When The Stampers’ Sampler announced a challenge call, For The Birds, I was eager to submit because I have quite a few beautiful bird themed stamps and an idea in my head! I wanted to continue with the style of this panel which was a DT post for That’s Crafty, but this time to ink up some beautiful Redlead Paperworks bird themed stamps. On completion, I submitted a trio of panels to the challenge call and obviously I was more than happy (under-statement!) to see them in print.
Redlead Paperworks stamps:-
Be As A Bird Who Sings
As much as I like nature themed art with a delicate appearance, I have found myself to be more and more interested in setting birds, butterflies, etc against a more urban, industrial background. For this panel (and the other two), the style allowed me to work with some favoured colours and items such as rusty wire and the stunning That’s Crafty Dinky Stencils and using one of their Alterable Surfaces as a substrate.
This wee birdie is one of my all time favourite bird stamps. She might well be a lucky mascot as I’ve previously had artwork published which featured her!
This photograph shows that I used the Dinky Stencils (the bricks happen to be amongst my absolute favourite Dinky Stencil designs), in some areas with ink but predominantly with Grungepaste. Rusty wire, which I formed into coils add to the sense of urban decay, of broken down areas where metal railings and all manner of metal work has rusted through years of neglect.
The background, beyond the use of the stencil, has layers of Frescos to hopefully heighten that sense of decay, of crumbling masonry, of buildings worn by time, weather and neglect. Although amongst this neglect, the birds continue to sing their song. It was during working on this panel that I pondered on the fact that amongst neglect, there is hope and on a different level, if there is despair, hope can arise, keeping a song in our hearts and knowing that we can all find our wings.
The That’s Crafty Alterable Surface will take all manner of abuse. I applied many layers of paint, Gesso, dissolved walnut ink crystals, so much water and heat and also the Grungepaste and yet the panel did not buckle. This is the link to the Dinky Stencils.
I am repeating myself (!) but I have to say again, Redlead have some of the very best bird related stamps and so many beautiful sentiment stamps (and stencils) relating to birds.
A piece of wood, painted and stamped brought another textural element to the panel and also ties in with the theme of birdsong.I am incredibly lucky to receive so many fabulous products so that I can go off and play around with them and in turn, submit, just never knowing if Stampington will like what they see and publish it.
Another time I will share the third and final panel.
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26 Feb 2016 19 Comments
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