How To Make Zingy Pineapple Art

Posted by Kim Dellow

Pineapples make such good images for journal pages and art in general and it is really easy to turn a shaped embellishment into a stencil or template. Have a go and here is how.

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Hi, it is Kim Dellow here with some pineapple art! I think it has a bit of a pop art influence going on what do you think? It is fun to do this and you do not need to be good at drawing pineapples either. All you need is a pineapple shape like this great chipboard embellishment from Fabscraps. I've used it to 'print' the pineapple and then as a template to draw it and I can still use the embellishment for other projects if I want to!

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Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Fabscraps Die-cut Gray Chipboard Embellishments Small Pineapple
  • Global Art Fluid Watercolor Paper Block Hot Press 6 x 6 inch
  • Prima Watercolor Confections Watercolor Pans 12 Pack Tropicals
  • Liquitex Gesso, 4oz
  • Golden Regular Gel Gloss, 8oz
  • Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Ink Spray 2oz Bubblegum Pink
  • Plastic card
  • Brush
  • Pigma Micron Pen 02 Black
  • Large acrylic stamp block
  • Heavy weights (e.g. full gel bottles)

How To Make:

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First of all, as I want to 'print' with the chipboard embellishment using an ink spray, I will need to seal the chipboard surface to stop all the ink from being absorbed into the chipboard before I can print it out. So take a brush and a small amount of gel medium and coat one side of the embellishment. Try not to let the gel pool in bobbles in any areas as this might affect the end shape of the print.

Do it one thin layer at a time, letting each layer dry before adding the next. I did about 2 to 3 coats. Remember to wash the brush after use each time, otherwise it will dry as hard as nails!

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Use the watercolors to paint a large yellow pineapple shape on the top sheet of the watercolor block. I have used the 6 x 8 inch Global Art Fluid Watercolor Paper Block Hot Press but this will also work well on the other shapes and sizes too like the 6 x 6 inch pad for example.

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Once the paint is dry, use a plastic card to scrape a thin layer of gesso over the surface of the page and let that dry completely.

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Quickly spray the side coated with gel of the chipboard embellishment with Bubblegum ink. Make sure you have covered the whole area then place it over the yellow pineapple shape on the paper pad. The quicker you work at this stage, the more complete the printed image.

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Place the large acrylic block carefully on the back of the chipboard, trying not to displace it, and place heavy weights on top; you can use full gel bottles or a bottle of water for example. You want the weight to be spread evenly over the chipboard embellishment. Keep it in place for a couple of minutes.

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Lift off the weights, block and embellishment and let the ink dry if it is still wet. Then replace the chipboard over the printed image and draw around it with the pen. Add the little word to finish the zingy art.

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Now all you need to do is peel this art off your watercolor pad and frame it or stick it into your art journal. Now your pad is ready for your next piece of art!

Have some arty fun with this one!

Kim Dellow