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Dusting the Color

For months now I've been struggling with my art and the creative processes. There are so many products on the market, it seems there is a doodad for this and a doodad for that; a tool for this and a tool for that; inks for this, paints for that; and, a patterned paper for just about any theme or subject you can think of.  Sometimes it just seems like so much to take in.  Until this past year, I thought I needed it all to create great artwork. I was so overwhelmed, and found that my creative side just couldn't wrap itself around all this stuff.

Then one day I checked the mailbox and there was a package from Picasso Gaglione, Darlene Domel's husband. He and Darlene own Stampland Chicago. In the package was a DVD, Color Conversations with Darlene Domel, that Picasso sent to me and Stephanie to review.  Intrigued, I immediately played it and was mesmerized by the simplicity and beauty of Darlene's techniques using only plain cardstock, color duster brushes, dye ink pads, tape, and rubber stamps.  I want to know just how Picasso knew I needed this uplifting DVD to help me find my creativity again?!

Darlene begins by showing how to create gradations of one color to create a gorgeous background for a simple and elegant card.  Needless to say I had to give it a try.  I didn't have any of the tape that Darlene uses, so I tried masking tape and made it less tacky by sticking it to my clothing before applying to the cardstock.  While it worked, somewhat well, the stickiness didn't hold up.  Before I was done with my card the tape wouldn't stick anymore.  I was fortunate enough to go to Portland to the Heirloom Show where one of the exhibitors was Judikins who manufactures the Eclipse tape that Darlene uses in her techniques.  Let me tell you, this tape is a MUST have!  It sticks and keeps on sticking. It's like the Energizer Bunny...it just keeps on going and going and going...  The color duster brushes are also manufactured by Judikins.

I started out at the beginning of the DVD and followed along with Darlene and produced my own gradations card.  It took about 5 minutes to create. 

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Stamps: The Angel Company and Stampscapes

I can see so many possibilities for this technique!

The next section of the DVD, Darlene shows step-by-step how to create a mosaic look using two to three coordinating colors of ink.  She also has some other tricks up her sleeve that she shares with you as she creates her card. My mosiac didn't turn out quite as well, but with practice I can tell this is going to be a favorite technique of mine!

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Stamps: Clear Art Stamps, Rubbadubbado
and Rubber Stampede

This DVD has truly inspired me! It arrived at a time that my creativity was at an all-time low. Darlene inspired me with the simplicity of creating by using just a few supplies and rubber stamps.  Back to the basics, so to speak, but with elegance that is so quick and easy.  That's why they call Darlene the Queen of Quick and Easy!  And her wit and humor is so delightful.  I can watch this DVD over and over and over again and I don't think I will ever get enough!

We aren't done showing you what we are learning with this DVD yet! Be sure to check back throughout the week for more from Color Conversations with Darlene Domel, as Stephanie and I work through the DVD with more samples and review. We are truly enjoying this DVD and having so much fun! And after all, isn't that what rubber stamping is all about?  Fun?  We think so!

You can purchase Color Conversations with Darlene Domel from Stampland Chicago at their website,  Stampland Chicago.  You can also purchase the Eclipse tape and the Color Duster brushes from them as well. Don't forget to check out their gorgeous stamps, too. 

Until next time.....Happy Trails!


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