NEC Set-up day, so I can’t chat long!
I was playing with our superb new stencil
that clever Jo Rice came up with,
appropriately named Jo’s Bubbles
If you check back to the blog I wrote on October 22nd, you will see how I arrived at loads of different backgrounds using the bubble stencil.
Let’s have another go.
Lay the stencil on the 7x7 Gelli Card
and attach with masking tape.
Using the mini Blending tools, saturate the bubbles with different inks. You can go direct from the ink pads, you can use the ink on the Gelli Plate or blending mat.
You can use ink pads or drips from the reinkers spread with a brayer - the options are numerous.
There’s a great offer on the mini blending tools on the website,
and we will run the same offer at the NEC until we sell out.
Leave the bubble stencil in place and bring in the Dotty Wave stencil. He has to be one of the most useful stencils we have!
Now for some White Acrylic accents.
What we need, what we really really need is
TITANIUM WHITE , because it’s opaque.
Put a little on a palette or piece of copy paper and load a clean mini blending sponge with the paint.
Now dab off on copy paper to make sure it’s not too wet, then start adding white dots through the second stencil.
Move the stencil around, so that the dots are different sizes.
big dots in the big bubbles, little dots in the little bubbles.
Remove the stencil and be impressed.
Be more impressed that the mini sponge doesn’t go rock hard!
I didn’t wash it straightaway, because I got caught up in the creative flow. And because I am a slob sometimes.
Yet when I went back to it a day later,
thinking I might have to soak it or bin it, it was fine!
Spoke to Sam Crowe, our in house Paint Pro, and she had made the same discovery! But that was pretty predictable; when has Sam ever washed anything ???
I added a couple of Word Chain words in Black Archival,
because they just go so well !
Spot the Mega Mount...
So yes. White acrylic paint.
There is a Zinc white mixing paint also available.
This one is great for what it says: mixing. If you want to lighten another colour or add some transparency to an otherwise very opaque paint, then the Zinc White is ideal.
BUT. If you want a very opaque, not see-through paint, like the one I have used here, you want Titanium.
Now I really must crack on. The NEC awaits!
Maybe see you there?