I am a hopeless medium addict. Bring out a new one and I am just itching to try it. I missed Dylusions last year (don't know how) but had already heard about it when Mary, from our Altered Books group brought home some samples and her own excitement.
Anyway, I managed to get some of the dyes and other supplies at the Columbia Stamp and Scrap Art tour show last weekend. Now that I've had a chance to play with them, I'm hooked. I have to tell you that I think that Dyan Reavely has followed in Tim Holtz' considerable foot steps and created a line with limitless possibilities. Between the two of them, I think they have Ranger at the absolute top of the mixed media and altered arts heaps.
I started with Dylusions Chocolate Brown, Cut Grass and Pure Sunshine. I also added a very tiny wisp of Postbox Red. Then I sprayed with some water and blotted it all with a 'kitchen roll'.
Following that, I used various stencils to 'ghost' some images onto the page. The leaves are from the Stamper's Anonymous "Dyan Reavely" line, "Farther Around the Edge." I bleached the leaves with a water brush and tipped in some Cut Grass green on the leaves. The little stitched looking border is from the same set. The edges were touched up with Ranger Distress Ink, Gathered Twigs. Now to find the right images to dress it up a little more. But I am happy that I've gotten the ground work in place.
The other thing I did was try the Dylusions on a Manila Tag This is one of those BIIIIIGGGG ones. #12 to be specfic.
What I learned there is that the 'ghosting' technique gives a more subtle result. Next I'm goint to try it on Watercolour paper. As the quote says, "I'm currently unsupervised......"