Riding the exercise bike to retreat!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Creative Chemistry 102 Days 1 & 2

I'm thoroughly enjoying the second semester of Tim Holtz' class in Creative Chemistry. I love learning new techniques to try with inks, paints, powders and glitter. I had never tried the new Distress Paints and was itching to get at it. I haven't done all the techniques from Day 1, but here is a sample of what I have done so far.

This is the Marbled Distress Paint technique. The one on the left is just the paint. The one on the right is the same tag with Distress Inks added to help the colors pop. Love the technique.

Next, is the Distress Paint Resist technique using a Club Scrap Stamp from the Spring Chorus kit. Love the detail you get with the Distress Paint. I used Antique Linen for the stamping.

I don't have Distress Paint in the Black Soot color, or the texture fade with the rivets, so I chose to try the Industrial technique with some different colors and textures.

This one uses the Cracked Glass texture fade with Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves Distress paints. I was going for kind of a wintry effect. I think it needs a darker blue instead of the purple.
I also tried the Tattered Leaves texture fad with Mustard Seed and Raspberry Distress Paints. Still need to work on this technique some more. This was as far as I got with Day 1. I have some crackled leaves ready for one of the other techniques, but I was ready to move on and try some Day 2 techniques next.

Day 2 is devoted to working with stencils. One of my favorite things to play with and I have my whole collection with me, so this was going to be a fun day.

First up, Monoprinting. The one on the left uses Distress Stains, Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Peacock Feathers. The 2 on the right are Distress Paints, Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, Salty Ocean and Wild Honey. The far one was a bit of an oops because I used my towel to blot the stencil and it ended up smearing. Still pretty though. The stencil is from Club Scrap's 2012 Retreat kit By the Numbers.

Next, I tried the Embossing through a Stencil technique. Another little oops, I didn't read the directions correctly and used Distress Embossing Ink instead a Distress colored ink. I really liked the way it turned out anyway and may go ahead and make this "mistake" again. I used the stencil from Club Scrap's Ornamental collection.

Here, I followed the directions correctly, using the Painted Desert stencil from Club Scrap again. I really liked how this one turned out too. Kind of reminds me of raindrops through a window.

Next, is the Embossing with a Stencil technique. I was so excited when I saw this video. It never even occurred to me that you could run your stencils through the diecut machine. A whole new world opened up for me. This one is the Adobe stencil from Club Scrap and I used Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany distress inks.

Next, is the Stencil Stamping technique, another one I've never tried before and really liked. This one uses stencil and stamps from Club Scrap's Gimme A Ring kit. Mustard Seed Distress ink for the stencil image. Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass Distress Stains for the background.

And last, was the Mixed Media Layered Stencils, which I felt I ruined on the last step as I didn't tape the stencil down and my mister bled underneath badly. Hence, the big splotch of purple. Oh well, I did enjoy the technique. I used stencils from Club Scrap again, Fossils, Retro and the dots, I'm not sure of; will have to look that one up.

I've watched the videos for Day 3 and there are even more exciting and fun techniques coming. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a play day!

1 comment:

  1. I had so much fun playing the last couple of days! Your examples are fantastic!