Friday 26 December 2014

Xmas 2014 #3UP {Resists}

Hi everyone Leandra here, It's Boxing Day here in the UK, the day when you should really go for a walk to relieve some of the calorific intake over the last 24 hours! So if you've eaten your fill, had a walk with a fruity mince pie and a cuppa tea, then you must be ready for some more #3UP posts. 

3UP evenings like this highlights the creativity of our blog followers. They volunteer for this task with no idea of what they are letting themselves in for, are then given a brief, and this time they were asked to show us their favourite techniques.

Tonight is all about resists.  Using embossing powders as a resist could well have been one of the first techniques you ever learned, but oh how useful it can be when colouring in a stamped image to stop you going outside the lines. 

In a mixed media sense, gel medium, paint, gesso, wax all create amazing resists. A resist is a product that will resists or deflect the layer that sits on top. For example, wax will resist watery paint, gel through a stencil will resit ink or dye sprays, a layer of wax on furniture can be painted over, then wiped back to show the unpainted sections underneath to generate that shabby chic french distressed furniture effect. So what are out #3UP people resisting tonight?

First up it's Mariette. From the Netherlands, if you take a look at her blog, Mariette loves ink resists in particular, there are many example of beautiful backgrounds, do take a look. Tonight Mariette is using gesso resist with ink. A soft and subtle resist that creates a wonderful starting point for a card. Remember, as our paint is a chalk base you can get the same effect with Snowflake Fresco Paint if you don't have any gesso to hand.

Hi everyone. Tonight I want to show you another method of using gesso. Most of the time it is used to cover a whole background. Or perhaps used in combination with stencils. But you can also stamp with it, which will create a perfect resist on your background. 

TIP: make sure you clean up your stamp direct after you have stamped it with gesso!

Step One: 
Adhere a thin layer of gesso on your craft sheet and "├»nk up" the PaperArtsy  Ink and the Dog Mini 18 with it. Stamp this on your white background paper. Repeat this step but make sure you randomly stamp your image, we don't want to have a static background, it need to be loose and playful.

Step Two:
Once the gesso is dry you will need to wet your background again with water :-) This makes sure your distress stain colors will flow better....

So once your background has been spritzed with some water you can apply the 3 different colors randomly on your background. I have used spiced marmalade, peeled paint and peacock feathers distress stains. Let the colors mix with each other, if needed spritz some extra water on it.

Once satisfied you can dry it with your heat tool. You will see that the gesso will act as a resist, if needed you can wipe off some ink residue with a damp cloth.

Step Three:
To finish up your background stamp randomly the PaperArtsy Ink and the Dog Mini 44 with distress ink crushed olive. Ink up the edges of your background with distress ink vintage photo to give it some depth.

Step Four:
Stamp off the flower branch from the PaperArtsy set HP1009 with Versamark on a separate piece of cardstock and adhere white embossing powder on it. And heat set this with your heat tool.

Now you can start coloring the flowers with distress stain peacock feathers using a water brush. I used spiced marmalade for the center of the flowers. Once done and dry, you can fussy cut out the flower.

On a separate piece of white cardstock stamp off only the part Happiness of the happiness text from the PaperArtsy set HP1009 with Archival Coffee Ink and create a label of it.

Now you can finish your card. Adhere the background on white cardstock and adhere the flower on it. Use thick foam for the text so that it will create some depth to your card.

I hope I have inspired you to go stamp with gesso!

Next we have Gail from Norway, her blog is here, ionabunny  She is going to show us some embossing resists.....

Hi, my name is Gail.  I'm known around blogland as ionabunny.  I was very pleased to be selected to be part of PaperArtsy #3UP.  The technique I want to share with you tonight is using embossing powder as a resist, and particularly a technique called Joseph's Coat of Many Colours which I first saw HERE . I love the bright colours and the contrast you get with this technique and was interested to see if it would work with detailed stamps, in this instance stamps from PaperArtsy Hot Picks 1105.  

Step One: 
I coloured a piece of 160g A4 off white card with various yellow/orange distress inks.  Just smear them on there.  Dry the surface and then stamp and emboss with clear embossing powder.  I started with the large oak leaf stamp (HP1105EZ).  Then I covered everything with Barn Door distress ink.  In the picture I have half the sheet covered.  Wipe excess ink off the embossed areas and let it dry.  Using your heat tool is fine.

