DLP and Texture

The DLP challenge for this week was to use texture in a PAC (pocket art card).  I used both non-dimensional and dimensional texture on these 4×6 cards. Here are the final versions.  The step by step process is below.  IMG_8175 (1)

I started with four 4×6 pieces of 140 lb hot press watercolor paper.  Then I brushed some water on two of the cards, spritzed them with 3-4 colors of spray inks (I used SEI Tumble Dye – they dry permanent), and then laid the other cards on top to smoosh the color. I let them dry a bit and blotted them with a roll of paper towels.IMG_8157

Next, I used these stencils…..IMG_8158

and sprayed Dylusions spray inks in various areas, working quickly and not covering too much of the areas with the stencils.  I repeated the stencils on the cards.  TIP:  I like to iron the cards after each process (and when they are dry).  This sets everything and makes them lie flat to work on for the next step.  I iron them between pieces of newsprint or regular printing paper.  IMG_8159

Next, I poured some white gesso out on a plastic lid and, using my fingers, rubbed in gesso to soften some of the areas.  This is very intuitive.  Just do it!IMG_8164

Then I brought out some humble print and scratch objects – corrugated cardboard, a plastic toy piece to stamp a circle, and a nail.  Added some more areas of white gesso, and stamped into or scratched into the gesso while it was still wet.  This makes subtle, pleasing texture.  IMG_8161

IMG_8160Now for some stamping.  Use any rubber stamp or object you can ink up and then stamp.  I  used an old leather journal cover with raised lettering on it, rubbed a section with an ink pad and stamped on the cards – randomly.  You could use any rubber stamps at this point.IMG_8162

The cards now looked like this.  IMG_8164

Then I used molding paste to add dimension to the cards.  With the small spatula, I spread molding paste through a stencil on to the cards.

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And here’s how they looked.  The molding paste here mostly stayed white.  However, if I would have used more Dylusions (water soluble) spray inks underneath, the molding paste, stenciled areas would pick up some of the color and that would be very nice.  IMG_8168

To add color to the molding paste areas, I used Dylusions spray inks, spritzed on to a paper plate and then added to the top of the stencils with a brush and my fingers.  Just dab here and there, don’t plan too much; have fun!

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And . . . ooh la la, look how beautiful they look!IMG_8171

Next, I added more ink and paint and pounced some acrylic paint through small punchinella.IMG_8174 (2)

Finally, after all were dry, I ironed each card between sheets of paper to flatten them out.  Then I journaled a phrase or two on each card.  Voila!!

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