TECHNIQUE WEEK

GREETINGS CONSTANT READER...(yes, I did borrow that from my favorite author STEPHAN KING.) BUT if you have put up with my VERY  irregular schedule lately you deserve to be called constant.

PAPER FABRIC

Again I saw this on PINTEREST and because I have several friends who are textile people and who also  look at my blog from time to time I had to share this cause it just seemed so cool… I am going to go get some muslin later and definitely give it a try….. I am also going to try using it on some printed fabric squares that I have purchased over the years…i am sure you are asking yourself WHY??? since I have told you I don’t sew in fact don’t really like to sew but my Mom used to sew all the time and we spent many hours in various fabric stores and try as hard as I might I am easily drawn to the colors and texture of fabric. So i am going to try this and see if I can make it work… Photos to follow…

fabric paper

fabric paper

more fabric paper

more fabric paper

paper fabric flower

paper fabric flower

DAWN’S BLENDABILITIES this is basically an alcohol technique video and its a really simple Idea which I must admit I never thought about because I have only recently started using alcohol based pens… mostly I had and used water based pens.  Also you may remember that I have said I am not a big heat embossing fan… however this is great idea and I will try it cause I do have white embossing powder…Dawn is using the Stamping Up alcohol pens but I haven’t tired it yet but I am pretty sure that any alcohol pen will work with this technique….so use what you have.

bendable pens on white embossing alcohol ink

bendable pens on white embossing alcohol ink

 

 DAWN’S GHOST STAMPING TECHNIQUE again another great technique… and I love how worried she is about her white stamp pad….mine looks way worst…..but it still does good job of stamping….so while you might want ink refill I am going to tell you that you are never going to keep it totally white unless you only stamp totally unused stamps.  TIP Alanother tip is that if you keep your stamp pads stored upside down you will keep the ink on the surface …..

dawn's ghost stamping

dawn’s ghost stamping

 

BOKEH TECHNIQUES 

SCS BOKEH SAMPLE

SCS BOKEH SAMPLE

SCS BOKEH TECHNIQUE On my last post I gave you a link to DAWN’S BOKEH technique well here is another one this one from SCS and I just have  a few things that maybe don’t need to be said but then again I always assume there are new people out there and some things need to be explained.. first when they tell you to use re inkers you should know that they mean die based which means waterbest… this is very important alcohol inks will not work with water!!! Next, I do NOT RECOMMEND using your WASHI tape …. I don’t know where she is getting hers by mine is way to expensive to use just hold down paper… there are tapes out there that don’t stick to paper and therefore will release without damaging paper and also they are way cheaper…easiest to find is the blue painters tape with low tack if you can’t find low tack ( which means low stickiness ) then stick the tape to your shirt a few times before sticking it to your paper this will reduce the stickiness….I don’t buy re inkers cause I have usually worn out the pad by the time they need re inking so I used some calligraphy ink… water based inks will work fine …including just the cheap prang watercolors….no matter how dark it looks wet KNOW THAT IT WILL DRY MUCH LIGHTER so don’t fret if looks really dark to begin with.. next the circles are fine and making a reusable template is great idea… Dawn used hearts as well I am going to try using a balloon punch I have and one with candles on it they won’t be different sizes but well see how they work… I also have a shamrock punch so I am going to try that also…. what makes this background look like it is dimensional is the fact that you have those layers… so rub the white ink in then when that’s dry do go back and ad it just stamped on there its that third layer that helps it to pop….ok waiting for my samples to dry…lol…back soon….LASTLY I am going to say that I think I like using a single color for the background because Dawn’s images seem to show up better than my attempt to work on the watercolor blend…. I also have to say that YOU MUST HAVE A NEW WHITE PAD… I don’t use mine often so it was kinda dry and wasn’t working well at all… I also think they are correct to tell you to buy the re inker for this this project especially…. you do need that pad to have ink…lol…..

 

DAWN'S BOKEH

DAWN’S BOKEH

kh bokeh background

kh bokeh background

kh bokeh card

kh bokeh card

DAWN’S WAX PAPER RESIST TECHNIQUE  Say that 3 times fast…lol….actually this is a rather simple and fun technique for creating an interested background…… watch her video and then I would recommend that you cut several pieces of card stock  and like her do two pieces of at a time and then do a few more and maybe a few more… so you have some already ready when you need a quick card….lol…. you will need to brayer on the ink to each piece because if you don’t they are going to stick to each other…. I also think that darker ink will show up the texture better than light colors… but again that’s up to you…do what makes you happy….I also really like her cards but I think I would try to let a little more of the background show so that you can appreciate the technique….

Dawn's Wax technique

Dawn’s Wax technique

Dawn's wax technique

Dawn’s wax technique

kh wax resist

kh wax resist

kh wax paper resist background

kh wax paper resist background

The top one I only wadded the wax paper up once…the bottom one I wadded up several times and the texture look is much more detailed so I think I like the top one better and it may have been that my wax paper was really cheap not a name brand…lol

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EYE CANDY  Just a couple of images to show you for eye candy… both of these first ones are from my good calligraphy buddy JO FORSYTH…JO FORSYTH 2014

 

This one was from the top of Christmas news letter… I have always loved Jo’s neuland.

Jo's valentine book mark

Jo’s valentine book mark

I love the fact that she wrote the word valentine in reverse ….and then she laminated it so it was nice and sturdy for bookmark….

Ok think that’s it for this time…. sorry to be so erratic…still having some minor internet problems but hope to get this fixed soon… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY….wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

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