There's a new Mix-Ability Challenge posted in the challenge forum at SplitCoastStampers! The challenge is being hosted by Birgit in Sweden, and it's called Tulips (Mix62). In addition to tulips, we are to use at least three types of medium (such as acrylic, gesso, ink, etc...). Join us, won't you!?
For my project, I used Jet Black StazOn ink, Distress Inks, Watercolor pencils, Prismacolor pencils, water-based markers, and gesso. Phwew! The stamps I used are all my own Whipper Snapper Designs images, including Annika, Spring Tulips, and a sentiment block from the All Things With Love cling mount set.
To begin, I stamped the images on watercolor paper using black StazOn ink. I wanted the lines of the images to remain defined, and permanent. I then spritzed the paper with water and using a damp brush added various colors of blue Distress Ink to the sky area around Annika. I also added green Distress Ink to the ground beneath and around the flowers.
Once those areas were dry, I continued to color the images using a combination of Distress Inks, watercolor pencils, and Prismacolor pencils. I added even darker areas for contrast with water-based markers and then blended out the colors a bit with a water brush (specifically, the darker areas on the leaves of the flowers).
Once the image was colored, I stamped the sentiment block in Distress Ink using a water-misted impression so that the impressions weren't perfect. I even added spritzes of water to blend colors together a bit more. Once it was all dry, I add droplets of watered down gesso and adhered the colored image to a black cardstock base. There is so much going on in the image, I wanted to keep the rest of the card rather simple.
The idea behind the Mix-Ability Challenge is to make mixed media simple and approachable, and to let you experiment using things you already have. Each Friday a new challenge is hosted, but there is no time limit, so you can participate whenever you'd like on each challenge. Join us, won't you!?
Stamps: Annika, Spring Tulips, and All Things With Love (Whipper Snapper Designs)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Distress Inks
Paper: Fabriano 100% Cotton Cold Press Watercolor paper, Paper Accents
Other: Niji Waterbrush, Gesso, Prismacolor Colored Pencil Set, Albrecht Durer 120 Watercolor Pencil Set