I was messing around the other day with stencils and I stumbled upon a fun mixed media technique. See....actually I'm not very good about cleaning up my stamps or stencils unless it's something that could potentially damage my tools. Well, I pulled out a stencil that I wanted to use on a collage and I noticed it had a bit of Gelatos medium left over from another project. I didn't bother to clean it but left it on to see what would happen and I'm so glad I did!
Since I used up the Gelatos that was left over we're going to dab a bit on to simulate "left-overs". It doesn't have to be much, just a few dabs here and there.
Affix the stencil to a piece of white cardstock Gelatos side up.
Next, smear on the Creative Medium to fill in the stencil. By smearing the CM around you transport the Gelato colors to the cardstock without washing them out because the CM is thicker than say a liquid glue or water. You in turn get lovely speckles of color suspended in the CM.
Remove the stencil and wash - but if you don't, you can easily peel if off the CM once it dries (which is what I do most of the time).
Once the CM has dried you can use this piece as a focal point, background, die-cut it, cover it with watercolor paint - which is what I did with the example at the top of the post or anything else you can think of!
This card was made from the piece from the demonstration. The added benefit of using the Creative Medium is that you are also left with LOTS of wonderful texture and dimension.
For this example I went one step further - after removing the stencil while the CM was still wet I sprinkled a fine clear (iridescent) glitter over the entire panel. It doesn't show in this photo but the shine and sparkle is amazing! The fun thing is that where there is color left from the Gelatos the glitter actually looks colored. It's of course just reflecting the light from the color but it is a cool effect.
So there you go...a fun mixed media technique to incorporate into your design arsenal! Hope you give it a try and let me know how you like it.
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