Almost everyone knows who Tim Holtz is. Everyone in the craft world, for sure. He is a genius with ink and paint. He recently released a stamp set called Bird Crazy. It consists of several "kooky" birds and there are now dies to match so you can cut out the birds for your projects. I like to call them Crazy Birds.
Even though they are crazy, they are CUTE. Soon there will be accessory stamps so the birds can wear hats, etc. I got busy and made this card.
I felt like the crazy bird deserved a special background so I got out my watercolor paper. I shaved off a small amount of blue-green Gelato on my craft mat. I mixed in some Gesso. These are all mixed media products and I'm just starting to play with some of them. The Gesso is a semi thick gel medium that painters use to prepare their work canvas. Gelatos are a waxy crayon like stick that you can color with or use in projects like this one. I smeared some of the colored Gesso on my paper with a palate knife, covering only certain areas. I let it dry for a few hours. When it's dry, it sits on top of the paper and resists any other products you put on top of it. I then used mango and lemon Gelatos to color the paper. You don't have to worry about being careful because the colors glide over the blue-green areas. So cool.
You can see in this close up photo what I mean. When you get the paper how you like, then you use a paper towel to wipe over the colored Gesso part. Do you see how the brighter colors get down into the fibers of the paper?
I played around with coloring the crazy bird and then cut him out with the matching die. Even though I wanted to showcase the background, I felt like it overwhelmed the card. So I cut small stripes off one end to leave some white space for the eye to follow.
He is a Crazy Bird or Bird Crazy, whatever! I like him. Can't wait to stamp some of the others.