I stopped into my favorite paper arts store, The Queen's Ink, a couple of weeks ago and Patti had just gotten in a new water color product. It's called Color Burst from Ken Oliver Crafts. I've never seen this before. It comes in a small bottle that looks like the kind of bottle eye drops come in at the local pharmacy. There are 6 small bottles in a package. It's a powdered form of watercolors and has very intense colors. I'll show you what I made and then explain what I did.
I started with a piece of watercolor paper that was leftover from another project. I spritzed it with water and squeezed the bottle of dry powder which puffed out onto the paper. Some areas had more powder than others which is what formed the darker spots on the paper. I spritzed it with more water and brushed the color around to cover all the paper. I was just playing at this point with no intention of turning it into a finished project. But I liked the intensity of the color and how easy it was to use. I put the paper aside to dry. A few days later I was in my work room and saw it sitting there and got an idea for how I could use it. I have been spraying papers using paper towels under them to catch the over spray. Some of the paper towels are kind of cool with different spray patterns and colors left on them. I keep those with the idea of using them someday! Some day!! Well, I got the idea to spray some towels with green and yellow Dylusions sprays to match the intensity of the watercolors and tear them into strips and roll them into paper beads using a skewer to roll them on. I've been wanting to use paper and fabric beads in some mixed media but never did. I guess all the stars aligned and I jumped in and did it. Sometimes that's the best way to do something, don't overthink it! I then tore some strips of paper, glued them down and put the paper beads on top. I found a phrase in Tim Holtz's new collection of chat phrases, cut it up and glued it down. I love this phrase, "If you're lucky enough to be different, never change". To finish the card off I sprayed it with some Perfect Pearls Pearl Mist to tone it down a little and give it some shine and used black embossing powder to line the edges.
Here are some close ups.
I really like this watercolor powder. It can be used the way I used it, lightly spraying the paper with water and squeezing the bottle to apply it, or dissolving it in water and making a spray, or applying it with a wet brush. Anyway, you use it you'll get wonderful color because the pigment is so intense.
I'm entering this project in Mixed Media World current challenge "Bright Colours". Check out their blog if you love mixed media! It's a great source of inspiration.
That's it for me today. I hope you have a wonderful day, thank you for taking some time to visit and I hope you have time to do something you love!