Monday, 30 August 2010

USArtQuest DT project #6 - hopping around the design team's blogs


For today's design team project we've made it easier for you to hop around the whole team and see all the USArtQuest projects together.  After starting at the USArtQuest blog itself, you should have come to me from the talented and generous [did you see she had a giveaway?]


We were all supplied with a wonderful MicaColor watercolour palette, again something I've seen many times but never actually owned.  I've always meant to make my own up, but never got round to it [sound familiar?]

With just a small amount of water you can make a really rich, creamy metallic paint



or with more water, you can produce a more 'watercolour' effect.  The colours in the palettes co-ordinate beautifully so I chose the blue, gold and brown to make a shimmery ATC.


I laid down three patches of blue paint, followed by gold, 


then brown.
When using a paintbrush and paints I always want to blend my colours together nicely, and yet I love the effect of  strong contrast, so I've got over this by putting my colour down onto a piece of foil (as I can never find my teflon mat lol; another alternative is a plastic box lid)...

...then taking a print off this by laying my card on top.

Hey presto, a marbled like effect which I'm more than happy with :)

I often wipe my paintbrush onto a piece of paper before washing it clean, which then means I have lovely sweeps of colour to stamp over then cut out.
MicaColour is thick and creamy enough to stamp with, just use a little water to get enough paint onto your brush, then apply this to your stamp

I made up some more pieces of card with the MicaColour paint and stamped an apt saying onto a co-ordinating piece to create my ATC


I'll pick a name using random generator next Monday [6th September] and send this ATC to the lucky person, along with a few USArtQuest bits to play with yourself.

Now it's time for the last stage of the hop, and a visit to 
Terri

whilst I sit here thinking - pearly roses , now they'd be nice to make with these paints :)

23 comments:

Julie Ranae said...

you did a terrific job on this project, Sarah. I always love what you do, though! Great photos : )
Love & miss you loads! xx

Helen said...

Gorgeous ATC, love that lush colour you've achieved.

Linda said...

What a fun technique! The ATC is great!

Hels Sheridan said...

Fabby art hun.. been trying to contact you by email... any chance you could drop me a line hun... ta x

kjjc said...

lovely technique Sarah. thanks for sharing

Monique said...

Wow this is wonderful!!! Thanks for the great step by step tutorial!!

Jan said...

Love your steampunk projects and the saying!

Lea Cioci said...

The combinations of color is fabulous. I so love steampunk!

thekathrynwheel said...

Welcome home to you too ;-)
Love what you have made here - great job! Kate x

agypsyangel said...

Just love that and I also wanted to thank you for dropping by my blog. I am new to paper crafting. I started at the end of June. I signed up to follow your blog, it looks like I will learn alot.
Have a great day.
Kim

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH WOW OH WOW! What a fun background--love this project:) You are so creative---you never stop amazing me;)

Sue said...

Your marbling effect is really great. I look forward to trying it myself. Thank you for sharing your talent.

Electra said...

I never knew you could paint with this! Lovely project, thanks for the tuorial!!

Electra said...

Geesh, I meant "stamp" with this. duh. :-)

CJD said...

I love the shimmery paint.. And the quote on the ATC makes me smile...Thanks.

Lynn Stevens said...

That background is Glorious!

paperqueen said...

Didn't know you could stamp with the stuff...off to try it. Thanks!
Eileen in NYC

2amscrapper said...

Love how you explained various ways to use the watercolors--great project to win!

Terri Sproul said...

I love to make ATC. and this one is great. Fun Project girl!

Jennie said...

ooh love the mica palettes.. almost as much as I like Duo glue!! rofl.. would love toown your ATC too!!
Hugs x

Anne Jagger said...

Lovely act and great techniques. Thank you x

Miss Iowa said...

Those paints look wonderful combined that way and what a great idea to stamp with them, too. My brother's birthday is September 6; I hope that brings me some luck. :)

LynneForsythe said...

so loved your techniques!!! wonderful piece of art!!

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