24 October 2013

Controlled Dribbling

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

37 comments:

  1. Wow Jenny that is gorgeous! A special card for a special person, but how to mass produce is a real puzzle. Hope to hear how you work that one out ;) x

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  2. this is so cool! I totally love it!
    really...love it!

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  3. I've read and re-read your post Jenny to get the process in my head, but I'm a visual/kinaesthetic learner so I need to find some time to try it out. The end result looks amazing and I can see the textures that create the channels, such a fabulous idea. Love the colours and flower embellishments.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! I'm not sure I understand all you did and how, but the end result is stunning. Love the colors and the texture.

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  5. Controlled dribbles - so much more appealing than uncontrolled though if we are lucky perhaps that too will come one day Jenny.
    I love that visiting your blog has my creative wheels whirring and turning even if sometimes not going there YET.
    This post is no exception. Keep exploring and having fun!

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  6. Oh! Word! Jenny, Your talents never cease to amaze me.
    Another stunning "work of art" I love it.
    The colours, the concept and all the wonderful detail are fantastic
    Have a Great Day
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  7. Hi Jenny. This card is stunningly gorgeous. I love how you've done your controlled dribbling... beautiful colours and fabulous textures. I've not heard of the embossing pastes before so after seeing what you've done with them, I'd love to find out more about the product. Love this!! Have a great weekend. Cheers, Di

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  8. This is amazing and what wonderful colour choices -love it all

    Chrissie x

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  9. What an amazing result from your 'controlled dribbling'. Thanks for sharing your experiments so that others can have a go. Love it.

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  10. I am in total awe of your work Jenny, this is stunningly beautiful. If I wasn't rushing out, I would study it more carefully and look at that video because I want to try this technique too now. You are such an inspiration with your innovative designs!! How cool is it that Wendy loves it too! Hugs, Anne x

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  11. Fabulous result, I can feel some experimenting coming on.
    Love
    Amanda x

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  12. Hi Jenny, Love the effect the transluscent embossing paste has given you on this project, and the way the ink has gone its own way. Looks great.Hugs Mo x

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  13. Your subject heading really made me chuckle, Jenny. And you are so inventive, coming up with a workaround for the lack of glue gun. The results, as always, are gorgeous.

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  14. Absolutely stunning Jenny. I have looked and looked at your fabulous card it really is amazing. Those textures and then the inks on top are stunning. I will definitely give this a try and look at the links you have provided too. Oh if only we all lived closer and you could give us a lesson!!!

    Have a lovely weekend!

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  15. Wow I do like the translucent embossing paste, gorgeous results! You made a gorgeous card from all the colors and tattered florals. Thanks for the tutorial as I will be buying this!!
    Hugs Kelly

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  16. Oh wow Jenny, another complete winner!!! This is utterly stunning and so totally effective, I LOVE it!!! The colours are amazing, love those blue and green tones together, - you never cease to amaze me!! Off to have a look at that video now and thanks for the link!

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  17. Jenny! Well this was just the perfect start to my day. I was reading through your post with my neck stretched forward to my computer screen like ET and then I laughed really loudly at MAHOOSIVE still laughing. You are too kind - this card is gorgeous and definitely for someone very special. I haven't yet found a way to mass produce mixed media cards, so most of the time, i make cards that are relatively dry. I am nuts about how you have subtly moved about in greens and teals in paper, and in your media. Great textures, and yes yes yes translucent modeling paste! thank you for introducing me to it today. i will keep an eye out for it.

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  18. Beautiful card!!!!! Loooove the technique from Vivian translated into your version. Enjoyed this post and referral of Vivians' blog on her hot glue gun! Inspired by you both!!!

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  19. Such a beautiful effect on your fabulous card.
    The textures are so lovely!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  20. Jenny...your card is beautiful! I love the soft colors. What a gorgeous make. I need to check out Vivian's blog to see your inspiration for this lovely make. Love your backgrounds and all of the texture you've achieved underneath those beautiful raised paper flowers. Just stunning! <3 Candy

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  21. Gorgeous card, Jenny! Full with stunning textures and amazing colors! Love the modeling paste! Hugs, Sandra

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  22. Wow - I'm loving your textury work Jenny. You are rocking 'layout' type cards. I'm sorry I've been absent from comming lately but 'life' has taken over. Hope to be 'normalised' soon. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

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  23. Čudovito voščilnico si naredila.Všeč mi je polno rožic,ki si jih dodala.
    Moram priznati,da imaš čudovit blog.Z veseljem bom kmalu pokukala spet k tebi.
    Pozdravček Urška

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  24. A fabulous card, great texture. Love all the flowers.

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  25. Gorgeous all those green and blues...great collaged, lovely flowers!

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  26. Beautiful card Jenny! I love the way you are always experimenting with texture and colour. Thanks for the link , I've just had a look at the video and love it ! I can see a few more controlled dribbles popping up here and there ! X

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  27. Oh wow this is a gorgeous mixed media project. So love the dimension and greens.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

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  28. Gorgeous card Jenny, the colours and design are very eye catching. Love the texture and the backdrop is stunning, I love this one. Tracy x

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  29. Jenny this is lovely and you have started the "little gray cells". Spinning for me now too! What a fab technique! Sailboat blue and dirty martini are two of my fave Dylusions colors. I must add the translucent paste to my next supply order. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Amy*

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  30. Love how you created the textures for the ink to play around in - and the end result is just beautiful! I love the colour palette too, of course - this is gorgeous, Jenny!

    Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday!
    Alison xx

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  31. Hi Jenny, incredible details and such a delicate beautiful feel, a really stunning card. X

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  32. Good morning Jenny,
    Thank you for the info........we did go on to You-Tube but 6 & 9 year old boys really have no patience.........LOL!!
    We have bought a box of Paper Aeroplane Kits for Christmas ........trust them to ask so early.
    When daddy came home he made some.really good ones. I have kept one of his as a template.
    We had great fun all with sheets of "copy paper"....!!
    Stay safe
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  33. Wow Jenny this is amazing, your textures and colours look wonderful. Good luck with the mass production lol xx

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  34. Oh wow! this is stunning, fabulous texture, colours, the flowers look gorgeous. I have this die but have never produced anything this lovely. Will try harder :)
    Suzi B xx

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  35. You and your work truly amaze me. I can literally sit here on your blog for the longest time just staring at one tiny aspect of a project and be immensely inspired. I just love how you bring life and beauty to inanimate objects. Gorgeous work...absolutely LOVE this!! :)
    hugs,
    Lisa x

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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