Sunday, April 29, 2012

Full Spectrum Watercolor Words

Over at Simon Says Stamp this week, the challenge was show us your favorite word. Because I've had a lot of time on my hands, I thought about this for a while. But in the end, it comes back to the truths we know. There is nothing I would rather do than

Laughter to me is full of color, life, and spirit, so I decided to use my new Dylusions dye inks as a medium. Because my new friend Marjie Kemper blogged about filling water pens with the inks , I thought, hmmm, since I don't have that many water brushes, why not just spray some into a palette and paint from there? Which is exactly what I did. What amazingly LUSCIOUS colors.

Here's the low down on how I made the piece. The base is watercolor paper which I sprayed with purple and pink Dylusions Ink, and then dry brushed over that with white acrylic paint. Some of the inks reacted, some didn't; I was fine with that. I bounced some white and black paint over it for interest. I folded it like an accordion card. The cactus looking things, the girl parts, and the border were all painted on cover stock and adhered to grunge paper for support before I cut them out. The letters are grunge board, covered with two coats of picket fence stains, and then covered with a pink copic marker, edged in black. Once that was dry (or almost) I used some Stardust Stickles on top for the glitz. (I tried out a gazillion different ways of doing the letters and probably would just paint them white the next time with acrylic before adding color, but by that point I didn't have the right letters left any more).

I used a Fiskars postage stamp punch on black paper, and added the white dots with an opaque pencil for interest. I put the pink letters on that, and then mounted the whole thing on mini Popsicle sticks, which I had covered in black marker. There are slits in the back section of the base, into which I pushed the Popsicle stick.

I was really happy with the way this turned out and can see making more with different words. I want to futz around with the accordion fold because I would have liked the layers a little closer I think, but I was running out of time. And the second time I do something is always better anyway. I just wish someone had told me in high school that I really should pay attention to algebra and geometry!! Angles and dangles are definitely a hit and miss thing with me.

Another of my favorite places is Inspiration Emporium and their challenge this month is watercolors. I'm thinking this qualifies - I used them with water, mixed, and painted, so I'm posting there too. If I'm off the mark there, please forgive me.

Enjoy a laugh today!!


  1. I love all your colour, Sara.It is such a lot of fun and sits so well with your favourite word - laugh. BTW it did not matter how much geometry I taught and there was lots believe me. it really did not make much difference to my personal geometrical abilities.
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving me a lovely comment.

  2. Sarah.....such a VIBRANT and LIVELY card. I just love the colors and the dimension!! JOB WELL DONE!

    THANKS BUNCHES for playing along with Simon Says Stamp and Show!!!

  3. Thanks your card made me smile, love the fact you water coloured with Dylusion inks, a fantastic idea, I love the bright colours.

  4. this is AWESOME!!! absolutely gorgeous piece!! =)
    hugs, SannaS

  5. Oh Sara, this is so cool! Thanks for the shout out. I love your colors and what you've done with Dyan's stamps... you should pop this gal up on Dyan's FB wall. (BTW those are the best uses for algebra and geometry I've heard of in a long time.)


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