Closing in on the Ace of Spades now. I was craving a bit more colour so this week I started with a WHITE piece of card, with the idea to add the black via … something. I had a disastrous first attempt involving gold and black paint, then switched gears and went for Distress stains. Both DD and I have a manic week with lots of appointments, workmen visiting, social events – most are all for DD, as I have no social life – but DH may take part in a local chili cook off so I must make time for stall decor – any ideas other than bunting? I missed out on the SBS shots as this one just flowed from start to finish (look at the time! I only started this at 9 AM!) and I just didn’t give a thought to the camera.
But this is what I used – Distress stains and Black Soot ink, those old sticky letter masks, a bit of teflon grid (something for cooking, I forget what, but £1 at the £ store), some red paint and a sheet from an old dictionary.
I smeared the Distress Stains on the white card, fairly randomly, and let them dry. I stuck the masks to the book paper, tore it “artfully” and stuck that to the stained background (I used Mod Podge, cause I have it.) Then, laying over the grid, I sponged thru the Black Soot. Once I had the whole gridded background, I smudged on the ink all over the book paper. Removing the mask left me with the book paper letters on view. I do like that. You can sort of see the text very faintly, more as a pattern than legible, around the letters.
I added the lines of red paint with an old Amazon gift card and smudged a few other areas.
I may add a couple more smudges, or extend the existing ones as they look a bit TOO random for my liking. But I have much to do and little time, so that may have to wait a few hours. You get the idea anyway.
I have an idea for 4 next week but who knows if I’ll carry thru with it. I often don’t then come back to it weeks later! And I realize when I hit the Ace I’ll be half way through. And back to red…..