Prepping for art journalling session… Watercolour effect backgrounds with embossing folders

Quite possibly my longest blog post title ever!  Just not sure how to describe the technique that tonight’s art journalling class are doing… So going for the say what we are doing kind of title!  He he!

So tonight, friends descend on my family room and I show them a mixed media technique or product and some pages I have done, and then they get to play.  It’s not exactly teaching … But they learn and I learn and we all have fun! 

This time I have three samples for them to look at and hopefully be inspired by… All were done using the same techniques.  It sort of became a use Distress inks different ways kind of thing! 



The idea is that you use embossing folders to stamp the ink onto the page, and as you have spritzed them with water before “stamping” they give a watercolour effect.  You add different colours to the folder in patches, and the distress inks blend nicely to give tonal effect.  You can use more than one embossing folder onto one panel and as they are generally transparent you can see where they need to go.  

Next step for the backgrounds is adding distress ink with cut and foam, or a distress tool.  This gives a nice blended edge.

Then, I did a full blended piece of cardstock as a panel too, to show how the colours blend and create different colours.  The figures are then using magazines for create an outline, and then turning it into a silhouette.  No need for buying a stencil and being stuck with the one body shape. 



I also added some stamped embellishments for the first two … Hearts that are ones that clever Darcy designed from her first sets of stamps… I adore these stamps! 

Oh and the titles/sentiments for the pages … All created in different ways.

Looking forward to seeing what colours and different patterns people choose.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine

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