This week's Mix-Ability challenge is inspired by the return of our kids to school - it's all about chalkboards! Any kind of chalkboard technique or chalky medium will do.
I went with a faux chalkboard look, without using any chalk medium whatsoever! I stamped and embossed the leaf collage image on a black matboard ATC from Inchie Arts. I first painted the surfaces I wanted colored using white India ink - that gave me a good base for adding color. When I paint with acrylics I tend to water them down quite a bit and use them a little more like watercolors... working that way it would take quite a few layers to cover up the black!
After getting the acrylic the way I wanted it, I added a few highlights with a Coloursoft pencil (I'm re-exploring these... I had a set before and found them crumbly, but for highlights on watercolor or acrylic work like this, I really do like them - they just require a light touch. I used Touch Twin markers to add some shadows around the leaves to give the image some dimension.
The bow is my favorite ribbon from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - it's May Arts Textured Two Tone. That was the last little piece I had left, too - I need to get some more! :) So pretty, lightweight, and it ties so nicely on the Bow Easy.
Stamps I used: Leaf Collage, Warm Fuzzies clear set
Enjoy your weekend!