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Portfolio Pastel Playtime

Portfolio Pastels are inexpensive oil pastels which are watersoluble. Three of us have been working (or should that be playing...) independently with the Portfolio Pastels and we're sharing what we've done. Check it out!

Yogi Grunwald

Suzanne Cannon
(aka Quietfire)

Monica Black
(aka BlackCats)

 


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Yogi's Project

©2007 Yogi Grunwald

 

 

SUPPLIES:

 

1.


Front of card when inside not showing through

Score and fold cardstock to get a 5" x 7"h card

Color the mulberry paper and cut an oval that fits within your card dimensions and that still has enough of a border around it. (keep the oval that you just cut for the inside of the card)

Trim the mulberry so you have an even border of the cream card showing all around. Lightly pencil in on your cream card the location where this oval will land. (put mulberry aside till later)

2.

Detail of Fern Colouring

Color your fern stamp with the side of your pastels using various greens, touch of orange and a touch of brown. Lightly mist and stamp your card in the area where the oval will land and into the negative portion of the oval. Do this a couple of times so you get an interesting variety of foliage.

3.

Detail of Butterfly and Textured Mulberry

Color your butterfly with some red, yellow and a touch of blue, mist lightly and stamp. Put some glitter glue in the central portion of the butterfly and then sprinkle with the glitter. Let dry.

Cut your smaller oval being careful not to cut into the areas that touch your oval. Then cut out the negative portions. Glue your mulberry paper using the double sided tape.

4.

 

INSIDE OF CARD

INSIDE OF CARD: Prepare your oval medallion. Stamp your small butterfly with the pastels technique from the front. Stamp your words "Happy Birthday" with your alphabet stamp set and the Color Box stamp pad and emboss with Pearl. Punch out your Sakura flowers, large ones from your white mulberry paper and the small ones from some decorative scrap paper. Put a dot of gold embossing powder or glitter in the centers of the flowers. Glue to card with Aleene's Tacky glue.

Tie your fiber around card and string your butterflies.

5.

 

 

Detail of Oval Medallion & Sakura

TEXTURED MULBERRY PAPER: Using the side of your pastels and all the greens lightly skim over the textured paper, blending a bit with your finger, then skim a few areas with the brown and blend again.

OVAL MEDALLION: Using the clear stamp pad, ink the whole oval well, emboss with clear, 2 or 3 times, inking each time and letting cool between layers. Ink again and emboss with Pearl. Ink again and emboss selectively with Pearl Gold and clear. Final inking and Pearl embossing powder. Get your word stamp ready, positioning it so it is visible through the cut out of the oval, matching the position on your oval medallion (this is an eyeball type of positioning). Before applying the final layer of embossing powder, ink your word stamp with Staz-On black, heat your oval and press the stamp into the hot liquid. Leave your stamp in that position until totally cooled. Remove stamp and continue to cool the oval weighted down with a book and a melt art mat or other protective paper. Adhere to the inside of the card matching the previous positioning.

 

Suzanne's Project

©2007 Suzanne Cannon

1.

What you will need:

Choose a page in a book you are going to alter. Glue the image to the page with the UHU glue stick and burnish down.

Begin colouring with the Portfolio Pastels in colours that appeal to you. I went right around the image of the woman and onto the page, building up layers. You can mix them with your fingers, too. The pastels like being warmed up!
2.

Use a 1mm Mitchell Roundhand nib without a reservoir and write into the Pastel coating around the woman.

3.

Write Woman of Mystery into the Pastels. You can see the text of the book page when the letters are scraped away.

Use your Heat Gun to heat up the large Dotted Harlequin border and press it into the Pastels below the Woman of Mystery. You don't need any ink on the stamp. The heat pushes the Pastels aside and pulls it off onto your stamp. Clean the stamp after using it. Repeat with the smaller Dotted Harlequin along the side of the page. You will get a subtle look and a bit of hit and miss. Detailed stamps lose quite a lot so don't expect a perfect impression!

 

   Monica's Project

©2007 Monica Black

 

Supplies:

CUT PIECE OF SMOOTH WHITE CARDSTOCK ABOUT 1" LARGER ON ALL SIDES THAN INTENDED FINISHED CARD. USE PAINTER'S OR ARTIST'S TAPE TO ADHERE TO YOUR WORKTABLE SO THAT YOU WON'T ACCIDENTALLY WRINKLE OR TEAR YOUR PAPER.

