Once Upon a Frog

Once upon a time, in the land of the rainbows, lived a little magical frog with his little Rainbow Princess.

Actually the Rainbow Princess was a mermaid and she lived in a lagoon. A sparkling lagoon, but a lagoon nonetheless. The Rainbow Queen was called Hannah Lynn and she loved all manor of beautiful little girls and ladies that live and work in various locations.

Hannah Lynn loved for her children to have beautiful, colorful surroundings which comes in handy when you have a stack of gelli prints waiting to become habitats.

Now, all habitats need life giving water to thrive. His Majesty Daler Rowney to the rescue!

Looks like a speckled rain storm struck the land of the rainbows.

Liking things to be tidy and organized, definite borders were in order.

When borders and speckled rainstorms occur, the sparkling lagoon is able to create its magic. And the Rainbow Princess shimmers and shines and . . . sparkles. Because that is the way with magic.

And the sweet little magical frog smiles because he had a hand in the sparkle magic as well. Just who did you think brought the magic to the sparkling lagoon? ~ The End.

This ATC was made for the Letter F Swap in Creative Crafty Friends. Should you want to get involved in some swaps with us, just click here and join Creative Crafty Friends. It is so much fun!

This gelli print card base was made using Bamboo Mixed Media paper from Hahnemühle. The digital stamp was created on Bristol Illustration Paper, also from Hahnemühle.

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Hannah Lynn‘s Etsy Shop

Arteza Iridescent Acrylics

It’s been a busy day! I want to make a quick post before I call it quits. Just a little ‘pretty’ to maybe make you smile, or go oooooh! Something like that. I am working on a new project that I hope to be able to share with you before too much longer. Just came over me yesterday and now I am like all buried up to my eyebrows in stuff. Art stuff. Hahahaha! In the meantime I want to show you what I did yesterday.

Arteza just released this set of ten iridescent acrylic paints and I thought they would be amazing for gelli prints. At least I hoped so. Of course I ordered the set and they arrived yesterday.

I worked with three stencils so you are going to see some repetition. I love the colors! And all of them shimmer. I hope to be able to show you how I made a couple of these in the next couple posts.

Very vintage looking. And grungy. Yep. Old gunk on my plate because I never clean them.

I love this one!

These colors can be bright or they can be dulled down like this if you roll them thin enough.

Another favorite.

I really like this one a lot! Looks like old vintage – reminds me of my Grandmother.

These colors are beautiful and you can see I had a few definite favorite ones! Hahahaha! No surprise there!

I hope you have a great day! And if you read this, dear friend that is having something going on tomorrow – remember I am praying for you. God has this all under control. Love you so much! And if you are reading and you know I’m not talking about you – please say a prayer for my friend. Thank you!

Fairy Starts With F

Ready for the Letter F ATC Swap? Creative Crafty Friends has kept me busy this month. I need to get all the swaps finished because I have something else to work on. Let me show you my first ATC for the letter F.

I began with this super little digital stamp I purchased at Hannah Lynn’s Etsy Shop. This a full page size coloring sheet, but I put her into a Word document and reduced her to ATC size. That would be 2.5″ x 3.5″ small. Coloring was done with Copic markers.

I had this really beautiful gelli print I made using Hahnemühle‘s Bamboo Mixed Media paper and the colors were perfect with the little fairy’s dress. So I cut out a 2.5″ x 3.5″ ATC and trimmed around the fairy Hannah Lynn called Tinkerbell. I don’t think she looks like Tinkerbell but Hannah Lynn does. And I ran the stamp through my sticker machine to make it easier to adhere her to the ATC when the time came.

I used some red Bombay India ink and a fan brush to make some splatters – and apparently streaks – on the background.

This moss colored Dyestress Ink Pad was the perfect compliment for inking the edges of the ATC.

