Oh My goodness it feels like time flies and I am always doing things at the last minute lately
I totally love the technique for this months Tag and had a basic Idea I wanted to try though far less colourful
I love the stencil I used from crafters workshop (and can not wait to get my hands on some of Tim’s I have one on its way here atm) everything else, the inks, the stamps is all from the Distress and Tim Holtz lines of products.
I sat with it for 2 days and as much as part of me wants to add to this I so love the simplicity of it I have decided to leave it be and let it be simple.
I really love how the spooky trees stencil works so well with the distress browns. I adore this elephant stamp and have been itching to use it since I got it for a bargain price on ebay (under $10 can you believe I got that set so cheap)
I signed up to do Creative Jumpstart 2013 and was really inspired by one of the mixed media journal tutorials (I sadly can not find the tutorial) but her is a link to Jumpstart
The gist of the technique (there were 3 in the tutorial as with most of the cjs ones) was that you wet your watercolour paper and just sort of splodged on colours, let them blend and sort of create a bit of what you want ie maybe sky and grass but ultimately just splodge bits on,
then walk away and let it dry.
Come back and look at it grab a sharpie and outline your bits to create things such as flowers
then you went around the outside of these with gesso or white paint. I could not find my gesso or white paint so I used picket fence crackle on the bottom of mine and some snow cap pain dabber around the top,
then added some more water colours over the top.
It was quite fun to play and I love how when you outline things in sharpies or fine felt tip markers it actually can turn something a bit meh into art.
Here is what I created:
I went a bit splatter happy and not everything I tried worked but I really enjoyed the process and hope to use it in my art journaling at some point. I love stepping out of my crafting comfort zone into more arty persuits especially as I was very lucky to receive a gift last year of some Winsdsor Newton Water Colours which I use quite a lot.
A wonderful friend and Adopted Daughter in the States is Pregnant. I am so excited for her. So when I heard it also gave me a chance to put some of my ‘baby’ stamps to use. Mostly my birth announcement and Beatrix Potter stamps.
This is what I came up with, they are hand painted with Winsor and Newton watercolours. I did these almost like a collector card to save not only postage but resources.
So here they are…
appologies for the glut of catch up blogs you are about to see 🙂
I am not going to lie and say oh this was super easy. The amount of fussy cutting to mask was a (insert a curse word here). However thanks the the technique video from Class I finally understand the whole layered stamping/Masking thing and as I have read about this in the past and looked at stuff and been lost have to say that is a major achievement in itself.
I did however muck it up when I slipped and pink smooch accents went somewhere it shouldn’t and would not be removed. My first attempt to cover it with a matchingly painted piece of Neenah well it looked tacky so instead of putting my sentiment over the water like I had planned I put “Have a Magical Day” over the boo boo and viola no one would ever be the wiser. I was reluctant to waste all my work over one small boo boo. I added a little glossy accents over the sentiment and inked the edges just so it stood out a little from the background. I also smeared triple thick over the water (one of my fav new things to do) to give it a glossy water like sheen.
ok enough rambling here is the card (I soo love the Midnight fairies stamps they are so versatile not only did I use the fairies but also the mushrooms and grass from the set)