Anyone who has been following me for a while will know I'm not much into creating with mediums. That's because firstly I don't think I'm any good at being artsy and secondly I worry about messing things up. Well may be that's about to change because I've just found a virtually fool-proof method of creating water-colour backgrounds and being a frugal crafter, I love that it doesn't require expansive tools or supplies. Everything needed can easily be found in your kitchen. So I present to you the soap bubble background technique :
You will need :
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 tbsp. of dish washing liquid
- 3 tbsp. of food colouring
- drinking straw
- white cardstock
Mix all the ingredients together - don't worry if the colour seems too dark, it'll lighten up three or four shades after application. Insert the straw and blow in short bursts until layers of bubbles cover the surface. Large bubbles make widely spaced, octagonal-type imprints which are lighter in colour while lots of small bubbles create denser, more intensely coloured patterns.
Now lay the white cardstock across the layers of bubbles. This will cause the bubbles to pop, leaving prints on the paper. One advantage of this technique is that your cardstock doesn't have to be primed with gesso and will not warp because only a minimal amount of liquid from the bubbles is absorbed. If you like you can substitute food-colouring with reinkers, acrylic paint or spray mists, just play around with the proportion of water needed.
And here's a card created featuring my soap bubble background using the Echo Park cut-apart sheet from the July Citrus Twist kit. It'll be a couple of weeks before I share another project on the blog as I'm going on vacation. Off to pack now.
Citrus Twist July Kits : Echo Park Capture Life Journaling Cards, Crate Paper The Open Road Big Sky, Teresa Collins Something Wonderful Enamel Dots, Citrus Twist Stamps, white cardstock