hi everyone, Darcy here to introduce another of my 'experimenters'. Tonight I leave you with Helen Chilton who has some fabulous ideas using Portfolio pastels. You really need to try these out.
Hi Everyone, Helen here. This time I'm doing an experimental post (you know how I love experimenting) with Portfolios. We all know how great they are with water but I thought I'd also try them out with my heat gun. A heat gun with a stand is the best type to use here. Otherwise all you need are your Portfolios, a small fat metal palette knife, cocktail sticks and a stencil or two.
Here's the finished card using four different techniques:
Technique 1: Shave, heat and spread:
Scrape some shavings of your crayon onto card, Heat up the metal blade of the palette knife and start to squish. Then apply heat directly to melt the crayon and spread the colour out. Note: if you just go straight in with your heat gun, it'll blow the shavings away.
Technique 2: Stencilling with melted crayon.
Draw round the flower from stencil ELB 004 then shave some yellow onto the petal. Start heating from underneath to melt, then apply heat on top and spread out with cocktail stick.
To add detail to petals, add a tiny shaving of pink, heat as before and pull out in lines:
Technique 3: Colouring in with melted Portfolios.
Stamp your image in permanent black onto glossy cardstock - it needs to be glossy (ie. non porous) to avoid the oil from the Portfolios creating a transparent halo round your colouring. Drop tiny shavings where you want to colour. Start heating underneath, then on top and move colour round with cocktail stick:
I used the gorgeous oriental girl from LPC022
Technique 4: Making a stencil impression.
Melt a puddle of crayon onto card and press leaf from stencil ELB 002 into it. Leave to cool down and solidify and then gently remove stencil. Cut out leaf:
And that's it for my experiments - I'm sure there's lots more you can do but I ran out of room!
Here's a close up of the coloured stamped image.
So, get out your Portfolios and your heat gun - I'd love to see what you come up with!
Thanks Helen from all at PaperArtsy HQ. We love your experiments. Your whole approach to creating is so intuitive, we cannot fail to be inspired and encouraged. Using the Portfolios with the stencil is just genius.