Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Using Twinkling H20's for a quick painterly background

Hello Scrap Friends :)
I'm so happy to be sharing my first tutorial post on this blog!
Recently I made a layout using this technique and I got many positive responses, so I thought I'd share it with you in this short step-by-step guide.

STEP 1
Prepare. To start with, you'd need a piece of cardstock primed with gesso and thoroughly dried. Once you have that at hand, the colouring should take no more than 15 minutes - provided you already decided on your colour choice :)
You'd need at least 3-4 colours of paints. I decided to trust the producer and I picked a ready set of 6 colours: Fire & Ice,Mulberry,Autumn Butternut, Wintermist Gray,Azurite & Sweet Alfalfa. This set in BEAUTIFUL - this photo doesn't give it any justice as you will see below.
I'm also using a stamp, silicon brush, water spray and brown stazon ink, which somehow escaped the photo ;)


STEP 2
Stamp the image or images. I used one stamp only, just repeated the pattern randomly. Stazon ink is best to use, if you should stamp on gesso like in this case.


STEP 3
Add colour. I'm using silicon brush as I find it easier to control. The paint should be dissolved with a small amount of water to be a little thicker than a watercolour - like a consistency of a nail polish.
I really try to work quick through this step, starting with the light colours and adding the darks later and I stay within the stamped area.

STEP 4
Blend. Since the paint is thick, I spray some water to let the colours blend. It's also possible to remove wet paint with a paper cloth if it's too much, or add more  - purely a matter of taste and courage ;) This is my favourite part of the process, I love the subtle changes and effects which can be achieved here.

STEP 5
Dry and finish. When dry, the background is ready for some final touches. It could be an embossing on top, gesso stencil or some splashes of paint and more stamping.

I used my backgound to create this colourful 'thank you' card.


...and here's one of my earlier layouts using the same technique


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will find this short tutorial useful and get creative with a plain cardstock, gesso and paints!





8 comments:

  1. Thank you Zanka for your step by step tutorial. Effect is amazzing!!

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  2. What a great technique! Beautiful color combo.

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  3. So inspiring and beautiful! Can't wait to give it a try!!

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