STAMP "PERHAPS THEY ARE NOT STARS" IMAGE ON SMOOTH WHITE CARDSTOCK USING BRILLIANCE GRAPHITE BLACK INK AND BLACK GLITTER EMBOSSING POWDER.

1.

STEP 1 USING THE SIDE TIPS OF THE PORTFOLIO PASTELS TO SCRIBBLE ON COLORS. I USED YELLLOW, RED ORANGE, RED AND RED VIOLET FOR THIS FIRST LAYER.

USE YOUR FINGERTIP TO BEGIN WORKING PORTFOLIOS INTO PAPER. WORK IN A CIRCULAR MOTION, SMOOTHING AND BLENDING THE COLORS.

 

 

 

2. STEP 2 THIS PICTURE SHOWS THE PIECE AFTER IT HAS BEEN WORKED A BIT. AFTER YOU WORK THE COLORS IN USING A CIRCULAR MOTION START DRAWING THE COLORS OUT IN A STARBURST FASHION WITH YOUR FINGERTIP.
3. STEP 3 ADD MORE STREAKS OF PORTFOLIO PASTELS AS SHOWN. I USED RED, VIOLET AND VIOLET BLUE. USE A TAPPING, PRESSING MOTION TO WORK THIS LAYER OF COLOR. YOU WANT TO GET THE STARK LINES OUT BUT NOT BLEND THEM TOTALLY INTO THE UNDERLYING LAYER.
4.

STEP 4 ADD THE FINAL LAYER AROUND THE EDGES USING THE BLUE PORTFOLIO PASTEL CRAYON. WORK THIS IN USING A CIRCULAR MOTION. USE YOUR FINGERTIP TO SLIGHTLY DRAW THE COLOR INTO THE EDGES OF THE PERVIOUS LAYERS.

ONCE YOU HAVE ALL THE PASTELS APPLIED AND WORKED IN USE A PIECE OF WADDED UP TISSUE PAPER TO WORK ON PIECE. START WITH THE MIDDLE OF THE CARD, WORKING AND LIFTING EXCESS COLOR FROM AROUND WORDS. PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE CENTERS OF LETTERS SO THAT THE WORDS ARE MOSTLY YELLOW.

 

 

5.

WAD TISSUE TO AN UNSTAINED AREA AND USE THIS TO MAKE DRAWING AND LIFTING MOTIONS FROM THE CENTER OUTWARD IN A STARBURST FASHION. CONTINUE UNTIL YOU ARE PLEASED WITH YOUR RESULTS. TRIM TO FIT CARDFRONT, LEAVING 1/4" ALL AROUND. USE CORNER ADORNER INTERLACED PUNCH ON CORNERS.

MOUNT ON A PREPARED CARDFRONT CREATED USING THE DARKEST COLOR OF THE BAZZILL MONOCHROMATIC PACK AVAILABLE FROM QUIETFIRE DESIGN. TRACE AROUND TOP LAYER OF CARD WITH A STARDUST GEL PEN. ATTACH TO PREPARED WHITE CARD. USE CORNER ROUNDER ON CARD. RUB EDGES OF CARD WITH BRILLIANCE PEARLESCENT PURPLE DEWDROP INKPAD.

CUT LENGTH OF WHITE SILK RIBBON. PLACE OVER SCRAP PIECE OF WHITE CARDSTOCK AND USE RED, VIOLET AND BLUE VIOLET PORTFOLIO PASTEL CRAYONS TO COLOR THE RIBBON. SMOOTH AND RUB IN COLORS. (SAVE THE SCRAP OF CARDSTOCK FOR FUTURE USE AS IT HAS THE BEGINNINGS OF ANOTHER BACKGROUND.)

USE SMALL HOLE PUNCH IN UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER OF CARDFRONT, POSITIONING IT SO THAT THE HOLE IS IN THE CENTER OF ONE OF THE PUNCHED AREAS. FOLD COLORED RIBBON A COUPLE OF TIMES AND PINCH MIDDLE TOGETHER. THREAD THRU HOLE FROM INSIDE OF CARD AND PULL THRU ENOUGH TO OPEN LOOPS.

WIGGLE RIBBONS UNTIL THE TOP OF THE LOOPS ARE OVER THE PUNCHED HOLE. THREAD RIBBON ENDS THRU THE LOOPS AND THEN GLENTLY PULL ON ENDS UNTIL THEY TIGHTEN. DRAW FLAT SCISSOR BLADE ALONG RIBBONS TO CURL.

 

6.

Preliminary Experiments

   

7.

Colouring Embossed Paper

8.

 

 

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