I hope you are having a lovely relaxing weekend and have had a chance to get your fingers a bit inky. This is a simple card I made last week using one of the techniques in the “Powdered Pigment Techniques” eArticle that will be posted this coming Thursday (6/20/13.) In the scan, you can see the copper color of the card, but not the metallic shimmer of the mica powder. It uses a oak leaf stamp from PSX, Pearl Ex (Super Copper) and VersaMark ink on white and black cardstocks.
Typically in the eArticles, I try to include at least one piece of artwork using each major technique. When I put an eArticle together, first I put in artwork submitted by readers. Then I look and see which techniques still need sample artwork and put together additional cards to fill the need. That is why you’ll usually see several cards by me; I’m just trying to make sure everything is covered.
To create the needed artwork, I usually will go back through the odds and ends of things I made while I was photographing the various technique steps and then put them together into cards. It’s kind of a funny way to work, because I’m not starting with a particular result in mind; instead I’m starting with a bunch of pieces and playing around with them to see how they might go together.
So this card, for example, was the result of me working through a particular technique a few times and layering the results. We got a lot of rain last week when I was doing the photos and I didn’t realize until I started to put together the artwork from my bits and pieces a few days later that I was using a lot of copper and orange and rust and black, which are not usually the colors I reach for. I think the dark rainy weather was influencing my color choices subconsciously.
Watch for the eArticle with about fourteen different ways to use powdered pigments in your stamp art!