Challenging RummagingPower Poppy specializes in stamps that evoke the whimsical side of nature. This month's challenge asks us to rummage through our neglected art supplies, trying a different medium than the usual go-to. Whether digital stamps or clear, Marcella Hawley's images are delightful to color. To do so, I usually grab my Copic Alcohol Ink markers, because I'm trying to grow as a person. (An inside joke here; sorry. The markers are very, unh, challenging.) This time, to meet the challenge, I rummaged through my supplies and found a forlorn tin of Derwent Inktense pencils.
|Relative rightousness for a brand-new medium, Inktense Aquarellable Pencils.|
Renowned for their vivid hues, Inktense pigments become watercolors with a wet brush. Have you ever closed your watercolor palette after a painting session, dripping Thalo Green onto everything? For convenience alone, Inktense pencils are a win/win. Initially, I bought the modest 24-pack, and then heard one of my workshop teachers say that, upon my recommendation, she'd worked them into fabric, then rinsed it in water -- and the colors ran. For some reason, that turned me off to the pencils, but I wasn't thinking. Who would wash a quilt that's meant to hang on a wall? Still, I never really warmed up to this medium. However, after seeing my results, I agree with Andy that they're worthy of further experimentation ... which, I guess, is the point of this month's Power Poppy challenge.
Card Recipe: On my favorite card base, 110# Xerox white cardstock, I cut a 5x7"base and adhered a panel of 92# Curious Metallics Ice Gold. You can't tell from the picture, but it shimmers and morphs into a richer gold when tilted around. Using the Elliana Background die (Memory Box), I cut it in 92# Curious Metallics Gold Leaf. (Yes, I had fun at Paper-Papers back in December. If you're looking for a creativity boost, treat yourself to a Metallics Sampler Pack. Your world will be forever altered.) After coloring, fussy-cutting, and glueing down Power Poppy's Daffodils clear stamp set, using Strathmore 140# Mixed Media paper (it's super reasonable, and holds its own against water media), I added a sentiment from Power Poppy's Olive and Oak Expanded clear stamp set. An ancient Sizzix Framelets die (#658362) encloses the sentiment and echoes the swirls nicely, I think.
Inside, see below; two nesting dies from Spellbinders Opulent Ovals done in the Ice Gold paper surround a sentiment from PP's Daffodil's clear stamp set. The outer layer is coated with Ranger's Perfect Medium, then dabbed with Pearl Ex powder in Brilliant Gold. I finally figured out how to use my Pearl Ex powders!!!
(Does anyone else ever use their weekly coupon to buy an unknown, untried art supply?)
|Ed's friends have signed around the sentiment.|
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