Thursday, March 31, 2022

Ai Bunnies!

 With the month of April upon us, I had to paint something pretty & spring-like for Art Impressions' Watercolour Weekend, so I've pulled out nine different stamp sets to put my scene together:

I began by colouring the boots from 5194 - WC Shoe Set in #N55 Tombow Dual Brush Marker, leaving the top edge uncoloured.  Using my stamp positioner, I added the bunny from 5425 - WC Peeking Animals, the pail from WC Containers and the sitting bunny from 4874 - WC Bunnies Set, all in #N55.  I painted in colour on all of them, adding #533 and #565 to the boots, N55 to the bunnies, and #N55/451 to the pail.  For the bouquet, I used the pinecone from 5472 - WC Christmas Wreath Set, adding #993 to the center, and #725 around it, to create the roses (be sure to not colour the entire pinecone!).  As a filler flower, I used the tiny blooms from 4868 - WC Flower Set 2 stamped in #606, and the tiny leaves in 4867 - WC Foliage Set 2 in #177 as the greenery.  After masking the boots & bunny, I stamped the two grasses from 5007 - WC Foliage Set 3 in #177, and used it as a wash on the ground.  The two carnation stems in 5475 - WC Flower Set 6 were coloured with #993/126, and added to the pail and on the ground.  To finish, I added some #526 to the sky, and die cut my scene with 5063 - Stitched Rectangle Die.

Be sure to check out the Ai blog on Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have to share.

Friday, March 25, 2022

WTF? (Who's Turning Fifty?)

 My lovely friend Sheri, decided to throw herself a month-long 50th birthday party!  Why not?  And her husband's big birthday follows shortly thereafter, so I made up a couple of square birthday cards featuring some of their favourite things.  Both are featuring Art Impressions stamps... I think she might recognize who they're from before she opens them up.

Sheri has a bit of a thing for lighthouses, so I pulled out some of the new Ai Watercolour stamps, this is the Lighthouse Set and Cliff Set, both coloured and painted with Tombow Dual Brush Markers.

And Matt is a bit of a golfer, so I had plenty of Ai golf images to choose from, and coloured this one up with Copic markers. 
Happy Birthday, Ballantynes!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Ai Lighthouse

Hello Ai Watercolour fans!

I've once again enjoyed painting with the 5466 - Lighthouse Set:

I chose one of the larger images in this set, and paired it with a large cliff from 5465 - Cliffs Set.  I began by colouring the cliff in #565/#969 and stamping it on my Canson XL Watercolor Paper.  I used my stamp positioner to place the lighthouse where I wanted it, using the same colours.  Because the cliff was not quite large enough for how I wanted my scene to look, I used one of the rock images from 5415 - WC Large Rocks set, colouring half of it, and stamping it in the lower right corner - it perfectly extended my cliff, and I drew in the top edge with a pencil.  I pulled out all of the colour from the stamped lines with a damp brush, then layered in shades of #N55/#969/#565 to create the browns, greys and shadows of the cliff.  I painted shades of #526 mixed with #565 to create the water and sky, adding a few grey cloudy areas.  #569 was painted in stripes on the lighthouse, and #837 added in the bright red roofs and accents.  I painted #N55 to the lower edges of the stones around the base of the lighthouse, keeping the tops white to suggest the round shape of the stones.  #177 was dabbed on to create a treed backdrop, and as a wash for the grass.  The seagulls from 5473 - Seagull Set were stamped in #N55.  I die cut my scene using the 5063 - A2 Double Stitched Rectangle Dies.

Be sure to check out the Art Impressions blog on Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have created.  Happy painting!

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Reason to Smile Wreath

 And here are my last 3 cards from my stencil class last Saturday at the Papercrafter's Workshop.  (I have one more that I may get finished this week...).  I really loved these warm tones, and Sheri came up with some really interesting slimline designs:

I used some Pinkfresh Studio slimline dies to cut them out, and a stitched rectangle die for the smaller one.  Great to have a few more for my card stash.

Monday, March 7, 2022


 Two more of my sunny Pinkfresh Studio stencilled cards that I made at the Papercrafter's Workshop this past weekend.  Stencils are so quick and easy to use.  There is a matching stamp set that I don't own, but I mimicked the stamp by drawing in the outlines directly on one of my images using a Tombow marker.  I'm so/so on the result, but it gives another look to the stencil set.

These gingham papers from Lawn Fawn have been in my stash for a few years, and they are the perfect background.  The finished cards are 5" square.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Pinkfresh Stencil cards

 I took a wonderful class at The Papercrafter's Workshop in Stouffville yesterday (virtually!), using the very pretty Reason to Smile Wreath from Pinkfresh Studio.  The card designs were lovely - I'll spread them out over a few posts.  Here are my first two:

It's a 3-step stencil, that includes a 4th stencil with a bunch of different words that you can stencil in the middle of the wreath.  I used mainly Pinkfresh inks, and bought the coordinating die which makes a huge difference.  Both images are popped up with 3D foam adhesive for a little dimension.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Ai Sunrise

  I will be posting this on the Art Impressions blog this Saturday for their Watercolour Weekend.  I have a scene using just one stamp set today.  I'm using 5473 - WC Seagull Set that was released last fall:

I started by painting a wash of colour for the sky, wetting my paper first, then doing a stroke of Tombow #565 picked up from my palette, followed by #803 and #993, and used the same colours to paint a wash for the reflection in the water.  I stamped the posts in #N65 using my stamp positioner to get them in the right spots, then used #533, #565, #N45 and #N25 to paint in the post in shades of blue, grey and black.  I made sure to leave a lighter edge on the right side of each post, where it would be relecting the sunrise, and the other sides were darker, in shadow.  I used all the colours to add a few streaks to the water, especially the 565, and added darker ripples behind the posts for the shadows.  I added the suggestion of wispy clouds to the sky and stamped one of the seagull images in #N45.
This would be gorgeous in bolder colours to be more of a sunset look, too.  Be sure to check out the Ai blog on Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have painted this week!


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