Friday, August 15, 2014

Mix-Ability: Rice!

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!
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  1. beautiful!
    you are amazing!
    Sandra ltb

  2. This is beautiful and thanks for the tip with the rice. Using salt on my watercolours has always bothered me despite the lovely effects, but I'd never have thought of using rice - much cleaner. Will try today.

  3. Wow! I really love it! The colors are wonderful! Hugs, Susanne.

  4. This is beautiful. I've been reading this blog for a long time and I only just realised that you are the gives such great tips on splitcoaststampers and in the newsletter, thank you!

  5. This is just beautiful. Thanks for the tip to use rice. I love the look it left.

  6. Gorgeous! Dina, I love these warm and cool colors together. It reminds me of beautiful painted tiles and murals that you would see in an exotic place on vacation.