Friday, July 19, 2013

Paint Effect Playtime

Another Fan-tastic Friday (Fan, because it's my constant companion atm, hehe), another Daring Cardmakers Day:
This week it's Leo here and I'd like you to have a go creating:

Paint Effects

I've recently been looking through all the new product catalogues and sneak peeks and seen lots of watercolour and other paint effect looks out there so I'd like you to take inspiration from that but rather than use ready made products I want to see you having a go at using an actual paint effect or painting technique on your card if you can. Use any kind of paint or ink you want or even brush markers, just to get the look of paint.
First I had a look around for some ideas, then got out my Fresco Finish paints (all 5 of them - must buy more...they are lush) and spent a fun afternoon having a bash at some of the ideas I saw. 
The first few ideas were total disasters - mainly because I didn't have the right stuff to do them and had to improvise.  Sometimes improvising gets great reults, other times it's just a bin-filling exercise - as it was on Wednesday.
So, next I went back to using some die cuts as stencils, this is something I've done a bit of lately, and yes, boring to do the same again, but my confidence was waning!  To make it a bit different though, I dug out the texture paste (like the Fresco paints, I bought this on the suggestion of Arch-Enabler Slightly Wonky Crafts Kaz.) - it was actually bought for a project I'm yet to make a proper start at.
Anyways, I mixed a bit of paint in with the paste and squidged in with my finger into the gaps of the "stencils".  This was lovely, gooey, messy fun and whiled away a happy hour - and the results made me feel a lot better.  I've used one of the bumpy, stencilled pieces to make the background for my card.  I painted the card in a lighter shade before using the paste-paint mix

Here's a close up which I hope shows just how bumpy the stencilled sections are - click for a bigger image-loser look
  Materials and Tools
Paints: Fresco Finish (PaperArtsy) Beach Hut, Mermaid
Heavy Carvable  Texture Paste (Galeria)
Smooth White card, Purple card x 2 (Bazzill)
Purple gems and pearls (stash), Purple ribbon with multi-coloured dots (stash)
Butterfly die used for stencil and to cut the 3 layered butterfly (Memory Box)

I now have a little batch of textured backgrounds so hopefully I'll actually use some in the next few weeks.  I also tried another technique which I loved - plus, it was dead easy!  I'll save that for another post though ;)

If you head over to the Daring Cardmakers BLOG you will find lots of fab ways to use your paints and inks  - you'll need to click on the links for the DT members' blogs to get the lowdown on how they were all created.  I know I'm going to be doing that because it's always good to learn new techniques, tips and tricks

Thanks for visiting today


Loopylou. said...

oooh they are beautiful and I love the big purple one too,its so delicate
huge hugs Lou xxx

Kath said...

Lovely. I am always taken with butterflies.

Angelnorth said...

Lovely painty texture and those two aqua shades are just gorgeous!

Kaz said...

This is so pretty Kathy. I'm so pleased to have spent more of your money for you ;)
Getting painty fingers is so much fun isn't it?! xxx

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous. I love the colour and the beautiful butterfly.
Linda xxx

Nicky Wilcox said...

Beautiful paint effect and the butterfly has great detail xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow gorgeous Kath.

greetings karin

Abbie Kay said...

So beautiful, love the effect and that gorgeous big butterfly. xx

Barbara said...

What a fabulous effect with the die-cuts and paint....think I might have to try this. Beautiful card & colours xx

Hazel said...

You obviously had fun with your paints and die cut stencils, Kathy, with gorgeous results x