Hey all! Lisa here. So if you know me, you’ll know that I’ve been on a real gold kick lately. In fact, I’ve used up an entire bottle of Gold Spray. (No way, you say? Well, I can’t believe it myself. And actually it’s more like two bottles since I got a prototype and it’s almost gone too. Oh yes.)
But today I thought I’d give SILVER some love!
After all, it goes great with clouds. Like this Hero Arts storm cloud digital cut file for the Silhouette!
I used it to make a journal page — just love this quote so much. It’s so true! And it has extra meaning for me right now. Plus it rained and I actually did do a little dance in it!
I started out by cutting out the cloud from white cardstock. Then I trimmed some BasicGrey paper to 6×8. I’m planning to put this journal page in my pocket page scrapbook — I really like playing around with art journaling this way since I don’t have to worry about messing up an actual journal.
Next I grabbed my silver spray and misted the heck out of the paper, putting more at the top of the page. It’s so pretty and shimmery in real life — but so hard to capture in a photo. Darn spray.
I traced the cloud shape on the paper and again on a scrap, then cut it out to make a mask to protect the area where the cloud would go. Then I grabbed some gesso and went to town with the Rain Dance stencil — I thought that was appropriate!
Here’s a little tip to make cleaning your stencil easier: as soon as you’re finished applying gesso, carefully remove the stencil and rinse it off. Or for a a cool looking grungy arty looking stencil let the gesso dry on there. Ha!
After the gesso dried I colored some of the raindrops with neon pink, orange and yellow daubers. This is the only way that I know to get *neon* watercolors. (Note that if you try to do this with neon inks or a reinker you’ll destroy your brush as it will get all gummy from the resin in the ink.) I just tapped some color out on an acrylic block to form a palette like so:
Then I picked up the color and painted away. After it was dry I traced the cloud outline I had made with a charcoal dauber — this really makes the die cut pop!
Can you tell it was dark and rainy outside in this photo? The neon still has a kind of a glow, though! Here’s a closeup so you can see it better:
To finish off the piece, I stamped “starting today” from the New Ideas set, then stamped the date underneath.
And that was that! Here’s a look back at the finished page:
Thanks so much for joining me, and hope you have a great day! With a little rain dance.