Friday, January 22, 2016

Shattered Galaxies {Color Burst + Gelli Printing}

Color Burst and Gelli Printing Plates are the perfect pair! I had so much fun experimenting with monoprints using a variety of Color Burst hues and the adorable 3" Circle Mini Gelli Plate. I used coordinating ribbon to bind the printed pages into a colorful mini art journal that made me think of exploding stars and planets. 

To begin the journal, I used Indigo, Ultramarine Blue, and Violet Color Burst watercolors to create a rich, saturated background on 4 3/4" square Fabriano Medioevalis Cards

When the pages were dry, I sprinkled a bit of Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, and Orange Color Burst on to the Mini Circle Gelli Plate and spritzed it with water. I carefully turned the plate over and stamped it randomly onto the pages.

For the next layers I spread an even coat of Golden Titanium White Heavy Body Paint on to the Gelli Plate, sprinkled with the same trio of Color Burst powders and stamped on to the pages until all the paint was gone. I reloaded the plate with paint and Color Burst and added more layers to the pages until I felt they were complete.

Finishing details included gold dots created with metallic gold Faber-Castell Texture Gems and white dots made with a Uni-ball Signo white pen. To create the title, I stamped the word "Shattered" with Pegz Uppercase Clickable Letterz and Lamp Black Ink. The word "Galaxies" came from an old book. When the pages were dry, I nestled all three together and punched two holes about 3/4" from the top and bottom. I used white seam binding dyed with Color Burst to bind the pages together.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit Ken Oliver's blog for more inspiration and ideas from the Creative Team!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Color Burst Winter Birds ATCs

ATCs or Artist Trading Cards are a fun way to make little pieces of art! These pint-size beauties are just 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 so they don't require a lot of time or materials for great results. I created a set of four winter bird themed ATCs using just two types of Color Burst and a few other simple elements.

These cards incorporate several of my favorite elements for collage including watercolor paper, magazine images, pretty patterned papers, tea bags, a white Uni-Ball Signo pen, a Stabilo pencil, and Color Burst watercolors. The elements you gather will be unique to you, but I would love to share some of the details in my ATCs.
I started by cutting 3 pieces of watercolor paper to 2 1/2 by 3 1/2, the standard size for ATCs. ATC #3 was cut from Ken Oliver's Hometown Cottage - Garden Cottage 12 x 12 patterned paper. Each card includes cut out images and text from one of my favorite magazines, Birds & Blooms. Finishing details include white dots made with the Uni-Ball pen, and shadows and edging made with a Sepia Stabilo pencil and a water brush.
ATC #1 background features handmade papers and a scrap of vintage piano roll that were colored with a sprinkle of Sepia Color Burst and a spritz of water.
ATC #2 has a piece of paper torn from Ken Oliver's Hometown Cottage - Garden Cottage 12 x 12 patterned paper and watercolored with Merlot Color Burst. The bird image is layered on a torn piece of a tea bag that was stained with Sepia Color Burst mixed with water in a bowl.
ATC #3 was cut from Ken Oliver's Hometown Cottage - Garden Cottage 12 x 12 patterned paper   and layered with a snippet of handmade paper.
ATC #4 is a piece of watercolor paper that was painted with a mixture of Titanium Buff paint tinted with a sprinkle of Sepia Color Burst. A piece of handmade paper completes the card.

Making these little cards is so enjoyable and relaxing! I hope you will have fun making some Artist Trading Cards of your own!