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Friday, June 29, 2007

It's NOT just your Hubby's Garage!!

I was inspired by the show "B. Original" on DIY. They make some really funky stuff on that show, but I liked the epidsode when she worked with washers. These are really great for all sorts of things!! Check 0ut the episode for more fun ideas:
I decided to do the Washer "Stencil" Technique with my Color Mists and watercolor paper. Now, you can use your imagination and think of all sorts of mediums and papers to use with this technique!!!! FUN!
For the first side of the paper, I decided to stencil directly over the white paper. I just laid the washers out in a random design and sprayed 2 colors over them.
On the other side, I sprayed down a layer of 2 colors first and THEN applied the washers over the Color Mists.

After the first side (with the white base layer) was partially dry, I sprayed some Copper Kettle over entire side. (My son helped me! :)

On the opposite side, I sprayed some Lemon Yellow over the washers. Some of the washers I laid down on this side "ink" side down and some ink side up. (these were the same washers I had covered with spray on the first side.....I did not clean them off!)

My son's comments were: "The pink and green one is pretty, Mommy" "The blue and green one is not pretty, but it's COOL! Look at all of the spots!" (LOL)
Some other ideas for mediums:
Any color wash spray
Acrylic paints
Stamping inks- Dye and/or Pigment (use the washers as a stamp for some of the images and emboss them!)
Other ideas for paper:
Glossy and/or Matte cardstock
Freezer paper
Mulberry paper
Deli paper
Also.......check out your garage or hardware store for all sorts of stencil ideas. There are all sorts of washers, nuts, bolts, fixtures and gobs of other little gizmos that are cheap and would make interesting patterns!!!


  1. I love the experiment that you have done here it is fantastic.I must have a go at this.

  2. I love what you did! I have done similar with the Judikins fine misters and my own colorwash.

    When your child compliments your art- you know it is good!

  3. These turned out stunning brilliant work Susan.. I;ll have to try it..

  4. Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

  5. Susan you are always so cleaver!! I love the washer idea!! I did that with a plastic slide holder for 35mm and kept moving it around It looks so cool I can't bring myself to use the paper yet LOL

  6. Hi. My name is Lara Berch. I have just launched a new website with step by step art tutorials. I was wondering if it's possible to exchange links with you.
    Thank you very much for your time.

  7. Love this! and you have beautiful papers AND washers when you're done. i will try this and THANKS for sharing your techniques.

  8. You have so many good ideas and it always become very beutiful.
    You are one of my inspiration.
    Have a nice day.

  9. Wow , all the things I see are very good and I will try this too .
    Thanks .