Friday, 24 July 2015

More than words...

Hello again.  Here's another of my samples from the last show.  This one very nearly didn't make the cut, as I was worried that the colours had gone too muddy around the edge.  That goes to show how much I know.  Everyone seems to love it.
I started out by stamping the words in black archival.  Then I stamped on the stars in versamark and embossed with clear detail powder.  Then I sloshed on some Spectrum Noir aquatints and sprinkled on some rock salt while it was still wet.  At this point I was really regretting adding the blue, as I thought it had gone a bit muddy where it mixed with the red.  Oh well, too late now.  Desperate to try and make it work, once it was dry I brushed round some dusty concord distress ink to try and bring out more of the purple tones.  I even seem to remember brayering on a touch of eggplant Paperartsy paint!

The star was made from a separate piece of card in the same way, just using the yellow aquatint.  The little girl with the star was stamped with black archival.  

Both pieces were matted onto black, the star attached with 3d tape, and it was done.  

You can get some incredible patterns for backgrounds using rock salt with aquatints.  Its one of those fun, messy techniques where you never know quite what the result will be.
Thanks for stopping by.  I'd love to hear what you think, so please take time to leave a comment.  I read and appreciate them all.  Till next time.  Xxx

1 comment:

  1. I wish I had read this before doing my Sainsbury's order then I could have added rock salt to the order. Lovely work, Barbara. xxx Maggie