things I want to try to do and and many things I want to learn.
Selfishly, I have declared this to be the year of ME.

In the meantime, I actually got a Valentine card finished well before Valentine's Day.

It is a 6" x 6" card. The doily around the heart is a free svg file I downloaded from:
I enlarged it enough to surround my heart shape, ignoring the shape of the existing heart in the center of their file. Just glued right over it because it wasn't going to show anyway.

The heart was the fun part of the card. I cut it from cereal box cardboard. I needed something sturdy enough to paint.
I applied gesso to both the front and back so that I would have a solid white surface to paint. The paint I used, Phthalocyanine Green (whew) tube acrylic, is translucent. I didn't want Snap, Crackle or Pop to show through the "Thalo" Green. Why both sides? If I messed one side up, I would have the other side ready to work on. Know thyself!

I created a stencil with an airy, lacy design. I centered the stencil over my heart shape and filled the holes with Liquitex Gloss Heavy Gel and a palette knife. After removing the stencil, I applied DecoArt Glamour Dust to the wet gel and let it dry completely. I was then able to dust off any stray Glamour Dust.
Unfortunately, the shimmer of the Glamour Dust does not show up well in the photo. Glamour Dust is beautiful and one of my all time favorites.

The rest of the card is squares and strips of paper cut to the appropriate sizes. The embossing was done with a Spellbinder embossing folder and the Grand Caliber. I placed the heart off center to allow room to add a label or sentiment.

The heart stenciling could easily be done on regular cardstock. I like the effect the highlight in the center gives the piece. This could be achieved by inking the outside edges a darker color, I think. Seems to me that might be easier, but I don't have a ton of ink. I do have a ton of paint.

I've done this technique in the past using DecoArt Texture Glass instead of the Gel Medium. It appears to be a little thicker. It has also gotten scarcer than hen's teeth and impossible to find. Both mediums dry transparent which is necessary to achieve the look I was striving to get.

At any rate, I like the appearance of the finished product. I did some flat ornament shapes at Christmas and used them for package embellishments. I also enjoy painting lace. You can get a lot daintier with a brush than you can with a stencil. But, that's for another time.