Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Liquid water colors by CrafTangles part 2

Hello friends,

I am back with more projects created with new release of CrafTangles Liquid Water Colors. It is a picture heavy post with tones of projects.

I tried to play more with the transparent quality of these colors. If you are familiar with traditional pigment based water colors, you might know that they are quite prone to create blooms when you try to introduce wet color on dry one. Blooms  are irregular splotches and marks where very wet paint has been introduced into an area that is quite a bit dryer, but not Bone Dry. As the Wet liquid moves in, it begins to creep into and over the other area that wasn’t perfectly dry, displacing the pigments from the first color and giving dark, harsh edges. Many artists use it for their advantage but you have to be an 'Artist' to do so...:) . So the good news is these are dye based colors which gives an ease to build the layers with smooth blending. 

I made the galaxy background for this card with them.

I applied several layers of colors from light to dark and kept on drying it with heat gun  in between each application. See how smooth the blend is. I have used Jane's Doodles stamp and colored them with CrafTangles water colors.

For next card, I painted some abstract flowers with wet on wet technique. For this, you just paint a shape you want with water and drop liquid colors while it is still wet. The water will work as a carrier and spread and blend the colors beautifully. 

I added few details with black and white posco pen. The colors blend so well and love the organic look of it.

Next project is my try with loose flowers using these colors. You need to dilute them a lot for this technique. I am not an artist so this panel took me quite long . Once it was done, I did not have courage to chop it and make into card so i left it for now.

Next one was even more fun...

It was just a plain tissue paper. It is gorgeous but couldn't figure out how to adhere this on anything. As these are water colors, it will smear with any glue. Well while writing this, thought of ironing it lightly and  use double sided adhesive sheet/label sheet to stick this onto a card stock and can turn into card or just frame it....:)

Next is a set of note cards. They are just 3.25 inches square.

First one is just 3 brush strokes. Second one is again loose, abstract rose. Third one, i tried to make some blooms by varying water content in base layer and black detail. In Fourth one I just added 91% alcohol for that bleached effect. Last one is just playing with that turquoise color which is blend of poolside and evergreen. That brownish yellow is lemon tart and coffee mocha.

Few you can see I couldn't stop myself. These colors are magical. 

1st, 2nd and last use the same technique... paint top most hill/wave, dry it and repeat. Use tiny amount of diluted color . 
Last one is similar to 1st one but here I did not dry the panel completely inbetween two layers so it will bleed a little and give that softer look for waves. it all depends on the amount of water on the paper and in the brush. 

2nd one is my favorite. Believe it or not it only uses newly released black berry color. Yes, black... it breaks down into blues and purples...just amazing. 
3rd one is just a simple rainbow. 

4th is a perfect example of how you can create different texture/look from well defined (mountain) to very fluid(water) by just adjusting the amount of water you use to paint. 

5th one, I just drew few waves with a masking pen and added different colors for the abstract sea. Once everything was dry, i rubbed off the masking fluid to reveal those white lines. 

I hope you are still with me.. :P

Next few are mini, abstract, minimalist art. They are so easy to create.
You can frame them  with over-sized mounts to give that trendy, modern look. I haven't framed them but used 5"x5" mounts. The art is 3.25" x 3.25".

I used Arabic gold from FineTec. As you can see in the picture, the tool i have used to paint these textured strokes is very unusual....yes, wooden key( you get it with stretched canvas) and Popsicle stick. As they are pours they absorb liquid color and act as a very hard brush giving interesting textures.

 Last one is the best. I have used just black berry color but it turned out so stunning. I am really proud of myself as I have no prior experience of using water colors in such a free form.

thing made with just black berry...

That is for all today! I hope you are not bored with my obsession with these colors but let me tell you one thing...they are addictive..:)  If you have any questions, please let me know in comment below.

Thank you for being here. 
- Neha

Monday, March 4, 2019

Plumeria - Blog hop

It is blog hop time again at @Jane's Doodles. There are 2 new stamp sets Plumeria and kind. Plumeria is a perfect set for all your spring time cards.

Kind Plumeria

Both the sets are so out of the box. Love the plumeria because they are fun to color and cluster plus individual flowers gives you flexibility to use it in many ways. The sentiments are wonderful too. Instead of just plain thank you, such sentiments add pop on the cards. 

Here is my cards with Plumeria. I took a different route then usual (i.e. stamping and coloring the flowers) to use the floral stamps. 

I used few scrap of colored card stock to construct my panel. Flowers are heat embossed in white and added white details with pencil. 

For the second card also I used same card stock but used copper embossing powder and thanks die cut from a metallic, copper card stock.

The next two cards are perfect examples for mass production.

I used Misti to stamp the images and heat embossed them in white & gold. The White is actually pearlescent card stock but in oicture it liiks like textured one. Check the image below to see it. 

I hope you like my not-so-usual approach for floral cards.

During the blog hop, all the sets are 20% off ! The sale will run till Wednesday! There will be one random winner from all designers blog who will get a stamp set of her choice. So please visit all my co-dts blog and enjoy their creations and leave some love on all the posts to win a stamp set.

Here is the blog hop order :
Neha ( that's me... 😊 )
Jane's Doodles  

Thank you for being here!

Friday, February 22, 2019

CrafTangle liquid water colors

Hello Friends,

Today, I am sharing my creations created using CrafTangles Liquid Water Colors. These are super vibrant, die based water colors. They retain their brightness even after drying. they are so saturated that a drop of pure color goes long way. They have released 7 colors as of now. I hope they will add more to their collection.

