Friday, April 15, 2011

GM #3--Color-wash-ific?



Adirondack Colorwashes---This weeks subject for Linda's Studio L3 Grungy Monday Series, where we explore the techniques and products of Tim Holtz. Hmm, yes, of course I have a few, or so. I have actually taken a class at my LSS making realy cool backgrounds on watercolor paper. So, let me preface: 1) That was a few years ago 2) I have the original bottles, which I don't want to get rid of, but my denim sprays sideways, a few dribble down the sides, and the raisin just seems to pour out of the mister top if tilted greater than 45 degrees 3) Couldn't remember which type of watercolor paper; mine is obviously the wrong one. Oh, and 4) it involved the nefarious iron (need I say more)


So, with much messiness; crazy spraying and deciding the watercolor paper wasn't working, getting the iron out afterall, I went with trying them on a tag. Much better! Thank heavens! LOL! This is butterscotch and terra cotta. OK, now I just had a tag..so, I broke out my trusty big shot, and used all the awful, wrinkly watercolor papers and made the scroll and flowers. And yay!! The bright leaves really pulled it off! They were lettuce and stream; the flowers were butterscotch, terracotta and raisin, and the scroll was butterscotch and eggplant. (The denim is on my new storage cabinet and my newly cleaned carpet) Oh, and all had an overspray of gold perfect pearls in a mini mister (because my tattered angels mists are completely clogged--hmm, better start using things more regularily! LOL!)


So, on my next non-windy day (it will be a while; I live in a wind tunnel! LOL!) these puppies are coming out and getting totally cleaned, purged, etc. and see if I can get those sprayers working right. Maybe I might just need to get the new smaller bottles! Because they really do lend themselves to great backgrounds. So head over to Linda's and see all the otherways these sprays can be used. Have a great weekend everyone!

8 comments:

  1. Fantastic colours, love your tag.

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  2. Beautiful tag and such great colours and adore your flower. I always spray mine now in large cardboard boxes for the very reasons you stated above....lol Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  3. This was COMPLETELY worth the mess! It's beautiful!

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  4. It is a beautiful tag! The flower looks gorgeous! Even the new ones get clogged it seem. I have used a tiny wire to unplug mine. ..Donna

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  5. oh love love this tag hun the colurs are just brilliant hugs cherylxxx

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  6. Thanks for the great blog I was ROTFL. This was the messiest (funest) challenge by far. Your tag ia fabulous, great use of the first efforts to make the flower. Really aces.

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  7. Wow, Kim, your tag came out beautifully! I love that flower!! It's gorgeous! Just wondering...and probably a very silly question...did you remember to spray the watercolor paper with water first then spray the colorwash? Well, regardless, this is a fabulous tag! Love it! :)

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  8. Kim, what a beautiful, summery work of art! The background is fabulous, and the re-purposed watercolor paper made GORGEOUS embellishments! I love this-- it's magical!

    The new little bottles are light years better-- they mist instead of sputzing (I made up that word, by the way) and are so much easier to use. I kept my old bottles and I figure I'll just use them to refill the new ones as I run out.

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