Card: Dream Dream Dream

February 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

2014-02-23 Card - Dream Dream Dream2014-02-23 Card - Dream Dream Dream

I have been running some experiments on how to achieve the kind of softly graduated backgrounds that I like best, and I landed on this as my favourite technique:  using Tombow markers I colour on a piece of craft foam, spray it generously with water and then put the paper on top of the foam.  I let it sit for a bit to soak in, and then cover it with a paper towel and roll it with a brayer.  If you don't roll it you get neater but less saturated results.  This is not an exact science; you must be willing to take more or less whatever you get, but I believe the results are pretty enough that if it is a little messy it doesn't really detract from the final product at all.  

 
A further refinement on the technique would be to actually sketch out elements on the foam before saturating it with the markers.  Another fun thing is to turn the card over while it's still wet and lay a textured paper towel on it, pressing down to stamp the pattern into the colour wash before it has a chance to dry.  It does keep a bit of that lovely texture, but it's very faded.  I didn't do it on this particular piece of paper because this is watercolour paper that already had a good texture to it.
 
To finish the card I simply stamped the flower (Artistic Flower Creation, by Inkadinkado) using black Memento ink and coloured it in with Tombows.  I added little details with Gelly Roll metallics, and stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.
 
One thing to note is that you can actually re-soak the card once you've coloured in the graphic because once the first colour wash has dried it does not react to the water again.  But I didn't do that here.  The colours on the flower could be blended much more, especially if directing the water carefully with a brush.
 
I reserved some of the other background bits I made today to make my matching layout for the Sunday double feature, but won't work on it today because I have a terrible headache that refuses to go away, and I need to rest.
 
Thanks for looking and hope you feel inspired to make something beautiful.
 
 
 
He llevado a cabo algunos experimentos para lograr el tipo de fondo suave que me gusta, y decidi que esta es mi técnica favorita: usando plumones Tombow he coloreado sobre un pedazo de goma espuma y lo he saturado con agua para activar la acuarela y luego puse el papel sobre la espuma. Lo dejé reposar un poco para que se saturara bien, y luego lo he cubierto con una toalla de papel y lo aplaste bien con un rodillo.  Si no lo se le pasa el rodillo los resulatados obtenidos son un poco mas ordenados, porque el pigmento no se escapa por debajo del papel, pero me parece que al final el color queda menos saturado.   Esto no es una ciencia exacta , sino que debemos estar dispuestos a aceptar más o menos lo que resulte, seo como sea, pero creo que los resultados son lo suficientemente bonitos que en realidad no resta valor al producto final en absoluto si la acuarela no se ve super ordenada.
 
Un refinamiento adicional en la técnica sería markar la espuma con un diseno antes de saturarla con los plumones. Otra cosa que da un resultado bastante agradable es voltear la tarjeta mientras aún está húmeda y ponerle una toalla de papel con textura por encima, presionando para trasladar el diseno en relieve de la servilleta a la tarjeta antes de que tenga la oportunidad de secarse. Yo no lo hice en este pedazo de papel en particular porque es papel para acuarela que ya tenía un pequeno relieve.
 
Para terminar la tarjeta simplemente estampe la flor con un sello (flor de la Creación Artística , por Inkadinkado ) utilizando tinta Memento negra y la coloreé con Tombows . He añadido pequeños detalles con lapiceros metálicos Gelly Roll, y he estampado el saludo con tinta negra Versafine.
 
Una cosa a destacar es que es enteramente posible volver a empapar el color que se le aplica al dibujo ya que una vez que la primera capa de color se ha secado ya no reacciona con el agua.  Aunque no lo hice aqui, los colores en la flor podrian haber sido mezclados mucho más, especialmente usando un pincel fino.
 
Reservé algunos de los trozos de fondo que he hecho hoy para hacer mi diseño doble dominical de pagina de album de recuerdos, pero no voy a trabajar en eso hoy porque tengo un dolor de cabeza terrible que se niega a dejarme, y necesito descansar.
 
Gracias por mirar y espero que se sienta inspirado(a) para hacer algo hermoso .

 


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