Thanks for popping in. Woke up to pinky gray skies again at sunrise, and decided to try to recreate the colour and clouds on paper.
So here goes. A step by step, Pinky Gray original. Come on! If you’ve got the ingredients, have a go! It isn’t that difficult. It’s a process, a sequence. I bet many of you have got all the ingredients in the cupboard already.
The key ingredient is our coated Clarity card.
The Meadowdance Stampset is beautiful for this technique. £14.99 ?! You certainly get a lot of bang for your buck with this set!
- Stamp the scene and a tree into place, using a permanent, Archival black ink pad.
- The ink must be dry before we roll in the sky. You can help it along with a heat gun or hairdryer.
- Let’s prep the colour of the sky first, so that it is ready when the clouds are in. This colour is THE PINK I see every morning!!
- Squish some Cranberry Crush dye based Artistry ink onto your blending mat and load it onto your Speedball brayer from the mat. Speedball is the brayer I use, and have used for 30 years. I’ve never found anything out there to beat it.
- Set the brayer on its handle and put this to the side in readiness.
- Now for the clouds. A fraction of a cotton wool ball is all you need. Unravel it and pull off a quarter. That’s what we will use to make clouds.
- We will also need an embossing pad. I have Versamark. Any clear embossing pad does the trick.
- Pull the cotton wool apart so that it actually resemble clouds in your hand.
- Piece by piece, lift bits of cotton wool onto the embossing pad, then
- use a clean sheet of copy paper or scrap paper to push the fibres into the gloopy pad.
- Transfer the gloopy cotton wool fibres wet side down onto your art piece. Lay them down lightly, but don’t press with your fingers.
- Lay a clean piece of scrap paper down on the art and lightly burnish or rub the paper to press the gloopy clouds into place.
- Peel the cotton wool off the card.
- You should see the wet clouds on the card.
- Now to roll in the colour. We will bring in the pink from the base. I was watching carefully this morning, and the pink rises into the grey.
- Lay your artwork on a clean piece of copy paper, and roll the pink back and forth across the whole card, slowly rolling upwards and off the top of the card. Darker at the base, lighter at the top.
- Repeat this two or three times. Each time the pink will get darker.
- Use a tissue to wipe the clouds. They will suddenly come into view and be white. The resist technique at its very best.
- Time to add a little grey. We will do exactly the same thing with the brayer, but travel down from the top of the card with a grey colour, where there was very little pink.
- Aged Stucco is EXACTLY right. Not blue, but bluey grey. Moon Crater is cool too.
- I think we need a little hill behind the children.
- Tear a hill mask using the side of the blending mat.
- Lay it where you want to create the hill,
- Brayer Aged Stucco over the area.
- Trim the card,
- and edge it with a black Sharpie pen.
- Look! I have already got two more dry and ready to add skies. Just a question of which colour skies I want to add…
I need a title on the back of this one…
Let Heaven and Nature Sing. Perfect. Another fabulous stamp set…
I could stamp straight onto the skies with the Aged Stucco. However….
- Also, it looks like we’ve sold out of the Aged Stucco in large. You can still get it in the Old Parchment MINI set. But Moon Crater is a great grey too.
- Top Tip: When stamping with dye based ink, once you’ve inked up your stamp, lightly dab it (the stamp!) with a make-up sponge, to spread the ink and avoid blistering if the ink is too wet.
Added to the back or the inside, signed and dated.
I think we should see how this art prints. Check your orders – there may be a Pinky Gray postcard coming your way!
Have a lovely Sunday, whatever you’re doing. If you’re a bit rudderless, then why not try a sky?
Loce and Hugs