Mail Art Monday: Libélula

Mail Art postcards

Today I would like to share another postcard I made with the Dragonfly hand carved stamp I created a little while ago. This one was sent to Ana in France whom suggested the name for my stamp :) It's made with Lindy's Magicals, Katzelkraft Les Rondes stamps and distress ink. The sentiment stamp is from Stampotique Originals.

Monday Mail box shot. Some mail to friends and swaps @swapbotnews.
In the end I also added some white spatters with gesso and it was mailed off with these other happy envies and postcards :) 

It's been such great weather lately, looks like spring jumped right into summer! Hope you all are enjoying these beautiful sunny days as well!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


WIP: Pigment Powder Comparisons

pigment powders comparisons

Today I wanted to share an experiment I did a little while ago. I've had brusho's for a while and got a set of Ken Oliver's color bursts last year and this year I was completely tempted by Lindy's Magical Shaker so got a set of those too. I wanted to see what they looked like side by side and how they react differently, so made a color swatch on all pigment powders on a 6x6 gessoed paper on which I had put a stencil of clarity and stamped in the paste. This is my base for all the pigment powders. Do note that it's a non porous surface and they act differently on porous surfaces.

Pigment powders comparison
So after some powder puffing and spritzing of water,  here is the result! They all act in the same way, ie. you just tap some powder on the page and spritz some water over it to see the magic happening. But the result do differ slightly from each powder.

pigment powders comparisons
They all really look quite lovely and each product has their individual glow.

pigment powders comparisons
pigment powders comparisons
These are the Ken Oliver Colorburst powders. So pretty! Love the little specs of color on the bottom! I used all the colors in the Earth Tone set; merlot, indigo, yellow ochre, terre verte, sepia and burnt orange

pigment powders comparisons
pigment powders comparisons
These are the Brusho chrystal colors - very luminous and saturated colors.  I used the colors gambodge, olive green, rose, crimson, violet and Indigo. Very pretty and luminous colors! Love the color nuances and it's still vibrant after drying with the heat tool. I added some shadowing in the shallow edges with a stabilo marks all to make the design pop a bit more.

pigment powders comparisons
pigment powders comparisons
And lastly the Lindy's Magical Shaker's - these are soooo pretty and there is a slight shimmer to it which is magical indeed! I only used 6 colors and not the full 10 set, leaving out the black and brown colors. So the colors used are Bavarian Blue, Cuckoo Clock Cardinal, Guten Tag Teal, Lederhosen Laurel, Oktoberfest Orange, Oom Pah Pah Pink, Polka Purple and Yodeling Yellow. I REALLY love the names they gave!

pigment powder comparison

To see how they would react if you worked upon them more I added some shadows with a Stabilo black marks all pencil and a water brush when the swatches were dried completely. 

pigment powder comparison
Lindy's magical Shakers - still shimmery and does retain a good amount of color even when worked upon with a water brush. I'd say they are fairly water resistant when dry.

pigment powder comparison
Ken Oliver's Color Bursts - I found that these still were water reactive, more so than the other two, which lead to dilution of the colors when I added the shadows. Something to consider when you are working on non porous surfaces.

pigment powder comparison
The Brusho Chrystal Colors - these retain their luminous colors and are more water resistant then the other two. They are advertised as permanent when dry, but I think it's more water resistant than water proof because I did get some color bleed when working with the water brush. They could be water resistant on non porous surfaces, though!

In conclusion; although they react similar, the look is definitely different. They all have their pro's and cons and it's up to the final look you want as to which products to use. A helpful video on pigment powders I found was this one by Maremi Small Art. Though instead of Ken Oliver's Starburst she uses Magicals by Lindy's in her comparison. 

 I'm glad I made these swatches as a reference for me and I hope this helps you out as well either in their use, or when you are considering to buy the products. 

I am curious to know: 
Which ones of these pigment powders do you have and is your preference to use? 
Let me know in the comments :) 

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Art Journal: Nourish Your Soul - VLVS!

It's my turn over at the VLVS! inspiration blog today and head on over to my blog post there as I'm sharing a tutorial on how I made this journal page. It was super fun to do and I am really loving this color combo. 

Also please come join our VLVS! Groupies on Facebook if you're not already there. We're having monthly swaps and we would love it if you would join us :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps used from VLVS!:
Whimsical Fairy Lady 2 by Mary Vogel Lozinak
Wire Rings by Cat Kerr

Miracale tape
Crafter's Workshop Fluffy Modeling paste
Claudine Helmut's Studio gesso
Paper Artsy Fresco paint; Hint of mint, Captain peacock, Squid ink, Sugar Plum
Lindy's Magical Hi Maintenance Magenta and Magical Shaker Guten Tag Teal
Staz-On inks: Cherry Pink, Royal Purple, Midnight Blue, Vibrant Violet
Letraset Pro markers (alcohol markers)
White gel pen
Stabilo Marks All pencils in blue and white
Pentel Water Brush
Zig Wink of Stella clear
Distress Crayon Chipped Sapphire
Distress stain in antique bronze


MailArt Monday: Re-Purposed Postcards

A two-for-one on today's Mail Art Monday! I am sharing a couple of postcards I sent out for some swaps on Swap-bot.
handmade pc's
As many of you do, I am sure, I collect vintage postage stamps as well with the means to re-purpose them in my art work. This was made using ONLY postage stamps and postage "salvage" (the material around the postage sheets). This was made for a swap on Swap-Bot in which you were asked to use postage stamps only. These are all vintage postage stamps from the Netherlands. Definitely love the queen portrait stamps and managed to have a little flow/design going on as well.

handmade pc's
In the vertical view you can see the "movement" on the right side better.

handmade pc's
And here it is on its way to its destination. The card on the right is made with stickers alone. A closer look below:

handmade pc's
For this swap you were asked to use stickers only and I have made a circular theme using stickers from Flow Magazine and a few art stickers I had lying about. The bottom is a cityscape silhouette decorative tape which I thought tied the design together. 

It's always so fun to encounter swaps which inspire you to get out your stash you rarely use and play with them. Glad to say these arrived well and the recipients liked them.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Happiness - Mixed Media Notecard


This card was made for friends of ours who got married recently. I used some left over gelli print where I die cut the sizzix wildflowers in. I outlined the flowers with a blue Marks All pencil and created some shadows with a water brush. The back showing through the flowers as well as the die cut moth (from Paper Artsy) is made with a large stamp from Lost Coast Designs, embossed with white WOW embossing powder and colored with a blending tool and distress inks. I matted the piece on a dark blue card on which I stamped words about love with versamark ink and embossed with a clear embossing powder by WOW. I also stamped some words on the moth as well as the gelli printed piece. A simple yet effective card to send someone well wishes on their new journey together. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!