Friday, June 12, 2015

Mix-Ability Challenge: Positive Negativity

Happy Mix-Ability day! It's my turn to host and this week it's an inspiration challenge. This is what inspired me... I can't even remember how I came across this blog post, since I don't do my nails EVER... but... I love how she created a beautiful background:

 ... and then covered up some areas with a solid color to let the background show through inside a particular shape.


This is a common technique called negative painting - there are several different ways it can be accomplished, but it usually requires coloring OUTSIDE the lines so that the image inside the lines stands out. You can either layer with opaque paints or inks like she's done, or try a technique like Joseph's Coat or Inlaid Die Cuts.

On my cards, I started with some gel prints, then sketched (or you could stamp) an image and painted around the outlines with white acrylic paint. 

Here's what I came up with... I love the curve and warmth of tea and coffee cups so that's the theme today. The other stamps I used are from Impression Obsession.

Hope you're inspired to join us!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love these cups .. And this technique !!

  2. Bernadette R.S.6/13/2015 6:35 PM

    Beautiful, Dina! You are an incredible artist! I thank the Lord for giving you such an incredible gift and obviously, he gifted you with the ability to teach us also! Blessings to you on this Sabbath Day on Guam! It is June 14 now as I write this.

  3. What a lovely look...will have to give it a try. I have used my Gelli plate pulls as the background with a die cut on top...this sounds like even more fun....thanks for sharing Dina!
    Paper Hugs,

  4. Hi Dina,
    I love the card you send me and I was wondering what technique you used. Now I know! I would not have guessed. It is such a lovely effect, soft and subtle but still a distinct image.
    Thank you so much,