Wednesday 30 August 2017

2017 #12 Hybrid Inks: Dragonfly Dreams {by Wanda Hentges}

2017 Topic 12: Hybrid Inks

This is a surprising technique. Do take time to watch the video, it is always interesting to see how people apply inks to get oxidised effects. But the resist! Oh my, it really does not work the way you expect, but it's magic! 

Hi everyone, it's Wanda (Art By Wandawith you today, and I'd like to share with you a large card (5" x 7") using a technique I love with Distress Oxide Inks and Transparent Texture Paste. 

I've been doing this technique since shortly after the Oxides were released including, at first, figuring out why sometimes it worked well and other times not as much (it's important to get enough oxidation).  What I really love about the finished technique is the contrast between the oxidation and the glossy paste - it's fabulous!!!  

I've also embarked on a new journey... videos.  I've made my very first video for this post and it's helpful for understanding the technique fully.

I mentioned in the video that I would share a picture of the finished panel.  Here it is.  Beautiful, huh!!

With PS026, by Sara Naumann

Sara's wonderful new stamps were on the final sample I made (ESN21

and stencils (PS062, PS063) have been used for the card.

My plan was to stamp the dragonfly collage directly on the background  in black and then add the colored dragonfly on top.  I did this but did not get a good stamping because first my stamp slipped on the paste and then also the dimension didn't allow complete stamping.  I didn't want to start over but didn't really want the opaqueness of cardstock to hide the mess so instead stamped the image onto colored vellum and lined it up over the first stamping.  This kept things soft and allowed a hint of the background to show through.  The dragonfly (image and word) are stamped with Oxide ink onto Smoothy Card, cut out and layered over the stamped collage.  The wings of the colored dragonfly are brushed with Metallic Glaze Fresco Finish.

To continue the theme of the sequin waste in the stamped image I took some actual sequin waste and painted it with Bubble Gum Fresco Finish Chalk.

Stitching is a wonderful way to add detail to edges!!  I tend to make my stitching crooked on purpose because I'm not so good at keeping it nice and straight.  Going around twice gives it an arty look. 

The Distress Oxide Inks are fabulous whether you are making backgrounds, stamping, or water coloring with them.  Combining them with the Transparent Paste is a whole lot of fun!!!  I hope you will give it a try and that you will share your makes or plays.  I'd truly love to see what you create!!!

Thank you for following along.  Please let me know what you think of the post and the video.  Would you like to see me create more videos?  

Hugs, Wanda


In love with this technique! Very cool, and interesting that you say it requires a lot of oxidised layer too! I can see a lot of people trying this out! ~Leandra

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Miriam said...

Great video Wanda...I love your project too. Thanks for showing us your technique

Helen said...

The video is great, the background is beautiful! yes, do more videos!!

Craftyfield said...

The technique is interesting, a must try. I enjoyed the video, you're a natural, Wanda!

Mac Mable said...

Loved learning about this new to me technique. Enjoyed watching the video. Great inspiration, thank you x

Lauren Hatwell said...

What a great technique; and the finished project us just si beautiful Wanda. Lx said...

I totally enjoyed your post. The technique is fabulous.

Catie Cuddles said...

This is stunning and I've never tried the transparent gloss onto the DO so off to try that. Fab video too Wanda c xxx

Kristy Tyra said...

Love it! And love the distress Oxides!

Christine said...

Hi there Wanda,
What a great debut video, thanks for showing your fab techniques in it!

Art By Wanda said...

Thanks so much, Everyone!!!!!!!!

Etsuko said...

Wonderful project and vibrant colours Wanda!! The video is excellent, I'm looking forward next too. xx

Vivian Foo said...

The background is exciting and those stencils rock!

Hazel Agnew said...

Fantastic experiments Wanda. You are a natural at video commentary. Great effects and results. Love what you have shown us! Xx