Ginger Snap Creations Red and Gold Challenge, I made a 5" x 7" mixed-media piece picturing an Asian sunset. I have so enjoyed these Asian Challenges! They have been so much fun and have really pushed me to think outside of the box. Looking at my other Asian creations, each of them featured geishas. I decided that for my last piece, I would not use any characters but keep the piece simple - like so much of Asian culture.
I started by painting the background in watercolor mixed with irridescent medium to make the color seem to shimmer. The red color I used is one of my favorite watercolor reds. It seems to be photographing somewhat orange here but it really is red! The Asian characters at the upper left hand side were embossed with gold embossing powder. The temple gate was coated with Arnold Grummer's Composition Gold Dust, and then covered with Mod Podge. I used foam squares to lift the gate off of the painting to give it a 3-D effect. The sun was die cut, painted with watercolor (my favorite yellow-gold color - Quinacridone Gold), and then covered with Mod Podge. The last touch was a very light sprinkling of gold glitter dust.