I almost didn’t share this technique. I didn’t feel it was a success. I wanted to repeat the process explained on this blog. Well while the technique is fairly well explained, she left out how to color it. I was stumped. Now I don’t own anything fancy so I thought I’d play with options.
I choose this image which I love:
I found some old transparencies so I stamped on cardstock and transparencies. I couldn’t find my extras even though I know there are some. I had to stamp several times to get a workable image. I was successful enough to have 2 so I could try two different coloring agents.
I started with colored pencil and I loved the effect but it lacked something – it’s not dynamic.
It doesn’t photograph well (but then my camera doesn’t take great pictures). It was okay. It didn’t look like stained glass to me. I wasn’t sure I liked it. To let you know, I used the pencils on the cardstock and left the plastic uncolored.
So I tried markers and I hated it. In fact, I didn’t bother finishing it. I have often heard that if you don’t like a piece you are working on, put it away and come back to it later. Well, last week, I came across these pieces again. I got to thinking. What I didn’t like about the marker version was that all the detail was obscured by the markers. But when I put the plastic over it, all the details came back. I had tried to color around the detail so I colored everything solid and finished the piece. I, now, love them both. I love the detail and the color. I kept looking at the parts and it frustrated me. But together, I love it.
I’m thinking that anyone can do this with some good ink (not expensive since I used the cheap ink from Michaels), some cardstock, and some plastic. I bet you could do this with plastic left over from packaging. I’ll be on the lookout so I can experiment. Meanwhile, what do you think?