Thursday 2 March 2017

Bubble Stencil Tag

I had a new medium arrive in the post, so I wanted to play with it as soon as possible.  Neocolor II are water soluble wax pastels; there are 120 colours in total, but I decided to start with the tin of 30. As usual if I just want to see how things work quickly, I decided to work on a #8 manilla tag which I had previously covered with a light coat of white gesso and dried with a heat gun.  I was delighted with the end result and will definitely be using these frequently in the future.

I attached the coated tag to the back of the 7" x  7" Double Bubble stencil by Claritystamp using low tack tape.  
I then chose a rainbow of colours from top to bottom and drew around each bubble using different crayons, scribbling within each area to ensure there was plenty of colour to work with.  With the stencil still in place, I then used a water brush to blend out all the colours; I was a little over enthusiastic in places and the colour seeped under the stencil.  However I was pleased with the way that the colours blend so easily.
I dried off the tag with a heat gun, then added additional colours in the same tone as the originals around the edge of each bubble, ready for further blending.
I kept using the water brush, adding further colour and blending until I was happy with the look.

The next stage was to draw around each bubble with the black Neocolor II, scribble additional colour into the areas in between the bubbles and blend out the black with a water brush, adding further depth where necessary until I was happy with the result. 
Finally, I stamped the love birds from the Wee Folk 6 Wedding stamp set by Claritystamp and the cat from the Birdhouse Garden stamp set by the same company into two of the bubbles using Black Soot Archival ink.  To intensify the colour, I went over each stamped image with my Sakura 0.5 Micron black pen.  

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