Hello and Happy Monday! Monday’s Blog is Trees & Flowers, right? Well, here’s an old Split Tree step-by-step project from ages ago which you might enjoy…lots of pics! On a difficulty scale of 1 to 10, I’d say this is a 6.
You will need:
Make up Sponge
Black Micron Pen
Black Micron Pen
Ready? Here goes…
Stamp the Dippy Toe and the Perspective trees in Black Adirondack on the Coated A5 Card
Now let’s plant a whole avenue of trees. Notice I have blotted more and more on the copy paper to the left, to get the more and more faded trees. I have even written how many times to blot! But that will depend entirely on how new your Black ink pad is and how heavy-handed you are!
Cut out a large moon around a glass.
And cut out a mask of the Dippy Toe Image, too.
Ink up the brayer in Denim. Wow! I did this artwork before the days of blending mats!
It’s back to the wheelie on copy paper! Ahhh, now those were the days, eh…
Brayer in the Sky. Since I am left-handed, I have turned the artwork to suit me. If you are right-handed, you will of course turn it the other way. Unless you like a challenge…
Remove the moon mask and it’s starting to take shape…
Now add the water with the brayer. Speedball Brayer only please! Nothing else works to be frank. Who’s Frank anyway? He has a lot of opinions!
Place a sheet of copy paper for the waterline.
Place the waterline so that it makes sense in the miniature picture. That also has a waterline, you see…
Start rolling the brayer back and forth. I find a good way to avoid getting stripes and lines is to come in at an angle, rather than straight on. Try it.
Build up the colour, so that it is darker at the base of the card.
Tear a hill mask out of copy paper using a ruler as a guide.
Cover up the Dippy Toe image with the mask you cut earlier.
Brayer some Lake Mist through the middle of the artwork.
Let’s turn it and check where we are. Yep, happy with that.
Cover up the naked lady again. Has she no shame?!
Start adding hills. Now you may like using the blending tool, or you may want to stick to a make-up sponge and a blending mat.
The trick is to catch the bases of the trees like a plait. So the first tree on the left with the second on the right, and then the second tree on the right with the third on the left. Like a zig-zag.
Up you go. Keep going, and keep checking as you go.
you can always add colour –
BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE IT AWAY!
Dynamite! You can maybe see why I gave this one 6 out of 10. Requires a little focus.
Add some waves in the water doing the same thing, but with Denim instead of Black and Lake Mist.,, and tear the paper without a ruler, for a rougher tear.
Add a few rushes along the waterline with the top of the tree.
Let’s airbrush the edges with Black Adirondack and the Brayer. This was in the days before our wonderful Stencil Brushes, too! My oh my, how things have improved…
Do each side with black once, then go back over the same area once dry,
to darken the edges.
Looking pretty good now.
Let’s add some birds with a black Micron pen. Practice on scrap first!
Let’s take a closer look…nice…
But it’s December for Pete’s sake!!! And who’s Pete anyway?
So let’s add a little snow…
Bit nippy for skinny dipping! But it’s supposed to be good for you!
Have a great week.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, we’ll talk about P for Preparation. Or a lack of it…