Friday, August 28, 2015

Mix-Ability - Chalk it up!

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!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. GORGEOUS! I love this and it brings back to mind your beautiful Autumnal designs from last year. I remember at least two lovely Autumn leaf cards of yours that inspired me to make my own and began a fascination with mixed media.

  2. Couldn't resist coming back for another look. Still Gorgeous! I had not realised earlier that the leaves were part of the stamped image. Your skill with the shading makes them pop right off the page as if they'd been mounted on 3D foam pads. Stunning.

  3. Absolutely stunning. Your leaves look so real. I do love the background you created. As always, I enjoy your work.

  4. I cannot believe the dimension you achieved on your gorgeous leaves Dina. TFS all your steps. Your layout has so much texture and beauty too. TFS your "work of art" my friend :-)

  5. Oh my that is just gorgeous, the leaves are outstanding!