Tuesday, June 9, 2009

UHU Chalk Pastel Background Tutorial + Tag Tuesday

A few months ago I posted a skinny that I made using a technique I came up with that uses UHU Envelope Glue Stic and chalk pastels. I promised that I would post a tutorial, and now I'm finally getting around to it! Here is a link to the original post if you'd like to see the first piece I made using this technique. It's super easy - anyone can get great results with very little effort.

Thanks to the wonderful people at the Glue with UHU blog who sent me the fantastic Glue Stick to play with. Now, let's make some art!

What you will need:

Chalk pastels in colors of your choice
UHU Envelope Sealer glue stick
Tag or card stock
Sharp knife
Baby wipe
Heat gun
Finger (very important!)

Step One: Using your knife, lightly scrape across the surface of the chalk, covering your tag with a fine layer of chalk dust.

Step Two: Using your finger, work the chalk into the tag.

Step Three: Take the UHU Envelope Sealer and drag it down the length of the tag in several places. You want a few fairly light streaks - don't cover the whole thing.

Step Four: While the glue is still wet, scrape another color or two onto the tag.

Step Five: Again using your finger, start to blend the chalks together. You will notice that they adhere to the glue streaks, creating lots of texture.

Step Six: After you've blended your colors, take a baby wipe and lightly swipe it across your tag. This will further blend the colors. Be careful not to over-wet your tag. If you do, you can dry it with your heat gun and redo the glue and chalk steps.

Step Seven: When you are happy with the look of your tag, dry it with your heat gun or set aside to dry completely. The chalk should be fixed at this point, but if it isn't you can spray your tag with a fixative.

Finished product (make sure you click on the image to see the larger view)! Stamps are all from the By the Sea plate from Oxford Impressions. All elements were adhered using the UHU Purple Glue Stic - of course, what else would I use?!

Thanks to Louise and her Tag Tuesday challenge. It gave me just the inspiration I needed today!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial - make sure you let me know if you try it out so I can take a peek at your creations.

28 comments:

  1. That technique proves the Perfect background for your bathing beauty. I love the "sea" definition and your tag design.
    Thanks so much for joining in this week!

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  2. What an awesome cool technique!! I will have to play around with this over the weekend :)
    Great tag! The colors you chose really do look like water, and I love the charm at the top!

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  3. very cool...thanks! I'm going to give this a try. :)

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  4. Great tag and thanks loads for the tutorial! I may just have to try that!

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  5. Fabulous background for your beach scene, Shelly! I'll have to wait to get a UHU glue stick before I can try it.

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  6. fabulous. is there something special about that glue stick, or would it work with other glue sticks

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  7. This is gorgeous!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, I will definitely have to try this!

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  8. Thanks for the lesson. Love the tag. Fabulous look.

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  9. Very effective technique, always LOVE your vintage work!

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  10. Love your tag and thanks for the tutorial, I will have to try it :)

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  11. I am so frustrated by a wireless connection that rarely allows me to leave a comment on a blog!!! Shelly...this a wonderful tag. I remember your first post with the technique, too. Where do you find pastel chalks like that?

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  12. Wow! That is a fantastic tag and your background is fabulous. Thanks for sharing your tutorial....I am gonna give that technique a try.

    Take Care - Robin

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  13. Love the tag! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  14. What a great technique and fabulous results !! Thanks for sharing, I'll give this one a try. Your tag is lovely. Great colors and details.
    :-)
    Shelly

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  15. this is stunning and in my favourite colours too. oh I cannot wait to try it out.
    Love the way you used this for the definition tag.
    thanks for the tuut.

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  16. thanks for the tutorial..hey i have all the things needed for this one..glad you use those cheap tools that we all have aka the finger..the tag was great before and again today

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  17. What a cool background - thanks for the tutorial!

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  18. Great tutorial Shelly and your tag is really lovely!!!

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  19. Thanks for the tutorial. This is a great tag.

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  20. Love it as I said before .I've now tried it out with a different glue as I don't have the UHU one . i don't seem to get such nice texture as you have. You can see mine on my blog

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  21. Shelly this is awesome!!! I wonder if regular Uhu glue sticks would work? I'll have to give it a try and see... Marva

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  22. Shelly - this background is really awesome - who would have though a finger, chalk and UHU... Love it!

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  23. Very clever, thanks for sharing this lovely tag and technique.

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  24. I found your post on ATT and had to visit your blog. I love this technique! It is always so much fun to find a new application for a familiar art medium. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  25. I love this idea - great artwork, fab colours and beautiful images. Thank you for sharing x

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  26. great idea, i shall give it a try

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