Friday, 29 July 2016

First Night Nerves

Evening all. Thanks for bobbing in.

This is my first post for Wendy's House and I'm more than delighted that it will mainly be about Paperartsy Fresco paint. I've definitely discovered my go-to medium.

Initially, I saw a YouTube video of Vicky Papaioannou creating a journal page using Fresco paint with a brayer. I loved the way that the paint skimmed the paper. This was a look that I constantly tried to achieve in uni. Instead of using sandpaper, screwdrivers, wire wool, bread-knife, anything else to scratch back, I should've just brayered the paint on really lightly. It would have avoided the 'over-worked' look and given my illustrations the free and loose feel that I craved.


I started by ordering the colours that Vicky had used in her journal. When they arrived, I painted 12 ATCs (artists' trading cards) with them, just using a tiny amount on the end of my finger. I find this is the best way to get a proper feel for a new product. They were so smooth and chalky and they dried  almost instantly. I was hooked already!

Then I discovered a gem that Leandra Franich, from Paperartsy, had uploaded...

 

I used the paints that I already had and started playing.

Using Winsor & Newton Artists' Water Colour Paper, I brayered happily away. I probably overdid it, but I used Cheesecake, Guacamole, Mermaid, Caribbean Sea, Dolly Mix and Sour Grapes to lay down the first few layers. They dry so quickly, that it's almost impossible to make 'mud' using this method. I very lightly applied the paint with a brayer and only stopped when I was happy with the colour combinations on the paper. 


Next, I used the darker tones of Captain Peacock and Plum through several Tim Holtz mini layering stencils. I knocked back the darkness with some of Darcy Wilkinson's lovely bubbles (PS031) and more Dolly Mix.



This then spurred me into getting out my favourite Donna Downey 'Bubbles' stencil.  I gently sponged Snowflake bubbles all over the A3 sheet.






I decided that the bubbles weren't 'bubbly' enough and needed something to make them pop (s'cuse pun!) Out came my Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush. 



Finished off with a little white highlight here and there et voila! 


Overall, it didn't take as long as this blogpost! I promise to keep them a little shorter in future.

Love and peace x

39 comments:

  1. Fabulous first post, thanks for acting on a bit of gentle twitter nagging to do it. The piece looks great.

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  2. now that I am on the computer, can you see if you can add a way for people to follow your blog? (go to "layout" in your dashboard) - I would hate to miss any future posts.

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  3. Fabulous first post, thankyou for making your debut all about PaperArtsy. PA peeps are an awesome little online family, so you are in good company now.
    I hope you will join in with more of our challenges.

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    1. I will. Most definitely. Thanks, Darcy x

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  4. Ohhhhh you clever chook!! I need popping bubbles. I don't own any inktense pencils (can you believe that!!! - massive omission in my stash!). Beautifully written post, with links video and everything .... For a new blog you seem suspiciously competent!! And we are the lucky ones! TFS. ~Leandra

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    1. Ah. Yes, that. I'm just new to Blogger. I told you, I can't get enough PA. 😊 X

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  5. Brilliant first blog post, Wendy, welcome. I love your page. The addition of intense pencils (which I have!) Is great,is

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  6. Captain Peacock? Is there a Mrs Slocum as well?

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    1. Now, what colour would she be, Pete? She had different coloured hair every week. 😂

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    2. You got me there. Nice blog by the way - it looks great.

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  7. This is fabulous Wendy......great to have you in our PA family. It's totally bubbleicious

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    1. Whoop! I love the PA family. Everyone is top notch. 😊

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  8. Wonderful page! The colour combo is perfect and I love your bubbles!

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  9. Wow Wendy what a fabulous page! I see Helen asked you to try and put a 'follow' widget in your sidebar but I think you'll have to have another go as it's not there and I'm sure there are a lot more people who would like to do just that...me being one of them. Awesome first post and I look forward to seeing what else you get up to. So nice to have you join the PA family.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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    1. Thanks Lesley. I think I had put the wrong widget on the sidebar. I think this is right now. We're all set to go. 😊 x

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  10. Brilliant Wendy! Love your techniques. Tfs x

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  11. Fabulous first post Wendy, glad you have joined us. X

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    1. Thanks Deborah. I'm very glad too x

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  12. Hi Wendy. Great to meet you. Thoroughly enjoyed your post too. Lx

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    1. Thanks Lauren. Great to meet you too x

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  13. Stunning first post Wendy. The masterboard is so beautiful and I'm looking forward to see making with this. xx

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    1. Thanks Etsuko. I'd better get my skates on then. x

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  14. lovely first photo that looks AMAZING!!!!

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  15. Sorry I'm a bit late to the party, sharing your excitement for your very first blog post. What a brilliant blog post it is too. Beautiful, beautiful work. Love the colours that you used and I think everyone is going to need that bubbles stencil in their lives!!! Looking forward to seeing what you do next.
    Lin

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    1. Oh I probably use it too often Lin. Thank x

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  16. Fabulous first post! Love, love, love the masterboard!!
    xxx

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