Thursday, 10 February 2011

Inspired by satnav

Well not really inspired by, it's more a case of serendipity. I was wondering what to call this post when an advert for Satnav came on the radio and that was that.

This is another piece that came about from me playing and experimenting. It's also my entry for this week's Play Date Cafe challenge.

The arrows are just basic cardboard shapes that I had lying around. To get the lovely marbled effect apply a fairly liberal coat of gesso and then stipple it quite vigourously until it goes bubbly (like the inside of an Aero). Leave it to dry naturally, don't heat it. As it dries some of the gesso soaks in, but the bubbles collapse to leave the the white marbling. Once it's dry apply colour. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (Sunflower & Copper). They were then given a coat of UTEE.
The letters are grunge board with a coat of acrylic. Apply 2 coats, but while the second is still drying add UTEE and heat. The result looks almost like plastic as the paint mixes with the UTEE, rather than having a clear layer over it. Be careful, there seems to be a fine line between the UTEE melting and the paint bubbling (here speaks the voice of experience).

14 comments:

  1. Great techniques!!
    Sue xx

    (Only thing now is to decide which way to go!)

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  2. what a neat idea Nigel - I'd love to know what you are going to do with these! Thanks for playing along at the Play Date Cafe :)

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  3. Very cool marble effect! The glimmer mist is something I haven't tried yet, don't know why it intimidates me so ;D Fun project and its nice to see you at The Play Date Cafe :)

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  4. Wonderful effect! You've changed your avatar Nigel. I hope it was not because I made a picture for you in your lovely waistcoat. Hugs xx

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  5. Nothing whatsoever to do with your picture (which I was quite chuffed about), but some people didn't recognise me without "The Hat"™

    Hugs xx

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  6. Hi Nigel...first let me thank you for putting your hat back on.
    Love this technique and I am going to try it out as soon as I get back home to my gesso.

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  7. Funny the directions you can end up going in!!!!

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  8. How fascinating...! My sat nav is totally uninspiring... keeps going on about turning around when possible...lol ;)
    What a lovely mixture of fab techniques, very nice! x

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  9. Mmmmm....very nigel like! What else can I say lol :)

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  10. very funny... where would I end up following this SN :))

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  11. What a fantastic technique, Nigel! Thank you so much for playing along with us, this week, in the Cafe!

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  12. Great techniques and tips here Nigel, fab way to play with your inspiration:-)

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  13. What a clever idea, Nigel! That marble effect is STUNNING:) I would love to know how you use these!! Great techniques;) Thanks so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at The Play Date Cafe!

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  14. Very cool technique! Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe!

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