Dr. Ph. Martin's, 2 of 8: Elizabeth

The watercolor trend has found it's way into the Studio!  Join us over the next four weeks as we ink up our paintbrushes (and fingers!) with Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors. 
Additional Dr. Ph. Martin's Inspiration on their FACEBOOK PAGE

Today I am using a resist technique with the Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors.

Those fun, modern circles (Let's Chat by Penny Black) were stamped with Miskit to create the resist.

A tiny bit of Miskit was poured on a non-stick craft sheet and the stamp was "inked" by pouncing it in the liquid.  After the image was stamped and the Miskit dried, I added my watercolors. 
(Important Note:  Clean stamp as soon as you have finished stamping.)

Once the watercoloring was completed, the dried Miskit was rubbed away from the watercolor paper.

May Arts Ribbon was wrapped around a thin strip of cardstock for a textile embellishment.  This stiffened the ribbon allowing it to be elevated.

The second accent was created by stamping the chevron (Let's Chat) in two ink colors: Lilac Posies Memento Luxe and Aquatic Splash VersaMagic.  Tip/Hint:  By over lapping the stamping applications, a tricolor motif can be created.


The finished design was then stamped with a sentiment (Remember This) in Onyx Black VersaFine and then layered with Penny Black's Lattice White Embossed Paper on to a white card base.

[Supplies: Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors, Penny Black: Let's Chat 30-244, Remember This 30-246, Lattice White Embossed Paper EP402; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Lilac Posies Memento, Aquatic Splash VersaMagic; May Arts Ribbon; Miskit; 3M Scotch Dimensional Foam Tape


Dr. Ph. Martin's, 1 of 8: Jill

The watercolor trend has found it's way into the Studio!  Join us over the next four weeks as we ink up our paintbrushes (and fingers!) with Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors. 
Additional Dr. Ph. Martin's Inspiration on their FACEBOOK PAGE
I LOVED working with these BOLD and bright watercolors.  And to begin, I decided to do simple stamping and painting on both of my cards.
To create this card, I stamped my image (Penny Black 40-320 Charming) onto watercolor paper  using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  I created my own palette of watercolors on a large acrylic block.  I could mix colors on this block, too.  When adding the paint to my image, I first painted clean water onto the area I wanted to color and then added the paints, allowing the layer of water to do the blending.  I also used this same painting technique to paint the background/sky. I really love the loose, artsy look it achieves.  And the Dr. PH Hyrus Watercolor stayed uber-vibrant when painting in this manner.
This card was created using the same techniques, although this time I used another favorite stamped image, Penny Black 40-323 Poppy Time.  I finished both cards by stamping my sentiments (Penny Black 30-244 Let's Chat) with VersaMark ink and heat embossing with white powder.  Finally, I added the watercolor panels to white notecards using dimensional adhesive.

Thanks for poppy-ing by today...stay tuned to see what Elizabeth does with these happy paints. I can't wait!

Introducing Dr. Ph. Martin's

Lots of painting and stamping fun is happening in the Studio.  Look what has found its way to our art tables...
Stay tuned!



Out & About with Jill

It's been such fun to be...
...on the Penny Black blog, playing with the new Penny Black collection, Pocket Treasures
Here's a peek at what I created. I just had to feature the furbabies on my 8.5 x 11 inch page. 
And here's a look at my card, too.
To view the PB&J video, click HERE.

I also wanted to share a couple other projects I made for this new release, both featuring Inchie Arts Art Squares.
  This first card uses two white Twinchie (2") squares.  I stamped my image (Penny Black 30-244 Let's Chat) using VersaMark ink and embossed with white powder.  I then colored the hearts and surrounding area with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.  I added water to blend and because I was working on the sturdy matboard of the Art Squares, I could add lots of water without any warping or "pilling" of the surface.
For my next project using Art Squares, I created a pair of vintage-style ATC's.  

For both ATC's, I used a white ATC-sized Art Square.  For the watercolor background, I colored with Tombow Dual Brush Pens onto my acrylic block, spritzed with water and then pressed the ATC's into the puddles of ink.  Once dry, I repeated this process, this time pressing the edges primarily into darker colored puddles of ink.  Next I stamped the backgrounds (Penny Black 30-247 Life's Journals) using Espresso Truffle Memento ink.  The flowers (Penny Black 4383K First Dance and 4377K Noble ) were then stamped using Distress Paints.  
Thanks for visiting today! Additional Inchie Arts information and inspiration can be found on their blog and Facebook page.

Out & About with Elizabeth

I am 
sharing exciting news about


Their new release, Pocket Treasures, is filled with endless possibilities for....


CARDS 

SCRAPBOOKING

...AND HOME DECOR!
 

Complete instructions and supply lists for these projects are available "here".

A special thank you to Meagan Wood for sharing her amazing photos (and special memory) with me!


