This is a new regular feature here on my blog – each Monday I will select a favorite craft product and explain why it’s a favorite, what’s so great about it, and what I do with it here.
My most recent craft addiction is to Ranger paint dabbers. We didn’t get along or play nicely when they first came out, but now we get along famously and they’ve gone from tolerated to mama’s favorite in a very short period of time. As I work on my new Big Picture class I find myself reaching for these more and more, and I’ve added a few Jenni Bowlin colors in addition to my three Adarondack metallics. That’s right – I only have 6 of them. That’s not going to expand greatly just because I love them, I only have colors that I really love, and will use tons. Today I’ve chosen one color as my pick:
It has all the versatility of a dabber (foam applicator, no mess, no brush needed…) and the color is exactly perfect! I like to use it on metal (see above where I’m coloring a metal photo corner), on my layouts, to stamp with, and more. It is a beautiful sky color, a great base color to layer with other (darker or brighter) colors, and just all around fantastic.
Above is a peek at a mixed media canvas in project for Field Guide (new BPC class)! You can see it in the sky and stenciled into my ocean water too. (yes ocean, yeah this project is gonna be COOOL and have a 4-part video series stepping it all out…)
Anyhow! back to my pick of the week. In creating some projects I discovered that speckled egg dabber paint + broken china distress ink or stain makes an absolutely BEAUTIFUL color. Here’s a look at that on a tag. You can put the stain first or the paint. I usually dab a bit of each… layer and blend or leave them splotchy…
Then I stamped with it (using a fave background stamp) to show the color difference and just show you how pretty it can be. Oh! I so love this paint dabber. I’ve been using it so much, it simply had to be my pick of the week.
My new Big Picture Class The Curious Scrapbooker’s Field Guide is fast approaching! I was a guest over at the Studio Calico blog today sharing a tutorial inspired by class, and if you are wanting more information about class all my “Big Picture” blog posts past (and future) can be found on this page: http://mayflaum.com/category/big-picture-scrapbooking-classes/
I am currently working on some special BONUS materials for week #6 of class. On-line crop + big party anyone? Oh yeah! If you’ve got questions about class, don’t hesitate to ask here or via email. I’ve gotten so many great messages already – we’re going to have a BLAST!!