Wednesday 25 November 2015

2015 #22 Christmas Masterboard {by Alison Hall}

 2015 Topic 22: Christmas Masterboard {by Alison Hall}

Hi everyone! Alison here, joining you this evening with a Christmas themed masterboard.

I've used my favourite way of applying paint, with a brayer. It's so quick and easy to get a lovely random background. There's also a little bit of collage thrown in for good measure, and some stamping with paint, and I've used Sara Naumann's beautiful Christmas Eclectica sets ESN17 and ESN18.

Step One: I began with a light layer of paint on a sheet of White Smoothy Stamping Card. I used my Brayer to apply Chalk, Moonlight and Mermaid Fresco Finish Paint.

Step Two: Next I added some medium shades of Fresco Finish Paint in Captain Peacock and Professor Plum (both from the Sept. 2015 Special Edition Set of Fresco Finish), then a light application of Claret and South Pacific.

Step Three: Time to knock those dark shades into the background with another application of Moonlight and Mermaid Fresco Finish Paint.

Step Four: Next I took a piece of White Tissue Paper, and used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp a collage of images and words from ESN18

Step Five: I ripped the tissue into thin strips, then used Ranger Glue 'N Seal Matte to adhere them to my background.

Step Six: To finish my masterboard, I stamped some images from ESN17, using Captain Peacock, Professor Plum, and Chalk Fresco Finish Paint.

I decided to cut my masterboard into four to make some Christmas cards.

To make my cards, I mixed a little Golden Fluid Acrylic Micaceous Iron Oxide into some Golden Glass Bead Gel, and used a Palette Knife to apply this through PaperArtsy Stencil 001 {ELB}, onto two of the masterboard quarters.

I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the lovely bird image from ESN18, as well as some branches in the opposite corner, and some of the words. I finished by sponging Chalk Fresco Finish Paint lightly onto the Bead Gel stencilling, then matting my artwork onto black card and then a white card blank.

Here's a closer look at one of the cards. I just love the texture of the Bead Gel. Mixing it with the Micaceous Iron Oxide Acrylic gives it a lovely sparkle...thanks Leandra for that tip!

Using a brayer is such a quick and easy way to apply paint, definitely my favourite, and it looks different every time. Build up some layers with a little collage, and stamping, and you soon have a handy masterboard to use for any type of project. It's definitely a good way to get started on your Christmas cards! I hope I've inspired you to give this technique a try.

Alison x

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I love the idea of mixing the micaceous iron oxide into the glass bead gel! How lovely to add that texture to the masterboard. These look great Alison, I know you are a massive fan of Sara Naumann's stamps and this is a fabulous was to use them! I love how the brayering technique is always so individual to whoever is holding the brayer! ~ Leandra

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Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous Masterboard Alison - great use of the tissue and glass bead gel! Your cards are fabulous! Jennie x

Lauren Hatwell said...

Just GORGEOUS! I think you used ALL my favourite colours there too :oD Love that glass bead gel. I wish it would photograph better. It is just glorious in real life. Lx

Ruth said...

Beautiful results from your masterboard, just lovely! Ruth x

Craftyfield said...

Beautiful cards! Love the use of bead gel and the tissue paper is a great idea to get perfect stamping on the masterboard which may have texture from the brayering.

Unknown said...

Lovely masterboard Alison. The end result is fabulous as are your cards and I love the texture from the bead gel.

Lesley Xx

Kirsten said...

Fab masterboard & the finished cards are gorgeous.

Mac Mable said...

Gorgeous colours and techniques. So very pretty and love what you've done with it x

Etsuko said...

What a beautiful masterboard Alison! Gorgeous cards, thank you for the tutorial. xx

Julie Lee said...

Such beautiful cards from a gorgeous masterboard, Alison. I love how you used Sara's stamps with these colours. xx

Sarah B said...

Beautiful cards Alison - love the addition of bead gel and stamped tissue xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Love your master board Alison fab colours and stamps. I also love what you did with it. Hugs Debs xx

Words and Pictures said...

What a fabulous masterboard, Alison - and the cards are stunning - I love that bird!!
Alison x

Unknown said...

Ooh love the finished cards xxx

Anonymous said...

A fabulous tutorial! Love the colours you used and the end results of the actual masterboard and those beautiful cards.

Lucy Edmondson said...

Lovely cards Alison and love that bead gel! Sorry for the late commenting,

Lucy x