Yup…I went and done it again lol
went off on another one of my crazy little adventures in crafting.. so who’s along for the ride… All ABOARD !!!
SO.. long story short, one of the girls on one of the Facebook coloring/cardmaking groups I am in.. shared a post about another Facebook Group and this crazy worldwide thing they got going on. It was late, I was between projects and being as the giveaways ended ..I figured it was hookey time for me.. so I went off to read the article she was a featured artists in and ended up checking out this group.
It’s called Art Abandonment…. some of you may have heard about it already on my Facebook page and wall… some of you may not.
So anywho.. I decided me and the lil guy just had to get involved in this and so I signed up…. I needed a project that was cheap, preferably with materials I already have and something both of us could do together..and maybe even get hubby in on it. He’s not the crafty type… but he will try and join in when we ask lol.
The group are fantastic….I wasn’t sure if this was even an idea that would fly as abandoned art.. but they were all totally supportive. So here we are.. and I have yet another crazy project idea to share.
The first batch of abandoned art me and the lil guy will be doing is these………….. I don’t have a technical term for it.. so call it what you will. I’m just going to call it “stamped PoP rounds”
Ok so if you follow the blog at all you will remember I picked up some Stazon Ink pads to use on my acetate a week or so ago…. so.. for the record that is also the ink I am using on these projects to stamp with.
The Blank rounds are made with Plaster of Paris, I find craft stores charge too much for too little… so I always try and grab mine at the local DIY store because when I get stuck into projects like this… I’m gonna make a lot. I actually had virtually untouched and an unopened bag sitting around already from other project ideas…. so I was sorted. A 25 lb bag will set you back about $15 at Lowes or Home Depot.
Mixing instructions come on the pack … but I’m not one to A follow instructions B wait patiently… so I tend to mix mine up a bit thicker and that speeds up dry time.. that also drops the time you have to shake it around and get air bubbles out and make it nice and smooth… so if you are a newb at this ..try their ratios and don’t mix too much at a time. The time you save with a thicker mix will be doubled when you have to start sanding the back flat because you didn’t get it leveled in time.
Ok molds… molds molds.. you can get sooo many molds for plaster of paris silicon, rubber, plastic… just depends on what you are doing and how many times it will need to be reused. For this project, you don’t need anything fancy.. just a simple shallow shape round square whatever you have handy… just make sure whatever you use if you are recycling…. that it has some flexibility to it. You can get items out of rigid molds EVENTUALLY lol… but if you are new to this and just want to craft and have fun… don’t do it lol.
For this particular project, I just happen to have some shaker windows that I won’t sell because they have some imperfections… nothing major and nothing that will affect this project.. but still.
..So I keep those in my stash for blog projects and other craziness where tiny blemishes aren’t a big deal for me. These are 3 inch diameter and 1/4 inch deep. I have a few other shapes and sizes and depths.. but have’t tried them yet. Obviously these won’t handle mass production… but I have already reused the set I put aside for this 4 or so times… no problems at all.
The first one I did as a tester… was just a random stamped floral pattern… nothing spectacular.. and to be fair the PoP wasn’t even really dry yet…. it was dry enough to stamp and color on.. but still holding a lot of moisture. As we will discover.. that does make a difference LOL
This one … is a mixed media.. the red and blue are Crayola inks that came with the blank markers I picked up in a Crayola Marker Maker kit on Clearance at Walmart …and usually use as blender pens.
The Eagle is colored with a fine brush and Ranger Adironack Ink.
As is this sunflower PoP round below…. this was colored with Adironack Inks and a fine brush.
Foobahhed! (messed up)… cover up with Stazon base and then stamped a few ghostly images in White Stazon, dropped blue and purple Adirondack on background and over stamped a last time with White Stazon while still wet
Wax crayon heat bonded with embossing heat tool…polished with scrap paper to lift off excess
Cheap $8 pencils from Walmart blended with Isopropyl alcohol in a marker pen
Adironack Inks and a fine brush
Adironack inks in a blender pen with a touhc of Ranger distress ink pen
Pebeo Porcelaine 150 glass paints. ( original version ) Now renamed and with new colors, but available at Michaels.
And this is the results after spraying with Modge Podge Acrylic Matte sealer ( except the wax and Pebeo versions )
Adironack inks fade to a much gentler color.. but still really nice results. In some cases the color change was quite remarkable..not just a fade ….but a total color change. Most noticeable on the Hello floral and the text on the pooch.
Pebeo glass paints retain vibrancy and is probably the most durable of all the techniques. Water based so can be watered down to make painting easier, specially if they are old like mine and a bit thick. << the paints.. not me lol.
