ETA: I'm bumping this message to the top so that you all will remember to enter your comments before midnight on April 12th to enter in our "Friday the 13th is Your Lucky Day!" drawing. Please be certain to leave your comment on this thread! Good luck to EVERYONE!
"Never miss a chance to celebrate!" Life brings all kinds of things and when the opportunity to celebrate presents itself we should truly take advantage of those occasions and have a wonderful time! SO with that the countdown continues! Be certain to read to the very end of this post to find out why Friday the 13th might just be YOUR LUCKY DAY!!!
I would like to start this post off with a huge THANK YOU to those who support my little business. You have no idea how much your support means to me and my family. I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Many of you have requested information as to how it is that I do my thank you notes that are included in with the orders you receive. I started by hand coloring each note with color pencils, but then realized I needed to step-it-up a notch when it comes to speed. So following are my little secrets :D I guess they won't be secrets much longer - LOL!
Products used: Palette Noir Ink (sometimes I use Burnt Umber - depending on whether or not I think that brown would be better then black), Stamp, Adirondack Reinkers, Lyra or Stampin' Up! Watercolor Crayon, Stardust Glitter Pen, Arturo Note Card (Buttercream shown), Watercolor Brush with fine tip, tray. (items noted in blue are in stock, but not yet added to my webstore - sorry - I wish I had more time in the day and night :D. If perchance you do not want to wait any longer for these items just pop me an email when you place an order and I will add them in to your current order).
For this project I decided to use a colored Arturo note card so that you could see what it looks like to lay color on top of an already colored card. As you will see - it can create an AWESOME look!
Begin by dropping one little drop of each color in to your palette. I kid you not when I tell you that one drop can last for between 50-100 thank you notes! Depending on area colored in and intensity of color. I do not clean this palette between sittings. You can easily rehydrate the color with a droplet of water from your waterbrush if it happens to dissipate on you.
Lay down a wash of the color Carmel to all of your pears - it will appear uniform as shown in the pear on the left. Make certain that the depth of the color on your waterbrush is not too intense. This is the reason for all the little scribbles all over my scrap paper - LOL. I typically will "test" the brush before placing it on my image to see what the intensity of the color is. If the color is too intense I will add a droplet of water to the little "bowl" to lighten the color. I work quickly, so that when I lay down the second layer of color the first is still quite wet. This allows the more intense color to bleed into the first layer. You will see a little more pooling in these pictures then is typical just because I was snapping pictures and therefore not working quite as quickly. So if you like this look just allow your image to dry slightly. I also added a tiny hint of watered down Red Pepper to this image.
Next I colored the bowl celery, and added a hint of celery to the right side of a few pears. As you can see from this picture I usually have my dark side on the left (and no I'm not referring to my Star Wars dark side - ha, ha). It is just easier for me to color my "dark side" on the left at all times. With the bowl you will see the color darken some on the right as well, just to try and create a somewhat rounded shape to the bowl. I have no technical watercolor training, in fact a lot of what I do is by the seat of my pants - LOL! I keep falling back on to my interior design training and thinking in terms of overall balance, focal point, interest, etc. You will see a watercolor crayon now laying in the picture. I take the tip of my watercolor brush and just touch it to the crayon to add highlights to my green. Being that I typically only use three reinker colors I sometimes add in watercolor crayons for that little added umph.
Last but by no means least I use the glitter pen to add little hints of color to the image - just to make it shimmer. I use a VERY light hand to add this detail so that I don't end up with a streak down my work. It is odd how when I captured these pictures my lighting and the camera lens REALLY picked it up. It is not nearly as noticeable IRL - go figure.
SO - if you read all the way here to the bottom I'd like to share how you can participate in the little celebration that I will be holding on Friday, April 13th. There will be a drawing for a pair of pears, and a few other fun items that I carry in my store. I'll tell you a little more about this itty bitty surprise tomorrow. Many of you are so observant that I think you will spot one of the little surprises that will be unveiled over the next few days, but I guess we'll see now won't we? I know I'm such a tease - just ask my kids - LOL!
To participate in this fun little drawing all you have to do is leave me a message in this post telling me:
- what state or province you are from (and if you are some place else in the world you are welcome to leave me a message as well),
- how much time you spend stamping each week (or month, or year for those of you who spend too much time reading blogs and not enough time stamping - LOL!)
- and if you usually stamp with a group or by yourself.
That's it - do it all before midnight on April 12th and on April 13th a random number will be drawn and the announcement made. So start your engines ladies and post away. I hope to share more goodies and snippets in each of the upcoming days, so stop in whenever you get a minute.