On this page we are proud to show some of the special features produced by our regular design team and also guest designers.First up is our week 30 Summer Fun theme guest designer, Birgit who has kindly given full details about herself and also how she created these excellent pieces.
Hi, my name is Birgit Koopsen and I feel very honored and thrilled to be todays guest designer on the PanPastel blog!
I live in the north of the Netherlands in a little village called Winsum with my wonderful husband and our 3 beautiful children.
My creative journey in the land of scrapbooking and mixed media started about 9 years ago. I had been doing all kinds of crafts before, graduated in high school in Arts and Art history, tried drawing, sculpturing, oil painting, portrait paining and more but I got bored with all of it after a while. I loved photography though. Then I discovered scrapbooking and realized that I could use whatever technique and craft supply I wanted in this hobby. That got even better when I discovered mixed media along the way.
In the last 9 years my hobby slowly turned into a job and now my days are filled with creating, teaching, design teams and magazine work and I love it!
A couple of months ago I discovered PanPastel and I was intrigued from the very beginning.
I love the rich, high pigmented colors, how easy they are to work with. How you can go from intense to subtle faded tunes and how perfectly you can mix them and use them with other mediums like gesso, spray paints, inks and texture paste.
For today’s projects I basically used PanPastel for coloration with a tiny little bit of spray paint on the art journal page.
The art journal page is on aquarelle paper. I first sprayed some Tattered Angels glimmer mist at the bottom, lifted the paper up to create some drips that became the stems of the flowers. Then I covered the paper with blues and greens, put a piece of Punchanella on top and went back over with blues and greens. I love this technique because the powder cumulates around the edges of the circles creating a darker shade of color. Even if you use the same color as your background you will see the effect. I think that is pretty cool!
The letters and shapes you see in the background where made using Versamark. If you stamp or fill a mask with Versamark and go over it with a color the spots where the Versamark is will be darker and more opaque than the surrounding color. I did not use any stamping inks on these projects!
Colors used: 560.3 Phthalo Blue Shade, 508.5 Turquoise, 680.5 Bright Yellow Green, 430.5 Magenta, 250.5 Diarylide Yellow, 270.5 Yellow Ochre, 280.5 Orange, 620.3 Phthalo Green Shade. Other supplies used: Black pen – Copic Multi Liner, White pen – Signo, book paper, Insect die - Spellbinder, Crystals – Prima, Foam stamps – Making Memories, screen – The Crafters Workshop, Punchanella.
The card was created on normal cardstock. For the background I used the same techniques as for the art journal page. To get the filled dots I also used punchanella but this time filled the circles with Versamark first.
Colors used: 508.5 Turquoise, 680.5 Bright Yellow Green, 430.5 Magenta, 250.5 Diarylide Yellow, 280.5 Orange, 620.3 Phthalo Green Shade, 380.8 Red Iron Oxide Tint, 820.2 Neutral Gray Extra Dark. Other supplies used: Black pen – Copic Multi Liner, White pen – Signo, Butterfly punch – Nellies Choice, Book paper, punchanella, Foam Stamps – Making Memories, Text and sentiment stamp - Wow!
The canvas was first covered with strips of book paper with a layer of gesso on top. I like the texture that adds to the background.
I love the white circles created with the Punchanella technique. Colors used: 508.5 Turquoise, 680.5 Bright Yellow Green, 430.5 Magenta, 250.5 Diarylide Yellow, 270.5 Yellow Ochre, 280.5 Orange, 620.3 Phthalo Green Shade, 100.5 Titanium White. Other supplies used: Black pen – Copic Multi Liner, White pen – Signo, Butterfly punch – Nellies Choice, Book paper, Garden wire, Punchanella.
All book paper parts were colored before adding them to the projects!
I hope you like my projects and you got inspired to use PanPastel on canvas or in your art journal too!
If you would like to see more of my work you can visit my blog: www.birgitkoopsen.nl
I would love to see you there!
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Those of you who have worked with PanPastels will know how versatile they are, they can be used with any of your supplies, including on mixed media projects, such as the little domino book I have created for our ‘Sun, Sea and Sand’ challenge this week.
This piece has been made using yellow, blue and green PanPastels, Distress Ink and Archival ink for the inside pages and then alcohol inks, painted cheesecloth and shrink plastic shells and sea horse for the dominoes.
The stamps used are Crafty Individuals plates 284 and 272.
On the inside I cut black card for the accordion pages and used white card on which I used the pastels and stamps for the beach scene. By cutting the scene up and moving the pieces around I created unusual mixed image pages adding the beach bunting to provide the title or focus.
To finish off, the cheesecloth and shrinkies created a very textural cover for the book and I tied it all together with vintage gold thread.
I would love it if you popped over to my blog to see more photos.Ali Reeve has kindly joined us on several occasions as a guest designer, here is one of her remarkable projects.
Here is Ali's recipe:
I mixed Pan Pastels (Black and Raw Umber) with a dimensional fabric medium, and applied it through a mask on to Lutradur (which is a light weight fabcir that can be distressed by heat). You then remove the mask, and heat up the fabric medium, that bubbles and puffs up as it dries and the exposed Lutradur melts away. When it was all dry I applied Raw Umber over the top to take away the very white of the remaining lutradur, seperated the clock from the extra fabric and glued it on to some nice graphic 45 paper, with a little greeting tag and a metal embellishment.