So here we are, Wednesday already! And as promised, let’s take a look at the new Family Tree stencil I introduced yesterday.
All I used here was:
White Square Card to fit the stencil
A foam roller end or make-up sponges
Secure the stencil to the white card using Low-tack masking tape.
Use one of our brushes to add an undercoat of Willow.
The end of a foam roller works really well for getting into the tiny areas. Make-up sponge works, too...
Now start adding a darker green. I think the secret to clever shading is to leave a light area...
Now it’s time to add the dark green.
I used Stonewashed at the base of each teardrop.
Makes for a fabulous blend of green!
With a make-up sponge is best.
Remove the stencil once you’re happy with your shading.
Now we could always just stop there, and I have to confess, there was a point where I really, really wished I had !
But in the name of art, let’s press on, shall we? I want to show off the 6 Filigraphy Teardrop or Petal stamps which go with the stencil....
So. In for a penny, in for a pound!
I stamped them with Lettuce Adirondack. Got them pretty much in the right place. Not bad for a first attempt...
They do fit exactly.
The individual teardrop patterns are rather lovely.
But then I decided the tree looked a bit white.
So I decided to use Promarkers to change that.
Just used the chisel end of Ivory (playing it safe!) to colour over the whole area. Thought I might have ruined it right there, but had forgotten that the colours dry much lighter than they go down. Phew!
Outlined the teardrops with Pastel Yellow and then Pastel Beige.
Just kept going back round the teardrops,
and dragging the points into the trunk.
Suddenly, something really strange happened.
The teardrops seem to lift off the page.
See what I mean? Squint!
And so, I was appeased.
Having decided I had ruined the shading with the stamps.
I was delighted to see how shading round the teardrops
had created a three-dimensional illusion.
It was a relief - if you will pardon the pun...
Almost looks like I forgot to remove the stencil...