Just a quickie, to recap the coloured Grunge Paste technique from Sunday’s TV show. Several people wanted to see that part again, so let’s take a closer look, shall we...
So what was used?
Attach the stencil to A5 Theuvacard with low-tack tape.
Dust Butterscotch Adirondack or a yellow ink through the hills with a Clarity Stencil Brush.
Add shadow with the green along the lower edge of the fields.
if you splay/flatten the bristles into a line, you can really get into the dip of the hills.
Now the background is done, you could stop there, and just move forward with the stamping etc.
But I decided to try another trick; to add a little texture and colour with some Grunge Paste/Texture paste.
I added a small portion to a pot.
You can mix on a craft mat, too, if you prefer.
you only need a tiny amount of the acrylic paint. Honest!
Like a pea-size! Mix it up with something you’re not likely to stir your tea or eat your yoghourt with,
deposit some of it at one end, on the copy paper or the stencil,
and then drag it through with a spreader. We actually sell pretty good ones, green ones.
See how the paste starts out solid, then reduces and just clings to the one side of the stencil as you pull it through?
I like that shade effect!
And when you remove the stencil,
you can really see how it has added depth.
It takes about 15 minutes to dry. I found that by adding the Daler Rowney Acrylic paint, the paste dried more quickly than usual.
If you can see here, I put the clean stencil back in place once the paste was dry, and added some additional Butterscotch ink to the paste with a make-up sponge in the dip of the field.
Stamp the farmer and his horses into position with a Potting Soil Archival Ink Pad. It’s just a beautiful colour for this. The name of the pad says it all really...
The Spectrum Noir pencils are fantastic for shading
and building up the colour.
You can add shade to the Grunge paste with them too, by lightly running the side of the lead over the paste.
So now we just need a verse...
After all this work, I think it might be best to make a little banner, and attach that!
Layering and framing with matching paper or card always more more of an impact, don’t you agree?
So there he is. One man and his horses.
I often listen to my Dave talking about his childhood as the son of a farmer, and as a farmer himself. He was reminiscing about walking behind his dad’s tractor for hours and miles as a little boy, so that he would be allowed to ride home with him at the end of the day.
Great picture in my mind.
One wonders whether all our advancement and all our technology nowadays was and is for the common good....
But there we are. Wouldn’t have a blog....