Monday, March 25, 2019

Simon Says - Play With Paint

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
Inspired by a beautiful sunny "is it finally Spring" weekend, I decorated a Medium Etcetera Tag using stamps, stencils and die-cuts with Distress Paints. I challenged myself to use only PAINTS, did I succeed or was I tempted to sneak in some other Distress products.

I applied a coat of White Gesso to a Medium Etcetera Tag and added torn sections of Botanical Collage Paper fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I added a patchy coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint using a brayer and once dry, used a baby wipe to pounce on Scattered Straw Distress Paint, leaving some areas of the White Gesso and Antique Linen showing.
I applied Vintage Photo Distress Paint very lightly with a mini round blending tool to the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Slate Background and stamped randomly on the tag. ***Remember to wash your stamp immediately after use. Oops forgot to mention I also pounced on some Evergreen Bough Distress Paint using a baby wipe.
I used the remaining Vintage Photo paint on my blending tool to colour the Idea-ology Stencil Chips and had a lightbulb moment, using them to stencil on to the tag. Note to self: buy a set to use as stencils.
I applied White Gesso through the Splatters Mini Layering Stencil from Set 3
and while that was drying, I turned my attention back to the Stencil Chips. I pounced on a little Evergreen Bough Distress Paint and once it was dry, spritzed with water and embossed using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix 3D Lumber Texture Fade. There's a definite theme going on, of jumping backwards and forwards whilst waiting for the paint to dry.
To add some Spring-time colour, I applied Spiced Marmalade through the Gradient Hex Layering Stencil
and Evergreen Bough through the Mini Gradient Dots Layering Stencil from Set 39. While this layer of paint was drying, I took myself off to the kitchen to rinse out the mini round blending foams ready to use again.
I die-cut the flowers from Distress Watercolor card using Tim Holltz/Sizzix Wildflower Stems 1 and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I did straighten up the flower on the right and applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte over the entire tag, ready to create some shadows around the flowers.
At this point, I would normally use a Distress Crayon, probably Walnut Stain to add shading around the flowers but I resisted that temptation and instead used Ground Espresso Distress Paint diluted with water. I applied the paint liberally over the flower, letting it pool into the crevices and wiped the paint from the surface using a slightly damp cloth.  I painted the centre of the daisy like flower with Spiced Marmalade diluted with water.
I trimmed a little off the top and bottom of the Stencil Chips so that they looked more in proportion to the tag,sanded them to reveal the original distressed gold underneath, fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte, added a few more flowerheads and added splatters of the Ground Espresso Distress Paint left on my Glass Media Mat 
I fixed Sizzix Adhesive Sheet to Distress Watercolor Card and die cut the letters using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric 1" Thinlits.
I fixed the first layer in place and create shadows around the letters with Ground Espresso Distress Paint as before
 and added the other two layers to create dimension, so much easier when they are self-adhesive
 I added Idea-ology White Tiny Text Remnant Rubs
 Idea-ology Hardware Heads coloured with White Gesso
 Mummy Cloth and a double Crinkle Ribbon bow
a little splattering of Ground Espresso on the letters and that my friends, concludes my adventure with the very versatile Distress Paints.

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Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


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  1. Oh gosh, that was a challenge! You rocked it and I can imagine the power of temptation to use other media :-) Lovely spring and sunny tag! Hugs, Marzena

  2. Wow! Love this! Thanks so much for such detailed instructions.

  3. This is gorgeous, love the layers and colours.
    Linda xxx

  4. So beautiful lovely colours for the background x

  5. Wonderful tag, Kath! I love how you put the color in the background and kept your flowers in neutral, very striking! So glad you finally got some spring weather! hugs, Maura

  6. Hah! It can be done with nothing but paints...beautifully done, love the flowers, it is so TIME for flowers...

  7. The layers of paint look amazing and the extra embellishments look fabulous. Superb! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Is anything better than making Art?!! LOL!!! LOVE this panel gorgeous, and love the stencil pieces on it.

  9. Gorgeous tag Kath! Colors are so springy and these flowers are fantastic! thanks for your step by step, it's so helpful and inspirational!Barbara

  10. Wow, what a delightful and springy tag, Kath! I love the soft palette and wildflowers.. just lovely! : )

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. Such a beautiful project Kath! I love the background and the spring colors. The flowers are so pretty, and all the lettering is wonderful.

  12. This is such a fabulous project! I love the colors and the nod to Spring. We were playing in the snow just yesterday, so that tells you how nearby I feel that Spring isn't! Thanks for giving me some Springtime here with such a beautiful colorful project!

  13. What a stunning tag, Kath! Love the layers you've build up! So cool to see how you did that, and what a fabulous color combination. Hugs, Sandra


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