Sorry I’m so late with this ‘ere blog!
One minute I was at Waitrose at 10am, getting some groceries,
the next minute it gone 6, the boys are all fed, and it’s dark outside!
Nonetheless, I have spent a pleasant hour or so here
in my little art heaven, just letting it take me away.
I nearly spoiled my evening firing up a resentment about all the super professional, not very bloggy blogs
which are piling in nowadays.
But then I thought, sod it. What do I know?
Not my circus, not my monkeys.
I shall just stay in my lane and do my best.
In fact I thought to myself I thought, I bet a lot of bloggers felt exactly the same when TV Fanny Gray came swooping in at No. 3 last year. Comical really.
So let’s have a look.
The first things I did was have a rummage through my scrap backgrounds box.
Honestly! You’d think I pulled these out of the bin, wouldn’t you!!
Not so, my little chickpea. I throw NOTHING away!
Eeny meeny miny moe…..
One of you has got to go…..
So here we have a delightful blotted piece of mess, where I have evidently mopped up ink from a Gelli Plate after spritzing it.
Let’s make a scene…
Mask off the base of the church with torn paper
and put your church where you want it.
Take the top half of the torn paper and line it up with the bottom half. Now remove the bottom half,
and using a make-up sponge, add some land underneath the church, so it’s not floating. I used Forest Moss,
a beautiful new Distress Pad Green.
Soften the dark green with Tumbled Glass.
Everybody should have a Tumbled Glass Distress pad.
In fact, in my humble opinion, if you wanted to get 3 Distress pads, I’d pick Squeezed Lemonade and the two above.
Add a couple more hills in the same way.
Lamp Post set back behind a hill.
I am using Black Archival for all the stamping.
Have to add the geese – it’s the law.
They are sooooo delightful!
Ok. So now we have a basic scene, we need to define it
and bring it to life.
Let’s start by colouring in the church.
I went with the Nature Set of Spectrum Noirs.
Liked the tatty edge the Gelli Plate had yielded,
so decided to just trim right back
and add a beautiful sentiment by Maya Angelou.
Mat and layer on bright yellow and then the blue pearl paper we use in the stencils. Due to popular demand, you can buy it now!
Needs a bit more depth. Out with the black micron pen.
If you have time, keep looking back as we go forward, and you can easily see the picture gaining depth.
Define some hills and fields.
Let the existing colours and lines be your guide.
Out with the colouring pencils again. Light and shade.
If you go back to yesterday’s blog, we focussed on light and shade then too.
And Thursday’s Blog, with the hares!
There we are.
So from a scrap of card…
we ended up with a neat little scene. The scrap actually helps because it gives you a starting place.
Time to light a log fire and snuggle up for the evening.
I have been looking forward to that all day long.
Tomorrow is the First Day of December.
Thus, tomorrow begins the Christmas Advent.
And so will this blog.
Fun and games, gifts and candy.
Do stop by!
Let’s get in the festive spirit, shall we?
love and laughter –