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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mama Fish

Hello everyone,
Wishing everyone who celebrates Easter a great holiday weekend :)
The background for this card is one of my very first experiments using molding paste and stencils. The background colour was created with Dylusions Ink Sprays. I then ripped up some decorative paper from Tim Holtz and brushed on the paper pieces with Golden Gel Medium (Regular Gel Matte). For the next layer I borrowed a friend's stencil and used a palette knife to apply Golden Light Molding Paste. When dry I did something strange and tried adding colour to the dots with Pan Pastels. It seemed to work but I wasn't happy at all with the colour choice and had no idea what to do with it next. The background sat for a couple of months unfinished until I made Butterfly Fish for another card. It didn't work for the card that I was thinking of but was just the touch I needed for this one.
The little bit of orange that I had used on the fins made it stand out and gave a little life to the colour palette in the background. Butterfly Fish was coloured with Tombow markers and highlighted with a Sakura white gel pen.
It wasn't until the whole card was finished that the dots started looking like strands of fish eggs. I imagined the Butterfly Fish guarding her young. To accentuate this idea I used Stickles to dot the centres of a few of the "eggs".
Sometimes creations really take on a life of their own. I like that.
Bye for now :)


  1. Like your colorfull card. Does the pan pastel stick to the paste or did you use a fixative?

    1. Hey Wilma. Thanks for our comment :) The pigment seemed to stick pretty well to the modelling paste. It's surface has a little bit of texture which helps. I would still add a fixative to be sure the colour lasts though.

  2. Hi Ryn, I love the Butterfly Fish's colours and the texture of her 'eggs' - gorgeous design. Happy Easter, Shirleyxx

  3. How nice this is...such a lovely underwaterworld Ryn!
    Happy Easter, Alie :-)

  4. wow this is awesome Ryn, love the texture and the colors!
    I wish you a happy Easter Weekend!
    Groetjes Karin x

  5. Hi Ryn, it is a great technique which I like very much too! Indeed the PP really sticks good to the paste! Like your design with the fish and your previous post with the hummingbird is also very beautiful!
    Thank you so much for your birthday card, it's a beautie ! I will put it next to your other card in front of my pc so I can see it every day........
    xx Miranda

  6. Wowwwww, how wonderful ! I like the way you made the background and the design of the fish.
    Happy easter.
    Greets Carola

  7. Wow what a great card and what a great fish I love it!!!Love the colours and the design!!


  8. Oh this is fab Ryn! Before I read the post I thought the dots looked like eggs, great idea! Hugs xxxx

  9. The fish certainly brings the piece together. Love the background texture too. x


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