Stamps: My Favourite Things - Grand Holiday Greetings; Stampin' Up! - Serene Snowflakes
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - London Fog
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Black; Tim Holtz - Watercolour Paper; Watercolours; Gelatos
I have a love/hate relationship with watercolours. I really love the watercolour effect, but I hate giving up control and the way the paper curls!!! After watching most of the videos this morning, I had a go at creating a random watercolour background - based on Laura Bassen's video.
I cut a square panel of watercolour paper and taped it to a work surface. I used a wide brush to wet the paper (and that's why there's a subtle green tint to the panel - it still had some paint in) and then applied some red, yellow and blue paint. I spritzed on some more water and allowed the paints to bleed into each other. I dried off the first layer and, as it was very pale, decided to add some more paint. I really like the layered look this gives. I made sure that the paper was totally dry, and then stamped a bold sentiment in black. I layered the watercolour panel on black card and adhered it to the front of a square card. On the inside I used another of my practise panels. I used gelatos on this piece - colouring directly on the card, blending with my finger and then adding some water to get them to blend. I tried to use some silver gelato on this, but it didn't work to well. I finished the panel with some snowflakes (sadly discontinued) and added another greeting.
I'm actually very pleased how this turned out. Taping the watercolour paper to the work surface really helps to reduce the paper curl, and then placing it under a pile of very heavy books helps too!! I've enjoyed the videos and will have another play soon.
It's Homecoming & Spirit Week at Northville High School and this week the kids have been able to go to school in "fancy dress". On Monday everyone went into school in pajamas!!! Tuesday was Detroit Sports day - each year had a different team and wore that team's colours - Kat had Detroit Pistons - the basketball team and wore blue and red. Yesterday was Colour Day - Freshmen had GREEN (my favourite colour) and the staff got to wear tie-dye!! Today was The Seasons and the Freshmen had Spring. The week finishes with everyone wearing black and orange during the day, and the Homecoming Football match in the evening - GO MUSTANGS!!!
That's it for now - see you soon.