Aren't they superb??

Being water color they are easy to mix and make a new color. I tried some mixing ...check the new colors I got...:)

Pardon my ugly handwriting & few spelling mistakes...:P but this was just for my reference and it turned out  good that I thought of sharing with you. That teal with Poolside and evergreen is my favorite.  You can change the tone by controlling one color over another in a mixture. I made one card using that color.

Here, I just made gradient background on water color paper using a flat brush. Allow it to dry. Emboss the floral image in white. The stamps are from Jane's Doodles. I simply lift the colors by painting inside the embossed image with water and lifting it with paper towel. Repeat the process to get more contrast.

I also made some backgrounds while playing with it.
Check this short video.

I just sprayed water on water color paper and dropped liquid colors on them. It is so much fun to see those interesting patterns it creates!

That's how they dried.

Some more backgrounds...

I cut the first one and made it into two cards using CrafTangles stamp set. 

Next, I tried these colors as a coloring medium for stamped image. For that I have used Jane's Doodles Magnolia set. I love these flowers and thought they are perfect to color them with these vibrant colors.

I have used Soulmate and Ripe plum to color flowers and Evergreen and poolside for diecut leaves.
I am in awe of these colors. Can't tell you how bright they are. 

Now, next experiment is interesting as it is first for me too. I tried these colors on YUPO paper. If you don't know, YUPO is a synthetic paper which feels like plastic but it is mat and kind of new substrate to work with. I use it extensively for my alcohol ink arts. 
Let's see how I used it with liquid water colors.

I pour little bit of highly diluted color on yupo paper and blow dried it by moving the hair dryer in circular motion around edges of the puddle. 
This is what it looks like...

I couldn't stop myself... so here it goes...

see how I used one of them...

One more interesting property of yupo is that you can lift inks or colors very easily. It will stain the paper a little but you can wipe it clean with water.

Check what I did...

I I Painted the yupo with diluted Ripe Plum color. Let it dry. Lift the color with baby wipe through stencil to give that bleached effect. The only thing with yupo is you have to seal your work or it will easily come off. I use Kamar Varnish by Crylon. You can try spray varnishes available at your local art store. 
I hope you like my experiments and projects. If you are looking for bright water colors, you can go for these without a trace of doubt. An as I write this post, they have released some new shades stay tuned for the next episode of fun.

Thank you so much for being here. Please leave some love and queries if you have any in the comment section below. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

I love math challenge #12

Hello Crafty Math loving friends,

It is time for another I Love Math Challenge. We are on the 12th challenge already! We never knew we would come this far when we started. Thanks to all the participants who kept on playing. And big thanks to Milka who is the organizer of it. If you are new to this, you can check Milka's post HERE to know our design team and rules.

For today's challenge, the math part is geometrical shape/shapes and theme is Birthday ! I have selected the circle shape to go with my sentiment die.

Yes, it is a very simple design but those colors gives an instant lift to the over all look. I have used
CrafTangles' liquid water colors . Aren't they gorgeous!!! Please stay tuned as I am doing a blogpost reviewing them. 

Please visit Milka's blog for more details & to link up your project. One lucky winner gets a Jane's Doodle's stamp set.

Thank you so much for being here on my blog. I hope you get some time to play along the challenge. Have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 25, 2019

January- Thyroid Awareness Month

Hello friends,


Today, I am posting this card as part of of a blog hop which is organized by my awesome friend , Milka to spread awareness of the need for preventive screening and early detection of thyroid disease to avoid unpleasant illnesses and dangerous complications.

Along with me there are total 26 designers from all over the world taking part in this hop. I feel honored to be part of this hop. Milka, I am thankful to you to invite me for this initiative.

The aim of the hop is to support Thyroid Awareness Month and to raise public awareness of the importance of a Thyroid Gland and problems it can cause when not working properly.Thyroid disorders pose a significant threat when prolonged or in the acute presentation, and are potentially serious disorders with symptoms that range from non-specific constitutional to subtle or frank neuropsychiatric symptoms. 

Being a Hypothyroid ( when the thyroid gland activity is abnormally low) patient for last 10 years myself, this hop is close to my heart. I am dealing with weight gain, edema, thinning hairline, dry skin, poor memory etc. I have to take my medication for the rest of my life and still have to deal with all those symptoms. I have to be very careful with my diet and constantly struggle to loose weight (Which is not happening - no matter how hard I try, I gain it back so fast - so easily) . I have to  keep adjusting the dose of the medication too. I’ve learned my body well enough to know when I’m feeling like I need to adjust medication dosage . Medicine is necessary to balance the hormone but you need yoga, meditation and exercise to keep your stress level under control. Between medication and lifestyle change I've learnt to live my life happily! So you can imagine  how crafting is helping me to deal with these crappy disease. 

So coming to the crafting part, I made this card around the sentiment. We were suppose to use the blue color, paisley and butterfly as the thyroid gland looks like butterfly. 

The butterfly is from Verve Stamps( sadly... they are no longer in business) , paisley from papertrey ink and sentiment is by MFT. 

Yes, life is tough but we are way stronger than we think! I feel Challenges are what make life interesting.

All of the details for this hop can be found here, on Milka's blog!
there are giveaways along this month long hop. Please check the blog hop order below!

I really hope you will join our blog hop! Thank you for being here!