Saturday 12 November 2016

PASC #1116

Here is my latest Pick a Stick Challenge for November 2016.  I must confess that I haven't completed the October Challenge yet, but I have left a page for it in my PASC art journal.  This time I felt really inspired by the steps and, having been feeling rather ill over the last few days, decided to use the process to help me feel better.
Step 1
Step 1: Add numbers.  For this I used three different Tim Holtz stencils, Countdown in Silver acrylic paint, Numeric in Pthalo Blue and Numbered in Fluorescent Blue acrylic paint (all by Reeves).  I wanted to create a resist as I was starting with a completely blank page.
Step 2
Step 2: Put a leaf on it.  As I was intending to use the triangle Gelli Petite for the next step, I laid the three mini leaf stencils by Claritystamp onto the page where I wanted to create their print.
Step 3 plus blending.

Step 3: Add triangles.  I used distress inks in Tumbled Glass and Broken China, as well as the Moon Crater Artistry ink pad, with my triangle Gelli Petite mounted onto an acrylic block (4" x 4" by Claritystamp).  I varied the print by stamping over the leaf stencils, taking a second impression and changing the direction of the Gelli plate.  Once I was happy with the effect, I used a blending tool and the same three inks, to blend around the outside of the page. 
Step 4
Step 4: Use something from a different hobby.  I have enjoyed doing jigsaws from a very young age, so I chose to add part of a blank jigsaw, intending to use this as the background for my quote later.  I definitely wasn't spoiling a good jigsaw by using some pieces from one of mine!  Before I glued it down, I coloured parts of the jigsaw in the three coloured inks which I had used for the gelli printing and sealed the whole thing with Distress Glaze.
Step 5
Step 5: Create a Collage.  I had originally intended to make a scene with flowers to go with the leaf motif in the background, but in the end the silver and blue colour scheme led me to create a winter scene.  I used scraps from my bit box to punch out 5 snowflakes in each of 3 different papers using two different snowflake punches.  I also die cut and embossed each of the Winter Tree dies, designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions out of some card which had been coloured using distress sprays for a previous project.  These were rubbed over with silver gilding wax.  I also added some of the snowflakes further up the page to tie the whole thing together.
Step 6
Step 6: Add diamonds.  I think that this step can be interpreted in two way; use the shape or use the sparkle.  I chose to add diamond coloured gems to add a little sparkle over the page, whether in the centre of some of the snowflakes, or to highlight some of the numbers and areas of the jigsaw.
Step 7

Step 7: Use gesso.  I used gesso with a blending tool through the Tim Holtz Snowflake stencil to add extra detail to areas of the page.
Step 8

Step 8: Use buttons.  I found some tiny blue buttons with white spots, which matched the colour palette perfectly and glued them to the centre of some of the collaged snowflakes.
Step 9
Step 9: Shade an area of the page or an image using straight lines.  I used this step to 'ground' the trees and add more colour to some of the lighter areas of the page, using a 0.5 Sakura Micron pen in blue.  I don't draw, so my cross hatching isn't particularly neat, but it does the job!
Step 10

Step 10:  Use watercolours.  Before I completed the final step, I used my Dymo Letratag to print out a made up quote to fit the theme.  Once added to the layout, I went over the top of each line with a wash of blue from my Sakura Koi water colours. 


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