This week's Mix-Ability challenge is to use rice with watercolor for a fun effect. Dry rice absorbs liquid, so when it's sprinkled over wet watercoloring, it soaks up some of the water and color, and leaves an interesting pattern. I've done a similar technique with rock and table salt, but those usually leave a little salty crust on the card. This has a similar look, but nothing left behind! Here's my card for Lydia's challenge.
I started off my background with a wash using pigment from an Inktense Block. The first layer was the yellow orange, and I used some rice in the upper right corner. I haven't used any of the Paint Fusion sets for a while (Sheena Douglass, via Crafter's Companion), so I pulled out the Fuchsia set. These outline stamps are so fun to work with! I watered down acrylic paints to fill in the images... I'm so used to working with transparent mediums - it's fun to build up layers with acrylics! I beefed up my collection so I can do more with my Gelli Plate.
Here's a closer look at the flowers - that stencil pattern is from Martha Stewart. I found a great deal on HSN last week, and enabled a few others as well. ;) Below you can see the painted details a little better, as well as the texture left by the rice. The sentiment is one of my own designs from Impression Obsession, found HERE.
Come play along!