Use one of our brushes to add an undercoat of Willow.
The end of a foam roller works really well for getting into the tiny areas. Make-up sponge works, too…
Now start adding a darker green. I think the secret to clever shading is to leave a light area…
Remove the stencil once you’re happy with your shading.
Now we could always just stop there, and I have to confess, there was a point where I really, really wished I had !
But in the name of art, let’s press on, shall we? I want to show off the 6 Filigraphy Teardrop or Petal stamps which go with the stencil….
They do fit exactly.
The individual teardrop patterns are rather lovely.
But then I decided the tree looked a bit white.
So I decided to use Promarkers to change that.
Just used the chisel end of Ivory (playing it safe!) to colour over the whole area. Thought I might have ruined it right there, but had forgotten that the colours dry much lighter than they go down. Phew!
Outlined the teardrops with Pastel Yellow and then Pastel Beige.
Just kept going back round the teardrops,
and dragging the points into the trunk.
Suddenly, something really strange happened.
The teardrops seem to lift off the page.