Wednesday, January 7, 2015

#KSCJAN15 - Color Challenge Blue and Orange + Homemade Texture Paste

Hello,

Today I woke up on the wrong side of the bed...disgruntled. I watched my video for the day from Creative Jumpstart and that didn't help either. I was meant to link up with the desk hoppers over at Stamping Ground. I didn't do it. I was just feeling like a grizzly bear who wants to eat until full up and then hibernate! I was annoyed because the last couple inspiration videos I have watched..I don't own the product totry the techniques.....grrrr. I hate that!
So, I decided to do something different. I had seen several recipes for homemade texture paste on pinterest and...that is one of the things I don't have..texture paste. So I made it. The recipes all seemed to call for 3 ingredients: A powder (I used baby powder, but some used corn starch) A glue ( I used mod podge but some used white school glue) and gesso. I mixed it all up with a palette knife in a reused plastic jar with a screw on lid. Then I needed something to do with it, so I decided to cut up a piece of packaging from a pack of canvases. I didn't want to use expensive paper in case the paste didn't work. I made some 'tags' 3" X 7" and got out some stencils and went to town.


It worked!!! But then, what to do with them. Then I remembered the Kraafters Challenge for this month over at Kraafters Kommunity. It is a color challenge. Use the colors blue and orange. Well I may not have the products I saw on other videos...but I DO HAVE blue and orange!
I first tried out some shimmery 'Magicals' from Lindy's Stamp Gang. I used a waterbrush and just dipped the tip in the power and brushed it on over the tag. It is very shimmery although hard to tell in the photo.


Next I tried out some Ranger alcohol inks. I rubbed it on with the applicator, but it wasn't intense enough for me, so I added some drops straight from the bottle.
 The texture pasted area didn't stand out enough, so I had an idea...why not sand it till the white shows? So I got out a sanding block and tried it...worked GREAT!


Next I tried out some Heidi Swapp shimmery sprays. I didn't have orange so I went for gold.


At this point I tried out a watery acrylic wash over the stenciled word 'Gratitude'..but forgot a photo. 
Then I decided to try out my small Gelli plate as a stamp tosee how that would apply color. Not bad...a bit muddy.



So then I tried the same acrylic colors apply it straight on with a brayer. That worked really well.


For my last one I decided to try out dye inks. I just opened the pads and rubbed it straight on the tag. It worked very well and was a lot of color for a very small effort :)



The alchol inked piece went into my Gelli jumpstart journal...still making the main colors blue and orange. 


I finished up a few of the tags. Or they might be bookmarks.


I hope you enjoyed the experiments! <3 Shel

18 comments:

  1. That's pretty good going for someone who woke up disgruntled and uninspired! I felt just like that yesterday, but managed to get back on track! I'm amazed how doing art can make me immune to depression these days. I might get down for a short while, but it doesn't last long. Your texture paste seemed to have worked - that's something to celebrate and you have created some amazing things with it! I haven't seen the colour challenge yet - I'll go and check it out in a sec!

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    1. Yes, I agree art makes everything better. I had to force myself to go in the studio and quit being a baby..but when I got the paste made I was happier then a babe in a sandbox :P

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  2. Pretty energetic for a "grump"... gorgeous, Wonderful tags!!! I need to borrow some of your "grump" please! !

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    1. LOL..believe me you don't want my grump...everyone avoids me when I am like that. But it all turned out fine in the end once I got busy creating :)

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  3. oh Shel - you make me WANT to start my days with grumpiness from now on just by seeing your results! WOWZERS!!!!
    Might I add that you captured the spirit of the challenge quite well!!!
    You are now entered into this month's Kraaft Shaak giveaway!!

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    1. Yay! I am entered in the giveaway :) I would like to win so I can get some of those delicious sprays from dylusions you have in the shop!

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  4. oh one more thing...did you figure out the right ratio of stuff to make that texture paste???

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    1. Yes :) 1 1/2 C baby powder to 1/2 C gesso, to 1/4C Mod Podge. I used genertic baby power from walmart and cheap thin daylor rowney gesso from walmart. The mod podge was pretty old too so I added a tiny bit more...then ended up adding a tiny bit more powder lol. The studio smelled like a nursery all day.

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  5. I agree! Pretty productive for a pi**y mood.

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    1. Yes, I was pi**y for sure! But the creative came when I called..LOUDLY :P

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  6. Glad that your grumpy turned into Grandeur. !!Love them all. flowers are my favorite. I made some texture paste when I realized how much this stuff costs. it worked out great. :)

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    1. Thanks Fran :) Yes, it is expensive. I was going to try spackle from the home depot (you know for patching dry wall holes or whatever) but the baby powder stuff actually smells better and I think was super cheap too.

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  7. Love all those yummy textures and the colours are great as well! Your journal spread is simply gorgeous, love the palette with the lady in the middle!

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    1. Thank you Ruth. I loved the textures also. Glad I got out of my moodiness and made something productive with my time.

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  8. I especially liked the one you sanded, the details of the lettering is great. I like to make my texture paste with babypowder, because of the smell :-)

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    1. Yes, I love the smell. Between the paste and the baby wipes...my studio was smelling great :P

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