The Paper Project – Experiment VI

This is a test that builds upon the finished results from the last experiment. The results on this one are much more exciting and I love it when there is a clear divide between the good, the bad and the ugly. ;D The image used is Muffy Ketto from Stamping Bella.

Experiment VI – Blending Added Depth

The purpose of this experiment is three fold: first to see if the dried ink can be reactivated for more blending; second to see how additional blending works from a dark gray to a light red; and third to see which papers can hold even more ink! The same red colors were used from last time (R22, R24, R27, and R29) and the grays added are N4, N6, N8. The colored working surface from the previous test was allowed to air dry for two days. The darkest gray (N8) was applied first then the subsequent lighter grays followed by all the reds working my way from the darkest to the lightest and blending as I go.

The papers are identified in the Introduction and here are the results:
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If you take a another look at the last experiment and compare it with this one you’ll notice right away how much darker the dog’s body is. This is the result from adding in the gray tones which is a nice effect.

Those that did bad in the previous test did really bad here! They were B, C, D, E, and N where the paper just couldn’t hold any more ink or didn’t reactivate the ink for more blending. Here is a close up of B and N where it shows how the ink sits on top of the first layer and just gets moved around which I would describe as blotchy.

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There were a few papers that started to show impurities in the paper fibers (inconsistencies) or possibly areas that had absorbed finger oils. This would show up as little patches or dots that wouldn’t change color. Somehow those little areas are different from the rest of the paper and may or may not show up on another test. These were found on F, H, J, K, L, P and U. Below you can see a close up of F, which shows one of these large patches near the left side of the nose; and P where the impurities in the paper show up as speckled dots throughout the sample.

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All the other samples reactivated the ink easily and allowed for more blending without any problems. In my opinion, and direct experience with this test, that leaves A, G, I, M, O, Q, R, S, T, V, W and X to be some of the better papers to work with.

The Paper Project – Experiment V

Ready for another paper test? This one has a focus on blending and some colors are easier to blend than others. Red is usually one of the harder colors to blend for some because it requires more ink and so I wanted to put it to the test. The image I used is Muffy Ketto from Stamping Bella, because, frankly, the world could use more red dogs. ;D

Experiment V – Blending Red

The purpose of this experiment is to blend with red to find out which papers can achieve a perfect gradation from the darkest to the lightest color. I used R22, R24, R27, and R29 and blended the main part of the dog while timing how long each sample took. I started with the darkest color and worked towards the lightest, then worked my way back down to the darkest and finally up again to the lightest; approximately three layers of blending. The head and ears were quickly colored in after the clock stopped.

The papers are identified in the Introduction and here are the results:
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The purpose of so much blending is two fold; first to use a lot of ink in one area like most of us do and second to get the most vibrant results in the hues. When applying the darkest color first a lot of that will be blended out as lighter colors are applied; then when applying the darker colors again sometimes the blending is removed so applying a third lighter coat of the lighter colors helps to smooth it all out.

For the most part, I was able to get smooth blending on all the sample with few exceptions. I had timed myself coloring in the main body of the dog hoping it would indicate how difficult it was to blend. However, it just shows that I was getting faster as I progressed and doesn’t appear to reflect anything else. Below shows a closeup of A, J and Q with the typical smooth blending I achieved.

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The exceptions were B, C, D, E, and N, where perfect blending was difficult, if not impossible. I had to stop on D and E after coloring only one layer because it already started to pool on the paper. The other three, B, C, and N, started pooling after the second layer and blending became difficult as well. Below shows a close up of a few of these in close up.

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Looking at C, you can see it getting blotchy and in the dark shadows there are spots where the ink no longer stayed put. The next one, D, you can see the darker reds have built up and started to become tacky which shows up as splotches. On the last sample, N, you can see how all the ink stayed on the surface of the paper so the brush strokes are noticeable as the ink was just moved around.

After air drying for a day, C, D, E and N are the most tacky; and B, G, L and R are slightly tacky only in the darkest shadows.

Based on this test only I would recommend A, F, G, H, I, J, K, M, O, P, Q, S, T, U, V, W and X as being the good papers to color on.

Ketto Margarita

Welcome! We are having a surprise blog hop… for my very special Mom! She’s my best friend and all-time stamping buddy and I wanted to make sure her day was extra special. 😀 A few of us wanted to wish you a grand Happy Birthday and hope you’ll enjoy all our creations made especially for this occasion!

Happy Birthday Peggy!

Here’s my card using Ketto Margarita from Stamping Bella. Blue, purple, flowers, organdy ribbon, little girls, charms and sparkle… I wanted to use a few of my Mom’s favorite things.

This marks the start of the hop and your first transfer is to visit Penni. Below is the complete list if you get lost and you’ll end up at the Birthday Girl’s very own blog with her surprise post! We hope everyone will enjoy the hop and can leave a few comments along the way.

Barbara <– You're here
Emma & Susan
Peggy <– The Birthday Girl

Theme: Brithday Blog Hop for Grandma’s Pearl
Challenge: Ooh La La Creations – Challenge #62 (stripes)
Challenge: Karber – Challenge #5 (girlie)
Main Stamp: Ketto Margarita (SB)
Patterned Paper: Kioshi (BG) & Earth Love (CC)
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Labels Four
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11, R20
-hair: E50, E51, E53
-clothes: YR20, YR21, YR23, B21, B32, B32, BV01, BV02, BV04
-other: T1

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[Rosetta Stone,]

Sir Felix Ketto

Join us this week over at Lollipop Crafts for a new challenge. This week’s challenge is to create a card or project based on the theme of pets. This was a quick card and uses a button I found in my Mum’s button box. (It’s one of many!)

Challenge: Lollipop Crafts – Challenge #3
Main Stamp: Sir Felix Ketto (SB)
Patterned Paper: Rockstar (DCWV)
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Labels Two
Copic Colors:
-cat: RV10, RV21
-other: W2, W4, W5, W8, W10

Did you know? The Yangtze River, or Chang Jiang, is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world. The river acts as a dividing line between North and South China, although geographers generally consider the Qinling-Huai River line to be the offical line of geographical division. As the largest river in the region, the Yangtze is historically, culturally, and economically importnat to China.
[Yangtze River,]

Charlotte Ketto

Main Stamp: Charlotte Ketto (SB)
Patterned Paper: Mango Frost (DCWV)
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Labels Two
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11
-hair: E42, E43, E44, E47
-clothes: RV04, RV09, RV17, RV19, RV69, R35, R37, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24

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[Mariposa Botnet,]

Missmatch Ketto

Main Stamp:
Missmatch Ketto (SB)
Patterned Paper:
Kioshi (BG)
Cricut Cartridge: Lacy Labels

Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
-hair: E50, E51, E53, E55
-other: W1, V000, V12, V15, V17, G20, G21, G24