Thanks for pooping in.
Bit late again, but better late than never, as they say.
If I leave it any longer, I shall be able to say,
“The early bird catches the worm!”
Been real busy today, pushing things forward,
moving proposals through,
finalising new designs, and so on.
There really is a lot more to being a manufacturer
than one thinks!
So it was quite a relief to get back upstairs to my little arty den this evening, and lose myself in some art.
Blogging every day is a real pressure release for me personally.
I don’t think of it as work; it’s the opposite!
I decided to get out my favourite stamp set
from yesterday’s TV Show.
I wanted to bend the branch into a curve
on one of our Mega Mounts,
and try out the new Spectrum Aqua Pens
together with the Spectrum Noir Pencils.
Sara Davies, the owner of Crafters Companion, mentioned to me that they work well together, so I wanted to see in which way.
First I stamped the curved birds onto a piece of Water-colour paper, which had been coloured with the Spectrum Aqua Pens
(see Saturday’s Blog for a How to).
Black Archival ink pad is good,
because we are going to add water and all sorts!
Now the birds are in,
it’s time to build a branch with a Micron Pen.
Work your way around, making a funky frame,
and overlapping the lines as you go.
Add a few little flowers on one side, using a couple of Distress pads.
Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw and Picked Raspberry
fitted the background well.
And they were on the table – still from Saturday!
Loosen up the lineart with a damp paintbrush.
Paint the birds with the watercolour pens.
They’re really nice to use.
I painted each bird with a little water
before I added the pen colour;
the colour came in much softer.
The water colour can be moved so perfectly.
I painted the branch with an Aqua Pen.
The end is a little rough.
Run a wet paintbrush into the branch at the end.
Aqua Pen to paint the ribbon weave frame.
When it got too tight for the brush nib,
I simply went to the other end for the fine point.
Here are the colours I used.
Now it was time to mix in some depth with the pencils.
Oh boy! This works so well!
The pencils are brilliant over the top of the water colour wash.
Sara knows what she’s talking about!
I wanted to create a 3-D illusion with shading.
Let’s get in close and check out the birds.
Here, I lightly ran a Slate Aqua pen around the birds.
Then I loosened up the harsh line, and was left with a really soft shadow. Great.
Just kept working on the under carriage of the branch and the birds, until the 3-D started to happen.
Jumped between the pencils and Aqua Pens.
Could go on, but it’s time for bed,
and I think you get the picture!