Wednesday 2 November 2016

"Fearless" by Michelle Logan

Hi Colour Blast Fans!
Michelle back with a project using lots of Colour Blast goodness!
So here she is, my girl with a bit of drama.

This piece started as a bit of an experiment but I loved how she ended up!
Here is how I did it:
First up I spread Light Texture paste over a sheet of water colour paper with a palette knife.

The paste has a grainy absorbant texture that I wanted to try the Shimmer Dusts and Mica Powders on to see what they would do on this very different surface. I did not want a totally smooth surface so I left the lines created by the palette knife. 

 OOPS ..... I was a little excited by what I wanted to do I forgot to take a pic of the next step!
Anyway here is what I did: after drying the paste I used Colour Paste in Dusty Charcoal through a stencil.

Once the paste was dry I then created some loose flowers with the light paste.

 Now the fun part.....after selecting my colours out of the Colour Shimmer Dust. I have used Sunflower, Amber and Lollipop

 I sprinkled the dust on the wet paste flowers.

then I sprayed with water and let the dusts do what they do best....colour magic!

Then I wanted a little more shimmer so added some Colour Mica Powder in Lemon Zing and Peach Nectar to the "watered" flowers to see what effect they would have.

I needed more water to activate the Colour Mica Powders and create some Drippage! 
I had colour going everywhere but working with water activated products is not an exact science, so just have to go with it! Then I had to leave it alone to dry before adding any more details to her.

I added my details using more of the Colour Shimmer Dusts with a water brush and a Stabillo all pencil (it is water soluble). Because the paste surface is porous, once the water hits the colour it fans out so her face will not have perfect details, but it gives her an ethereal other worldly look (if you know what I mean) look. 

The surface took a bit of getting used to, but was easy to take colour off with a baby wipe then add again till I was happy.  

I wanted to create a bit more drama to the background and make her pop, but I did not think plain black would cut it, so I used Midnight Colour Shimmer Dust combined with Wisteria Colour Mica Powder to colour the edges of the page. 

 Because of the uneven surface the added colour created its own pattern, I loved the look.

So here she is with lots of added dramatic darkness. I decided to highlight the blooms with some gold paint applied with my finger just picking up the ridges and edges.
Then I added flicks of white Gesso over the background and flowers. 

 Still wanted a little extra on the edges of the page by stamping with a grungy background stamp.

I only added the stamping around the edges of the piece.

Finally I used the same Dusty Charcoal Colour Paste to stencil my title and my Fierce Girl was done! 

Here are some detailed shots for you all:

Well that is all from me! 
Hope you have been a little inspired to give this a go.....lots of fun to be had!
Be sure to check back during the rest of the month for fab designs from the rest of the Design Team!