Saturday 24 August 2019

A little bit of paint and a lot of fun

I just love the metallic paints. They shimmer and enable you to create a depth and texture which is fabulous.  I particularly like the way this 'wall' has turned out. Hope that you will have a try!

I cut a tag from a piece of white 300gsm cardstock to create a good sized tag and I used a piece of sea sponge and all four of these colours whilst painting.

Using a 'brick' stencil, I picked up a little of the first colour - copper - onto my sponge.  I dabbed it off onto a scrap piece of paper as I didn't want it to 'leak' through the stencil which it can easily do. The trick here is to build up the colour gradually.  That way, you will end up with a nice clean image on the other side.  The paint dries very quickly, so each colour can be layered on top of the previous one almost straight away. This is so much fun as there is no right or wrong way to do it! And if you don't like a particular 'brick' you can just dab some more paint over it with different colour.  Remember also, that each brick can contain several different colours.

This is what my 'wall' looked like when I was finished. It doesn't matter that the bricks aren't exactly square; after all, real bricks change as they age. You can see the shine from the metallic paint here.

The next thing that I did was to stamp the image with Versafine onyx black ink.  I then used a very fine paintbrush to paint in small parts of his wings with some gold paint.  I also used a charcoal pencil around the edge of the whole image which I 'smudged' with a paper pencil.  This gives the impression that the image is sitting 'on top' of the 'wall'.

To add extra interest I used a blending sponge and some onyx black ink through a stencil. As versafine ink is not permanent until heat set, I gave it a few minutes blast with a heat gun.

I punched a hole in the top of the tag and threaded some soft ribbon through it.  I hope you like it and that you will give it a try.  The paints are really fabulous. :)

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