In this post I would like to share a Crafty Individuals team sample where I have used one of their new stamp releases
CI-419 Lovely Day designed by Gio and dipped into an Elements set from the previous release of stamps, CI-410.
I set about working on this sample immediately after this journal page HERE.
For this journal page two words were in my thoughts, dreamy and texture with the sentiment, butterfly mornings (from CI-410), creating a springboard of an idea in my head
as though the girl has woken in the early hours of the morning, taking a stroll through a nearby glade where the morning mist swirls around her as butterflies alight in her hair and whisper their secrets to her
Although this page was most definitely random, I did take the time to plan where the stamped elements would be, purely for the reason that I wanted to ensure those areas where relatively free of texture. Beyond that initial planning it was all about laying down texture and various paints. This was fun because I looked around at the paints I have and dipped into this and that whether they were chalk or satin paints, whether they were caran d’ache or Gelatos (black) and also Twinkling H20s.So let me share with you details of the page.
That piece of embossed floral is a fragment of wallpaper sent from Darlene. I only use a smidgen of it as it is amongst my treasured stash. When paint is added to it the flowers are beautifully enhanced.This is another piece. Initially both were painted to blend with the background until I decided to apply a beautiful Caran d’ache NeoColor II crayon, Phthalocyanine Green before adding highlights from a black Gelato.
This page really did transform as I worked on it. Initially the colours were quite bold, now remember that my use of the words “quite bold” regarding colour isn’t necessarily the same as your interpretation, remember I come from a world of timeworn pink, sepia, cream and winter white! Patches of yellow and lilac are some of the colours which remained peeking through the layers, they were actually amongst the colours first laid down, that was until I continued building up layers of paint, Gesso and allowing the paints to blend together, running down the page.
Lace, muslin and gauze were some of the other textures applied to the page.Let’s now shift the focus onto the stamped elements, with Gio’s woman taking centre stage.
It was a great leap recently when I did just that for the Darkroom Door Line Art stamps but for me, although it is something I greatly admire when I view artwork by others, I prefer to not to. It would have been tempting to paint the butterflies in her hair and the butterflies around her but I liked the effect of seeing the background colours shine through. After stamping I applied a wash of Gesso, to enhance the dreamy effect.The sentiment above is also from Gio’s set. In the past I tended to simply stamp a sentiment as it came but at the moment I am trying to not always go with my norm, so I arranged it differently and with a Stabilo pencil I quickly drew a box around each word.Thank You so much for your visit to this scheduled post and many, many thanks for not only your visits and comments for previous posts but also the encouragement I am taking from your comments regarding my use of colour. For me, dipping my big toe into colour is rather alien but I wanted this to be a year where I would dabble a bit more, working in an art journal, using colour, etc. In part it was sparked by DT stamps. Being part of Crafty Individuals team is a dream and I class myself as so lucky but in all honesty and I am sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that I was struggling with the Alice Palace designs. I would see other stampers create (such as Coco) and they made it look so effortless to ink up the designs but for me, no matter how I tried, they were not fitting into my shabby chic/vintage style. Since shifting my attitude towards those stamps I realise that all I needed to do was sit back and have FUN and that it is okay to dabble outwith the shabby/vintage style. I was setting too many constraints upon myself. There is no doubt my heart will always be a shabby one but I feel as though I missed out on inking up other stamps just because they did not fit into that particular box.
This all might be short-lived, who knows but your feedback, whether positive or negative, does help me because there are many samples at the moment which I look at and I don’t see anything of me in it, that is a little bit disconcerting. As I said to the lovely Renee, I need to stop over-thinking! LOL. As much as stamping is a passion for me and I know you all relate to those words, I do wonder if I lost the fun of it along the way. I do have a fun project which I will be sharing very soon, not for Crafty Individuals but for Redlead.
A short word before I leave to remind you that the Crafty Individuals Autumn Fashion challenge is underway. All details can be found HERE.
P.S. I will soon be sharing a Giveaway soon. It would be lovely if you wanted to be part of it.
12 Aug 2014 26 Comments