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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Welcome March

Welcome March, birds, and green inspired stamping. This is the March calendar page I created.  I knew I wanted it to be green and use at least one bird stamp. Because nothing says March like green and birds.  I have written a little tutorial explaining how I created the background for this page.  Enjoy!

Green March calendar page featuring the Bird Tabvla

The big "technique" I used here was painting a gel medium over the parts of the page I did not want the green to go on.  I'll explain, follow along.

1. I stamped the Bird Tabvla Stamp with black Archival Ink.  Then I watercolored the birds ever so slightly.

2. Then I painted the oval parts of the stamp with Liquitex pouring medium.  Then I LET IT DRY. This created a coating over the stamped and painted image that resisted the ink and gelato pigment. 

3.  All around the image I smeared three colors of green gelatos.  Then I misted the whole page with water.

4. I placed bubble wrap ontop of the slightly wet page.

5.  Then I scrunched and scrunched the wet page smearing all the greens together (the yellow and blue colors were on the bubble wrap from a previous page I gelato-scrunched).

6. Then I lifted the bubble wrap and took a dry paper towel and blotted the parts that I covered with gel medium revealing the protected white parts.  

After the page dried I stamped the Spring Bouquet around the side edges in green and black.  Then I glued down a piece of sheet music with a scrap of white fabric.  Then I stitched down two twigs I found of my craft table with blue raffeta.

And that's my green-gelato-bird inspired very Marchy calendar page.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Calendar Cover 2016

I finally got around to stamping up my 2016 100 Proof Press calendar cover and January page.  I used watercolors and four stamps on the cover.  The first thing I did was stamp the Zodiac Tabula (one of my long-time favorite images) in black ink.  Then I painted the cover with watercolors in rainbow order.  Then I used the Balance Sheet and coral distress ink on the top for the background.  Then in the "center" I used stamped the Zodiac Chart with orange.  Finally I stamped the Star Group with yellow and smudged around the edge of the page with black ink.

Now the 2016 Calendars are on sale for only $3.00!

Get one and challenge yourself for the rest of the year to do a little stamp art each month.

I was inspired by a banner I created for the site a last year - this is the stamped version.

Stamps Used:  Fox, Tree, Girl with Tall Hat, Snowflakes, Cut Glass Design, and Comets

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Sharp Owl is Bringing in the New Year

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