here's how I got started...

here's how I got started...
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

distress crayon shading over archival inks...

it's fun to go back to basics & revisit favorite techniques...
one of mine is
wrinkle free distress...

this background is done on a piece of 

I used tumbled glass, broken china, brushed corduroy and a tiny bit of rusty hinge...

these pads got swiped onto the craft sheet & misted with water...
I put the cardstock into the inks,
dried it and I got this...

on aside note...
see that face profile on the right?
interesting how that happens sometimes...
YIKES!



one of my MOST favorite SiSi's from the new release is the "spring bouquet"...

I sometimes use the full image,
 in a vertical orientation like this...

on this sample I added layered flowers...




this set is versatile...
it makes a good single layer card too...

and...

I like to change it up & use only a part of
 the stamp/stencil...
like this...

just mask off the daisy portion, ink the stamp, remove the tape & stamp horizontally...


ok...pretend you see a photo here...

we both have a crummy cold & that's my excuse...
plugged up snotty head...
HE got it first...
kissed me & this is all his fault!

after stamping, place the coordinating stencil over the stamped image & add ink, using the blending tool...

for the flowers I used tea rose archival & the leaves got inked with fern green...

those little flowers on the right ended up in a blue background area, so I added cornflower blue...

I stenciled some stripes from
I also added some random dots, 
and used tree branch again to add some random vintage text in 3 areas...


my sentiment was stamped with jet black in the left corner...

then I grabbed the new distress crayons to add shading...

I touched the wet detailer water brush to the tip of the crayon & that gave me good control for adding the shading...
if you don't have the detailer water brush...
I have to say it's a favorite tool...
I love that the nylon tip stays pointy & has not changed since the first day...
I use it with markers, stains, archival inks & just to add water spots...
and it's great with the distress crayons too...


here's my finished card, with that 
it's hanging from the dot line (just say it)...


if you go back & look at the original background, you'll see that I added more distress in the lower right corner, under that smaller flower......

because I stamped with jet black archival 
(it's waterproof), 
I knew I could add more distress,
 without making the image bleed...
I used the water brush to add some water under the flower, then dropped in some faded jeans & broken china
 (swiped on the craft sheet & picked up with the water brush) 
& let the water activate the distress...


lessons I learned...

I'm certainly no watercolor expert...
but I had fun & I was reminded that...
practice makes perfect...
just keep going!

and...

keep the archival colors lighter when adding shading with the crayons...

I wish I would have kept the leaves a
lighter fern green, because the distress crayon shading would show up much better...

this was my first time using the crayons over archival inks & I WILL be playing lots more...
the crayons over archival are very forgiving, 
since the color can be removed with water...
again...
because archivals are waterproof, 
there's no problem adding water...

I'm happy that they work well together, 
just as I expected they would...


here's my flat card, 
with the horizontal image...



so grab your inks...
have a play &

make art!
wendy
ps...not all valentines need to be red!








12 comments:

Dorothy said...

Very cool! Sorry Rick "shared" his cold with you. Get better!

Dorothy said...

Very cool! Sorry Rick "shared" his cold with you. Get better!

Cathy Potosky said...

Love the stamp horizontally & I love that I learn something everytime I come to your blog!! <3

Debby said...

Very pretty! I hope you both get better soon!

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous!!! LOVE that stamp, and love the coloring!!!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Nice! I love the wrinkle free distress background too! When I finally get my crayons, I'll have to try this technique.

Sue said...

Gorgeous card! Hopefully my Distress Crayons will be here by the end of the week so I can play! Feel better soon.

Lori said...

Yep, you can't beat the wrinkle free distress for a background. Love the cards! Hope you feel better soon!

Redanne said...

Oh how beautiful, loving the gorgeous background!! I hope Rick gives you something nicer for Valentines Day..... Anne xx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Gorgeous Wendy, thanks for the tips on watercolouring with the Distress crayons and good to know that you can use them over the Archival inks! Love the way you used the dots from the Just Say It stamp to hang the heart :O) Hope you and your hubby are on the road to recovery and are all better in time for Valentine's Day so you can do more smooching! Deb xo

Rea' said...

I'm just getting to this because I've been fighting a bug; brother went to ER and was admitted last Monday, came home Wed. so I've been taking care of him; my little sister got sick so I had to take her "tour of duty" (he's stage 4 cancer so it's been crazy around here); that bug just lingers... I thinks it's these hot days of almost 90 degrees and cool nights!! Anyway hope you guys are doing better !
I need to get crayons ! Was all set to get some this month and darn if we didn't get a plumbing problem on the lot Yikes !!! Soo though ... soon ...

Lisa said...

Oh wow, your projects are so amazing!! I love getting a peek at your creative process!! The watercoloring looks so beautiful!! I hope you and Rick feel better soon!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
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