I found a plain utensil holder at Target for $6 and turned it into a bright, functional art piece for my kitchen.
I started by cleaning the holder with soap and water, and then alcohol. I covered the outside with gesso. NOTE: the gesso is in a dauber bottle to make it easy to spread and as well as adds texture. I replaced the top with ranger top.
After it dried completely, I used stencils and alcohol inks to add color. I just played until I was happy with it.
Sharing a couple designs I did over at my Stampin' Headquarters. Please click on the photo to see the details of how I made them. There are several lovely images in the release, designed by Marilyn Robertson.
I think I am experiencing a bit spring fever. Sharing some cards I designed featuring images from Stamp-It Australia EZMount Stamp Set Spring - Dreamy Daisies. The backgrounds are from my stash of painting and coloring - using my Gelli Plate, ink sprays, stencils, markers, paints and even a piece of an art brochure (Tim Yanke). :) Hey - inspiration is everywhere!
Last month's theme for the StampscapesII yahoo group challenge was Weeds and Things.
I googled "weeds" for my inspiration, and found I had to fine tune the search to "scenic weeds," as I was not getting the images I was interested in for a scene. :) I found a photo that sang to me, as my ATC sister Sandy would say.
Making two scenes at the same time, I started by stamping the rocks for the background of the scene. I didn't worry about filling them in completely because I was planning for the weeds to be in the foreground and would cover up a portion. Next, I airbrushed in a subtle sky.
I colored the rocks and added a few weeds popping up between the rocks with alcohol markers.
I added the weeds and things in the forefront using rich LUXE inks and Distress Inks in various shades of green. I 'found' a new technique when I accidently over-inked one of my LUXE pads. This time I did it on purpose to give texture and depth to the weeds and things in the forefront.
I masked the rocks and added more grass inbetween them with a portion of a stamp. To create green moss on the rocks, I used a cotton swap. I also used a cotton swap to dab in a bit more LUXE ink to make the flowers really pop. NOTE:When you allow the ink to dry in between layers and you will get a sharper image. If you want more blended weed and things, stamp over wet ink.
I picked the scene I liked best to send to my stampin' sister Pat. I hope she likes it!
So, I bought a white case to color then cover with white. :)
After cleaning it with alcohol, I outlined the white plastic case with a gold metallic ink marker. Next, I filled in rich color with Spectrum Noir Markers. I found they blended nicely on the plastic.
I added some black and gold circles with round tops and inks. After everything dried, I spread a thin layer of white paint over the colored area and used a plastic tool to create texture. The arcrylic paint caused the alchol markers to blend and lighten.
I added a border and wrote the word "Faith" with a marker filled with high flow acrylic ink.
I've been making greeting cards like a mad woman for the bookstore at my church. :) I find gelli prints make fabulous backgrounds. Because the prints are so rich, when you change the color of the focal point, different colors really pop in your background.
After it dried I taped it off just inside the gesso'd area for small white border, and brought out some stencils, paint and spray inks, and just went to town coloring! In some cases the dabbers weren't working the way I wanted, so I just went with however they came out - sometimes just as a round dabber print. :)
I used a word stencil and my dauber with gesso it in to add just a few words. I traced over them with a white paint pen.
I drew and colored the partial face with dimensional paints, acrylic paint, and a black Spectrum Noir marker . In some areas I used a Small paintbrush to help spread the color. I added another word and used the black Spectrum Noir marker to draw a boarder around all the words. I really dig how the paint and inks came through the white.
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