Welcome to the joint blog hop with Faber Castell and ICE Resin. I’m pretty jazzed for this tour because I fell hard for Gelatos when Faber Castell first introduced them a few years ago at CHA. (Craft and Hobby Association winter trade show). I adore using them! The colorstick tube is easy to hold and creamy consistency of the pigments glides on your substrate like butter. Gelatos are highly pigmented so it doesn’t take much to get a luscious colored surface. They are so much fun to work with that even my daughter began coloring with mommy using Gelatos when she was two years old. (We even had a project/article together in Create with Me, a publication through Stampington & Co. which sadly is not being published any longer). The best thing about Gelatos is that a little swipe of water with a paintbrush and you’re able to get a great watercolor effect quickly and effortlessly.
As much as I like playing with Gelatos, I decided for this particular hop I wanted to explore doodling and ATCs. PITT Artist Pens are perfect for journaling and fine line doodles. I used to doodle all the time in high school while I half-listened to my teachers, but then I just stopped. It wasn’t until I met mixed media artist Dawn Devris Sokol, author of the fab book Art Doodle Love, that I was inspired to take up doodling again. I also picked up Zenspirations by my friend Joanne Fink and learned through her words of wisdom how to take my doodles up a notch. My doodling style has emerged as I’ve explored art journaling as well. I tend to work quickly with lots of energy, not worrying about perfect lines, instead attempting to capture a feeling with these little sketches of mine.
I hope you enjoy this little stepped-out tutorial today in honor of the hop.
Tape runner or glue stick, vintage sheet music or paper, cream colored acrylic paint, PITT Artist Pens, Gelatos, scissors, silicone craft mat from Imagine Crafts, paintbrush, chipboard for ATC base, StazOn ink, ICE Resin.
Step 1: (I had some business cards that I had made from Zazzle. These are called Chunky Cards and are the exact same size as ATCs and used these as my substrate). Create ATC base 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches. Use an ATG tape gun (or whatever glue you prefer) to adhere vintage sheet music and dictionary paper to the card. NOTE; This ATG tape runner is a tool I used constantly during my scrapbooking days. It doesn’t see much action now that I’m doing jewelry, but I highly recommend this tool to any paper crafter).
Step 2: Use your scissors to cut paper to fit ATC.
Step 3: Paint a quick wash of cream colored acrylic ink onto the paper. You want the images/words underneath to peek through for a mixed-media look, but still create a nice base to begin doodling on.
Step 4: Using the direct to paper technique, apply brown ink to the edges of the cards. You can skip this step if you like, but I like the distressed dimension the brown adds.
Step 5: Begin doodling on the ATCs. If you don’t know where to begin, start with some circles and lines to get your brain moving until instinct kicks in. Don’t judge your doodles. Just play and have fun!
Step 6: Ahhh, they are starting to take shape. To add a wash of color, swipe the Gelatos gently across the edges and paint quickly with just water on a paintbrush. This should be quick, giving the cards a subtle color wash.
Step 7: When you are pleased with your doodled ATCs, it’s time to apply ICE Resin. Place cards on your silicone craft mat. Measure equal portions of Part A Resin to Part B Hardener of ICE Resin and mix thoroughly for a full two minutes. Place disposable gloves on hands and use a piece of sponge to paint resin onto paper. (Here’s a tutorial of making resin paper on the ICE Resin website). Let dry for 8-12 hours.
Step 8: If you want to add any dimension to your cards (here I added a little metal charm and washer for the center of the flower) place onto the wet resin now. ICE Resin makes and excellent “glue”, as objects will permanently dry and adhere as the resin cures.
I hope you enjoyed this oodles of doodles tutorial with Faber Castell pens and ICE Resin. Be sure to check out the other amazing artists on the hop to glean inspiration. Also, be sure to comment on the blogs for a chance to win a giveaway.
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The blog hop projects will end on Friday but you have until midnight Eastern time on Sunday, May 18 to post a comment. Winners will be announced Monday, May 19. Win aDesigning with Gelatos kit OR a prize pack from Ice Resin (a Resin Plunger, a Bezel, Medium and a Relique).