Sunday, 16 August 2015
Experiments in Colour
This week I've been playing around with distress inks to create backgrounds, although some end results don't have full projects laying claims to them yet, they are sparking ideas, like the above image. I took an A4 piece of watercolour paper and used shades of red, yellow and orange distress inks to create a piece of paper that I then cut up and stamped with different images, including the new autumn animals set I got whilst on holiday. Both of the larger pieces have firm ideas, although I'm not happy with the stamped sentiment and will work to disguise it when I'm back home and have access to all my stash. The 'stars' on the centre card were created with dots of gold iZink which I ran a needle point through to form the star points.
My next project involved using 3 colours of distress ink, Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry all blended together, then I misted the paper with homemade pearlised water and left it to dry, this gave the paper a shimmery effect. Next I used one of my new Toga embossing folders I bought in France, the design is called 'Arabesque' and is a really pretty design, I can see me using this to make lots of backgrounds for fairy cards and also for Christmas card backgrounds over the next few months.
After I'd finished embossing I used some of the new violet coloured Crème de Patine paint, which is an absolutely wonderful creamy texture, I applied it with my finger tip, albeit not very expertly, it'll take some practice I think. I am pleased with the results though, I buffed it off with a soft cloth and the result was the paper winds up looking almost metallic in places. Can't wait for the rest of the colours to arrive when I get home, my mind is over flowing with ideas and ways to use them already.
Tomorrow we're going to visit Agincourt and Château de Pierrefonds the place they filmed the BBC series Merlin, I think that will inspire some creative ideas, its apparently the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt this year, so it would be silly not to visit when you're a stones throw away from the location.