Friday, 3 July 2020

Water Colour Wonders ~ A Vintage Journey ~ New Challenge

Hi everybody! I hope you are all doing well in these unusual times. We have a fabulous new challenge over on the A Vintage Journey blog, set by our very talented Creative Guide, Deb. This is what she has to say about it.........
This month we want to see what can you create with water reactive mediums. There are lots of options - watercolour paints, dye inks that react with water, or any of those wonderful powders that bloom to life when sprinkled onto a wet surface. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
I always welcome a challenge that gives me an opportunity to use some of my lovely supplies, that tend to get forgotten about. Deb's challenge has done just that, enter Pixie Powder's, Brushos and Watercolour pens.........
Ha ha! there doesn't look like much to see in this picture, but look closely and you will see some little specks of Brusho powders, sprinkled over this piece of watercolour paper. I used Prussian Blue and Cobalt Blue. I also puffed on a little Peacock Green Pixie Powder. I then spritzed the surface with water to activate the powders. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo but trust me the powders mingled together to create a lovely, watery background. Once the paper was dry, I adhered it to a cork mat......
I left it to dry and then used a sanding block to remove the surplus paper. To 'frame' my scene, I used a black fine tipped pen, and created a faux stitched border..........
I then looked through my stash of left over coloured papers, in order to find something suitable to die cut a few fronds of sea weed. I found two pieces of  watercolour paper that I'd previously coloured with Distress Spray Inks. These are my 'go to' products for adding colour to almost any craft project. There are many colour sprays out there, and I have acquired several different brands over the years, but I always reach for my Distress Sprays.......
I used a couple of Dies from Tim Holtz's Funky Florals dies, I also added a spritz of DI Spray to tone the colour down slightly........

I also adhered a sprinkling of Art Stones, to anchor the plants. I coloured the stones with a solution of Ancient Copper Pixie powder. One of the lovely things about powdered mediums such as Brushos, Pixie powders and of course Paperartsy Infusions, is that as well as sprinkling the dry powders to create different effects, you can also mix them with a little in water and use them with a paint brush or dip pen. I then turned my attention to the star of my little  sea scene. I used one of my 'lockdown' purchases, a gorgeous regal fish stamp from La Blanche. I stamped 'her' with black Archival Ink, and coloured her with Zig Watercolour Pens. I then cut around the fish and used a ball tool to add dimension.......
To add an extra touch of bling, I used some glitter Stickles to decorate her crown. All that remained was to assemble my underwater scene. I remembered that I had a few small shells and when I found them they were just the job for a finishing touch........
If you would like to have a little fun with your water reactive mediums, we would love to see what you come up with. Hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog and you'll find all the details of how to get involved. You will also find Deb's gorgeous project as well as some wonderfully, inspirational projects, by our Creative Guides. Just click on this link and you will be transported straight there! Happy Creating !x

4 comments:

  1. What a fabulous project Toni! Adore your Brusho background and fab tip about using the activated water reactive powders to paint your embellishments, will store that tip away for future use! Love your regal fish, she is so gorgeous and coloured to perfection with her tiny crown. Such a delightful composition, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

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  2. Gorgeous vivid colours with your Brushos and Pixie powders (not met the Pixies before!) and the underwater scene you've created is charming. The fish looks amazing, all golden and glowing and popping beautifully against the blue water.
    Alison x

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  3. Such a fabulous project Toni, using those beautifully bright colours. I love the way you have brought it all together with the gorgeous fish and her little crown! Fabulous x

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  4. Crazy times for sure, and so nice to see your gorgeous work. LOVE the addition of the shells and wow on that coloration. Beautiful. Take care.

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