I bought my Bister powders from Stampinback.nl as a sampler pack, all 8 colours for 8e. Seeing the swatch on the video, I deeply suspect that there is a mistake with my Mahogany: it is almost the same as red. I cut three different kinds of paper strips: Bristol board, Indigoblu stamping card and Crafty Individuals ivory silk card. I wanted to compare porous and non porous surfaces. Actually there is not a big difference in the results and I decided to document only the Bristol board and silk card in the journal. The indigoblu strips (in the middle) were cut into squares and used as a background for a card that you can find here.
I wanted to continue my experiment a bit further, so I glued paper strips on the right side of the spread, and covered with gesso. Half of that (on thhe right) was covered with clear gesso, in case that would make a difference. An experimental spirit engulfed me, so I took a stencil (Maidenhair by Ryn) and added crackle paste, gloss gel and modelling paste to the page. I played around with the powders... The gesso gives quite a chance to wipe stuff out and redo... The green and yellow practically disappeared and I do prefer having some white and splashes, but it isn't too bad. I added a couple of moths, colouring them with colour pencils. By the way, I learned that though Stazon marks almost anything, it doesn't make a print on moist paper! The right hand moth first had only wings :)
As far as the experiment is concerned I could say the following:
- Bister works well on gesso, colours are vibrant
- clear gesso didn't make much of a difference, biggest difference if you regard the line running through the middle of the blue on the lower part of the page. Clear gesso on the right.
- water splatters (after the pigment is dry) result in white spots like with Distress Inks
- crackle paste looks cool, doesn't take very much colour itself, but shows from the cracks.
- gloss gel gives a decent resist, but takes a tint from the colours
- modelling paste (Deco art) absorbed the colour
|Love the combination of black, blue and "natural". |
The bleaching effect of water on dry colour pigment to the left.
|The lower edge that shows effects of plain paper vs white gesso|
|The leaves stencilled with modelling paste are barely visible compared with the crackle paste.|
|Glossy gel tinted with red and yellow more than with the brown shades visible around.|
This was fun, I'm going to have to do the same with my Brushos, they are still in the box they came in some months ago!