Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial: Texture Pressing

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a simple mixed media technique called Texture Pressing... I have to say, after a few weeks 'off', I needed this little sweet kick back to creating. The technique is so fun and easy!

This is my finished card - the focal image is one I just got from Unity Stamps (one of my stocking stuffers, which I stuffed myself!). I used Peerless watercolor sheets for the coloring, with a tiny bit of pencil for the deepest shadows and hair.

I remembered to take a picture of the background before I assembled the card - this was a background that I had in my "finish" stash, made with a variety of watercolor powders. I spread some modeling paste thinly across the corner, inked up a flourish stamp with gold Delicata ink, and stamped into the paste.

As Kyra says in her video, it's a beautiful way to add texture without adding bulk. I love the sparkle of the gold ink, too!

If you're needing a creative kick in the pants, I hope you'll try this simple technique. I love the way it brightened up my background.

I decided today that through the next year, I wanted to have a set of weekly goals - make art (and by that, I mean paint something to sell), share art, finish art (make a card from my stash of backgrounds and prestamped images), and teach art (via a review here, a tutorial or video, or work on an online class). I'm going to make a stamp for my planner so I'm sure to check off all the boxes each week.

Do you set creative goals? I'd love to hear about them.

Happy Wednesday! xo
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. An online class would be fantastic -- of course freebies are always welcome Dina.
    I wish you a very healthy and happy 2016! Sounds like you have a very ambitious 2016!!!!
    sandy xx

  2. One New Year's goal for me: ALWAYS try every technique you offer to us out here in Blogland -- you are simply amazing and your work feeds my Muse and inspires me deeply. My paper crafting is better because of YOU!

  3. This is stunning, Dina. I need a swift kick in the creative pants, too!

  4. I love your Texture Pressing Technique and always...Your detailed description. You are the most wonderful art teacher and friend to us all :-) TFS Dina
    My main goal...learn more watercoloring techniques in the New Year! Hugs, Nancy

  5. This is BEAUTIFUL, Dina! SOMETIMES, I make creative goals. Mostly, they're things like everyone else, exercise, loose weight, etc. This year, I want to paint more. ;)

  6. so gorgeous the gold!

  7. This is absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing how you created it with us. I am sorry I haven't been in touch since I left for Mayo, I did send you an email thanking you for the NT! Thank you again. I am home, although I will need to go back in the next few months. I will try to write you an email. I hope you are doing alright and that your holidays were good.

  8. Happy Birthday Dina! May you have a wonderful day and be blessed 100 fold more than you bless us with your amazing talent and creations.

    Brenda from a wet and windy Wales!

  9. I do need a creative Kick in the pants!!!! Thanks Dina!!

  10. This is so beautiful! You are an artist.

  11. Such a beautiful piece. Your background is gorgeous. Although I don't set weekly or monthly goals, I am making it a promise to myself to be more active on SCS and Artsy Inkers challenges. LOL, Al doesn't remember to stuff stockings even though he gets one. "Santa" brought me distress markers and the winter issue of Sommerset Studio Gallery. Wasn't she, I mean "he" smart?