Thanks for popping in. This morning, upon opening the curtains at 6am I spotted Venus shining brightly just below a fabulous crescent moon. Quite a spectacle. And then we saw mars too! Within minutes all were hidden behind clouds, but just for a short while Dave and I stood gazing out into the universe…
So I thought for today’s blogs I would reach back into the past, and dig out one of my all time favourite pieces of artwork, which I made using a stamp brilliantly illustrated by our Mel.
You know how every so often you nail it? You hit the spot, and just love what you’ve made? Well this one was one of those ones. I even did a Youtube to demonstrate how it came together. Piece a cake!!
And here’s the step by step, which I blogged back in 2018, which breaks down the process.
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?
But for this particular project it was one of the Fairy Rounds I was drawn to. CLICK HERE
Should you want to try this parchment technique, should you love these stamps as much as I do, here are the links to the Clarity products….
Mmm. I wonder if Venus and Mars will come out to play tonight again, in the light of the silvery moon. I shall be watching….
Love and Hugs,
PS and just in case you were wondering these fairy rounds have also been made into Groovi plates….click here