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I thought that for today's post I'd give all of the nervous doodlers out there a hand and show you a straightforward project that looks stunning! You can complete this page with just a few materials and with only a little experience and imagination. Now this is quite a step-by-step project so grab your favourite doodling pens (you know mine are Copics) and let's get started, because we are creating this masked lady!
Copy or print a black and white portrait onto Blending Card. For mine I have scanned an image from a magazine advertisement and using a black and white laser printer, I have printed this directly onto a page in my Blending Journal. You could also print onto a piece of Blending card and glue this into your journal later. If you are a little more adventurous you could draw your own image or even use a face stencil as the basis for this technique.
Using your Multi Liner 1.0 outline the major facial features - you are aiming for a comic book style outline for this step. Colour in and dark areas (nostrils and inside mouth) for a dramatic look.
Lay tracing paper over the face and plan a simple mask - the tracing paper allows you to draw and re-draw the mask until you are happy with it. Once satisfied with your mask design, trace the image onto your face in pencil. Go over the pencil with Copic Multi Liner and erase all signs of pencil marks once the ink is dry. If not sure what to draw, Google filigree masks for interesting ideas.
This is where the stencils and Stendoodling come into play. Grab your favourite stencils and add stencilled designs to your image, some great spots for the stencilling are the hair, mask or face. You may like to draw outlines only or use the images to add design elements eg: a birdcage ear-ring!
Now that you have this done, it's time to add some Stendoodling - what is that?
Well Stendoodling is where you add parts of smaller stencils inside each of the sections of the larger stencil. Michael has more info over here on his blog or you could check out his Pinterest board! You can add a lot or a little and this may depend on the size of the stencils and pens that you have access to. On this image my Stendoodling is very subtle (I'll show you something with a bit more punch later!).
I've added some Stendoodling to my birds to add pattern and to my leaves for interest. For the most part with the doodling I've stuck to repeating patterns, so that the doodling doesn't compete with the face for dominance. Add as much or as little doodling as you like. If you have a look at mine below you will notice I've used lots of repeating patterns and have varied the width of my lines for some added drama and to really draw the attention to the eyes.
Finish colouring the skin by adding E11 into the shadows for a little extra depth, I've also added a little extra around the jaw and hairline. If you are using a mask - you can remove it at this point.
Using BV0000, BV000, Y26, E49 and E47 - carefully colour the eyes - these are the focal point of the whole page so pay attention and colour carefully.
Add some grey to the mask to distinguish it from the face - just a little and keep it light.
I used C1 and C3 - blend with a little E00 if it begins to look a little too grey.
As a final touch add E23 and E21 to the pattern on the neck and as shading around the eyes - really amp up the colour near the eyes.
You can immediately see that by colouring the eye area more heavily than the rest of the image, it really focusses your attention. I've intentionally left the hair and background uncoloured to enhance the look of the face. By keeping the colours to a minimum and using what is essentially a monochrome palette, I think it produces a softer look that is still appealing.
So while at first glance this project may look complicated, by taking things step-by-step I think this is a page anyone can try!
By now you probably know I like to customise my own embellishments, backgrounds, flowers, ribbons etc. Well with the release of so many new Lindy's Stamp Gang products over the last year I'm in total heaven. I can now create completely unique and custom embellishments for any project I'm working on and I have found I need to but far less as I just grab something in white and I can then make it whatever colour I like. For the following project I took my inspiration form a peacock feather sitting on my desk, the stunning jewel tones were something I just couldn't go past.
The challenge was that I wanted to find a way to make my colours 'POP' like they do on the feather - how to do that?
After a little thought, I decided to do something a bit different, have a look below.....
'WHAT ?' you say - these are on black!! I know I know - cool huh - did YOU know that your Lindy's products look amazing on black? In this one project I have used 4 different products for a completely unique look - Flat Fabio Sprays, Starburst Sprays, Embossing Powders and Glitter - so many beautiful color coordinated choices I LOVE IT!
Why did I paint all my embellishments black, well for few reasons
Create collage on canvas for the background - allow to dry and then spray on a little Starburst Spray in Time Travel Teal and let it drip. You can see more of my process for creating the background over on THIS POST.
Colour all of your embellishments black, I used a combination of black acrylic paint and Lindy's Flat Fabio Spray in Toto's Tornado Black for a little extra depth on the flowers. Let everything dry thoroughly as the following steps use products that will cling to any wet or damp areas.
Apply glue to some of your painted embellishments, work quickly and in small batches so the glue does not dry - sprinkle Midnight Rendezvous Glitter over wet glue and let dry. Repeat this process with additional embellishments - adding Time Travel Teal to some and Shabby Turbine Teal to others. Once dry shake off excess glitter. You can see all 3 glitter colours below, on the birds and the star.
This is the Aurora Amethyst embossing powder on the flower edges.
This is the Desert Moon Turquoise embossing powder on the larger flowers.
and for something a little different - stamp with brilliance ink onto some of the chipboard pieces and emboss using Aurora Amethyst and Desert Moon Turquoise, set embossing powder with a heat gun and brush off any stray mica with a soft paintbrush.
Glue all the coloured embellishments onto your prepared background and you have a stunning peacock coloured canvas!
If you'd like a better look at how I created my embellishments - plus a bonus idea using Starburst Sprays on black then you can watch this clip.
Don't those Lindy's Stamp Gang glitters and embossing powders look amazing on the black! Why not try them for yourself, you'll be surprised at how versatile these really are.
Hurray!! It’s time for a blog hop! We’ve all been working hard to create some really fun projects using some of our favourite products and the best part is that you have OVER TEN opportunities to win some amazing prizes! For commenting on my blog you go into the draw to WIN this amazing prize pack below.
Our brief for the hop was to use products from X-Press It, Copic Oz and Inspiration Lane suppliers to create a mixed media canvas that represented ourselves. Now I did a little head scratching over this one, but finally settled on a few things it HAD-TO-HAVE if it was representing me: Sparkle, Colour, Birds, Copics and Drama - I think I squeezed all of this onto my canvas. I've also snuck in a '25' plate as this is the date of my birthday in September - the 25th. I've added a few peacock feathers as these are something I've always had in my home and in my parents (feathers not peacocks!), and of course there is SPARKLE everywhere.
Gather your favourite supplies
Step 1: Adhere washi, tissue, paper and sequins to canvas using Triple Tac Glue.
Step 2: Lay stencil over dry canvas and using a stencil brush and gesso, stencil pattern onto background. Without moving stencil add a little texture paste to random areas to create some extra interest.
It will look a bit like this when you are done.
Step 4: Place Hazel & Ruby Stencil Mask letters and shapes onto canvas and add color around masks using an airbrush, I've used grey around the shapes to make the colours really POP.
Step 4: Outline word in white paint pen then remove letter masks.
Step 5: Paint embellishments with black paint - use paint right out of the tube on non-porous surfaces or mix with a little water to flawlessly coat porous surfaces.
Step 7: Alter the colour of sequins using Copic markers and scatter onto the canvas.
Allow everything to dry and it's finished.
Make sure you hop over to the other blogs and the Inspiration Lane facebook page where you could win a heap of prizes, valued at over $500!!
*The hop is open from 9am AEST July 9 until 11:59PM Monday July 14, 2014.
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The next stop is Kathy's blog - Inspired to Stamp.
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