Sunday, October 24, 2010

CCC #18 - Dabber Resist

Another challenge from the Compendium of Curiosities being hosted by the fabulous Linda, on her blog -  Studio L3.  We have been working our way through the techniques in book from Tim Holtz and this week it is 'Dabber Resist," on page 37. 

I only had two dabbers, one black and one turquoise; I chose the black to use on my spider web stamp for this piece.  Unfortunately, the paint had gotten very thick and wouldn't come out so I watched Tim's youtube video on the product and went to work creating a huge black paint disaster in my kitchen!  It ended up coming out too thick and blobby and looked more like crackle paint!  Anyway, I decided to persevere and worked with what I had - after I had thrown away the black dabber, my only other option was turquoise and I  was really not warming up to another mess!  I decided to resist the urge to pitch this piece into the garbage and to work with it!

I added this clipart from Collagevision and some spiders from a Martha Stewart Halloween stamp set and decided the blobby black paint gave it an interesting texture.  Looking at some of the incredible pieces of art that have been submitted for this challenge, I can see that the technique certainly has its merits.    Make sure you check out Linda's blog to see some great pieces.  Cheers!


  1. I LOVE IT!!! That wed is fantastic...I couldn't have done that deliberately no matter how hard I tried and I must say that THIS is an incredible piece.

  2. This is so fabulous! I love this in black!

  3. Oh, this is awesome, Rhonda! What a great image, and your use of the black paint for this technique is absolutely perfect! Isn't it cool when you find a way to not only salvage a piece, but actually make it really incredible? That's what you did here-- the spider web is just amazing! You gave this piece such a hip, abstract look, and with that beautiful clipart, you've got yourself one fan-tabulous Halloween piece!

    If it's any consolation, I have to re-hydrate my paint dabbers nearly every time I use them. I think the trick to making it work is to add water a little at a time and stir with a popsicle stick until you get a smooth paste. It's time-consuming, but it's the only way I can keep those paints from turning into concrete!

  4. Looks fantastic the webb is really dimensional and the resist technique looks great in black