Monday, 13 July 2015

2015 #13 Time For Pastels {by Keren Baker}

 2015 Topic 13: Time

Hi everyone Keren here, joining you this evening with a post about using pastels. It's a long time since I've used them with stamps and so I wanted to re-visit a super simple technique with a really easy and vibrant medium and combine with one of the new Hot Picks set that fits perfectly with the theme.

I started with the easiest of cards. Simple stamping with Versamark Ink and then using some super-cheap pastels gently rub over the stamped area. Smudge with your finger and set with a matte sealer or some cheap hairspray.

I wanted to add a sharp contrast and so used some black shrink plastic and white permanent ink. By adding links and only attaching the top clock, it adds a moveable element too. I loved the shine of the shrink plastic, so added a non-shrunk piece too. I wanted to explore a little more using HP1502.

I've gathered my supplies, some wooden dominoes, cheap pastels, tissue paper and stamps. I wanted to see whether the pastel/Versamark would work well on tissue so I could add it to less easy to stamp surfaces.

The chunky bracelet worked perfectly. 

Stamp a collage of the images in the set. I stamped in Versamark and really carefully added the pastels. If you had higher quality pastels, they'd go on with less drag, so probably quality is the way to go.

Measure around the wooden dominoes and cut out.

I used a Matte medium type glue both to stick the tissue down and for a topcoat. You have to be very gentle smoothing down as the tissue is so fragile.I sealed it further with a spray varnish that had sparkle in it.

Pastels are a gorgeous way to add multicoloured detail to stamped images. I've not seen much pastel use around and about blogland recently and would love to see how others use them. You can really smudge the colours or keep them sharper depending on the look you're after. Now I've seen that they work so well with tissue paper, you can use them anywhere, just don't forget to seal them. Try adding them to layers of tissue stacked on top of each other, or even experiment with acetate, acrylic and wood.

Hope you've enjoyed this simple technique-perfect for newbie stampers too! Do pop and say hi over on Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest; I'm @craftstampink.
Keren x

Two super projects Keren to kick off our new theme. The soft pastel colours work so well with this new collection of stamps. Love the chunky domino bracelet with its touch of sparkle, a great way to incorporate all the elements from HP1502. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.
We would love you to join in with challenge #13: Time If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE. 

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Time link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, July 26th winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Paula Whittaker said...

Two wonderful projects Keren x

Art By Wanda said...

Wonderful projects, Keren!!!!

Jane said...

This is great...I assume Pan Pastels would work a treat then . Thanks for sharing x

JoFY said...

ooh I like these!! 2 inspiring projects. :o)

Claire said...

Stunning projects and a great take on the new theme xx

Keren Baker said...

Yes- I'm no Pan Pastels expert but you'd get lovely soft results with less drag than my cheap sticks!!

Craftyfield said...

Versamark and pastels are one of my favourite stamping technique... Very cool card with the shrink plastic embellishment!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Wonderful projects keren! I love the black shrink plastic against the pastel background and white surround!

Lucy x

Lauren Hatwell said...

Pure genius! Simple but SO effective. Lx

Hazel Agnew said...

2 wonderful projects! Never heard of black shrink plastic. Love the simplicity of the first project but I can see that you have spent time working and balancing it! Love the bracelet! Useful and unique! Xx

craftimamma said...

Two beautiful creations Keren! Love the card which as Hazel said is beautifully balanced. Very eyecatching bracelet and I would never have thought of using pastels on tissue but what a stunning result!

Lesley Xx

Steven said...

ooooh ahhh two gorgeous projects.... love the bracelet!

Helen said...

very clever indeed, the bracelet works so well.

Unknown said...

Lovely projects, Keren! This Hot Picks stamp set rocks the theme. And such a clever idea with the bracelet. You always come up with awesome ideas. And the pastels on tissue! xx

Kirsten said...

They are both lovely, the bracelet looks fab.

Julie Lee said...

Brilliant projects, Keren! What clever ways to use pastels. I love the bracelet and the contrast of the black shrink plastic with the soft pastels on the card is superb!xx

SCarol said...

Gorgeous! Must dig my pastels out and give this a go.

Elaine said...

Two really gorgeous projects. Love the card, the contrast of the pastel background with the black works superbly and I would never have thought of using pastels on tissue paper, what a brilliant effect! Elaine

Ros Crawford said...

Fabulous projects Keren ... you are so creative!

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