Step Two: 
Then stamp with the second stamp (HP1105EZ) and emboss again.  I used the large heart stamp.  I tried to stamp between the leaf stamps so there will be good colour after the next step.  Then I covered everything with green acrylic paint!!  This technique usually uses black but it being Christmas, or thereabouts, I thought gold, red and green was a good combo.  I used a stencil brush which gets the paint well into the detailed embossed areas.  Paint a small area and then wipe the paint off the embossing.  This picture shows me half way.  Once the whole sheet is covered you should have a nice backing sheet with great colour contrast.

Step Three:
But wait!!  A couple of weeks ago I saw this post by Ellen Vargo where she removes the embossing powder by sandwiching the piece between newspaper and ironing. Wondering what effect this would have, and thinking this was the best use for an iron that I had been presented with in a while, I gave it a go.  As well as removing the embossing, and confounding people as to how you made your art, it also brightens the colours and increases the translucence of the paper, which inspired me to this......

Step Four:
I made a solid base by cutting a 9cm and 11cm circle of card.  Stick them together and run a score tool around the 9cm circle.  Then cut out some little wedges, approximately 1cm apart.  The score help the tabs fold easier.  Put a piece of double sided tape along one of the short edges of the backside of your paper.  Then put another piece of double sided along the long edge, but do not overlap the tape at the corner.  Leave a small gap, or it will be too sticky.  Fold up the tabs on the round base and roll it along the longer piece of double sided tape.  When you have rolled all the way you can stick the overlapping short edge down.  Add a battery tea light and sit back and admire your lanterns.  I got the different heights by cutting 4 and 8 cms respectively off the width of 2 other sheets I had coloured in the same way.

Hope you have enjoyed my project.  
Hugz, Gail

Next up tonight is Deb Wainwright. (@lilacsparkles) Deb is showing us a technique called ghosting. Check it out....

Hello, Debs here again with another project, this time using the technique ghosting, which I first saw on a video by Dyan Reavely on you tube. There are lots of videos demonstrating how to achieve this look.

Step One: 
I sprayed several colours of Dylusions Ink onto my page added my stencil by Lin Brown (PS001 and PS005) then sprayed the page with some water. I took off the stencil and waited about 30 seconds before rolling my paper towel over the page to blot.

Step Two: 
I continued to spray and remove different colours until I was happy with look. Sometime the colours on my stencil also came off too, which I really liked.

I used this as the background for a mixed page which you can see full details of my blog but here is the finished page. 

Take care Debs xx

Finally tonight it's a #3UP newbie (although yes she is the 4th #3UP tonight, boxing day bonus!) it's Lou Collins (@LouCollins). Lou is doing my favourite resist technique, the one with Vaseline. I first saw Claudine Hellmuth do this in her book, Collage Discovery Workshop way back when ....(2003), Claudine called it 'Peeled Paint', and it is frequently used by artists, by artists for many years, and it is also the main way you build up layers of paint to achieve that French Shabby Chis distressed furniture style, you can see what Lou has done below easily translates to furniture. Take a look....

Hi Everyone
Every now and then a technique catches my eye that I just have to try out straight away, and this one I saw on a YouTube is no exception. I usually tweak techniques to make them my own, and this particular one has remained one of my favourites for a very long time now. 

Step One:
For my wooden trinket box, I chose three Fresco Chalk Paints, including a dark and very pale colour.

First I covered my wood panels in Haystack with a stiff brush to add texture. I stamped all over the paint when it was dry with the cobblestone stamp from the JOFY12 set with Timber Brown StazOn. This adds even more texture to this bottom layer. To tone the StazOn down I dry-brushed over it with a little more haystack in places.

Step Two:
For the second layer I rubbed Vaseline onto parts of my wood panels, over the yellow, keeping it quite thick. I painted Space Cadet over the top, again with a stiff brush and dried with a heat gun. I roughly stamped the drawn grid stamp from the same JOFY12 set over parts of the blue paint. Finally I used some kitchen towel to rub away the paint where it laid over the Vaseline, which revealed the yellow underneath.

Step Three:
To finish the technique, I repeated the second step but with a much paler colour, Antarctic. When applying the Vaseline this time, I ensured I was covering over parts of both yellow and blue, so that both colours would show through when I removed the resisted paint later. After drying and rubbing down as before, I watered down some Snowflake paint and brushed it lightly over the panels to tone down the contrast of the colours a little.

