Saturday, February 27, 2016

Rubber Cement - P U!

My card today is my take on to Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge #240  " Watercolor Resist"



I was not sure I really wanted to do this challenge for two reasons.  One reason is that I have not done much - if any - watercoloring and two because I didn't have any rubber cement.  I found a beautiful 12 x 12" sheet of really nice watercolor paper that I must have purchased for a challenge I never did LOL and tried to improvise with something other than rubber cement but in the end I had to go to the hardware store and buy some real rubber cement.  The best thing for you to do would be to go to PTI's blog and watch Lexi Daly's video of the process.  She explains it very well  but I will share some about  my experience with this technique : )



I washed the paper using water and a very light colored re-inker.  I'm not sure it this is "legal" heehee but I do not own any water colors.  This worked great!  After the paper was completely dry you were to then drizzle rubber cement all over your paper.  I wanted a fine line so I put some rubber cement in a baggie and punctured the bag with a needle.  The stream of cement still came out thick at first but once the flow was started it was pretty easy to get thinner lines.





So far so good : )

After the rubber cement was completely dry I washed the paper again with water and re-inkers but this time I used a darker re-inker called  "Flamingo" which is supposed to be pink but turned out really orange and a little bit of green.  I dried the paper with my heat gun and added more rubber cement.  When that application of rubber cement was totally dry I washed the whole thing with my Flamingo re-inker.

This morning when I woke up I removed the rubber cement and this was what it looked like



Not so bad : ) It is hard to see in the picture but the first wash of light pink was sealed by my first application of rubber cement.  The next wash of orange and green were sealed by the second application of cement and finally the top layer of orange was the main color you see in my "egg".

A couple of things that I experienced:

Less is more! While the end result was ok it really was hard to get the rubber cement off the paper - without ripping the paper

Mixing Orange and Green in watercoloring? bad idea.  Once those two colors met it became ugly and "muddy".

Rubber cement stinks to high heaven! and it really doesn't go very well with lunch! : )



At one point during this process I almost tossed it but in the end I say A+ Lexi for a challenging challenge with sweet results! Please follow THIS LINK TO LEXI'S BLOG for some additional and super cute! projects using this technique.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far!!

Thank you for stopping by.

Patti


18 comments:

lainey said...

Patti, your card is adorable! The color of the egg looks great!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow! What a process! I can't stand the smell of Rubber Cement - you need a well ventilated area for sure! Your lunch looks yummy and now I'm hungry! I love how your card turned out - the background looks gorgeous and I love the cute bunny!

Joyously Noelle said...

Very fun egg you made!

A Crafty Person said...

I LOVE this egg you made with the watercolor resist! I like your idea of using a baggie to drizzle the rubber cement.

lexi said...

so stinkin' cute! (literally, right? lol!) first of all, i'm so excited to see an egg - full circle to my original inspiration!! second, the baggie idea is genius - i think it would be perfect for trying to accomplish a more controlled design. i'm not sure why it was hard to remove the cement from the paper, but i'm really glad you stuck with it and didn't toss. thanks so much for playing make it monday!

Manuela said...

great take on the challenge, the egg looks fantastic with the rubber cement technique. cute card!

Asha said...

WOW! Super technique, Patti. And that card is adorable... the marbly look is SO amazing. I might try it with masking fluid instead of rubber cement. Have sweet smelling Sunday! :)
Hugs Asha

Birgit said...

Your egg came out great Patti! So glad you hung in there till the end because your card is fabulous! What a nice, healthy lunch too. I have to laugh because I thought you almost tossed your lunch from the smell of the glue, not your project. hehe!

maria f. said...

That stuff totally stinks. Agreed. But the result is magical, isn't it? I love your Easter card.

Greta said...

Oh wow--yours came out great! Thanks for the tip about using a plastic bag--wish I'd seen this before I made mine--haha! At least I can try again instead of throwing out my rc!

Linda said...

Such an adorable card making an Easter egg. Great job and glad you hung in there to produce this fabulous card.

Jeanne said...

What a great looking card! I'm going to come back and read more carefully how you created it. I just wanted to pop in first and say thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. In regards to the heart. I die cut it and used the negative space as a mask to sponge the ink into. Hope this helps! I will be back to check out the rest of your blog for sure. :) Have a happy day!

Donna Phelan said...

Love your sweet little bunny and that gorgeous BIG egg! I experienced a contact high using my newly purchased Rubber Cement--oh the things we do to create! :)

DIANA L. said...

Looks like a nice healthy lunch there. I really liked this technique I love how yours came out and the bunny is adorable.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

what a cool technique! I love the sweet little bunny!

Kristii said...

Love your take on the challenge and the little bunny is way cute!! Fabulous!!

Lisa said...

Very cute, you've done a wonderful job with the technique!

Jane Knudsen said...

I am so glad you did this! This was a very interesting post to read, although I don't know if I will ever try this - too chicken I think? Great card!!