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Sunday, 11 July 2010

Just a quickie

Just a quick update with a few things I've been doing over the last couple of weeks. The cards with the chickens on are recipe cards. As usual I forgot to photograph the other side of them with the recipe on but apart from being very pink it was just a recipe for chicken chow mein. The background paper is watercolour paper, coated in a wet wash of acrylic paint, sprayed with Wild Plum Color Wash, then sprinkled with coarse grain salt. I light spritz of plain water over the top just moistens up the paint enough for it to pool around the salt and it gives that great mottled look when it dries. It is important to leave the paint to dry completely without moving the salt otherwise the technique doesn't work as well. I use this technique so often. You can use it with any colour combination you like and never get the same effect twice. I have also made some bookmarks with this technique but I'll be posting them later.

The greetings cards were made for my sister's birthday. I tried to make them bright and breezy and notice that pink appeared again in the second card. Considering I HATE pink that's quite a feat for me.


Lori said...

Oooo, love these! I need to make a list of all the techniques I see in BIG letters and post it on the wall of my studio, I keep wanting to try the salt trick, just forget about it. Love the splotchy colored piece, very rich and vibrant, those colors are! Love the colorwashes, they're fabbilicious.

Gillian McMurray said...

I'm the same Lori. So many techniques to choose from that I keep forgetting which ones to try :o)

Seth said...

The center card is fantastic. Thanks for sharing your technique.

Gillian McMurray said...

Thanks Seth. I love alcohol inks and have just bought myself a whole new set along with a can of compressed air. I saw Tim Holtz do a technique with them that produces beautiful splats and I MUST have a shot at it :o)