I had some paints I wanted to play with, Silks Acrylic Glazes and Pebeo Prisme Fantasy. Some of it worked, some of it didn’t.
I found some nice flat cardboard in my stash, and decided it had to be postcards. I cut four, and will use the rest later.
I started out with a coat of gesso, then some Silks in Wine and Roses and Azurite. So pretty.
I used Versafine to stamp this raven from Inkadinkado. Since I got it a little too high, I added a Hampton Arts banner. After three tries. Getting it upside-down the first time. Let us never speak of it again.
Clear embossing powder came next. I was hoping it would act as a resist.
I read the directions on the Pebeo, and realized it required turps to clean up. Then I thought, hey, I’ll just use a disposable makeup sponge! Did you know? I always get paint on my fingers. Luckily, alcohol worked well enough on my skin. The layer wasn’t thick enough to get the paint’s effect, and of course the embossing didn’t resist it much. I ended up buffing it with a baby wipe. It actually looks pretty cool, though next time I would just use something water-based, like Lumiere.
I also took a cotton ball (because there was one sitting on my table for no reason), and went over the edges with more Wine and Roses.
Then I kinda got involved and stopped taking pictures, because I am a goob.
I wanted a little more color and contrast, so I used the Silks again–Persimmon for the banner and Chestnut Brown for the wreath. I painted them then pressed a tissue over the paint to pull most of it back.
The bird was an issue. It ended up with five different layers of three different paints on it. In the end, I’m okay with it. It had a base of Lumiere black mixed with Golden black, then many attempts at dry brushing with Lumiere white and Golden white, then finally a very watery wash in black. Oof.
Overall, I like the look, and would like to try again with different paints, and a better idea of direction.
USCB has released their library of cylinder recordings from the turn of the 20th century. It is way cool. Only one thing comes up for Halloween: “The Halloween Dance.”