Sunday 21 February 2021

Art Soul

I hope you are all safe in your part of the world.
It's the weekend, so that meant I had some time to play...yeah!
I played with my Distress Oxide inks and a paint brush this time, inspired after watching a live from Vicki Boutin.  

So here's what I did to create this card.
  • I cut a piece of heavy white cardstock to use as my card front and pulled out my Distress Oxide inks.  (Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral and Mustard Seed)
  • I pressed the Mustard Seed Distress Oxide onto my non-stick craft mat and diluted that with some water.  Using a paintbrush, I painted some onto my card base in a circular motion, creating the small circles.  I made sure to dry the first layer of colour using my heat tool before painting on the next colour.  
  • I continued in the same way, painting circles around circles using the other colours mentioned above.  It helps to have the paper a bit wet and the ink very diluted.  
  • When all the circles were painted and I was happy with the design, I stamped in some details in the background with the same inks as the circles.  I used some of the wet ink left over on my non-stick mat and dipped the large script into that and stamped with it to give a more diluted look to the text.
  • I stamped the sentiment from Hampton Arts and clear heat embossed it.  
  • The panel looked so flat, so I doodled around the circles and then splattered using my Posca pen.
  • I glued it onto a piece of yellow cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
(watercolouring, just one of the many)

Stamps- Art Soul (Hampton Arts); Faded Text (TH); AALL and Create (338)
Inks- Versafine Clair; DOX inks
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook Waterloo, Ontario)
Accessories and Tools- paintbrush; non-stick mat (TH); Posca pen; Wow clear eb powder;
heat tool (Ranger); Pigma Micron pen


Carol Lokhorst said...

Karen that is a fabulous and frame-worthy piece of art!!!

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Oh la la! Gorgeous.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful modern and abstract design with gorgeous colors. A wonderful sentiment as well.

Christine Alexander said...

love your colours and abstract design. Great way to use the DOX inks XX

nancy littrell said...

Oh layer better than anyone, my friend:-) I Love your colors, hand drawn circles with your doodling to give the circles definition! Then another layer of stamping and beautiful Artsy sentiment. Another Wow card, Karen!!! TFS your beauty and detailed description. Love and Hugs...Nancy

Unknown said...

I absolutely love this card!

cuilliesocks said...

This is so beautiful Karen, lovely colours and design, Kate x

Bonnie said...

What bright and fun circles, Karen! I love the different fonts of the sentiment! So artsy and lovely, my friend!

Annie said...

I love these bright colors under the wonderful black sentiment. You are such a talented artist with great ideas. The colors are so vibrant...even after you say to dilute them quite a bit. I would not have thought they would still be so intense. I love the words stamp dipped in the watered color to give it the watercolor look when it is stamped. I’ve done that with images but not words. Another technique I need to try someday. I’ll have to pin your card to remind myself when the time comes.

Pat said...

Such a great idea to make circles with those four beautiful vibrant colours Karen and love the added dots and lines in black to outline them and the bits of background stamping ane script on the circles, and a great sentiment to finish. A fantastic card. x

Susan said...

What a wonderful sentiment! I love it! And those beautiful circles in the pinks and oranges are gorgeous.

Kathyk said...

This is gorgeous, just so vibrant


Sarn said...

i absolutely LOVE this. x

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

OH! This is gorgeous Karen, I read your instructions and try but nuffin is anything as good as yours. Absolutely Gorgeous, love the colours too.
Faith x.

I Card Everyone said...

Karen, I adore these bright pinks, the pumpkin, and yellows together! Look at you putting your paint brush to work so beautifully - the doodling brings to mind my [other] favorite Canadian artist, CreationsCeeCee on YouTube!

Andree said...

A wonderful card with a fabulous retro feel. Gorgeous vibrant colours and a lovely sentiment.
Thank you for joining in with our February challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

Loll said...

Another cool design, Karen. I love the colours and the mix of the circles with stencils in the background. The black doodling and sentiment really bring this to life! xx