Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps Technique A Week: Pencil Resist with Dark Watercolored Background

Hello stamping friends! I'm here today with a new Technique a Week Post for Oddball Art Stamps. This technique is a bit of a twist on the old Pencil and Watercolor method that we've used for AGES. I tweaked the final tutorial and project from what was advertised on the blog the past month, but I'm very happy with the results, and I hope you are inspired to try a new Technique!


Pencil Resist and Dark Watercolor Backgrounds

This technique was originally going to be Crayon Resist and Black Backgrounds, but I couldn't color the way I wanted to for the scene I created using Crayons. Fortunately, Prismacolor Pencils have a similar waxy medium when used with full coverage on paper. I can color MUCH better with those, so...perfect! Note that if you ARE doing a more simple background, especially something geometric or just outlines, crayons would also work great as a substitute. And they are way cheaper since you can steal them from your kid's art bin!

Ok! Assemble your supplies. You will need an image to color & paint, brushes, or water brushes, or whatever you want to use. Water if you need it. Paints and pencils. 


Here is the scene I created using No. 323 Sid the Seahorse, along with No. 322 Seashells. You probably can't tell, but I did NOT print this on watercolor paper. It's regular old Neenah 110# bright white cardstock. The only thing to remember with this type of paper is that you don't want to soak it when you're painting. Less is more. You can always go back over it later to deepen the colors.



The first step is to get coloring!! As I mentioned earlier, you can use other coloring choices for this, as long as the color sits on top of the image and the paper (i.e. not markers) and can resist the water/paint when we get the that step. Oil pastels, pencils of various types, crayons, etc.


He's so cute!! I love him! Let's see if you can get a better view of the shiny wax-like look that the pencils give as a finish. Here's the same image, same time, but held at an angle to the light.


Now, keep coloring! You want to color everything you are going to color before you start painting. I finished off the sea floor and also the bubbles and floating starfish.


Cute! It's ready for painting now. I'm NOT A PAINTING EXPERT. I have done these resist techniques before, and I do like playing around with watercolors a bit. LOTS of people are better than me! But here's what I did. Starting with the darkest color at the bottom of the scene, I watercolored several layers of black. This is where the water is the deepest and darkest and I wanted to really show that you can indeed do this and then paint DIRECTLY OVER YOUR COLORED IMAGE even with black paint, and you will not have any problems whatsoever with the paint damaging your image or bleeding through or doing any kind of bad, awful thing you don't want it to. If necessary, you can dab where the paint/water beads up on top of your colored spaces so it doesn't run or smear as you work and move the paper around. Just blot, don't rub. 



Yay! We're having fun now! Ok as mentioned above, I used super cheap, super generic watercolor paints that my kids had in their bin. Why? Because...you don't have to invest a million bucks in new supplies just to be able to try something new! You can improvise and use whatever you've got on hand that matches the minimal requirements to make the technique or process work. I have many types of paint and painting mediums (watercolor crayons, watercolor powders, shimmerz paints, mica sprays that you can use to paint, etc.), but I wanted you ALL to know you can achieve all of this with THE MOST BASIC of equipment. I admit I have my eye on those lovely Gansai Tambi paints, but I haven't gotten around to getting them yet. I hear that they allow for richer/deeper colors, which is very cool. I'm sure I'll get them at some point, but in the meantime, this works great!

Right. Next is more paint! The water is getting lighter as we get closer to the surface, so plan accordingly. Over the course of this painting, I used black, grey, and 4 shades of blue.


Ooh! He's so much fun! I want a Sid...


You're done! Decorate and assemble the rest of your project in any way that you envision. I'm a cardmaker, so he's going on a card! I created the scene to take up the entire card front, with the dimension here mainly being in the coloring and painting. I did pop the sentiment panel up on foam tape, and I have added Nuvo drops to the bubbles, Stickles to the smaller spots that Sid has, and a few pearls for good measure in this underwater world!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If I've inspired you to create something, please link it up so I can take a look! Have a fabulous day and thanks for dropping by.



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Penny's Challenge #342: AG!

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsors this week are Cute as a Button and Crafty Sentiments. Prizes are up for grabs, WOOT. You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this lovely image Do You Want to Build a Snowman from Cute as a Button. 



That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps August FB Challenge - Reminder!

Hello my dears! I have a super sweet post to share with you today. First off, it's a new month, so there's a new Anything Goes FB Challenge posted in the Facebook Group. Check it out and play along for your chance to win prizes! 

You may remember from last month - we have added the perk of "IMAGE OF THE MONTH" to our challenge!! You may request our Image of the Month FOR FREE, to play along in our challenge. If you request the image, you must enter the challenge for that month using that image, or else you'll be put on the naughty list for 3 months. All the details are in the pinned post in the Facebook Group, so head over there to get the scoop.

This month's Image of the Month is Stars and Bubbles No. 343. I did not get a chance to make a new card with this image, but you can see one I made last year in the post HERE. Today I have a fun AG card made using this adorable Molly the Mischievious No. 319. Obviously, I need to have ALL the mermaid images. ALL!!

You can click on the image to see it supersized, to catch all the detail like Tonic Nuvo drops in her hair and Stickles on the water drops. Must have sparkle, #amIright?



I know that my DT Sisters have made some absolutely amazing projects with this image as well, so be sure to pay them a visit too! I hope you play along with us this month in our Anything Goes challenge! If you haven't yet, come over and join our Facebook Group, and check out all the wonderful images in the Oddball Shop!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Creative Knockouts #206: For a Child

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....For a Child

This week's sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!



Here is my project, featuring Dinosaur 01. I was trying to keep it boy-ish, and I've been on such a girl kick lately, I gotta say it was a little tough!! No sparkle, no pearls, no flowers....sheesh! ;) If you actually read this blog you know I LOVE my boys. I do tend toward girlie cards though!! Guilty!

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!