that is so cute! i love the colors their amazing i sometimes paint with water color but it NEVER turns out like this :\ tips?
I'm no expert, myself, but what I try to do is find the balance between using too much water and too little. If I use too much water, it ends up being pastel-ish and soft and girly looking. If I don't use enough, and there's way too much pigment on the brush, it looks too hard and I think they look like marker drawings or something.
I like to use a bit of water and kind of let it sit on the paint pot a minute so lots of paint dissolves into it and it becomes really dark, then I add more water either to the paper as I'm painting, or to the pot.
Oh I am so going to the thrift shop today...these are fab..you could swap bundles of them or sell them on etsy!
Hmm! I've never done a swap before. It sounds interesting!!! I have been considering an etsy shop over the last couple of weeks, but I'm put off by the time I'd have to take away from crafting to manage the shop, worry about payments and shipping, blah blah blah. My friends say it's pretty easy, but I'd rather hoard my goods and then maybe someday peddle them at a craft fair in person...That way, I have them on hand if I actually want to use something myself!
Wow, the colors on this are amazing. I envy your skills with water colors. Granted, I really never have given them a good try, but I love the look of them. Very good job.
Thanks!!! I used to do a lot with acrylics, but could never get any finished paintings to look as vibrant as with watercolors. I just use the kiddie-box style solid watercolors and I've been surprised at how well things turn out.
Very well done. How do you bake them in such a way that the image doesn't smudge? I usually bake mine coloured side up...
I bake them stamped side (rough side) down. If I let them dry well enough, they don't smudge much at all. I keep the sharpie drawing side up, because that image will usually at least partially come off in the oven if face down. Once that side is done and cool though, the image is totally stuck on! Kind of slightly embossed, too, which is a little bonus.
oh my! i've been doing this lately too, but not with books (can't bear to tear them...although if they were already destroyed...i guess it's really just salvaging... ;-) ).
i'll be your pen pall! ;-)
I know, I know. I had a hard time ripping them up, too. After the first couple, it wasn't too hard. A lot of the ones I got were literally falling apart, covers torn off, water damaged, etc. It was pretty plain that they had been thoroughly loved and were ready to make someone happy in at least one more different way before they hit the landfills!
Those are gorgeous How do you get the layered effect with your shrinky dink pieces? Soft toned background with strong forefront image?
The shrinky sheets you can get a Joann's (I think they are called "curiosity kits") are rough on one side, smooth on the other. To get the 2 layers, I use a fine point sharpie to draw the main darker image on the smooth side, then I use a rubber stamp on the rough side for the background with a lighter color
When I find a new easy craft activity, and I like the results, I go on a huge kick and do that craft non-stop for about a week. At that point, I think, I have way too much of this stuff, so I had better stop. I love writing letters and have been looking for a multi-pack of different colored envelopes for a while now. An epiphany happened! I can just make them myself (just unfold an existing envelope to lay flat and trace it as a template. cut out, fold and gluestick...VOILA!). The first day, I used magazine pages, but found the end results to be too flimsy. Paper stacks can be so expensive! So I went to a yard sale and bought like 10-15 picture or kids books that were in really crappy shape for 20 cents each.
I now have an unreasonable amount of envelopes (I think almost 300) I'll try to only post the coolest... They are all cool though.
Whew, that was a lot of pictures of a lot of envelopes. So now I need more pen pals, I guess.