Monday, January 29, 2018

My Other Creations: Rubber Cement Resist with Watercolors

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "Resist It."  I decided to try my hand at a resist technique using Rubber Cement and watercolors to make the background of my notebook cover.

I started with a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper which I drizzled Rubber Cement on in a random pattern.

I let that dry (though it remained tacky even after a whole day of drying) and watercolored in between each of the sections-- kind of like stained glass.

Using just your finger or an eraser, you can rub the Rubber Cement off once the watercolor dries.  The picture will remain white wherever the Rubber Cement was.  Once I rubbed off the Rubber Cement, I added some drips of watercolor and also added some Brusho crystals which I spritzed with water.  I threw on some ink smudges and this is the end result:

With my background done, I cut out the girl image (from Jane Davenport's collage images) and adhered her to a square of text paper.  I made a crown for her and colored her in with inks and Sharpies and stamped some splatters here and there.  I added the sentiment to the bottom of her (which I LOVE- from Impression Obsession) and then I sewed the collage to a notebook cover.  I painted around the edges with black and blue paint and distressed it a bit further with some brown Distress Ink.

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

What are you going to do to "resist it" this week?  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.


  1. Well, this is a totally new technique for me. And it's really cool. I love your random pattern as much as I like the crazy colors in between. This is a stunning backgroung to the girl and I love the deep black edges, too. Hugs, Macarena.

  2. This is awesome, Andrea! The resist effect along with your amazing colors creates the perfect background. Love the stamp and the sentiment and those black edges make everything pop magnificently!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Gorgeous notebook Andrea! the background is fabulous and I love how you used rubber cement for the resist! I am going to have to get some! The image is awesome and I love the sentiment too, altogether brilliant! :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. So cool - looks like great stuff to play with, and I love your rainbow colours and fabulous words too.
    Alison x

  5. That is so clever to do a funky design with rubber cement and color between it!! Turned out SO cool!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. Such a cool project you've created Andrea! Love this technique, it's a fantastic idea! As always design and colors of your piececs is stunning! barbara

  7. WOW, wow, wow! Love your technique, the stained glass background is very impressive and colorful, and looks awesome behind your blue haired girl! I can see why that sentiment is one of your faves - it's going on my wishlist. Distressing added a touch of edginess, and what a great notebook to have! I am picturing you having notebooks you've made for everything, LOL! Happy birthday dear crafty sister! hugs, Maura

  8. I must say, this is a first. I've never seen photos of a step-out using rubber cement as a resist. I thought about using Elmer's but then I wouldn't be able to remove it later. Your post reminded me of that shortcoming. You've made a very abstract background (I think I see a face in the swirls and lines) and I like how you polished it off.

  9. Love, love, LOVE what you've done here, Andrea and I adore the rubber cement resist clever and something that I need to try because that background is amazing! Beautiful work, as always! :)

  10. you had me intriqued by this new technique and oh wow you rocked that background my friend hugs kath xxx

  11. I just don't even know what to say about this. I love it so much. That girl image is so great. And her crown. And that colorful background. But that sentiment is the best. I've loved that saying for so long. Great project!!

  12. Love your brilliant technique on this beautiful project, Andrea. The colors and texture you created are awesome! :)

  13. Gotta try my rubber cement sometimes soon! Love the effect you achieved! As always you colorful project is a ray of suhnsine in my days!!!
    hugs x Zoey