I used this technique to create a trinket box. After using the resist technique on the wooden panels, I constructed the box and stamped some leaves in the corners from the JOFY12 set and coloured parts of them with the Haystack paint and a small brush.

Thanks everyone

Wasn't that beautiful! Another fabulous night of #3UP with 4 totally different resist ideas!

So, I guess, not only are you stuffed with food, but ideas too! There's more tomorrow, so don't hang up your skates just yet! Enjoy the festive season! 


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Unknown said...

Fab group of projects tonight. Hope you all had a lovely Xmas

Julie Lee said...

Four amazing resist backgrounds that show what a wealth of ideas there are out there! Thank you so much to the contributors for inspiring us! I loved that trinket box with the peeled paint idea; but all four are really impressive. xx

Helen said...

Bonus 3 up project, and they are all 4 gorgeous in their own way and I don't want to pick a favourite, but I love the dark drama of Gail's lanterns. Well done all of you!

Hazel Agnew said...

Wow, what stunning projects tonight. All so different and so many great ideas. Fresh inspiration! Xx

Claire said...

Lovely projects tonight, well done to all four 3 uppers! Claire x

Gabrielle said...

Fabulous inspiration yet again - and a bonus 3upper too! Thanks all, you're amazing x

Lucy Edmondson said...

What amazing ideas tonight, I just love resist techniques but lots of new things here for me to try! Thank you so much you four! Really frustrated as I didn't bring any crafting stuff away with me!

Lucy x

Cazzy said...

Love the projects. I had no idea you could stamp with Gesso, I must try this.
Love the tea lights, wow!
I have to admit I don't fully understand the third techique with the stencil.
I am so glad you posted the Vaseline technique, I bought a huge jar of petroleum jelly some years ago when I first saw this technique, it stuck in my mind enough to buy the stuff but then I couldn't remember where I saw it, and although I do remember it as described here I didn't have the confidence to try it in case I was wrong.
Have a Happy New Year.
Cazzy x

Rebecca said...

Super work again ladies...don't you just lurve a bit of resist?! Well done!
Happy craftin

craftytrog said...

Wow! Four fabulous projects with super techniques! I love to use resist!
Happy New Year everyone
Alison xxx

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Unknown said...

Four fabulous resist techniques and backgrounds, these projects are really amazing!!! well done to Gail, Reb, Lou and Mariette (love the bonus project too wow!) Thank you so much for this great post Leandra and everyone who contributed, I read it only now but would not miss that for the world! All four really impressive and very interesting! Coco xx

Sarah B said...

just catching up, hope everyone has a fab Chrisrmas - what gorgeous projects - I definitely feel very inspired to try out these techniques in the near future - xxx

judith@poppy cottage said...

Wow, all super projects using resist techniques. All so different. Love the lanterns, and the beautiful trinket box. The mixed media page is fab, and the gessoed background is so effective. Great work everyone, Judith xx

ionabunny said...

Fab projects from my fellow resisters LOL. Thanks for all your lovely comments everyone. This was such fun to do. Some new techniques to try. Where's my gesso....Hugz

craftimamma said...

Awesome resist projects from everyone! I've always loved the Jacobs Coat technique but always done it with black so this is an interesting twist to try. The trinket box is gorgeous and Debs' technique has given such a beautiful background. Fabulous results from the simple technique of stamping with gesso too. What a wonderful post!

Lesley Xx

Etsuko said...

Amazing 4up projects and absolutely gorgeous works xxx

Artmadnana said...

So many ideas! All wonderfully explained and demoed. Probably won't get my projects in before the deadline but I'm definitely going to have a go at each one. I've seen the Vaseline resist before but forgotten the steps, so thanks for that Deb! I love the idea for the lanterns. Love that technique. I use the ghosting technique a lot but I'm still blown away when I see others use it. Gesso as a stamped resist is such a clever idea. Love them all.

Anonymous said...

All three projects wonderfully showcase resist techniques. Peeling paint has always been my favourite, messy but that is why it is such fun!
Stunning projects by all.

Kirsten said...

I'm so sorry to be so late visiting the #3UP posts. What a feast for the eyes this one is. Four amazing projects & all so different. Good thing there's no one to make me choose a favourite, they're all wonderful.