As Jill says, "sometimes you never quite know how a project is going to turn out".
You can always be confident of your results when using an Art Square from Inchie Arts because the surface mimics a hot press watercolor paper and you can put down layers and layers of color without detiorioration.
Stop by Jill's blog today to see how she created this fabulous ATC!
There are some stamping and coloring projects that just beg for strong color saturation. Visit Dina's blog posting today as she uses dye based reinkers for the direct color application on this stamped Penny Black image.
Art Squares, like this 3" white one, are the perfect vehicle for this technique because of their highly absorbent quality...like hot press watercolor paper. You can take your time and layer or combine colors to achieve shading and color detail.
A very special welcome to our newest store! These fun samples along with their first order are on their way to Paper Crafters Unlimited in East Greenbush, New York.
The stamp used on this 3" ivory Art Square is really a single tulip from Savvy Stamps. By first stamping it on a piece of scratch paper and cutting it out you can create a mask. Then, after each time you stamp the image use the 'mask' to cover up what you just stamped. This prevents the next 'stamping' from overlapping and makes it look like it is actually positioned behind the prior flower. After stamping the flower in Memento Tuxedo black color with Copic Markers. (PS - the outline is T2).
These A2 dark gray folded notecards are available in packages of 12 from Inchie Arts. They are also available in ivory, wheat and light gray.
This is a wonderfully versatile stamp from Stampendous called Blossom Spray. The flowers may look like dogwoods, but how can you resist coloring them in a delicate light blue with pink accents!
Remember, when creating an 'inchie puzzle' you first want to assemble your white Inchie Squares, fitting them tightly together, with a non permanent adhesive on scratch paper. Then stamp with Memento Tuxedo black ink and color with Copic Markers. Only after you have finished coloring do you separate the pieces and assemble on your card...being sure to leave a tiny bit of space between each Inchie Square.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case that phrase couldn't be more perfect!
In our demos, on our packaging and on the blog, we are always talking about creating your art on the 'top' side of the Art Square. This is because the 'back' side is just that, a piece of backing paper similar in character to copy paper.
In Dina's posting today she explains, and shows, exactly what happens when you accidentally create your art on the back side. She also explains how to tell the front or top from the back side, and why it is so important to create on this side. Wait until you see the difference in the crispness of her stamping and coloring in the finished piece after 'creating' on the 'top' side of the Art Square - amazing!!
Thanks Dina for taking the time to photograph this - it truly shows what words cannot really express!
Be sure and visit her blog today to see the finished inchie pendant!
Our Art Squares can handle lots of layers of wet media without deteriorating! A perfect example is the tag that Jill Foster created today beginning with a white ATC size Art Square. She cleverly trimmed off the corners and then mixed distress paints on her work surface before pushing the tag into the paint. Not only that, but she spritzed with water afterwards.
Many mixed media artists tell us that the squares behave like a hot press watercolor paper and can hold a lot of wet media. And, next time you have one in your hand, turn it on its side and you will notice that it is solid core material all the way to the backing sheet. It is not like other mattboards where a high quality paper might be fused to a cardboard type backing.
With all the different types of paints, inks and stains available get out your Art Squares and play with color! And be sure and visit Jill's blog today for more detail about this project.