Hi everyone. Thanks so much for dropping by and welcome to you all, including my latest followers. It's always so gratifying to see that number slowly but surely increasing. Today I want to share a bit of an experiment with you.
As many of you will be aware I am a MAHOOSIVE fan of the work of Vivian Keh (Contadina K) who produces the most amazing works of art using her trademark hot glue gun. The video on THIS POST for Donna Salazar Designs got the little grey cells spinning with possibilities.
Why did it appeal so much? As a bit of a control freak I love the idea of being able to have at least partial control over spray inks, but with no glue gun how to achieve this?
Taking some neutral paper roughly brushed with gesso, I created a basic flowing pattern by stamping leaf fronds from Wendy Vecchi's 'Love to Make Art' stamp set with her Fern Green Archival Ink. Next came a layer of her white embossing paste into which I stamped the same leaf fronds.
Now for the 'clever' bit. Translucent embossing paste through leaf stems on Wendy's 'From the Garden' stencil created something of that raised transparent effect achieved by Vivian's glue gun and more importantly the channels through which the ink could run. Once dry I rubbed a little white acrylic paint over the translucent paste to add highlights.
Now for the fun bit - dripping Dirty Martini and Sailboat Blue into the centre, spritzing it with water and allowing the ink to run along the channels created in/by the pastes. As Vivian herself says, it felt very organic, taking on a life of its own. Then I walked away for a while to allow my head time to work out how best to finish this card. Stamped Tattered Florals became the final solution (with an embossed Simple Saying) keeping the colour scheme sympathetic.
A lot has been learned during the making of this card and translucent embossing paste is now a firm favourite. Now, how can I translate these lessons into slightly more 'mass produced' Christmas cards...
The adventure continues! Have a great Friday everyone and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx