Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Underwater World

I remember (was it really just a year ago?) that I thought ATC's were kind of beyond me. Now I have quite the little love affair going on with these miniature pieces of mixed media. The current challenge at Fun with ATC's is underwater. I was working on a piece inspired bDion Dior last night and it was a big AHA moment. One of the techniques I thought would be great for making seaweed!

Dion works a lot with Twinkling H2O's, a watercolor paint with mica crystals embedded in the paint. They are very sparkly. One of her techniques is to get the paper very wet, lay down some color  and then put stretchable strips of bandage down and let it dry in place. Didn't have that, so I substituted regular first aid gauze.

First I put down a combination of yellows, greens and blue greens on some very wet paper. They I curved strips of the gauze and pushed them down into the paint.; partially dried it with my heat gun and then put a tad bit more water and color on top.

The next step required patience. Darn it. I covered the whole thing with a piece of sran-wrap and put a huge, heavy book down on top it and let it dry overnight. 

I thought it was kind of magical this morning when I peeled it apart before I took off for work. And as an added bonus was I really liked the colored gauze which had become significantly stiffer than when I started the project. 

When I got home, I started playing the waste gauze, some shells and beads and this is the end result. I hope you can see the sparkle. One of the nice things about using so much water in this process is the entire paper isn't sparkly so you get some good contrast. 

Let's pretend they're shells or air bubbles, or whatever you'd like them to be. 

I've been turning a lot of these into magnets and I'm guessing that's what will become of my entry into the underwater challenge at Fun with ATC's. 

Here's hoping you get lots of creative time soon! Enjoy. 


  1. Very nice and lovely colours. I like very much about your touching idea.

  2. wow - it´s great!!! fantastic!

  3. I love this. So much texture and a very beautiful color-combo. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Funw ith ATCs Suzanne

  4. A truly beautiful atc - love those colours. Look forward to trying this technique out! Chrisx

  5. OH...these underwater ATC's are marvelous...simple yet perfect for the theme! Love the gauze perfectly colored and the beads too...yummy color! Fab work!

  6. Absolutely adore this Sara... gorgeous colours and textures...brilliant... Gill x

  7. Absolutely enchanting, Sara - I love the netting, and the sparkling jewels caught in its snares... wonderful ATC - so glad you started on them as a form, you do them so well! Thanks so much for playing along at Fun With ATCs.
    Alison x


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