Pencil is harder to apply, but gives a soft color
Stazon is great to do a cover up if you mess up the original stamping and can give a vintage Goth look with some fun color effects when mixed with inks. Be warned, when sealed the inks will bleed into the white Stazon.. but it looked cool LOL ..and you could easily spray THEN apply the white design and the spray a second coat.
Wax Crayon – very strong coverage and depth of color… but not as durable since it has no top coat. Great if it won’t be handled much…and def a cheap fun project for the youngsters, obviously with adult supervision since you are using heat tools.
Crayola markers... great way to do this project on a budget, or with kids, but make sure your base blank is fully dry and expect some soft bleeding and color absorption when sealed.
Alcohol based markers same as with the Adironack inks.. a softer more subtle color after a day or so….sealer will brighten them up quite some… but not to the original color depth.
Now I can’t say at this point whether residual moisture in the blanks is partly to blame for some of the color shifts etc… or whether they would still react this way if fully dried and a few weeks old… I guess we will find out 🙂 but all in all even the Crayola marker one which was very “new” and had a lot of moisture… still shifted into something kinda cool. But I am guessing that if I had waited a day or so and done it, the shift wouldn’t be quite so dramatic… and if I hadn’t of already sealed it I could have done a second coat to make it much like the original image before it absorbed the inks.
Now that is a lot of information and still doesn’t really cover everything..so please feel free to ask questions based on specific need to knows and I will do my best to answer them 🙂 But at the end of the day… the best way is to jump in and try it with whatever media you have at hand or want to try. We all have different tastes, budgets and requirements ..sky’s the limit !!!
so .. Comment away and feel free to share your results if and when you try this 🙂
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I was playing around last night with one of my KennyK practice cards “Scarlett West” and wanted to play with the pencil technique I’d been experimenting with last month using cheap CraZart pencils from Walmart. It started off like any other pencil coloring.. put pencil on… blend with a home-made alcohol blender marker, using a kids Crayola Marker kit pen filled with Tim Holtz Adironack blender solution. But then as I was going back over layers, I guess I was rubbing away excess crayon dust and noticed it was a bit shiny. So me being me.. I grabbed a soft rag that was lying around and started to polish the image, instead of using the blender.
I have to say the contrast between the alcohol blended matte background and the polished image is actually kinda cool. Because of the heavy layer of shadowing etc. and the polishing, it has an almost embossed feel to it. The shine ( see inlaid on image) is quite subtle, until you angle the card. Definitely something I will try again.
I then roughly masked off the image with scrap paper and stamped with Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks and various vintage style stamps. I kinda like this look….
Depending on the image, if you were looking for a “cleaner” style you would just skip the blender pen part and go straight for polished.
Definitely something I will try again.
Me!!! .. lol ..yup I was having another one of my “moments”
who knew a cheap set of pencils from Walmart and some blender alcohol could do that huh. I don’t really color with pencils….yeah you can probably tell LOL These belong to my sons craft supplies, but we share nicely 🙂 The blender pen is actually a Crayola refillable marker from a kids set that I picked up on clearance…. for a whopping $2.50 for a pack of ten refillable pens and the inks. It is filled with Ranger’s Adironack Alcohol Blender Solution.
I was playing around with some more ideas and images on the Canson Mix Media paper and thought I’d have a play with coloring the whole image with pencils, not just the outlying shade effect. Well I say whole image in pencil.. that is not totally accurate, I did indeed color it all with pencils… but I also added in a top layer of gray “Pumice Stone” distress pen from the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Pen Collection…and a spit of their green “ShabbyShutters”
This is “Edie” by Scrapper’s Delights. I was going for an old gothic looking emerald velvet effect … I kinda like my grungy “dirty gurl”
The picture colors are a bit off… but hopefully I’ll get a better picture when i get her on a project 🙂 It’s 2:30 am… so it won’t be tonight lol.
- The base card is from a multi-color Recollections pack
- Lil’ Inkers dual stitch frame is cut on dollar store glitter card….kinda neat and very inexpensive when you can find it.
- Single stitch mat is from a Green Recollections pack – Feathered Greens with a stripe of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust around the stitch edge. ( photo colors are a bit off on that..its more green than teal)
- Image printed on my awesomely fab new Epson Eco Tank ** I AM SO IN LOVE
- Image background Ranger Alcohol Adironack Inks with a cotton swab using Blender, Sunshine Yellow & Stream.
- Image is fussy cut for a double layer effect and colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens, Zig Kurecolor, Ranger Distress Pens and a touch of Wink of Stella White to glam up the hat buckle.
- Ribbon – Michaels bargain bin special
- Entire piece popped on a sheet of Darice adhesive foam