Happy May Day!
Happy May Day!
Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday’s blog is something blue isn’t it.
So let’s take a look at another one of the very clever Wheelie Stencils: The Chess Pieces
Chess. Great game.
I just had to have a play…..
Here are the ingredients:
Lay out the chess pieces, large to the front, small to the back.
Run the stack through the embossing machine.
This is optional; I found it just helped establish positioning.
Dust the card with Slate
and Stormy Sky.
Now we’ll use the Wheelie to shade in.
This could take a while, so get comfortable….
Use a make-up sponge to add shade.
Decide where the light is coming from, and shade accordingly.
one chess piece at a time…
Simply dial in the piece on your Wheelie, and shade.
Now here’s the cool bit.
Check out the King here. See how I have added shadow on the ridges, too? That’s done using a Post-It mask,
and moving it up the chess piece.
And what’s more, these pieces are all embossed,
so it feels good, too.
All the large pieces are black/blue,
and all the small pieces are Old Paper.
Now for the chessboard.
This is ART, not a photo,
so it doesn’t matter if the squares are rectangles.
That’s my theory – and I’m sticking to it!
Draw pencil lines left to right, in-between the pieces.
Don’t draw across them!
Now draw vertical lines in perspective,
I used low-tack masking tape to isolate areas,
and the stencil chess pieces to mask off the pieces, too!
Start at the front and work your way to the back.
Now at this point, you may be thinking,
“way too complicated.”
And to be frank, at this point I was wondering
what had possessed me!
‘round about here, I was getting really twitchy,
but at about the halfway mark, determination kicked in.
I know how Sir Edmund Hillary must have felt.
I wonder if he worked out a short cut…
Snip. Squared it up.
Not impressed. After all that work….
Time to get radical.
Out with the blending tool. Round the edges.
Distressed look required. To go with my face!
Out with the Journalling set.
And then, very quickly, it started to come together.
and I was much relieved…
Added a dark blue line with my ruler around the edge,
flicked some water at it for good measure,
and mounted the artwork on white.
My Dad would like this card.
and here’s the bit I trimmed off.
And in the end, I had spent a delightful hour being creative,
miles away from reality.
had made a great birthday card for my Dad next week.