I became a digital artist for a reason: control. Yes, I did try other mediums, from charcoal to pastels, watercolor, acrylic…but, smudge something accidentally – and the whole piece is ruined; too much blending – and colors get muddy; try to duplicate how a certain shade was mixed – and it is never quite the same. Painting in Photoshop eliminates all these – and that’s why the cards I make are mostly hybrid… which makes this card made for The Paper Players challenge unlike anything I’ve ever done before.
It started with the Mixability Challenge at Splitcoaststampers last week; I didn’t join the challenge but saw some really wonderful cards made by letting ink drip! I wanted to try the technique (gasp!), I guess I got tired of Photoshop’s uber-perfection. So, with Sandy’s Fall Theme in mind, I sponged brown, red, yellow and orange on a piece of paper, sprayed water on it and…watched in wonder as the the colors blended and “bloomed”.
Well, it turned out better than I expected! For the first time, I realized the reason why I didn’t work well with other mediums – too much control! Now, what do I do with this wonderful piece of colored paper? Hmmm… make it into a background? print a silhouette on it? stamp a sentiment perhaps? combine with other fall-themed papers? After sleeping on it, I decided to make fall leaves out of it. I inked the edges with gold after cutting them free-hand:
I scored veins on the leaves, then used pop dots to attach them to a branch cut with the Cricut (with SCAL). I cased Cheryl’s Lenten Rose card, changing the theme to fall instead. The sentiment was printed on white textured cardstock using Aeolus font, and sponged all over with gold, tea dye and red. The bits of “snow” started as an accident, but then I thought, why not? Snow does fall while there are still leaves like these on trees!
Thanks to The Paper Players and Splitcoaststampers for the inspiration!
Inks: Gold – Inkadinkadoo, Tea dye – Ranger, all the rest – Colorbox, white opaque marker – Recollections
Paper: white textured card stock – Colorbok, watercolor paper, burnt sugar – Core-dinations
Tags: autumn, autumn leaves, Fall, fall leaves