2019 Topic 7: Turquoise
Sometimes, stamping alone can produce such depth and Lotte shows exactly how with clever colours and real attention to detail you can produce gorgeous patterns and a pair of great looking bookmarks.
Hey everyone, Lotte here! Now, turquoise is my very favourite colour, so I was delighted when it came up as a Topic. I really like Mexican-inspired colour schemes, with hues so bright and contrasts so exciting, and decided to pair Turquoise with orange. You know those 3D pictures that suddenly come into focus when you've looked at them long enough? This colour combo gives you that same, slightly vertiginous feeling 😀 So let's get started!
I started off by coating my tags with white gesso, and then divided them into two parts, painting one with Turquoise Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint and the other with Tango Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint. I did the paints rather roughly, watering down the Turquoise, as I wanted a sun-bleached effect. This wasn't quite shabby enough, so I lightly sanded before stamping.
On the square top tag, I stamped the man hole cover in Vibrant Fuchsia Ranger Archival Ink Pad, then the Traffic Control in Bluebird Ranger Archival Ink Pad. Next the bottles, sideways in Vibrant Fuchsia, 'Don't even think of Parking' was stamped in Bluebird, the manhole cover in Vibrant Fuchsia, and last the bottles in Bluebird.
On the round top tag, I did 'Don't even think of Parking' in Vibrant Fuchsia, the bottles head to head and sideways in that same colour, with some random manhole covers in Tiger Lily Ranger Archival Ink Pad, beneath that manhole covers in Bluebird, and finally Traffic Control in Vibrant Fuchsia.
Then I decided that a bit of contrast was needed, so used a white Posca pen to mark the lines between each bit of stamping, and then used a fine tipped black permanent ink pen to colour in black, cos I just really like black & white stripes! If you use a ruler to mark out with the Posca, you might need a piece of kitchen roll at hand, to wipe off any excess that goes beyond the line. Make sure it's thoroughly dry before drawing with the black fine liner.
I had wanted to use the 'Slide the light' stamp to do the words, but instead printed them out on white paper, cut, then stuck onto the tags.
These tags make great book marks, in fact they already have new homes!! Instead of the sentiment I used, you could put lines of your favourite songs, poems or quotes. I would love to see what you make - don't forget to share on the Facebook group page!
Until next time!