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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Sheilah!!!

Hello everyone,
Hope you had a good weekend! Mine was just what I needed - good friends and some time in nature. Sunday was a close friend's birthday party. I've been working on a mixed media card for her using Candra and can finally show it here without spoiling the surprise.
I'm not really sure where to begin explaining how I did this one. It's been a work in progress for a long time. I would add one layer... get stuck... leave it... and repeat... Adding acrylic paint into the mix is fairly new for me and I haven't yet figured out a process for what works and what doesn't. Lots of experimenting!
The background started with Dylusions Ink Sprays as usual. I then used modeling paste through a TCW stencil that I borrowed from a friend. After it was dry I used Golden Regular Gel (Matte) to paste down pieces of handmade paper. It's grid pattern (seen in top photo) added some nice texture along with the stencil. I also used Glossy Accents to glue on some glass seed beads for even more texture.
Overtop, I applied many layers of gesso and acrylic paint. In hindsight, I might add the beads after the paint layer so that they don't get covered like these did. Depending on what you want it still has a neat effect. The gold peaking through in some areas is by Golden.
I just love this paint! Head on you can't really see it but when you look at the surface at an angle the paint shines brilliantly. I used the blue version on the wings of the moth. You can see the effect below.
Candra viewed head on. I stamped onto a Japanese rice paper with VersaFine and then coloured around the image with a light blue Tombow marker leaving the inside the natural paper colour. I then painted on some of the Interference Blue. You can see only a subtle hint of it in this shot.
Candra viewed at an angle. You can really see how the blue pops out. So yummy! The gold is doing the same below.
I think that's about it for this one. Hope you enjoyed it. Many thanks for the lovely comments that were left for me on my last post. I enjoyed reading them :)
Bye for now,
Ryn

12 comments:

  1. Such yummy vibrant colours,you can almost see the moth fluttering away!

    Donna.x

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  2. Very pretty and you've used lovely colours.
    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  3. Beautiful Ryn, great texture and colours :) Hugs, Shirleyx

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  4. Lovely, Ryn! All the different textures and the different colors you chose are awesome! Have been meaning to ask you what type of paper you have been using?

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    1. Hey Debby,
      Thanks for your lovely comment :) I've been using Canson watercolour paper (140 lb) for the backgrounds. Some places you can buy ready folded cards and envelopes of it in packages of 50 (or 100. Not sure on that. It's been a while since I bought some). It has a bit of a texture to it which makes stamping clearly on it a bit more of a technique. I just love the way it soaks up the colour though! Hope that helps :) Bye for now!
      Ryn

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  5. Hi Ryn, I just finished reading the article which features your company on Paper Crafters Library and I am so happy I did. Your designs are wonderfully fresh and full of one of my favorite card techniques -- texture!!! I believe that is what makes card art come alive. I originally chose your circles design as my favorite, but after looking at the card you feature in March as Journeyers, I must say I love the raindrops and need to add that to my collection for so many uses!

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    1. Great to hear that you found me through the Paper Crafter's Library. They've been such a wonderful support of my stamps. I'm so happy to hear that you find my designs fresh. Texture has been a learning curve for me coming from clean black and white design but I just love it! Thanks so much for the feedback and please do keep in touch. Bye for now,
      Ryn

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  6. Fabulous colours and textures Ryn, I just want to feel it! :-) xxx

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  7. Gorgeous card, I love the colors and the texture on it!
    have a lovely sunday!
    Groetjes Karin x

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  8. Wowzer, love it, I have recently purchased Dylusion sprays and now feel like I want to give them a go...like this....have joined your blog as well I am having a 'help me reach 550' candy on my blog...come in and join up and the fun...Annie

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  9. Wunderschön geworden. KLASSE!
    LG Carola

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  10. This article interested me very much. Ruby

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