Friday, April 4, 2014

Create Art Every Day!

Hey, Peeps! It's been way too long. Life has been getting in the way of my art work (I hate it when that happens!!!). 
Lately, I've been just playing. Sometimes I'm too goal oriented, so it's fun when I have Just Play Time. That means, I just go up to my craft room and play with different techniques. I don't have any project in mind, although I use these bits and pieces for future use. 

So, here's my new Piano tag stencil that can be found in my Etsy shop here. It's kind of hard to imagine what it looks like, so here are some pics. I have been playing around with it and I absolutely love it. 

Here it is with some ink sponged through it. I did this on a piece of sheet music that I had originally used as a Gelli print.

Here's another technique I played with.
I took my wonderful background stamp and inked it with archival ink.

When I use these big stamps, I prefer to put the paper to the stamp as opposed to putting the stamp to the paper. I think you get a better image that way.

I wanted to make sure it wasn't going to smear, so I dried it briefly with my heat gun.

Here's the stencil, placed and ready to do its job.

I used Staz On ink, because I wasn't sure what I was going to do next. I wanted the image to be permanent and again, not smear.

Here's the image on the card. Again, when you look at the stencil, it doesn't look like much, but I love the image that it makes, especially since I play the piano.

Here's my card sized tag stencil (which will be available in my shop soon). These are specifically designed to use with an A2 card (5.5 by 4.25). I'm having fun with them.

I played with some gloss heavy gel and some Viva silks. I wanted the transparency of the gel medium, but the shine of the silks. I mixed them until I got the color combo that I liked. 

I used some Washi tape to mask off the areas around the design that I wanted to use. Don't forget, you can use that Washi tape again, especially since it will be colored with the gel.

I just scraped the gel into the stencil with a credit card

Here are three images from the card stencil that I used. There will likely be a sentiment on the lower left, but I haven't decided yet. Stay tuned....

And then I thought, "How fun would it be to use black gesso with the piano stencil?" So, I tried it.

I inked another card panel with the music background stamp.
Again, I scraped the black gesso through the stencil. 

And, here's the final outcome. Can you say, "Wheeeee?" I love the dimension of the black, making the black keys stand out. 

Ok, that's it for today, Peeps. If you're dying to know what I do with these tidbits, stay tuned!
Again, thanks for checking in!
Fondly, Tami