Monday 20 February 2017

Watercolour Powders 3

Sharing another background and card using the powder water colours, I have bistre's, brushos and infusions in my collection. I love the very mottled and watery effects you can achieve using them with a stencil. If you missed #'s 1 and 2, click on the numbers to be transported over to take a peek.

The background was created by lightly shaking watercolor powders over a stencil (make sure you have a piece of card underneath to create a second background) spritz the stencil with water. (The depth of colour will depend on how much powder you sprinkled on and the watery effect will depend on how much you spritz onto the stencil - play and experiment to see what effects you can make). Take your background piece of card and flip the stencil over onto it, rub over gently with a paper towel and remove the stencil to reveal the first layer. Heat dry.
Dry the stencil, place it back over the the background pattern. Blend distress inks through the arrows, I used pumice stone, stormy sky, and gathered twigs. Remove the stencil, spritz the card with water and heat dry. Press under something heavy to flatten it.

Collect together some items to build up the focus for the card. The cogs had been made before and thee corner had been rusted and not used on a previous project so I like to hold onto these bits and get them out when needed and not waste them. 

I do however also have a 'rusting' session sometimes. Bits from Andy Skinner packs, chipboard pieces and die-cuts. Again I keep bits like the hexagons that are the 'waste' from a die, these look great as bolts.

These were given a rough and random coat of paynes grey, then some stipple burnt umber, a third stippling of cerulean blue, phthalo turquoise, burnt umber and a little tinting base (mixed, blended and changed every time I picked some up from the palette) then a coat of quinacridone gold finished with a wash of quin gold and phthalo turquoise mixed together.

I took this photo just to show how I adhere metal pieces that have a recessed back like this corner. Just fill it with modelling paste which acts as a glue.

The photo is one from my collection.

Hope you're enjoying the watercolor series.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx


Susanne said...

Fabulous background Brenda! And the colour choice is brilliant. The blues and the rust together.

Jane said...

A stunning background Brenda and gorgeous card..I too have all the powders and find each useful for differernt projects. I love all your rusted pieces set out to use..such fun. Enjoy the morning and have a good trip home today. Hugs xxx

froebelsternchen said...

Looks fantastic Brenda!

hazel said...

A beautiful card Brenda, the background and colours are wonderful.
xxx Hazel.

maria's knutselplezier said...

Another beautiful artwork for a man , I just love your beautiful background , your many detail and and beautiful colours! I am a real fan for your work!!!

SewPaperPaint said...

What a cool variation on stencil bumping, Brenda! Love this so much. Hugs, Autumn

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Brenda, great tutorial and love the finish. Just thought I'd mention that the numbers aren't linking to the earlier projects. Have a great week, Angela xXx

Mrs.B said...

Another fabulous background Brenda, the colours work so well with the rusted pieces.
Avril xx

catherine said...

Looks fabulous Brenda and just love those techniques.
x catherine

Redanne said...

Oh wow Brenda, the background you created is fabulous, I love the colours and your rusty elements are superb. Great tip about using the paste as glue too! Hugs, Anne xx

Meggymay said...

Its a gorgeous water colour background and the rusty details look fantastic.
Yvonne xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Absolutely stunning Brenda, I always marvel at the way you do your rusting as it always looks so real every time!
Donna xx

Juls said...

Fun creation .. love the colours you have used xx

Valerija said...

Great project. Love all the details.
Valerija xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Awesome card and background, Brenda!

Nancy Dynes said...

Hi, Brenda!
Oh my goodness, this is a fabulous card! I can't wait to try out your background technique, and those rusted bits are total steampunky, vintage goodness. Sending wishes for a wonderful week!

Lisa said...

Wow, Brenda, this is absolutely amazing!! The background is spectacular!! I loved reading how you created it!! I'm bookmarking your post so I can refer back to it!! The rusted bits and the details you added are perfect!! Love this!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Jackie PN said...

Wow Brenda! I love that background! Have to say I have not tried the powders with stencils, but will now give it a go! Love your rusty pieces, if i did not know better, would swear they were real metal-all rusted! good job!
nd I truly truly love you layout and design, you put things together so well, as if they were made for the piece exactly!
Thanks for the share Jackie

ps, thank you for your lovely words, they mean so much to me xoxo

Marjie Kemper said...

So many beautiful touches... love the colors and texture... scrumptious!

Suzanne C said...

Another beautiful watercolor background. The colors are fabulous and love how you used the rustic touches of the metallic pieces.

Words and Pictures said...

Gorgeous effects with the powders, and I love how the rust and the colour tones of the photo work so well together.
Alison x

Dortesjs said...

stunning background and very cool effects. I will follow you and link to your blog.

sarascloset said...

Very cool technique and saved to my tutorials on Pinterest so I can give this a try when I get some of those products! Amazing results! Thank you for sharing your techniques! Hugs!