Doesn’t it look great with that moss color? I trimmed out my little fairy and adhered her to the ATC. I wanted to keep some of the bling around the pixie dust bottle so I just left that big. I used a clear gel pen to add some shimmer to her wings and to the bottle of pixie dust, then added some gold accents around the bottle.

Some gold accents also came in the shape of line stickers from Hot Off the Press.

I thought she was pretty much perfect so I stopped there. This little fairy is already in the sky headed south to her new home. And since I purchased that digital stamp I can make another one any time I want. Creative Crafty Friends is the happening place, why don’t you come check it out?

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Alcohol Ink on Black Plastic

Get ready for some beautiful! I apologize up front because I don’t remember who told me about this paper. But ‘thank you’ to someone. I am thinking Jem, but I’m not sure.

Plastic art sheets actually and they are meant to work much like yupo. For those of you who love alcohol inks – you can imagine the hopefulness this gave me. Hahaha! So of course I had to order some straight away on Amazon and sat back to wait for it to arrive. I began by cutting these big sheets down into manageable sizes and now instead of eight pieces I have about forty. Various sizes for playing. Let me show you what I learned.

My thoughts immediately shot to Ranger’s Alcohol Pearls. I thought their shimmer and glimmer would be gorgeous on black and I was right! I began with just these three colors and they were more than plenty. My sheet of plastic was about 4″ x 5″. That crazy looking thing is my temporary air blower. I say temporary because Ranger is just releasing a new one that doesn’t have the marker holder attached. I have two on pre-order. Just in case one has an issue.

I shook out a few drops of this beautiful blue Tranquil color. I still don’t understand why Ranger didn’t give these pearls names we could remember.

Yellow and pink were then shook out onto the plastic. I say ‘shook’ because that really is how these colors work best. Just shook right onto the paper. Already I had some blending starting and new colors appearing.

I used the air blower to start pushing the colors while they were still wet. That alcohol evaporates fairly quickly.

You can even see some of the movement in this shot. Rotate the plastic as you need to, just keep that bulb squeezing and pushing out air.

And add more color when you need to. I really like the ‘cells’ that were developing here. Quick. What tangle pattern do you see developing in the color?

Pretty much full coverage and I just love the colors! Look at the striations in that upper right section. Reminds me of the underside of a mushroom cap. Then I moved it to the side to dry. Let me show you how it turned out. It is really beautiful!

In the drying I lost a lot of the cells, but a few remained. I love the brilliant colors I got from just those three I began with. And I wanted to do another one!

This time I dropped out the yellow and brought in a purple. And I wanted to add one more element to the mix.

Isopropyl alcohol. I ran a line of alcohol across the tile. I didn’t use alcohol at all in the first one. I expected it to make a huge difference in the way the colors moved.

I carefully added my colors – also known as shook the bottles with abandon – and reached my for air blower. Typically the air adds to the movement and gives you some really beautiful blending.

Not so much this time. It actually blew my color right off the plastic and onto the craft mat and desktop. I was so not happy.

But at least I was able to salvage the black plastic itself. Most of the color blew off and I wiped the rest away with a paper towel. Ick. Lesson learned. Don’t use alcohol on these plastic art sheets.

Then I went on to make this beautiful piece using that same sheet of plastic and those same colors – just with no addition of alcohol. And I am seeing that same tangle pattern showing up in this one, too. Anyone know which pattern I’m referring to?

I really loved how the alcohol pearls worked and wanted to try every alcohol ink brand I have. And I did. And they all turned out like this. No bueno. This particular one is Brea Reese alcohol inks. The Piñata, Kielty, Marabu, the rest of the Ranger alcohol inks, they all look like this. None of the colors show. You can see hints of color here, but once it dried it was all just flat black like the background. A complete waste of time and product. But those alcohol pearls worked like a champ!

So, the tangle pattern I see here is from Tomás Padrós – membranart. And other than that I just see a whole lot of potential and beautiful! Next I want to play with acrylics on black!