Gelli Plate Technique 4, Project Reveal: Elizabeth

Join us over the next few weeks as we explore making colorful prints using a Gelli Arts Gelli Plate.  We've even slid our art tables side-by-side and took pictures for you each step along the way!  Not only that, the fun continues as we share our “reveal” posts showing how our individual prints were transformed into creative projects. 

Additional Gelli Arts Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE
Painterly technique inspiration found HERE

Click "here" to see a step-by-step tutorial of how I created my print for the Gelli Plate "painterly" technique. 

Which was then transformed into this mini card.
I loved how this print turned out.  I call it my mini Georgia O'Keeffe. 

Penny Black's Promise Me is the star of this design.  In this close up you can see I added some detailing with a black Micron pen and shading with Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White.

Lost Without You (Penny Black) was stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine on a die cut banner (Triple Banner) edged in Peanut Brittle Memento.  This piece was then elevated above the bottom portion of the card base which is covered with Penny Black's Scroll White embossed paper.

I found it very helpful doing this warm-up exercise with the Gelli Plate before I started painting to get a feel for how the paints moved across the plate.

I mixed acrylic paints with open acrylic gel (to extend the drying time) and applied them randomly with my fingertip to the Gelli Plate.  Then I rolled my brayer across the colors once, applied my paper and pulled my print.

Multiple thanks (part of Penny Black's Foliage Fancy set) stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine completed this tiny note of gratitude.

Thank you for joining us in the Studio over the past few weeks as we shared our side-by-side Gelli Plate tutorials and our print transformations!  

To take a look back at all four techniques and our finished projects click "here".

[Supplies: Gelli Arts: Gelli Plate; Penny Black: Promise Me 4384K, Lost Without You 30-248, Triple Banner 51-027, Foliage Fancy 30-138, Scroll White Paper EP401; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Peanut Brittle Memento, Sponge Dauber, Clear Embossing Powder; Golden: Open Acrylic Gel; Acrylic Paints: Pale Blue, Yellow Deep, Orange, Permanent Red, Bright Green, Olive Green, White; Faber-Castell: Cobalt Turquoise Stamper’s Big Brush Pen; Sakura: Black Micron Pen]


CASE Study #200 with Jill

It's CASE Study time so I'm...
...creating a new card inspired by our July Muse, Shari Carroll.  Here's a peek at the inspiration card.
This clean and simple creation definitely challenged me to go outside of my comfort zone, BUT that is what I love about CASE Study. It keeps me trying new things!  Here's my take, inspired especially by Shari's circular background stamping, horizontal sentiment strip, and bright pink heart:
I stamped my background using Penny Black 30-244 Let's Chat, inked with Saffron Ranger Archival ink and Toffee Crunch Memento ink.  My die cut, Penny Black 51-046 Fresh Breeze, was inked with Claret Palette ink.  The sentiment is from Penny Black, 30-243 Amazing, and was stamped with Onxy Black Versafine ink.  
To view what the CASE Study design team has created and to play along, click HERE!
And if you've found your way to the STUDIO for the first time today from the Case Study blog, I want to extend to you a BIG welcome!!  While here, feel free to poke around... you'll find stamped art from myself and my STUDIO partner, Elizabeth Allan.   You can read more about our blogging approach HERE.  I hope you'll find our creative zone to be an inspirational and fun place to be! 

Gelli Plate Technique 4, Project Reveal: Jill

Join us over the next few weeks as we explore making colorful prints using a Gelli Arts Gelli Plate.  We've even slid our art tables side-by-side and took pictures for you each step along the way!  Not only that, the fun continues as we share our “reveal” posts showing how our individual prints were transformed into creative projects. 

Additional Gelli Arts Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE
Painterly technique inspiration found HERE
For our painterly technique (seen HERE), my finished print looked like this:
Here's how I transformed it and added it to my card:
Using a Spellbinder's die, I cut my print. I then added Brushed Corduroy Distress ink to the edges and slightly onto the painted portion.  I also stamped Penny Black 1999L Letter Background using blue ink, removing some of the ink from the stamp with a baby wipe before stamping.

I must admit, I got a bit carried away with this technique, and made two more cards following the same steps but using different "guide" images (Penny Black 4384K Promise Me and 4383K First Dance).

Gelli Plate Techniques, 4 of 4: Painterly

Join us over the next few weeks as we explore making colorful prints using a Gelli Arts Gelli Plate.  We've even slid our art tables side-by-side and took pictures for you each step along the way!  Not only that, the fun continues as we share our “reveal” posts showing how our individual prints were transformed into creative projects. 

Additional Gelli Arts Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE
Painterly technique inspiration found HERE

We found with this next technique, we could achieve a new painterly look using some of our favorite stamps.  






These prints didn't stay sitting on our art tables very long... join us later this week to see how we transformed them for our next creative projects.