Friday, May 23, 2014

Inktense Blocks and Lanterns

Kyra's Mix-Ability challenge for us this week is to create a background, use tape to mask off a pattern, then paint over the panel with a solid color. When the tape is removed, the overpainting creates the pattern, and the background shows through.

The example she linked had a tiled look, but I didn't have the right supplies in my stash to work with, so I created a striped look using quilter's tape (1/4" masking tape) and drywall tape, working on a piece of cardstock that has done a good job protecting my work surface when I paint. Here's what that looked like while I was working.

Here's that background panel on my completed card. For the focal panel I had lots of fun with my Lanterns image from Impression Obsession, and my Inktense Blocks! I stamped the image with the blocks, watercolored with them, splattered and sanded, then used Inktense Pencils to add a little more detailed shading. Next time I play, I'll put together a video of different ways these blocks can be used - they're so much fun.

Here's a closer look at the oval panel... I added some highlights with gold Lumiere Acrylic Paints too, to tie the colors in to the background.

Here's a closer look at the background - I love the patten of the drywall tape. So happy to have a new roll in my stash! I was going to tuck the ends of the twine under the panel, then decided I liked them better loose.

I tucked a customs form from one of my jewelry charm orders under the oval panel just for fun! That little packet had some great postage stamps on it too - I just can't throw anything away...

Hope you'll join us for this week's challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a neat technique, Dina...I must try it...beautiful outcome!

  2. Dina, you inspire me. Thanks much for sharing.

  3. What a great idea. It turned out well. I really like the background of the image too. Cropping the circle is one to remember - thanks!

  4. That is just awesome. I bet it was fun to see it come together.