Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Technique Tuesday #5 - Versamark Resist (aborted) - DecoArt

Welcome to Technique Tuesday #5 and a versamark resist that didn't work lol, but pushing through on the technique I ended up with a result I really liked. I had recently seen this video from Claudine Hellmuth a little while ago and wanted to have a go at her technique using versamark watermark ink refill.
I followed the instructions and got the first layer completed - a painted layer of raw umber media acrylic to seal the card and give me a dark background on which to work.


Next, as Claudine instructed, I placed down a mask - she used a stencil - and used a blending tool and foam to apply a coat of the watermark ink .......


..... and then painted a watery wash of gesso over the top but the magic didn't happen. The watermark ink was supposed to act as a resist but for some reason it didn't work for me - perhaps I should try it again and use titanium white media paint. To try and salvage something I grabbed a piece of kitchen towel, laid it over and gently dabbed some of the gesso off and dried it leaving this very mottled effect. I actually quite like it as it was but the more I looked at it I could see some of the ghostly branches peeping through underneath. I wiped it over with the kitchen towel wondering if anything else would be revealed but it didn't, the gesso was well and truly dry and nothing budged.


Still the more I looked at it those ghostly branches were calling me and I wanted to see more of them so I took things a step further, laid the mask back over the tree image and used a blending tool and foam again but this time with the raw umber media acrylic on it ........


..... this time when I removed the mask the trees and their branches appeared all wintry white and where the gesso had been in the background and with the covering of raw umber over it, it still left a mottled looking appearance, just a darker one than before. Mmmm this looked really quite cool.


 I knew immediately I wanted to make it into a journal page so out came the wonderful quotes stamps  from the lovely Alison Bomber and I chose a lovely simple tree one and stamped it on some painted core'dinations paper. The ink and the painted paper didn't work too crisply together but in the end I quite liked the rather ghostly words that I had and decided to use it anyway.


Sometimes you're lucky and sometimes you're not. Last week I threw several things in the bin that just didn't work for me but today I'm happy with the results.


Her's the graphic for today if you are pinning.


Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

16 comments:

Aquarius said...

The final effect is wonderful even if it wasn't achieved 'as per instructions' - it is always good when something you thought was a disaster can be turned around into something great. Thanks for sharing

Jane said...

From the ashes of disaster...wow what a cool effect you ended up with Brenda. Hope all is well and you are walking comfortably. Hugs xxx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Oooh loving this effect Brenda, I often think going off on a tangent produces more stunning results anyway!!
Hugs
Donna xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Awesome effect!

Annie said...

LoL...sounds like me working on some failed piece. This turned out great in the end! I'll be remembering your "save" techniques.

Team Clark said...

Oh, you certainly salvaged this and yes it is an equally cool effect! Love the gorgeous branches revealed in mottled gesso! Hugs, Autumn

Redanne said...

Now, that's a happy accident that turned out brilliantly Brenda, what a beautiful result! Hugs, Anne xx

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, this is amazing!! Wow!! You salvaged this perfectly!! I can't imagine it looking any better!! Stunning!! I love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Gina said...

Hmmm. Now I need to go see that technique and how it is supposed to work, though your "version" is magnificent :D I would normally have added clear embossing powder to the versa ink to get a resist? XXX

A Pink said...

Love how you kept playing, Brenda and ended up with a fabulous result that works great as a journal page . A lesson to be learnt here - the bin is not always the way to go!
Tfs
hugs x

Jackie P Neal said...

Aborted- heeheee
I love that you pushed on and look at that lovely result!!
Gorgeousness!! And to add Alison's stamp - brilliant!
Thank you for this series Brenda!
Jackie xo

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wow ... this looks fabulous Brenda! Your version of this technique is brilliant!

Joi at RR said...

Whoa.... wow... what a FABULOUSLY INTRIGUING outcome Brenda. LOVE your magical branches... just beautiful. Xj.

Sara Barker said...

Looks like a real winner of a technique! I'm so happy you persevered with your page, because the results are fabulously eerie! And the ghostly quote--perfect! Thank you for your beautiful inspiration! Hugs!

butterfly said...

Wow - those spooky tree branches are incredibly atmospheric - and poetic too of course, with the perfect words!
Alison x

Mrs.B said...

Love how this turned out, looks so spooky, would make a perfect background for Halloween too.
Avril xx