ETA: YEAH, everything is here and we are almost done with everything here. The Faber-Castell product is now live! We are hopeful that tomorrow clears off again and we will be back to pack your orders! I'm taking home some product to do a little "study session" so that I can make some "Inside the Package" recommendations.
Yes, we hope - LOL! Washington state has once again been hit by snow. I am writing this post from home as I watch the weather forecast on TV. The view out our back window is VERY white and they keep saying it is going to snow some more. Perhaps I am ready to move someplace warmer, it seems to have been a LONG winter :-D
I will be heading in to work shortly to see if UPS is going to be able to make their deliveries today. Then I'll do a quick count and come home to make the updates, because it sounds like the snow is supposed to come again this afternoon. So keep your fingers crossed that the weather holds off and that the snow disappears quickly so that we can get back in here to pack your orders :-D
For today's project I did some experimenting with applying these mediums directly to clear stamps. The results were a happy surprise!
It may be hard to see what I stamped in the project above, but I stamped the flowers on the background paper, as well as the pennants. Looking at these gorgeous colors really makes me want spring to arrive!
To begin I started with the Big Brush Pen and a clear Hero Arts flower stamp. The first image next to the pen is first generation and the one directly beneath is the second generation stamp.
Next I tried the Artist Pen - the results were surprising. Due to the finer tip on the pen the finished image had a "feathery" appearance.
I also colored an image with the Artist Pen and then came back in with the Big Brush Pen with beautiful results, but I can't seem to find that photo this morning as I'm editing pictures. The color variation between the Artist Pen and the Big Brush Pen is ever so subtle and so the combination of the two is quite lovely!
The last technique I tried was coloring the stamp with the Gelato watercolor tube. After adding the color to the stamp lightly spritz the stamp with a mini mister filled with water from about 12" away and then stamp. It is SO cool how the veining becomes more prominent!
The images that were colored with the Gelato stick can be spritzed numerous times before reapplying the watercolor base - experimenting is so much fun!
Gelatos have been one of the products in the line that seem to have a lot of questions and so I thought I would try and share just a little background information here in this post. I know that I will personally have to do a lot more experimenting to fully understand the possibilities, but here is just a little more information on these delightful color "stix."
Gelatos have a creamy, rich texture and when first applied are opaque in color. The colors are vibrant and when combined with other watercolor products, or other Gelato colors blend smoothly. Apply the gelato color directly to paper by easily gliding it directly on the paper - this color can be left to dry or dissolved wtih water to create beautiful watercolor effects. Another application is to create a palette on a non-stick craft sheet or any plastic surface, picking up the color with a watercolor or wet paint brush.
You can also apply the gelato color directly to a red rubber or clear design stamp image, then mist with water and stamp. (This is the technique I used for today's project.) As you add water to these intense colors a translucent tint is formed, dependent upon the amount of water added. You can use them to add color to chipboard, watercolor paper, canvas and so much more.
Gelatos also come in metallic form! These will not only add color, but will add a lustrious sheen to your projects as well! Once again color Gelatos are acid-free and odorless. Now back to my project.
For the background paper I stamped the first set of flowers using the Big Brush pen to ink my image. Then I used the Gelato to add color to my stamp, misted it carefully with water and added the image that almost feels like a reverse of the first image.
Faber-Castell products - hopefully I will be able to add direct links later today :-D
accessories: Martha Stewart Baker's Twine