My poor blog, how I have neglected you! Not intentionally, but it certainly feels as if someone hit the fast forward button at the beginning of July & all of a sudden I found myself in mid-August. It’s time to get the show back on the road, so without further ado……..
Earlier this year, I found, via Facebook, the blog, Birdnuts Mixed Media & its writer, Denise Phillips. Denise is a hugely talented Canadian artist & her blog is a wonderland of ATCs, journal pages & mixed media creations. Every month she holds an ATC swap & for months I would think about taking part & then chicken out. But in July, the theme was ‘Nature’ & I had an idea almost immediately.
I covered a sturdy piece of cardboard with Terra paste a few mm’s thick & stamped into it with the Artistic Stamper swirl stamp, which was a freebie with the June 2012 edition of Craft Stamper magazine & which I had misted lightly with water first. If you attempt this, always ensure you clean your stamp immediately afterwards, the last thing you want is for the Terra to dry on the stamp.
When the paste had dried I spritzed the lightest colours of Dylusions onto it. This was definitely a “what if I…?” moment & when the colours had dried the background looked okay, but wasn’t anything special & was still very dark. Then I had another idea & spritzed Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist over the top. Eureka! This reactivated the Dylusions instantly & really made the background much more interesting. To finish I rubbed tiny amounts of Inka Gold blue & gold paints on the raised areas.
I’ve had these lizard & birds stamps in my stash for so long that I can’t remember where I got them from, it might have been from that well-known auction site. I stamped them with black Archival onto a piece of white card that I had already prepared with Dylusions & stencils. I highlighted the birds with a white Sakura pen & the lizard with a shimmer pen. The quote is from a Native American prayer & I stamped it onto scraps I had left over from the images.
That’s it for today, I hope I haven’t rambled on for too long. Back tomorrow, I hope. Thanks for visiting.