I have been in the studio a little more again… Not sure how long this will last, but I am hoping longer than in the recent past. This month’s theme for the Arts in the Cards Art Card exchange group is Verdigris and after much trial and error… (lots of errors), I finally finished my cards.
My first thoughts went to an old, broken metal garden pagoda that has been buried under the foliage in my little greenhouse sunroom for years. I pulled it out, cleaned it up and took photos. It was made to look like it was made of copper that had weathered with a nice patina… Fake, but I still like it, and the broken roof is easily hidden by plants or well cropped photos. I wanted to get that layered, weathered look but wasn’t sure how to get that idea to my cards. The first thought was to paint a piece of watercolor paper with copper Lumiere paint, modify the photo so that there were white areas where I wanted the copper to show through, print the photo onto the paper, and I would have what I was looking for…..
NOT! Thankfully, I only printed the photo for one card at first… It was Awful!
The pretty aqua coloring of the patina was lost and it was not a pretty sight….
I tried modifying the photo hoping that would help…. Still Ikk on try #2….
I then painted over the copper with titanium white in a random way and tried again… I hated to toss the paper….
Much better! I re-printed the first 2 cards #1 ended up off color… I now had the printed cards, but not the amount of copper I wanted to show and the color of the patina was wishy, washy….
I pulled out my Inktense blocks and added the turquoise/aqua color, added some more copper paint with a small brush and used that to wet the Inktense pigment to set it. I highlighted the heart shapes with a black ink pen. I have been playing with shiny mediums, so I added some of my pearly aqua nail polish as highlights. I then outlined the heart shapes of the metal work with Ranger’s Glossy Accents over the black ink….
I tried adding Pearl Ex pigment over the Gloss on the first card, but it didn’t work well. Copper Lumiere under the gloss didn’t give me what I was looking for either.
I finally found that a layer of Glossy Accents over the ink, followed by a layer of the copper paint over the dried, raised gloss, then another layer of gloss over the copper gave me something I finally liked…. I also added extra nail polish to the little raised hearts in the center with more gloss on top to give it more of a jewel-like look.
In the photo above, is the first trial card that I used the Pearl Ex on then added more gloss over… It was the #1 card and also got some marker work to get to somewhat look similar to the others… The right card was another idea I tried by drawing ginkgo leaves with the Glossy Accents. By the time I got the copper and gloss layers “right”, I decided that the leaves hid the scroll-work I liked so much in the pagoda.
So much for neatness… Paint on the fingers and somehow I ended up with some gloss on my glasses?? (Wow, my hands are looking like “old lady” hands…)
One of the finished cards… Photos are hard to get with so much shine on the cards… You can see the texture of the paper and much of the raised Glossy Accents….
I ended up with 7 “good” cards and the 2 test ones that didn’t turn out so well… Above shows 6 of the best ones that are now on their way to their new homes. Definitely another challenge, but I am slowly learning how some of my supplies work together, or not…. 😉