Thanks for stopping by! Am feeling the benefits of the sun here in New Mexico. We went for a walk up the road to the Indian ruins of El Quarai yesterday.
The sun was amazingly warm, not a cloud in the sky – and yet the snow crunched underfoot.
The birds – mainly bluebirds actually – swooped around us, and a couple of jet black crows observed us from a distance. It certainly is the Land of Enchantment. Not a soul in sight, no other people. just Dave, me and the birds. A far cry from the rumble tumble of L.A. last weekend!
So I thought it would be cool to show you another one of the projects I did on US TV last week. I know that many of you tracked the Create and Craft TV Stateside, which is super! But nevertheless, this red cardinal stamp set, complete with masks, deserves another airing!
Ready? Let’s get started…
Cover with a mask and stamp the smaller one into place.
Using a make-up sponge, carefully wipe the black ink from the mask into the back of the smaller bird. this will look like shadow later. Now cover him up too.
Using a Clarity Brush, add green ink behind the birds.
Now remove the masks, and add the outy mask to the large bird. Here’s how to achieve a beautiful almost airbrushed effect very quickly, using nothing but a brush and a make-up sponge.
Use Post-Its to create a box over the birds, like a frame.
Now stamp the branches which come in the set around the frame in black.
Next, load up the green brush again, and add a light green hue around the frame,
just like this. That way, even where you haven’t stamped the branches, the frame will be defined.
Colour in the little leaves using Distress Markers, and then squiggle a pair of jiggly lines around the box.
Let’s get in a little closer, so you see what I mean….
Then you can colour in the overlaps to create a kind of tangled ribbon or threads.
Use the same Distress Markers to add more vibrance to the birds too.
Than all that is required is a litlte matting and layering. A very traditional, fresh piece of art, methinks.
Throw a little sunlight on it and WoW!!!
But I want to show you something which will blow your doors off. The power of the stamp. Give this image, this bird stamp to somebody else, like Karen Hayselden in this caes, and watch how another mind can translate the self-same birds. Ready for this?
Isn’t that astounding?! I had to look twice to make sure it was even the same birds! Marvellous artwork.
So this week, while I’ve got a little time, I’m going to take inspiration from Karen, and alter these 2 birds too. I have never really done artwork like that, but I really want to have a go. At the CHA, I had a good talk to Dyan Reavely, an old mate of mine. She gave me the kick up the proverbial to give altered art a go, too. Just for fun.
Want to join me? Use these birds, or any stamp you can see fun in!!! Let’s try, shall we? Who’s up for it? It can’t be that hard, can it? I’m thinking I may have to get my old sewing machine out too. I like the look of sewing and mixing paint with stitching. Email me your work and we can have an altered art gallery on Facebook when I get back to something more flexible than a little Ipad!!!
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Lots of love,