Wednesday, August 14, 2013

MAD SCIENTIST IN THE COLOR LAB

Well, I finally came up with a good idea for what I wanted to do in Denita's circle journal. I decided to do something involving my new poppy stamp and Dyan Reaveley's bleach out technique. That's the one where you first stamp an openwork pattern onto a background that has been sprayed with a dark-colored Dylusions ink spray...


brush water into the open spaces and "bleach" the color out by blotting with paper towels...


then fill a water brush with a bright-colored ink and paint that into the bleached out spaces.


Works fantastic on the super-smooth cardstock and manilla papers that come in the journal Dyan designed herself. However, I had no idea how it would work in an altered book journal, so I decided I'd better experiment in one of my own journals first, before attempting this project in one belonging to someone else.

First I tried it on plain book paper.


The colors remained bright and true, but soaked through the paper so quickly they didn't have a chance to blend, and no matter how much wetting and blotting I did, I could NOT get that green to bleach out of the flower petals.

Next I tried it on gessoed book paper.


I did manage to bleach most of the color out of the flowers this time, and fill them in with orange. But, as you can see, though I used the very same vivid colors here as in the first one, once they hit the gesso, they immediately morphed into namby-pamby pastels. Vehddy in-ter-resting, albeit somewhat disappointing. Ah well. Back to the drawing board!

4 comments:

seaslay said...

I really like these muted colors. Quite beautiful really.

Ariel said...

Becky I love the effect that you came up with. The flowers look very pretty. This is Susan, your fellow participant in Circle Journal:)

Hill Country Hippie said...

Though it wasn't what I set out to do,this version is starting to grow on me. I did get the colors to stay true in my next experiment, but without the gesso base, the page print really shows through. This muted one actually gives me a better background space to journal or write a quote on, so I may just go with it!

Cat Kelley said...

I like both of them but the muted is really lovely. Can't wait to see what you do in my journal...no pressure! ;)