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Saturday, July 26, 2014

No Outline Watercolor

Hi friends

I have tried two cards with no outline watercolor technique as shown by Heather on this post here. I am hugely inspired by Sanketi and her lovely watercolor art pieces. Her tutorials are awesome and I have learnt a lot from her......so these cards are for sending some virtual hugs to the ever helpful Sanketi.

I have used the Simple Sunflower Mini stamp set by Papertrey Ink for stamping the flower and the sentiment on both the cards. The flowers and leaves are stamped directly with watercolors on the watercolor paper, different shades are used to highlight the colors. added some color splashes randomly and used a black micro tip pen to define shapes after the watercolors have dried. The sentiment is stamped with Memento Cottage Ivy. The panel is mounted on Black card stock. The card measures 8"x6".

Sending you Hugs I, Watercolor, 8"x6" on watercolor paper


Sending you Hugs I, Watercolor, 8"x6" on watercolor paper
The second card is also made using the same set of stamps and stamped with watercolors. The bird stamps are from some other set. This card has a diffused background and the details are added with a black micro tip and a white uni-ball pen. i liked the artsy/ folksy feel of this one too. I have mounted this panel on Ivory colored textured card stock. 


Sending you Hugs II, Watercolor, 8"x6" on watercolor paper


Sending you Hugs II, Watercolor, 8"x6" on watercolor paper


I have used the Simple Sunflower Mini stamp set by Papertrey Ink for stamping the flower and the sentiment on both the cards. 


Please do leave your comments. I would love to read what you say and I would love to visit your blog too !!
Linking to Make It Monday #173: No Outline Watercolor

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A set of three............Altered Bottles and a tutorial !!!

Hi Friends

some more altered art....a set of three using fine POP/Ceramic powder, PVA glue, acrylic colors and dry brushing technique. The texture/ design on the bottles is also made of a clay using plaster of Paris and Fevicol MR/white school glue/ Elmer's/PVA glue. You can also use modelling paste for this.



The bottles are first cleaned, labels removed and dried thoroughly. Have used a paste of Plaster of paris mixed with glue thinned with water. The paste is of the consistency of  Gesso and a thick layer is put all over roughly to have an uneven texture.Let the bottles dry overnight.



The flowers and leaves are shaped with a clay mixture made of Plaster of paris and white glue. Knead the dough with an adequate amount of glue till the mix is of a consistency where it can hold a shape and is smooth. This clay can keep well for few days wrapped in a tight cling wrap. You can make the flowers/vines and leaves separately and let these air dry. 


I made another one using small pieces of marble mixed into the clay mix on the base layer......


a closer look...................


The clay flowers can be used in mixed media, altered art and any 3-D projects. I have arranged and adhered the flowers/ leaves etc on the textured bottle with the clay paste. The next step is painting the bottles....cover the base of the bottle and the flower arrangement thoroughly with black acrylic paint taking care that all the nooks are well covered. Let the black dry completely. Next I have used acrylic metallic powders by Fevicryl in gold, silver and copper and using a very less amount of color on a dry brush have lightly brushed layers of these colors on to the black. you can use any metallic colors, dry or liquid and using the dry brushing technique achieve the same effect. 


Here is another one I did with the same technique except that the faux metal effect is on the background. Here you can see the ceramic work with a light wash of color.... I liked the simple folk feel of it too !!


Some tips for Dry Brushing Technique : 
1. Dry brushing technique involves using a paint brush that has a minimum amount of paint on it and using it to highlight textures and edges.
2. It is best to use a flat brush for this technique.
3. Keep your brush at a 90 degree angle and lightly brush edges or raised areas. Start with a light touch and gradually build color/layers.
4. The secret to this technique is not to apply too much paint on your brush, it is a good idea to keep a spare paper on which you wipe your brush after taking paint on it before starting on your textured surface.

You can see other upcycled bottles by me hereherehere and here !!!

A final look..............  



Please do leave your comments. I would love to read what you say and I would love to visit your blog too !!
Linking to eclectic paperie-july challenge-altered-bottles
                lulupu-challenge-35-go-3D

This project got a Special Mention on both the challenges !!


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