no ordinary paper…


The challenge this week? “No ordinary paper”… so I colored watercolor paper. I also inked, stenciled (with glossy gel), and inked again some manila cardstock.

Manila cardstock is totally fantastic for stenciling, gel and paste mediums, and it takes distress ink so well. It doesn’t ball up as quick as plain average weight cardstock either.

Watercolor paper is so absorbent, and I always love playing with blending colors. In this case coral and mermaid were the only two colors used! Then I stamped onto it for more depth, and I sprayed with beloved perfect pearls. All of this and it never warped because I use the super heavy kind!

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As you can see from the results – these “not ordinary paper” papers really helped me create a fun tag!

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14 thoughts on “no ordinary paper…”

  1. May, I read your blog daily from my email, so I rarely comment on something I see all the time and love!! You use color like no other, and it just makes me so happy to see all your incredible colorful creations! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  2. May, I love, love this piece of art. The bird is one of my favs that I really need to purchase, but most importantly the way you use color and your blending techniques are amazing. Yes, I most likely could do this because I know all the steps, but what I would create would not have that certain touch that you are able to achieve. Now I truly need to get into the shower before the cable guy gets here. In this heat I am dripping just stepping out for a second.

  3. Right there with you and the watercolor paper! This is a beauty of a tag, May and your saying is perfect!

  4. Holy cow, May! Coral and Mermaid?? I would’ve never thought those colors meshed well in a million years, but you have proven me wrong! What a cool, almost magical-feeling color palette! And I love how you used two different kinds of birds on this. The sentiment made me smile and as always, your borders and bits and bobs inspire!

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