I took the opportunity to play with a couple of different marbling techniques, something I'd not attempted before, in creating my Choose To Shine mixed media canvas, read on for the how to.
I searched on YouTube for some videos on water marbling techniques and discovered that there are some very specific materials needed for traditional water marbling which I didn't have. But then I found a video by Crystal Shaulis on water marbling with cornstarch. Cornstarch I had so I played around with some purple and white acrylic paints and a cornstarch (with a bit of flour) water bath to create these marbled papers. The purples dissipated in the water bath so the colours were rather muted but I had fun playing and will definitely explore this technique more.
Next I did some faux marbling on glossy cardstock with Ranger Alcohol inks (Sunshine Yellow and Butterscotch), Alcohol Blending Solution and white and gold Mixatives that was inspired by this YouTube video by beetlewing.
Flowers were die cut from the purple marbled paper with Tim Holtz's Tiny Tattered Florals and Small Tattered Florals dies and Platinum Stickles applied to the centers of the flowers.
Tim's Bird Branch was die cut from Deco Foil Foam Adhesive and the die cut foam then covered with Amethyst Watercolor Deco Foil. The foiled foam die cut was adhered over top the alcohol ink marbled glossy cardstock which had been mounted onto a piece of burlap Textured Surfaces.
A label was cut from the purple marbled paper with Tim Holtz's Styled Labels Movers and Shapers die and a phrase from his Clippings Stickers applied over top. The quote was outlined with a black Micron pen and then embossed with multiple coats of clear embossing powder.
A Quote Chip was inked with Antique Linen and Ground Espresso Distress ink and a piece of burlap from my stash was frayed and a few threads pulled out before singeing it with a lighter to age it (be very, very careful if you try this technique that you don't catch it on fire!!).
To bring a bit more purple into my design I cut a piece of Gina K. 120 lb white cardstock about 1/4" larger on all sides than the burlap background and inked the edges with Distress Oxide in Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves, spritzing it with water to activate the Oxide ink.
A Small Easel was die cut and adhered to the back of the inked cardstock for displaying the finished project.
The burlap panel was adhered over top of the Distress Oxide inked background and the prepared components assembled. The marbled label was added to the top left corner;
and some of the Tattered Floral flowers arranged around it.
The foiled Bird Branch die cut was outlined with a black Micron pen and a white Gel pen to add definition,
and the burlap square, the Quote Chip and another marbled Tattered Floral flower were layered on the bottom of the panel.
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my July Destination Inspiration project came together.
If you missed the previous stops on our July Destination Inspiration journey, click here to see Autumn's project and here to see Tracy's and be sure to stop by next Monday when Julia will be here with the final stop on our July travels. And remember to check out our July challenge, All Squared Up, you have until August 3rd to enter for a chance to win a lovely gift from Tando Creative! Thanks again for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!