Saturday, May 17, 2008

Casting Call!

Before the month is through, I have to jump in on Michelle Ward's GPP Street Team Crusade No. 20, Casting Call. Nope, she isn't making a movie. Our leader is encouraging us to make paper casts. And you cannot say you don't have what you need to do this one!

Following the lead of another Crusader, Maralena Howard, I tried toilet tissue. Yes, plain old TP, spritzed with water, laid over a deeply etched unmounted rubber stamp. I used a big paint brush with relatively stiff bristles to encourage the paper into the crevices of the stamp, added a couple more layers, encouraging each with the brush, then let it dry. (I let it dry overnight due to other circumstances. It just needs to be dry and a hair dryer or heat gun could be used for this purpose.)

The TP was white Cottonelle. After it dried in the mould, I spritzed it with Merlot Glimmer Mist, dried that with a heat gun, then dry-brushed Gold Fine Golden heavy body acrylic over it. That didn't seem enough so I was going to add black by stamping it with the same stamp, but inked. That didn't really take well - it might have been a little too damp? I realized that I don't have any black acrylic paint! I must but goodness only knows where. So I dug out the China Black Twinkling H2O and used my tiniest brush to add some definition with the black. The stamp is from Ma Vinci's Reliquary.
Since that was pretty cool and I'd just done a tour of all the Crusaders' blogs up through then, I tried someone else's idea too. Clare Brown (by the way, Clare, I love the name of your blog and the Gwen Diehn book, too!) used plain old tissue paper and that seemed like a good idea. I always save the colored tissue paper in which some things are wrapped. This paper is from Joggles and has some sort of sizing on it that makes for a harder, smoother, shinier surface and also keeps the layers of wet tissue from merging. Note to self, add some PPA (my favorite adhesive, Perfect Paper Adhesive) before adding the second and subsequent layers when doing this way again. I totally lost the last layer that just floated away when I picked it all up. It had barely an impression so was probably superfluous anyway.

I carefully added bits of glue to the layers and then dry-brushed with the Gold Fine acrylic. You can see one spot where the brush was too heavily loaded and I charged in with a firm hand instead of a light one. I love this stamp and use it a lot. It too is from Ma Vinci's Reliquary.

I think I want to try using facial tissue next, and wetting the tissue with spray watercolors instead of just plain old water.

Thanks for another fun time, expanding my art horizons, Michelle!

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Blogger michelle ward said...

Marilyn - these are fab! Wow! Love the last one especially. And the way you painted it with the gold is really nice - you pointed out the blemish, but I think it only adds to the an-artist-made-this-by-hand quality! Thanks for sharing witht he team.

Saturday, May 17, 2008 12:06:00 PM MST  
Blogger Kim Mailhot said...

Hi Marilyn,

These turned out so well ! I love the second one too, great stamp ! I love the gold with the turquoise blue - gorgeous !

Saturday, May 17, 2008 1:18:00 PM MST  
Blogger Gillian McMurray said...

These are beautiful. I will have to try this technique.

Saturday, May 17, 2008 1:38:00 PM MST  
Blogger Becci said...

You have a very nice post for this casting project...thanks!

Have a great hiar day! Becci

Saturday, May 17, 2008 2:18:00 PM MST  
Blogger Susan said...

Marilyn, thanks for stopping by my blog. Your castings are beautiful. Thanks, also, for turning me onto the Glimmer Mist, I must try to find some. Thanks again,
Susan K.

Saturday, May 17, 2008 7:50:00 PM MST  
Blogger Clare said...

ooh I LOVE them both - but the second is my fave - love the colours and I also think the gold looks fab, not like a mistake at all! I want to go make more of these now.

Do you know - I had no idea there was book called 'the decorated page'? I had to google it - I think I will have to get a copy!

Sunday, May 18, 2008 2:52:00 PM MST  
Blogger Susan said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. You asked about a leaf made by South Carolina artist, Lee Sipe. It was made of wrapped copper wire. Lee is a wonderful lady originally from Korea, I think. She's lived here in Columbia, SC for over twenty years. She's known for her pinestraw baskets and is represented by Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville. Thanks again for your nice comments!

Sunday, May 18, 2008 4:12:00 PM MST  
Anonymous krissie said...

I love your idea of using tissues and coloured water, wow must try that next time! great result you have here - love the blus and gold!!

Monday, May 19, 2008 3:25:00 AM MST  
Blogger mcdc3s said...

These turned out great! I love the color and texture. M/R stamps are cool! I have several myself.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 7:40:00 PM MST  
OpenID LostLuggage said...

WOW I love how you colored your castings- they look so fantastic!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008 4:08:00 PM MST  
Blogger HeArt Collective said...

very cool...the blues are really big right now and gold is coming back... you have hit on a trend, i do believe!

good stuff and as always, YOU ROCK!

Friday, May 23, 2008 8:06:00 PM MST  
OpenID momto6 said...

Marilyn - wonderful casts! I love the ART one particularly. That is the centerpiece of a collage just waiting to be created. - Nicki

Saturday, May 24, 2008 5:10:00 AM MST  
Blogger Ursula Clamer said...

These are great. I especially like the last one, the design and colour are just fantastic. Have fun palying.

Thursday, May 29, 2008 9:30:00 PM MST  
Blogger Cath Sheard said...

Oh very very cool. And yay, another Twinkling H20s fan ;-)

Saturday, May 31, 2008 3:41:00 AM MST  

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