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It’s Been a While: Pinta Perla and Felt Tips

July 10, 2011

Wow! Try to build up a new business, and lose sight of time. Gosh, It’s been ages since I’ve posted, or worked on parchment!  But, never fear, I changed that today!

Today, after months of setting my desire to parch aside, I said “no more” I am spending the day with my grids, patterns and tools. But, what to do??? Since I had been doing quite a lot with the brush late last year, I wanted to pick that up again. Holy cow, but I’m out of practice. So I finally decided to start back up with a pattern using the Pinta Perla and Felt Tips technique.

Start by tracing the pattern with black ink and your mapping pen. Before you put away that black ink, lets start adding some shadows. Thin lines, please! Having not done this in ages, I went a little crazy in a couple of spots, but all in all, not too bad for not having parched in about 5 months.

Once you are done with your shadowing, it’s time to get out your pinta perla white, a tile or pallet, water and your No 2 brush. Just a drop of pinta perla mixed with a drop of water, and we’re ready to make our lines. In this pattern, I applied the pinta perla from the outside edges towards the center on the flower petals, following the shape of each petal, and using the very tip of the brush.

It’s a little hard to tell here, what with the embossing done, but I think you get the idea. I added a few lines for the center as well, embossing along and over my perla lines to bring them out.

Once this is dry, it’s time to pull out the felt tips. Choose your colors and starting with your petal color, rub a little on your tile, and water it down. You want a very light , barely visible wash over each petal, using the round and round method. Once you have your first layer and it is DRY, you will start adding layers — your felt tip/water mixture becoming more felt tip and less water for each layer, applying the darker color in the more shadowed areas. Do the same for the leaves, and the center of the flower, with appropriate/chosen colors. Make sure you allow the parchment to dry thoroughly between each layer!

Now that your coloring is done, it’s time to turn this all over and start your embossing.

To finish this off, I chose to use a border pattern from one of Pergamano’s multi-grids.

It was fabulous being able to spend the time working on parchment again, I sure have missed it! And I think I did pretty well, for having been away so long. Hopefully, I can get a better handle on my time and make sure I set aside some time to work on my parchment, and thus this blog, on a more regular basis again.

I hope everyone is doing well, and I wish you a lot of success with this technique. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!


  1. July 10, 2011 3:25 pm

    Well, well…..look who’s back amongst us!! WHOOHOO!!!! Great to see you posting again, C. and I hope your schedule will soon allow you some “YOU” time.

    Thanks for the beautiful tutorial. If I can get my bad arm to settle down with the shaking gig it’s been on for awhile, I’ll sure give this a try :))

    Welcome back, my friend….

    • July 10, 2011 3:36 pm

      Thanks, V! It definitely felt good hold the tools again. Now to re-practice what I know all over again.

  2. July 10, 2011 5:40 pm

    Wow this is gorgeous Chiara, beautifully done, thanks for the tut hun.
    So glad you put your foot down and got some precious time to craft…….

    • July 10, 2011 6:04 pm

      Thanks so much Karen! I’m learning (re-learning?) that I need to budget my time better. 🙂

  3. July 10, 2011 7:17 pm

    Your card is absolutely stunning Chiara! So happy to see your post. I, too, am taking a break this summer and will be back to work in the Fall.

    • July 10, 2011 7:44 pm

      Thanks Jerri! Hope you are enjoying the family this summer!

  4. doritush permalink
    July 11, 2011 6:36 am

    Hi Chiara! So nice to have news from you! I was missing you in PL…
    The card is beautiful and it gave me desire to have this frame grid…
    I wish you lot of success with your new business!

    • July 11, 2011 7:21 am

      Thanks Dorita. I should have mentioned that the border I used for this card is on the Oval Borders multigrid.

  5. July 11, 2011 6:57 pm

    Really lovely. These patterns of Dorothy’s are a joy to do, aren’t they? You might just inspire me to get back to parchment – where does time go?

    • July 11, 2011 7:07 pm

      Robyn, I wish I knew where time flew off to! While I know that the key (for me) is to budget my time better, it still seems like time is flying by.
      I hope you do get back into parchment soon, you do lovely work!

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