Friday, 14 August 2015

2015 #15 Drippage Canvas {by Sue Carrington}

2015 Topic 15: Gels and Mediums



Hi everyone Sue here, joining you this evening with a post about Gels. When I saw the theme for this challenge I immediately thought I'd like to give Clear Tar Gel a whirl. I'd not used it before and was intrigued with it's 'drippage' quality, so here goes ! 



Step One: First of all I covered a small canvas with pieces from an old book, giving it a coat of Glue 'n' Seal before using Nougat Fresco Finish over the top. 


Step Two: I then stamped the gorgeous thistle from the ELB22 stamp set onto a piece of tissue paper and painted it on the rear using Green Olives and Caramel Fresco Finish paints. 



Step Three: I attached the thistles to the canvas using Glue 'n' Seal, making sure to paint some over the top too, then mixed some Nougat Fresco Finish with some Golden Regular Matt Gel and spread it over the PA21 stencil. Then it was time to open the Clear Tar Gel ! As the gel itself is clear I wanted the 'drippage' to show up but not be a contrast so I mixed some Nougat with the gel and then let it drip ! I found that the easiest way is to start dripping was away from what you're working on then when you've got a good dribble going move onto your project. I rather liked it ! When the gel was dry I used a baby wipe with Mushroom and Blush Fresco Finish paints, blending them around the edges mainly so the thistles could still be seen clearly. 


Step Four: Now it was time to start collecting the flowers, I started with the tulip head from the ELB23 set. I stamped it twice onto Smoothy card painted with Blush Fresco Finish, then added a little shading with watered down Mushroom and a little Spanish Mulberry. I cut away some of the petals from one of the flower heads so that it could be layered up.



Step Five: By cutting down one of the above flowers this gave me the idea to create a flower with just this section, so I stamped some more onto Smoothy card painted with Blush and then painted them with Bougainvillea (which you'll see on the finished project). 


Step Six: The bluebell style flower, which is also from the ELB22 set, has been stamped once then the stalk has been pained with Limelight then Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paints. I cut it out, then stamped the flower head twice more onto Smoothy card painted with Blush Fresco Finish. I've painted them with Bougainvillea then cut them out ready for layering. 


Step Seven: The final flower is the beautiful poppy from ELB23, which I've stamped onto Smoothy card covered with old dictionary paper which has had a coat of Glue'n'Seal. I stamped three of them and used Bougainvillea again to paint them. I cut out the centre of one of the flowers to layer up. 


Step Eight: I added some hessian edged with lace across the bottom and a buckle and then arranged the flowers. At this point I left it overnight and came back to it the following day as something wasn't quite right. I then decided something was needed in the top left corner to balance things, so I used the stamp from EEG05 to create a book mark from Smoothy card covered with dictionary paper and couldn't resist adding some more drippage to it ! The petals that were created from the Tulip stamp were arranged in the bottom right hand corner and the centre is from the ELB24 set. 


I really enjoyed using the Clear Tar Gel and think it has lots of potential to add a different element to all sorts of projects. I think it would look great using different colours and dribbled in different directions too. Hope you enjoyed my first dabbles with drippage ! 
{ Leandra edit - Sue... the Clear Tar gel looks amazing with the Golden metallic fluid acrylic paints added to it - I prefer Bronze or copper, then dripped ! It's just like drizzling metallic syrup, and makes a gorgeous top layer when used that way - a nice idea for those magpie-crafters! }

Sue 
Blog: www.stampingsuestyle.com
Twitter: @ink_and_me

Wow Sue, you've sold me. I love the look of this tar gel, I must give it a try. Those drippy drips look wonderful, very fluid and with clean edges. A fantastic background of texture to show off the colourful flowers. ~ Darcy

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25 comments:

Helen said...

wow, Sue this is stunning! I'm going to have to get some tar gel and have a play! Love the flowers, too.

Claire said...

Love this Sue - the whole piece is beautifully composed and the drippage looks fab! Claire x

sam21ski said...

Oooooh I have some of that drippage, well sort of, not got it here with me, but have some - lol

Can't wait to try it when it gets here xxx

Craftyfield said...

Would love to try this drippy gel! The flowers are beautiful too...

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Sue, adore the colour and drips. Fabulous. Tracy x

Dana said...

Very pretty Sue! You had me at text pages 😉

craftimamma said...

Wow, what a stunning project Sue. I've had some tar gel for years & never used it!!! Love the flower you created from the tulip.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Amazing drippage experiment, sue! Never used this medium. Love all your different ways with the flowers like using the piece of tulip as a petal. Lovely canvas,

Lucy x

butterfly said...

Fabulous gel drippage, and I love your dimensional flower bouquet, and great little belt and buckle. Wonderful canvas, Sue!
Alison xx

Juliz Design Post said...

Wow Sue, this is stunning, fabulous, brilliant. Definitely one of my most favourite projects you have made. Love it and I now need this Clear Tar gel.
Julie xx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

That's gorgeous, I love the drips.

rachel said...

looks awesome sue - and such a great step by step - thankyou xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

This looks amazing Sue love it A lot xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

What a beautiful piece of work! Thanks for a brilliant introduction to Tar Gel Sue. I've never come across it before and your step outs were really interesting and useful. Lx

Linda Brown said...

What a fantastic project Sue. x

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a beautiful canvas and what a lovely way to use Tar Gel. I have used it but only for making skins for image transfer. This is such an effective way to create dimensional drips. It looks absolutely amazing. Lovely project! xx

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

I've never seen this Gel drips technique, you are just brilliant Sue, thanks for your talent with us....very inspirational.

pam thorburn said...

fabulous project-love the drips!

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Looks awesome sue! Ivingbthectar gel drips!

Redanne said...

Absolutely gorgeous Sue, those drips look fantastic and the flowers are 'to die for'! A really beautiful canvas, the drips look amazing. Hugs, Anne xx

Anneke said...

Awesome color scheme, fabulous project!

Hazel Agnew said...

This is tremendous Sue...absolutely love it! The additions at the bottom are fabulous and your drippage is epic! Xx

Collet Sylvie said...

Just perfect! A fabulous creation!!!!
Hugs,
Sylvie

Wanda Hentges said...

Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! Love your piece, Sue!!!

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

So pretty! The drips look great.

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