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Abstract with Ink

Some of my favorite pieces to create are abstract inks.  This piece was done with Copic Various Ink on synthetic Yupo paper.  The Copic ink is alcohol based and comes in 358 colors. The Yupo paper resembles glossy paper and comes in white and translucent.  For this piece I used the smooth white Yupo. I started with a base layer of Copic colors in the blue violet color family and after they base thoroughly dried I went back and added ink from the fluorescent family. Can you see which ones?

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I don’t know if my favorite part of this piece is the patterns around the edge or the deep pool in the middle.



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Creative Chemistry 101: Watercolor with markers

A new project from the second week of the Creative Chemistry series online class. You can check it out at Online Card Classes. For this project, we first stamped images onto watercolor paper.  To color them we used Distress Markers.  The top image was colored with markers on dry paper and then blended with a water brush; the middle image was colored with markers on wet paper; the bottom image was colored on wet paper, dried, and then more colored marker was added on top of that.

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It is great to be able to get so much detail together with the watercolor wash.



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Creative Chemistry 101: Layered Misting

Below is another project from the second week of the Creative Chemistry series online class. You can check it out at Online Card Classes. For this project, we sprayed ink and used a stencil for this really cool effect. I loved how it came out so I had to do it twice!

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The way the water mixes with the ink makes it look water damaged but the bright fresh colors give away its newness.  Such a fun looking contradiction!


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Creative Chemistry 101: Watercoloring with re-inkers

Below is a project from the second week of the Creative Chemistry series online class. You can check it out at Online Card Classes. For this project, we stamped an image onto watercolor paper.  To color it, we used the ink refills or re-inkers for the Distress stamp pads and a watercolor brush.


I really love the way the ink reacts to the to the water and gives you the vibrant and unexpected blends.




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Creative Chemistry 101: Brushless Watercolor

Below is my my third project from the first week of the Creative Chemistry series online class. You can check it out at Online Card Classes. Unlike the previous projects (here and here), this  uses stamps for the images, finished off with an extremely worn bottom edge.


Can’t wait for next week!


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Creative Chemistry 101

I’ve always loved the look of the Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger. They have a vintage feel but at the same time are very bright and fresh. Other than how they looked, I didn’t know anything about them. This summer, Online Card Classes and Tim Holtz are offering a great opportunity to get to know the Distress Ink products and how and why they work the way they do in their Creative Chemistry series.  Creative Chemistry debuted in 2012 with Creative Chemistry 101 and then 102.  This summer, they are re-releasing 101 in June, 102 in July and offering a new 103 Course in August.  In these courses, Tim explains the properties of the inks and materials and then demonstrates different techniques that illustrate how the ink reacts to create different effects.

Here is what we created using the Spritz & Flick Technique:


So far, so fun!


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Letterpress Bookplate

Saturday I had the opportunity to spend a few hours in a workshop learning how to use a letterpress with polymer plates. The class was offered through Irvine Fine Arts Center. I had taken an introductory workshop about a month before with a great instructor, Madeleine Zygarewicz of Panorama Press, and she was back to show us more! We worked on a Vandercook SP15 Proofing Press.

Below is the two-color bookplate I produced.


To get this image we had to prepare three separate plates. The first polymer plate held everything you see in black. The ink roller was loaded with black ink and the impression was made on the paper.

The second plate, also a polymer plate, held the image of the butterfly. For the second step, the entire machine had to be cleaned to remove the black ink, and a custom red ink had to be created. The previous black impression and the new plate with the butterfly had to be aligned so that it would print in the correct place, involving a lot of measuring and securing the plate in the correct position.

Finally, the type is added, a very involved process that included selecting and setting a typeface and setting the name. No cleaning was necessary this time as the name was the same color as the butterfly. The third impression was made and the paper was cut.

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Monochrome Rose


I’m Lisa, and this is my first post on my new blog, Live2Color. I’m excited to be sharing what I’m working on with you and hope you enjoy visiting my site.

That’s all the introduction I have, so let me talk about my latest project.

I saw a great Halloween card by Dawn Olchefske that used black embossing powder in the background and decided to try it out on my own. Her video shows the basic steps I followed for the embossing, so you can click on the link above to check that out. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the frame. After embossing the card, I couldn’t just leave the frame empty, so I drew the rose and colored it in a monochrome palette using Copic markers  (BV23, BV25, BV29) and then spent a little while cutting it out. The paper for the card is Neenah card stock, and the rose was colored on X-press It blending card. I used double-sided adhesive foam tape to give the rose a little depth.


I like how one leaf is falling out of the frame. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.