Happy Sunny Saturday, and thanks for stopping by.
After yesterday’s fun in the Wendy House,
I thought it was time to showcase a brand new stencil.
This wonderful Tulip stencil was designed by our very own Amanda Branston, so let’s hear it for Mandy!
No sooner did I start using it,
than I decided we needed a Vase stencil
“and we need the vase bits, too!”
I called over to the stencil makers.
Now we can begin.
Think of this step-by-step tutorial as a train, moving forward.
We will reach several stations,
at which you are always welcome to get off.
I just kept on going until I got to where I wanted to be, but you may well prefer to cut loose earlier!
Ok. So first we have to decide which vase we want to use, and isolate that one, masking off the others.
Attach the mask towards the centre bottom of a piece of A5 Theuva Card.
Use a make-up sponge to add depth.
Cut a curve and add some shadow at the neck of the vase.
When you’ve added shadow to the vase, lightly dust over the aperture with Cranberry.
Looks quite dimensional, eh.
Cover up the vase with a Post-It, cutting a curve in the mask.
Hold the Tulip Stencil and card up to a window for backlight, and position the tulip so that the leaves sit in the vases right.
Now it’s all about using stencil brushes and make-up sponges to colour in the flowers and leaves.
I used my fingers to cover up the stems and leaves;
it was just easier!
Leaves next. Meadow Adirondack,
followed by Willow Adirondack.
Very lovely blend.
So. We are approaching the first stop.
You may want to add a little more colour to the flowers…
and a table with a Post-It and Willow on a brush,
(oh, cover up the vase with the vase piece.)
but this is about it.
Please alight on the lefthand side.
Or you can stay on the train with me?
Add a little shadow around the base of the vase,
Now at this point, I wished I had got off at the last station.
You see, I wanted to add a little white, like light,
so I just added a little water and blotted it, as you do.
But then, when it didn’t work,
I remembered what Dee told me earlier in the week.
“Theuva Card is no good for that trick”, she said.
It blistered. So I lightly went over it with a colouring pencil to cover it up, and discovered quite a nice effect!
The pencil colour clings to the roughed up card.
See the mark?
Then I thought, in for a penny,
so I wet areas of the petals and leaves with water, too,
and then lightly ran over the petals with a
and the vase,
the whole thing got more interesting. Much happier.
Now the next stop is approaching, so don’t leave any belongings in the carriage, and please mind the gap as you get off.
If you want to stick with me, brace yourself,
because there comes a point just around the bend,
where you will think I am completely round the bend!
Even I really started feeling a bit nauseous.
Decided it was still too tame, so grabbed the spritzer bottles and reinkers, and started spritzing the whole thing with various greens.
Then I remembered what Dee had said about spritzed work always looking better once it has dried.
So I waited….
Trimmed the artwork back, and sat back.
I don’t think there’s another stop for a while…
Decided to tackle the edges with a blending tool
and our Clarity Blending mat, to give it a darker edge.
Actually, that made a big difference.
And Dee was right. When the spritzed ink dried, it looked super.
Even over the top of the flowers. It just took away that crispness, and made the whole piece look older.
So if you are happy, we could get off now.
But there is one more station…
There was room for the words,
which are also included in the stencil.
So out with the Cranberry again.
But as soon as I started thickening up the lines of the words,
a little voice started shouting
STOP THE TRAIN!!!!
So I did.
Fantastic Stencil Miss Branston.
And the vases are pretty good, too!