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A Cheerful Palette!

Aloha, it's Gia here. Today I am sharing a 6 x 6 mixed media piece I did with a cheerful little palette of brightly colored Dylusions ink spray colors. Did you know that Altered Pages carries fifteen, yes ONE FIVE colors of dylusions inks in delicious colors like Cut Grass, Funky Fuchsia, and Calypso Teal? I would hurry as these popular products tend to sell out quickly....wait where did you go? Oh, you are headed to Altered Pages now? That's awesome- but at least come back so I can tell you about the versatile Dylusions stamps I also got to try out!

 So, I started with cold pressed watercolor paper because I like to work with this texture and weight of paper even when not using watercolors. I masked off the area to be inked with painters tape and coated it with gesso first. I then randomly layered colors on alternating with gesso and drying in between with a heat tool until I was satisfied with my background.  

As a final background layer I used my Mayan Calendar 6 x 6 stencil to spray a layer of the Bubblegum pink over the top after putting a thin coat of gel medium on with a brayer to give it the stucco appearance. I also used some stamps with Versamark ink and embossing  powder in blue and gold to add even more texture and pattern not to mention energy to the piece.

I used black ink to stamp my houses onto plain coffee filters. You could use any semi translucent paper and it would have the same effect- vellum, tracing paper, or even silk or organza. The reason I chose plain old coffee filter is because it is a material that is very suited for stamping and unlike vellum does not require embossing or special ink.

Sometimes, happy accidents happen and are a chance to learn something new! Since my coffee filter houses were somewhat delicate I decided to adhere them with a light liquid adhesive and when I did, it activated some of the inks in the background that were previously dry. The green you are seeing, for example showing through the house decided to pop up. It was unintended, but in the end- I liked it! In the future, f you want to make sure that doesn't happen, be sure to seal your inked backgrounds before adding any further liquids !

Thanks for spending some time with me on the blog today for a little art for art's sake! 

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