Thanks for popping in. Thought I would share something very special which is coming up on HOCHANDA TV imminently….
A while ago, the ever clever Tina Cox designed a collection of fabulous doodle flowers and dragonflies and funky birds for our Groovi-Go! Parchment set. Remember? Let me go find the plates for you on the website…..ahhh. Here they are.
Well. So many of you requested these images as stamps, that we finally went ahead. And our Maria, (aka Stamper extraordinaire), is launching this comprehensive and impressive set on Wednesday at 12 Noon.
It’s a stampset with loads of individual elements, just like the Groovi plates actually. So rather than just shout about it, I decided to have a play today, use a few of the elements, and just familiarize myself with what looks to be a superb scene building set. I really wanted to have a play with the birdies, but nope. Twas not to be. The birdies did not come home with me.
But you can see from the ones I DO have, what the game is. Interchangeable flowers, centres, leaves, branches – it is endless!
Let’s have a look, shall we?
Found a scrap from the TV show last week, and decided to use that.
Let’s start with the flower centre, the plain ring. Now that’s a thought. I can do a little step by step on a gemstone. I promised to do a Youtube, but that didn’t pan out this week. So this will do. There are loads of Youtubes already on that technique – and some are very, very good too! How do you think I learned them ?! Right Black Archival ink pad.
Pick a flower and frame the little circle.
Add a stem.
Build your design. There are leaves and branches galore!
When you think you have done enough, it’s time to bring the pic to life by injecting colour.
Let’s start with the flower centre….Use an eraser to take out some of the background colour before we begin.
I used Perga Liner B-Pencils. B for blending. Light in the middle (yellow) Dark around the edge (blue), Medium in the middle (light green). And let’s face it. That blue will turn green as soon as it touches the yellow anyway!!! Small circular motions with the pencil.
The secret to effective gemstones is a gradual build-up of colour.
Use a dark colour, a blue or black even, to draw faint cracks in the stone.
Now it’s time to blend. Enter our new blending pen. What a brilliant addition to any craft stash this is! You can even use a dry nib to gently blend the colours. Small circular motions, working from the lightest area into the darkest. Add a little more depth around the outer edge and blend it. If you like, you can add the tiniest amount of Dorso oil to the nib, and smooth out the blended colours with it. Allow the oil to dry before you go in again with more colour.
Time to add colour to the rest of your design. It’s the same principle for the rest of the colouring in process.
Work your way through the flowers, petals and leaves….
The word Faith came up this morning, during an early morning coffee with friends. Faith and Acceptance are key, don’t you think?
And now for the white pen which will transform the flower centre. It is the white Gel pen which transforms the gemstone from a flat centrepiece into a 3-D centrepiece. I didn’t overcook it in this flower, because it’s a flower, not the Crown Jewels! But you get the idea.
A few little highlights here and there with this Pergamano White Gelpen.
I tell you. This is the BEST highlighter pen I have ever used. And who knew we would own the company ?!?!?
Layered up on black to make it pop, and we are all done.
So that, my friends, is just a little taster of the potential of this Tina Cox Compendium of Doodle Stamps, which Maria will be showing off and launching on Wednesday. And if I know Maria, she will blow the doors off with her demos – she always does.
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Love & Hugs,