Monday, 12 November 2018

Fun Effects with Aztec Paints - Guest Designer Gail

Hello.  My name is Gail aka ionabunny and I am currently at 36,000 feet or there abouts!  Isn't technology wonderful!!!  I am so excited to be guest designing here at the ColourCraft blog.  If you know me then you probably know that I'm usually a CAS kinda gal making cards and smaller things.   So when Clare said that the monthly theme was 'layers' I decided to get out of my comfort zone and take that challenge.

Uploading photos at 36,000 ft is a bust........

Ah, here we go.......  Here's my finished layout

I started with a piece of 12x12" Blackberry Bazzill.  I used Colourcraft Transparent DesignIT paste through a Tando stencil and let it dry.  Then I took blue and pink Aztec Paint and used a piece of tissue to swipe them across the paper.  A few more swipes and dabs and I was happy.  

I used some Rubber Dance stamps and stamped the large linked circles with white acrylic paint and the small bubbles with black acrylic paint.  Remember to wash the paint off your stamps as soon as you are finished or there could be rubber stamp death!!  Then I put some more of the blue Aztec paint on my craft mat and using the edge of my acrylic block I made some vertical and horizontal lines. 

Right, I know she's lying down on the job but this was the easiest way to photograph this without ending up with loads of photo's.  I took a piece of A4 white paper, just your normal printer paper, and I used a few drops of the blue Aztec paint and a credit card (expired!) to spread a thin layer of paint on the paper.  When it had dried I put the paper over a zebra print embossing folder, added a generous amount of the pink paint to one edge of the paper and spread it with the credit card again and wow!  pink and blue zebra print!!   Loved how the paint picked up the texture.  Then I used this stencil to draw around the girl shape, gave her a black shadow and cut her out.  

I cut Sizzix Rare Butterfly and Fanciful Flight from vellum, and then cut two more Rare Butterflies from paper I had coloured with red, turquoise, emerald green, yellow and orange Brusho's.

This was such fun to make.  Hope you like it and feel inspired to try something new today.  Thanks for looking.  Hugz

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Multi- color Linoleum Block Printing

A couple of months ago I did a blog talking about Up-cycling with Linoleum printing- I thought it would be fun to show you how to advance on those techniques and do an easy multi-colored printing technique. Click on the link above for basic linoleum carving and printing techniques because I'm going to dive right in!

I started off by cutting out three blocks of the same size from soft cut lino. I designed a background which reminds me of grasses, and a basic body shape, and then details for on the body. One way to make sure your blocks align is to carve out, for example, the basic body shape first, print and photocopy it, and then iron it onto the next block so you see where the outlines are. Remember that your blocks will print in reverse! That ends up working out if you use the method for transfer that I describe, but if you use another method you need to take that into consideration.
Anyway, here is a photo of my three blocks that I printed in black on plain paper.

I mixed a bit of olive green and white Opaque Fabric Paint  and rolled it onto my block and printed onto some different fabrics.

After these have dried, I rolled turquoise onto my second block and printed on top. I could see where to line up the bottoms and sides of the blocks.

I could have cleaned up the lines in the background a bit more before printing but I really like the effect.
After these had dried, I rolled up a blend of navy blue and black onto my third block and printed that on top.

I really love the effect of multiple prints and colors! If you want to be more "exact" you can lightly draw registration marks in two opposite corners to make it easier to line up your blocks, but I actually really like the effect of being slightly "off" when printing. It gives it a lovely handmade feel. Don't forget to heat set your fabrics after everything is dry!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Most of my fabrics were hand dyed with Procion dyes.

See you next time!

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