Saturday, September 21, 2019

Northern Light Technique

When I worked in the North I looked forward most evenings to seeing the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis.

The bright dancing lights of this Aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere.  They are usually seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemisphere. although I have seen them in southern Ontario.  Alaska is apparently the  best place to see them.

The display is seen in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common.  Shades of red, yellow, green, blue and violet have also been reported.

They appear in many forms, from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains, or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow. - source - Space center.

Pinterest is displaying a number of cards made using the Northern Light Technique, so today I thought I would give a hand at it.

It was not as difficult as I thought it would be. Anyone at any level can do it as long as you don't mind getting your hands covered with ink.

This is the first card I made using this technique.
I used mainly swaping motions at an angle, using Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Rich Razzelberry and Night of Navy around the periphery of the colours.

Images from "Snow Front" were stamped in silhouette using Black Memento ink, and stars were placed in the sky using the end of a paint brush and white acrylic paint. Then I sprayed the entire scene with a spray comprising of Shimmer paint and alcohol.  This left a lovely shimmer.

Using a stitched rectangle die, I die cut the Whisper White card front with the largest of the die, and the art piece 2 pieces smaller, leaving this nice frame, which was mounted on a Night of Navy card front.  The sentiment, from "Itty Bitty Christmas" was stamped in the lower frame.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Snow Front, Itty Bitty Christmas
Inks: Black Memento, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Rich Razzelberry, and Night of Navy
Papers:  Night of Navy, Whisper white
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Dies, White acrylic paint, Shimmer spray

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