Monday 6 August 2012

Paint the town...teal!

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "Paint It Up"  I'm really loving the Claudine Hellmuth Studio Acrylic Paints right now, they're really packed with pigment.  Even the thinnest scraping gives great colour coverage!  All paints mentioned below are from that range.

OK, so on to what I did.  This is gonna take a bit of explaining, so I'll make it as brief and clear as I can.  Hold on to your hats, here we go!

I started by using a Ranger craft scraper to cover a square of white card with a thin layer of Classic Teal paint.  I followed that with layers of Traditional Tan and Gesso and some thin lines of red, made with the edge of the scraper.

I stamped the circles from Tim Holtz's Mixed Media set on the right hand side using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  Because the painted surface is water resistant the ink is pooled and mottled as it doesn't sink into the paper - love that effect!

Using Ranger Archival Jet Black I stamped the circles from the Psychedelic Grunge set on the left hand side.  Usually when I use this stamp, I will apply colour to it in some way, but today I wanted to have a gradual fading of colour from right to left, from the rich teal circles to the monochrome, so I left it as it was.

I took a square of Tattered Time card stock and scraped on a thin layer of Classic Teal paint.  The men from the Steampunk stamp set were added with black Versafine ink.  I stamped then again on white text-weight paper and cut out the faces, applying them onto the teal background.  Finally I used a white pen to pick out the highlights on the hats and the flower in one man's buttonhole.  This allowed me to keep the faces and highlights white while still allowing the teal to show through the shading on the jackets and hats.  I edged the square with some Walnut Stain distress ink applied with an ink blending tool.

I cut a circle from some white card I'd painted teal and used a copper eyelet to apply it to a tab I'd cut from some Tattered Time card and fixed it in place.  Finally I mounted the piece onto a square of teal painted card and then onto my white card blank.

Supplies I used included:

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Cath Wilson said...

He, he, the whole world should be teal - it's my 'feel good' colour but maybe not too much of it or it would no longer have that effect :-) Love the way you've done this xxxxx

Anna-Karin said...

Fabulous project! Love the repetition of circle elements and all the teal (that's one of my favourite colorus).

Candy C said...

Dan, as always...another really beautifully executed piece. I am a teal nut and I love how you've done this piece! It's really inspired and wonderful! Love all of your patterns and textures. You are such a talent! <3 Candy

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Dan, love your background on this piece. The teal is very striking and the small pop of red applied with the edge of your scraper is perfect and adds yet another layer of interest. Love the image, perfect set against your background. Enjoy your week Dan. Tracy x

Sandra said...

Stunning piece Dan! The background is fabulous. Love teal too (we are all a bunch of teal lovers)! The dried up Peacock Featers ink is stunning! Love reading how you've made it! Hugs, Sandra

misteejay said...

Very striking Dan - great colour choice...I love teal/aqua shades.

Toni xx

Lorraine said...

I love teal and your creation! Love the different techniques and products you used - thanks for sharing them!

crotnem said...

Very cool looking Dan.

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Neat piece, Dan! I really like the background stamps you chose and I'm partial to this pretty teal paint color! :)

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Words and Pictures said...

Fantastic look to this - sharp and edgy, despite all those circles! Love all the detailed how-to stuff too... thank you for that and for the inspiration!
Alison x

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