Saturday, June 30, 2012

Creativity Takes Courage

Welcome back! Today is our final day of the Stampendous & ClearScrap blog hop! I decided to make a plaque for my workspace with a quote by Henri Matisse... "Creativity Takes Courage". I used just the square acrylic piece from the ClearScrap Sassy 8 x8 album.  

 

To begin, I stamped one side of the acrylic with Stazon using the Stampendous Blossoms Spray stamp repeatedly around the border. This will be your front side. Next I flipped the acrylic over and begin coloring in the flowers/leaves. I used a combination of Copics and Sharpies. I really found the Sharpies to give better/darker coverage on the acrylic. 

To create the sky effect, I colored the entire background with a Robins Egg Blue Copic and then dapped it with blending solution on a cotton ball. This caused some of the color to lift and leave a cloud like effect. 


I'm really excited about this next step. Since I wanted this to look like a piece of glass artwork, I needed to achieve a texture on the back similar to a  Spectrum Waterglass or Vecchio. On the back side, I spritzed on some Goosebumps and let it dry. When it was dry I gave it another coat and another coat to get the depth of texture I desired. To help achieve the ripples, I positioned the acrylic upright while it dried. 

I felt like the flowers needed something more to make them pop so I painted the back of the flowers with white acrylic paint. 

To create the copper stickers, I inked the alphabet stickers with Orange StazOn. 


Next I applied a coat of GlazOn and allowed to dry. When that was dry, I inked them with Platinum Metallic StazOn. And finally I painted on a bit of Copper Shimmer Spritz. 


A tip when applying alphabet stickers to a clear surface, place your cutting mat grid underneath. You don't want to know how many times I rearranged those letters before discovering that trick. 

After applying the title, I added some butterflies and bling. The butterflies are stamped, colored with copics and embossed with Deep Impressions embossing powder to give them shine. 

The final step was to wrap the acrylic piece in copper foil tape. 


Supplies Used
acrylic: Sassy 8 x 8 Clear Acrylic Shapes (ClearScraps)
inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Pumpkin StayOn, Jet Black StazOn, Platinum Metallic StazOn (Tsukineko)
other mediums: Goosbumps, Copper Chimmer Spritz, GlazOn (Tsukineko), while acrylic paint, Sharpies, Copics
embossing powder: Deep Impressions (Stampendous)
stickers: Basic Grey
other: 7/32 Copper Foil Tape (Venture Tape), bling (Prima)

And now its time to check the amazing projects the design teams have come up with! Be sure to leave comments on all the blogs for a chance to win a sweet prize! Ready to hop....

I am entering this in the following challenges: 
• Basic Grey Challenges- favorite color (aqua and copper)
• Stamp Man- Bling
Sarah Hurley- Dimension and Texture

35 comments:

Stampendous said...

Wendy, this is just fantastic! The white paint behind your finished blossoms just gives them so much dimension! This should brighten up any creative space with ease! Love IT!

Dee said...

Absolutely beautifull!! Thank you for sharing!

Terri Burnette said...

OOOh. Thanks for sharing the "water" technique to create your background. Love that. sounds like I will be playing with goosebumps today!

Liz said...

This is great!
I never thought of using the water technique or doing a craft like this!

jp said...

Love all the techniques you used on this!

Linda said...

Thanks for all the wonder tips. I just love this project.

Ava Gavloski said...

wendy, beautiful project. thanks for all the details, as i was reading right to the fine print... love the tip about a grid mat under the acrylic for lining up the alpha!!!

Lisa said...

Wow that looks great. Look like it took a lot of time and patience.

Barb Turpin said...

Oh my...WOW...Amazing...Beautiful...so much talent...thanks for the wonderful tips but I don't know if I have enough courage to try this or not!

christi said...

wow, thanks for sharing you tecniques. i love this and the flowers are gorgeous.

Lori Schwaderer said...

I think your project is just beautiful. It's so romantic and feminine. I just loved staring at it. Your directions are wonderful too. Thank you

tsmayol said...

I'm in awe. This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing all the techniques you used.

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous!!!

Lea said...

I absolutely love this! If it needs a new home, you know where to send it!

Barbara said...

What a gorgeous piece of art! Wow!

Cathy said...

This is beautiful!! I love taking my acrylic albums apart and getting several projects out of one album like this. Love the softness of this piece! Thanks for playing along with us at Clear Scraps this week!!

Janelle said...

Oooo... this is really cool. Wendy. Thanks for all the detail of what you did... now I can do it too! I think Goosebumps are on my list for the next trip to the LSS.

Suzanne C said...

Okay that goosebump treatment was sooo smart! Love the effect and your flowers are pretty! Beautiful project.

Sue D said...

This is gorgeous!!

Greta said...

Just breathtaking! LOVE your project!

Pam Hornschu said...

Oh, Wendy, this is sooooo amazing! Thanks for sharing all the details that we couldn't see in the pic on the FB page yesterday! That effect from the Goosebumps is perfect!

Carol said...

Beautiful projects! I really enjoyed all the inspiration this week with Stampendous and Clear Scraps, thanks!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Ginny said...

Beautiful!

Susan Holton said...

Wendy, I think this is one of my all-time favorite GooseBumps projects! Seriously!

Can you email me at Susanh@imaginecrafts.com ? Would love to chat with you :)

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful! Your project really shows off the versatility of the clear acrylic! Love it!
DeniseB

Denny said...

What a beautiful project and thanks to you for sharing all those tips! I learned so much. I must say that wrapping it in foil tape really finished it off perfectly! Nothing missing on this piece.

Barbi M said...

gorgeous, love the water look it has and thanks for sharing your technique

Scrappychick said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the colored flowers on the clear and the foil tape and yummy letters!

Jingle said...

Wendy, this is absolutely stunning!

Connie Mercer said...

had to comment on this~amazing!!!!!

Julie said...

Wow, how fabulous is this Wendy! Thanks for sharing it with us at Basic Grey Challenges, Juliexx

Colleen Dietrich said...

Wow, this is one amazing creation, Wendy! It looks like glass!

BTW, I've thought of you recently...there's a Tuesday Morning shop opening up next to JoAnn's and SuperFresh, in the Westmont Plaza. Hope they put some crafting goodies in there for us!

Brenda Brown said...

Beautiful work Wendy, I love the colours and the effects you have achieved. Thanks for sharing with us at The Stamp Man challenge.
Hugs {Brenda} xox

Melinda Gleissner said...

This is the most glorious thing ever! Thank you for all of the detailed explanation of how you did it. Love the texture the Goosebumps gave it.

Sarah Hurley said...

fab work! thank you for joining us at Sarah Hurley Challenge this time, hope to see you back again soon.

Sarah x