At 45, I picked up my first stamp and that was it: Now, I can throw the word ‘ephemera’ around with confidence, yet struggle with inappropriate feelings for chipboard. I'm not very polished and I'm still trying to get the hang of 'winning friends and influencing people', but for some crazy reason, this papercraft thing and I FIT! My kids are covered with glitter, my husband wonders how you injure yourself with Stickles, but we all agree on this: I'm a MUCH better person when I'm here!
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Color Challenge Guest Designer Week 2
I have to start by saying that this is probably the ONLY thing that hasn't blown up in my face this week. I found this little purse template (to hold note cards or other gifts) here http://www.creationsbyar.com/HAUTE-TOTE_p_8.html and thought I could make something work with these colors.
I scored the diamond quilt pattern on my SU! scoring thingie. What I think made the biggest different was using my tiny mosaic EF (that I LITERALLY had to order from England...on ebay!) on the handles and bottom, then using clear embossing powder. It gives the appearance of leather! I had an SU! frame and punched the pool party for the front embellishment and also did the leather effect. The flower is technically a Bachelor Button, but I punched all of it in Cajun Craze and used the same ink to give it color variation. The 'coin purse' template is also included and can be made to actually hold something.
Trust me when I say, I NEEDED this to work. As I said before, all of these little things kept going wrong. A sick kid who had to be picked up, making me miss an appt, rain, more rain (which kept the kids indoors this weekend, as well as make my hair transition from spiral curly into a full-on Afro) and other annoying things.
But the last straw was when my Peerless Watercolors arrived 2 days ago.
I was delighted, to say the least. Even though they were really just a bunch of old-looking rectangles, I'd heard EVERYONE rave about how splendid they were and I'd been DYING to get some!! It had taken several weeks of embezzling from the grocery budget, so my expectation were over the top. The first thing I did was begin arranging them in a portfolio. Granted, the colors looked dull, but I knew they would explode when I got them on paper. Imagine my surprise when I barely got any color and the the piece holding the color began to pill up!!! The colors were terrible...weak and not vibrant. I was devastated.
I wrote to the place from where I purchased the Peerless and explained my situation. I even included a short video, showing what was happening as I tried to pick up color-in vain.
This morning, I received a response via email. I thought they would either offer me a refund or exchange...I would've bet they wanted me to ship mine back since they were obviously defective!
I opened the email and here's what it said:
You are using the wrong side of the watercolors. You need to flip the squares over, and use the side the has the pigments on it. The pigmented side doesn’t reflect the color, so it may look a little funny, but that is where all the color is, and why you are having such poor results."
To be fair, you'd think that the color would be on the side of, well, the COLOR. But let me be your cautionary tale (for the thousandth time) regarding your Peerless. ;)
Despite everything, I really felt this was a great color challenge...don't you agree??? I included more pics in my gallery. Once again...ty for asking me to be a guest designer!! I'm having a BLAST!
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OMG ! I told my DH to hold you responsible for my demise. I've had a nasty respiratory infection for the past month and you made me damn near cough my head off ! I'm almost afraid to keep reading your posts.
Here's another tip about Peerless (besides using the pigmented side ). It is actually better to use them by cutting a tiny little piece off and putting it in a plastic palette rather than picking up the colour off your sheet with a wet brush like you see everyone doing. I bought mine from a local artist who has been using them for many years, and she says that they won't last nearly as long if you use a wet brush on them. I decided to try both ways. I made a folder type palette with pieces cut 1" by 2 1/2". I use a wet brush directly on the pieces in this folder. I have found that I do get a lot more mileage out of the tiny, and I do mean tiny, little pieces I cut off my large sheets and add water to in a plastic palette than the ones I use the wet brush on. There are some cool things you can do with the little cut pieces after you're done with them. I will probably do a blog post about this after I visit the artist again in a couple of weeks.
Thanks for the laugh Carmen, even though you caused me to drink half a bottle of cough suppressant !
I can't believe that your project is made from paper, you're right about the handles and trim looking like leather. You are amazing! 3D projects appear to be your forte!