Thanks for popping in.
I have just spent a blissful two hours playing with the stamps which Maria hs been showcasing on HOCHANDA today.
Didn’t she do well??? Whilst watching her, I had this idea. So as soon as the show was finished, I came away to my little artroom in the sky, and tried to translate what was in my head on paper.
Let me show you….
I was wanting to use the beautiful Moon Fairy, but without the circle – just the moon.
Mask off the line and ink up with Archival black.
Remove the masking tape and stamp on a piece of Shenandoah Parchment.
Yep. that worked. Missed a tiny detail on the tip of the moon…
Touch up with a Micron pen, and you’ll never know.
Flip over to the back and erase colour from the hares and fairy. Also add highlights in the moon using the eraser, and even add a full moon above.
If a circular moon is proving a challenge, use one of our masks.
Time for the city…
Add the skyline Clarity mask at the base. I worked from the front to get a really dark black silhouette. Brush and Archival black – BINGO.
Remove the mask and allow to dry. Flip the parchment to the back and add a faded skyline too, but don’t reink the brush.
Now I have had real time to work with the new blending nibs and tools, I can only echo what so many have already said. Blimming excellent. Here I have used black Archival ink straight from the pad. Couldn’t do that easily with a paint brush; not hard enough.
See the houses in the background now?
Now let’s have some fun… I need a line, a slightly curved line. So I have an artist’s thing I can bend… On scrap first of course!
Then overlay the parchment and figure out where you want to actually add it.
Next, decide which angle you want the line to take underneath her toes. And suddenly, she’s on the highwire.
Just to confirm that, why not add a few little feathered friends…
Here’s how. Draw a heart on the wire.
Colour the heart in.
Add a tiny head, flick in a little beak and two tail feathers.
Add as many as you fancy.
Time to add a flash of interest to her little dress. Add detail with a Micron pen, and colour with a perga Liner pencil. Up to you whether you work from the back of the front. I used the blending nib to smooth out the colour with no additive whatsoever. Perfect. Oh ! And draw a line to the balloon moon, too….
Trim the work and let’s mount it on a white cardblank. But before we commit, how about a black Sharpie pen around the edge?
Works lovely on parchment you know.
What a strange fantasy I do have.
So what’s the story, Jackanory?
Old Father Moon is protecting her as she trips innocently along, on the precarious highwire of life. So preoccupied is she with hanging on to the full moon balloon, she doesn’t even stop to glance down into the sleeping city. And why would she?
Once you have been up there above the clouds and danced in the light of the moon, you will always hold your gaze skywards.
Decision, decisions. And this is the wondrous thing about parchment. The underside is as lovely as the topside. So which direction should she take?
To investigate these stamps, the formidable artstamps illustrated by Mel Turner, click here
And now it’s time to go for a walk and get some fresh air.
Love & Hugs,