Thursday, February 11, 2016

a little inspiration (wednesday) on thursday!

I am once again taking part in Donna Downey's Inpsiration Wednesday (2016).  I have been a stalker follower of Donna's for more years than I care to mention...let's just say - back to when she too scrapbooked (yes, that is a long time)!  If you are not aware of Donna and her need to check her out!

Here are a couple projects I have done over the last couple of weeks that were inspired by her work in IW01.20.16 and IW2.3.16

Hope you too get inspired...

Working in my homemade journal - I plastered the pages with Liquitex Modeling Paste - I kept it pretty rough as I really wanted texture.

making extra marks along the way.

Added metal ephemera, masking tape and a tape all adhered using Prima 3D Gloss Gel and Matte Medium (where needed).

Here are a few close ups so you can easily see the amazing texture I was able to achieve.

I then added my usual - number rub ons (can never seem to have enough of these).  In this case, Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs - Numerals .

Now it was time to grunge it up a bit!  I mixed Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint (Umber) with DecoArt QuinacridoneGold and Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid and painted over the entire page (including the inclusion) being sure to really get the glazing mixture into all the nooks and crannies!!

waited the token 90 seconds (I think) and wiped it off with baby wipes. 

Of course I couldn't leave it alone, so added some of the DecoArt Antiquing Cream in Patina Green

again, waited the token 90 seconds and wiped off what I wanted with a baby wipe.  

a great tip with glazing/painting and such with baby wipes, is you can use the 'dirty' wipes to put color back on (especially in areas you may have cleaned off too much).

One last trick Donna did in here piece was burn up some of it's parts!  I tried hard to burn parts of mine - but as you can see, I had some serious issues!  It would literally start to burn and fad out as fast as it lite.  Aside from going out to hubby's shop and using the blow torch...I called it done!

The next one was a fun one too.  For me, it was about using colors I am not really accustomed too.  For me...that is PINK!

I tend do do things rather differently than most (as you have now learned) and I decided to go laterally across the page. I had an other idea for color blocking but decided to save that for another time.  I used tow different widths of Washi Tape  to mark off my areas I was going to paint. I knew I wanted to use some of the new DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics I had just brought into the shop, so I pulled out the medium grey first and then pulled out the sheet I printed off from the Facebook post about "The Ultimate Color Combinations Cheat Sheet" and looked to see what went with grey.  Well of course it was 'violet','fuchsia' and 'pink' just to name a few!  So I thought I might was well dive right in with the 'pink' theme.  I chose the DecoArt Media Quinacridone Violet and Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylics in Magenta.

Before I started applying the paint.  I applied some Liquitex Modeling Paste with my palette knife.  Once it was dried, I started adding the paints.

The paints were simply brushed on using my Dina Wakley 1" Flat Stiff Bristle Brush.

When the paints were (somewhat) dried, I peeled off the washi tape to expose the (hopefully) crisp clean lines.

The bottom line was perhaps a tad too thin, but I made it work anyway.

For the drip part, I actually diluted the DecoArt Fluid Acrylic with Golden Airbrush Liquid and applied with a fairly water saturated brush.  Then of course, sprayed heavily with water to get the extra drips I wanted.  I applied more paint in areas that needed it.

Once it was all dry enough, I took out my Fineliner and  scribbled away 'within' the lines!  My mixture in my Fineliner is actually equal parts of Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic Paint and Golden Airbrush Liquid...along with a little black gesso and water to get it to the consistency I like.  It is seriously an hit and miss when it comes to this - just keep trying.


Once it was dry enough for me to handle, I brought out my Prima Distress Tool and roughed up all the edges.

Thinking it needed more, I pulled out my Prima Finnabair Stamps and added some circles to the 
 bottom corners. Then I wanted to add something in the center stripe - so I dug through my stencil and and decided on this one - from Stencil Girl Products (designed by Carolyn Dube) and is called Wall of Words.

I allowed it to dry fully before I went on with the next step. Glazing!  I decided on Burnt Umber by DecoArt Media - like before, I made sure I got the glaze into all the nooks and crannies.  I let it dry for closer to 2 minutes.

Wiped it off...

Then I thought...why not? I took the Prima Distress Tool and really went at it with the grater edge and ground the modeling paste good as I really wanted to see the scratches (hopefully) when I applied a second layer of glaze! 

note, the crap in my grater...that is not gonna be fun to clean!

So much better!

in this close up, you can see the glaze remnant in the grooves!

I really love how this one turned out!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my part of the world.  Hope you too are able to join in on the fun and creative wonder of Donna Downey!  So worth the inspiration.

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