Brushos and Powertex Bister or Bistre mixed media card
I just realized that a week passed by and I didn’t write any post on my blog. There are a few projects that I’m working on at the moment and everything will be revealed in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned. 🙂 But tonight I would like to share with you a mixed media card I made a while ago.
I must confess that I’m in love again and this time I fell for the gorgeous Carabelle studio stamps that I was lucky enough to find and purchase here in the UK recently. I also tried for the first time the Bistre or Bister from Powertex and I’m hooked! For who doesn’t know about it like myself until a month ago, Bister or Bistre is a wood stain, water soluble, comes in several colours and works pretty much like the Brushos as they come in powder/ crystal form. The difference between the two is that Bister being a wood stain has more earthy tones perfect for vintage projects.
So, this being said, here is the card I made using these new and lovely products! Hope you’ll like it!
I started on a 5.5 inch square piece of heavy weight watercolour paper by splattering some art masking fluid. When this was dry I sprinkled these beautiful powders, spritz them with water and then left them do their magic. I repeated this process several times until I was pleased with the result and then left everything dry naturally.
When the background was completely dry, I removed the masking fluid rubbing it off and stared on my composition. I stamped all the images using Versafine black ink and heat embossed them using a clear embossing powder. I did this as I wanted to protect the stamped images during the next step which was “painting” with bleach. I applied bleach with a synthetic brush to remove the colour from some of the circles and the little bird and then worked over with Inktense pencils, bringing back in colour and do the shading.
As a final touch I diluted a bit of white gesso, made some splatters and stamped the sentiment using a Donna Downey stamp set.
Have a fun and creative evening,