Monday, 9 March 2009
Craft Stamper - The Magazine
I bought my copy of the Craft Stamper magazine on Friday.
Had visitors all day on Saturday, and out all day yesterday. So today I took myself off to my studio for a 'read' and to have a go at the inspirational articles in there.
I was inspired by the front page so just had to try that out first.
I had a brayer - to try out the technique, but it was not the same make - and I wonder if that made a difference because no matter how hard I tried I just could not achieve the look that Tracey has.
Maybe is was my inks. I threw so many attempts away, that I improvised to make this version.
I really love the effect of the hanging branches, the butterflies, and the fairy - but without anything remotely suitable I could use to create that fabulous look, I just had a play.
I sponged on the ink colours, created a mountain and topped it with 'snow' which I embossed. I added a misty look with white chalk ink, and using an Oriental stamp I stamped the foreground several times with water reeds at different heights.
Isn't it strange the difference in colour that photographing on a different background colour makes!
I finished it off by drawing oriental style butterflies in the centre foreground, and birds flying off into the distance.
I used some Japanese kimono ribbon, to add authenticity to my 'Land of the rising sun' but it doesn't really go does it - so will change it for an organza ribbon.
I am making tags lately, mainly because I got all the free mount board and I can try out lots of techniques. They are also make great bookmark gifts.
There are so many things in this months magazine that I want to try - it will keep me busy until next months comes out!
Tomorrow I am off to see Paula who is also featured in the magazine. I don't expect to get any creative work done though, we will be too busy talking!