"The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit,
the greater your capacity to create."

~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Red, White, and Blue Bird

It's time for another art challenge on the Paper Traders blog!  The theme this time is "Red, White, and Blue Bird" and I decided to go with a decidedly patriotic theme in honor of Flag Day this week.  I actually made the background a long time ago when I was practicing some new techniques.  This one was done by using clear embossing powder to stamp the framed words onto blank card stock to create a resist for the watercolor.  After painting, I then reheated the embossing until it soaked into the paper to create a batik effect.  The eagle image was trimmed from an old birdwatching book I found at the thrift store  =)

These challenges are so much fun!  And they're open to all art bloggers so check them out and come play along: http://papertraders-art.blogspot.com/search/label/Challenges


Cathy L. Calamas said...

Wow, cool. I was wondering how you did that. Do you have a clear stamp pad (ink) that the embossing powder sticks to?

Beckie Holso said...

Oh, yes. There are lots of brands of clear embossing ink out there and I own a couple different ones... both of mine have a pale tint that disappears when heated.

They're also good for using with colored embossing powders because they don't affect the result (although mixing a colored ink and a colored powder can give some fun results too!)