In the spotlight this time are Ken Oliver Color Bursts, a product totally new to me so this is post will show my first efforts (be gentle!!!) OK, bit of name dropping here; I got to meet the man behind the brand again at this year's UK trade show and he gave me the lowdown on Color Bursts.
Having had a quick bash I was keen to experiment more, but let's just explain what they are if (like me) you are unfamiliar with them. Color Bursts are a finely granulated powder watercolor medium which come in easy to handle bottles with small nozzles(that's important). They are concentrated pigments so a little truly goes a very long way.
Now I'm going to break this focus into two parts, as you'll have seen from the title, basically because I got carried away! Today, let's start basic... you'll need your choice of Color Bursts, a stencil, watercolor paper, a water spray and clean tissue, oh and grab a large coffee to sustain you...
(click on each image for a close up)
Lay your stencil over one piece of paper and sprinkle tiny amounts of dry powder over; it's seriously concentrated and you'll want to put it in the right areas on your design, so that's why the fine nozzle is important.
Spray a fine mist of water over the stencil and lift it away.
With one gorgeous pattern revealed lay your stencil ink down on another piece of paper.
Dab your tissue over the stencil to push the color onto the paper and lift away.
I got greedy and repeated this process on a third piece of paper. As you get the smallest amounts left you can help the color spread by misting it with water.
Heat all three pieces with your heat gun and voila! Three fabulous backgrounds ready to go.
Want to see what I created with the first two? Unusually, I came over all CAS on these!!!...
On this second one I added some of Linda's Venise Lace, and yes, you can color the lace with Color Bursts to match your background!!!
So that's the basic 'sprinkle and spritz' technique in action. Now for some watercoloring. I'm no artist and I'm a bit of a control freak so I went with stamped images (Archival Ink as it's waterproof) and machine stitching to control the color this time. Start by 'drawing' lines of water along the stitching with a paint brush.
I diluted my Color Bursts by putting a small amount of each onto a daisy palette and adding water. Paint lines of each chosen color onto the wet lines, allowing the colors to bleed together a little before drying with your heat gun. I went with too similar and one contrasting color to prevent muddying.
Now add water to the stamped areas, drawing the brush outside the stamped lines.
Paint your three colors onto those stamped wet areas, working from the bottom up and again, allowing them to bleed together a little. When you're happy with the finished look dry again and add a sentiment if required.
Here are the finished cards (with close ups) and you can see they required little work to finish off.
And of course there's still time to link your own layered creations to the current 'Layer it Up!' challenge for a chance to win one of several prizes.
For now I hope you have a wonderful weekend and, whatever you're up to, take care of yourselves.