Hello everyone! Today I have a fun Artist Trading Blocks project to share. If you haven't heard of Artist Trading Blocks, it is a concept developed by Amy Bowerman and Eileen Hull, using Eileen's Sizzix dies. You can read more about it here and I also posted a tutorial for Inky Artist Trading Blocks here.
When I saw Dina Wakley's new stamps, I knew they would be perfect on an Artist Trading Block and couldn't wait to try it out as soon as I got the stamps. These fabulous sketched faces come in two sizes, I used the set with the smaller sizes here and there are six faces on the set, same as the number of sides on a block. To make these, I used Eileen's 3-D Blocks/Cubes die, which has three sizes of blocks. I used the largest and smallest block on the die. The larger one is 2.5 x. 2.5 in, and the smaller is 1.5 x 1.5.
I wanted a colourful and loose watercolour look on these, and made an effort not to colour within the lines. I also made a smaller block with heart stamps.
Let the Archival Ink dry, or help it with a heat gun. Mix up some watercolours. You need to have all the mixes ready before starting to paints since you have to work relatively fast to take advantage of the wonderful blending qualities of watercolours. Without much planning, I painted each panel at a time, trying not to stay within the lines and leaving some of the mat board unpainted. Leave it to dry. Don't fiddle with watercolours, just leave it. If you want to change something, wait until it is dry.
The blocks look great stacked on top of each other, but they also look nice side to side.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope I have inspired you to make some Artist Trading Blocks!
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board 6 x 13
Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Blocks/Cubes
Stamps: Ranger Dina Wakley: All the Gals, Collaged Hearts, Face in the Crowd
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Paint: Daler & Rowney watercolour paint
Adhesive: Ranger Wonder Tape