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Thursday’s blog is something blue.
So here’s a traditional little brayering number
I did on TV last week,
using the trees and hares from the
There are quite a few steps, but it’s not difficult!
Well, hare we go!
Using a Black Archival,
stamp the hares into the centre of a piece of A5 Theuva Card.
Cover up with the mask, which comes with the stamps.
Add the large Moons Mask, too.
Brayer an undercoat of Juniper onto the card first.
Then go over the Juniper with the Denim,
working down from the top.
Go over the hares with a Clarity brush, to add some shadow,
and brush some extra Denim out from the Moon centre.
Add the trees to the bottom using Archival Black.
I made sure the baseline was OFF the artwork.
Mask off the trees as below,
and brush in more Juniper into the background.
A make-up sponge with sharpen the edges, too.
Now for the hills.
Use the side of the Clarity Blending mat
to tear your hills out of copy paper.
Stamp the treetops along the hill mask you have made.
They get further away....
Now do another hill even further away.
The mask is invaluable for this.
Just use one of the trees, and keep masking it off.
Trim the artwork back.
I think A5 is too big here.
Just an inch off will tighten the whole thing.
(and the artwork!)
Top and bottom, too.
Aahhh, that’s better!
Let’s blend the edges, make a moody vignette.
Mix up the colours with Black Adirondack on the mat,
and work into the mini blending tool.
Now gently and slowly work your way round all 4 edges,
Work ON the Blending mat
and swizzle the tool in small circular movements.
Use a dark blue pencil to define the hills
and add partial colour to the trees.
Time for the hares.
We need the other part of the mask.
With a make up sponge,
sweep colour and shade into the hare aperture.
Use pencils to further define the shade.
By lightly running a grey pencil line
underneath the hares’ bellies and legs,
they will literally look as though they are leaping off the page!
See the difference?
Add Wonderful from the Word Chain Set No. 11
Matt and layer.
Great exercise in brayering and masking.
Hope you enjoyed that one?
Tell you what; the masks make this so so much easier!