Thanks for stopping by. After all that arty mixed media work in France, I thought it would be nice to come back down to earth.
Let’s start with a blank white piece of card.
A very good place to start…
Make a border with Low-tack masking tape.
Add the bunting mask from the Roof-tops mask
Add the Roof-tops themselves along the baseline.
And add a moon, too.
Brayer some Stormy Sky over your Clarity Blending Mat,
and transfer the ink to the card with your brayer,
starting in from the top.
For a more dramatic night sky,
add some Black Soot over the top of the blue.
Move the house down and across.
Think Coronation Street…
Using your brayer, add some faded black to the white house now.
Use a make-up sponge and a piece of copy paper to add some dimension with the black ink.
See here, how you can make the chimney stack look 3D just by adding a little shadow along one side?
Now remove the Roof tops mask and either brayer in or dust in a blue/black ink blend. Go lightly;
You can always add it remember?
But you can’t take it away!
So now the houses are varying shades of black, grey and blue.
Cover up the upper area with your mask, so that only the lower houses are exposed. Then you can work on them with a make-up sponge and a grey-blue ink mix, to add alleys and shadows.
Remove the bunting and moon masks.
In fact, remove the outer tape, too.
Add some stars with a white Pilot pen.
This works best when the sky is dry.
Now let’s do a little work on the bunting.
Use a Fine black Micron Pen for this.
Lines are a good start,
but I’m not sure what to do yet. Let’s come back to this.
Let’s add my favourite stamp ever with Black Archival.
Now the whole thing will start to come together.
Imagine flying over the rooftops!
Outline the artwork with the black fine pen,
add some patternwork to the bunting edges,
and watch the scene take shape.
Let’s use a charcoal pencil for a little shade.
This one is a bit fierce,
and I’m a bit chicken,
so I have drawn some on a scrap of copy paper,
and loaded one of my fingers with it!
The idea is to add shade to the moon, then
use a special eraser pencil to bring out the white again.
Notice also, that I have coloured in the edges of the bunting.
See how a simple black line with a charcoal pencil or black pencil, from the tip of each triangle to the string, along the lower edge only, makes the bunting appear very 3-dimensional?
Doesn’t it suddenly look like it’s been attached!
Yes, so there we are.
Over the rooftops.
Up, up and away.
Hope you enjoyed that one.
I really had no idea where we were going to end up;
but the boy with the birds stamp instantly gave me a direction.
The ingredients are pretty basic.
Maybe you already have most of this stash!
I think that if you are just starting out on your arty journey,
then the ingredients listed here are all very useful. I have added the links, so that – should you want to dive in – you can go straight to the Clarity Website.
Brayer (this month’s Product of the Month)
Black Archival Ink Pad (this month’s Ink Pad of the Month)
See you tomorrow.