Thanks for stopping by.
Playing catch up here,
getting all fired up for the NEC Exhibition,
which starts on Thursday and runs right through until Sunday.
So Monday’s blog is Flowers and Trees.
I take my inspiration today from a lovely birthday card,
which my clever friend Maria Simms sent me for my birthday.
I know she won’t mind if I share this technique;
it is so lovely and quick to do!
The hardest bit is tearing a leaf out of a book!
And just when I was going to get into reading again….
So pick a page of an old dictionary or novel,
preferably nothing lewd or raunchy.
Although that might liven up the ….
Nope. Dictionary is good!
Use the deckle-edge of the Clarity Blending mat to get a photo tear around all 4 sides.
Using black Archival, stamp one of the two beautiful huge new Flower stamps onto the page.
I went with the other one, the Columbine.
Cover it up with the mask, which comes with the stamp set.
Wouldn’t want to have to cut this puppy out!
Add a few ink colours to the blending mat,
and let’s add some shade to the background
with a make-up sponge.
Light colour first. Old Paper Distress pad
Well I never!!
Then Vintage Photo.
Build up the colour off the edge of the mask.
Lightly dab and smear.
Actually, you could stop right now and get off the train.
Looks great to me.
But I want to try out the Spectrum Noir pencils on print.
I have been looking forward to this all day.
There’s nothing quite like colouring in
for calming the mind.
In fact, I am hatching a plan; a very beautiful one.
More will be revealed.
Build up the colours gradually.
I love how the print peeps through the flowers.
Now to mount the printed page.
A piece of our double-sided tape is excellent actually.
It really stabilises what is otherwise quite flimsy.
So I have found a piece of colour coordinated card
and cut it to just slightly larger than the printed page.
The adhesive sheet goes on this,
and the printed art lays down perfectly on this.
I curled the corners with my fingers before I stuck it down.
Needs a black base, too.
Do you like it?
I think these flowers are fantastic for colouring in.
Took Maria’s lead
and even tried to tie a bit of garnish to the artwork.
Not sure if it adds anything on mine;
spent longer trying to tie the blimming bow
than colour in the flowers!!
If you are coming to the NEC,
Maria and I will be demonstrating arty stuff every day, all day.
Must go now.
Have got a long list of things to tick before we can go to the NEC!
That came round fast.
The last show we did was – wait for it – at the NEC !!
Did I go swimming today? Did I heck.
But I did have breakfast.
And I am going to read my book tonight.
Baby steps, eh…
Ahh. Youtube Tuesday….
lots of love,