Last night I mentioned that Marianne's piece of artwork had inspired me in one of my most recent creations. One of the most fascinating textures I spotted in Marianne's work was in the cherry blossoms she created.
I want to show you a closeup view of this area being that her work is so beautiful. I can hardly wait to try this same technique again. Being that life has been super busy with preparing for the arrival of the Nestabilities I just didn't have time to try and finesse my background piece. So you get to see my first attempt at this technique :D
In thinking about how I would use these awesome little embellishments that Karen has created with her latest release I decided I wanted it to appear like the little outfit was hanging from this vine. Following is how I created the rose vines. I stamped the image on Solar White cardstock using Adirondack Pitch Black. Using Copic markers (RV11, RV34, YG000, YG63, YG95 and E09) I colored in the image.
As you can see I made no attempt at blending the colors at this point. In fact I wasn't even particularly careful in how I colored the image.
I can't remember if I have shared a picture of the marker inserted in the airbrush previously and so I thought i would give you a quick closeup of the sketch marker installed in the air grip. It is so simple to place the marker into the air grip as shown and push it in until you feel it snap. You want the marker tip to be right at the end of the air nozzle to get the best spray pattern. If the marker is not fully engaged then the air is not directed at the correct spot and you will not achieve the best results.
Being that I was trying to mimic the look of the sky that Marianne created above I choose not to spray an even pattern, but rather sprayed more randomly around the image, lifting and lowering the air grip to achieve some darker spots, as well as starting and stopping the air flow from time to time. I then pulled out my light blue marker (B00) and replaced it with the pink that I had used in the blooms (RV34).
As I work I drop in to place the main image that I have colored to see how my background is "balancing" out my focal point. Here is a little tip (or secret) for you - at one point I felt that I had airbrushed too much blue on to my image, so I took my colorless blender marker and inserted it in to the airbrush. VOILA - it pulled back some of the bright spots that I had created with a magical effect.
Once I felt that the colors I had airbrushed in place would balance with the focal point, I used the brush tip of my Sketch Colorless Blender Pen to "bleed" the colors together and create some "pools" around the flowers and leaves. It is these "pools" that I found so intriguing in Marianne's work above. I have yet to master it as she has, but it is a beginning and I love the soft look that it creates in the background. Again I remind you of the "squishy" tip I showed you yesterday - that is precisely the method I used on each on of these flowers and leaves. On some flowers I actually held the tip to the colored surface in three places and in others I only held it down in one, but pushed it in to the paper with a slightly heavier hand.
To finish the background and focal piece I used the Nestabilities largest basic rectangle to emboss the background and the scalloped and basic oval to highlight the little "Sweet Pea" outfit. Last but certainly not least I added just a hint of bling to the flowers using my Spica pink and melon glitter pens.
This little card has been created with a sweet little someone in mind - a precious new addition to this world. I can hardly wait to get it sent off, but alas I must wait to do a little shopping. Oh my, but it is hard staying home when you know that you need to go girl baby shopping - LOL! Hmm - one more week, or will it be two - please let me drive soon!!!!
On a HUGE high note we have sent out the requests for the balance due payments on the Nestabilities. That's right ladies - we are madly working at this point in our attempt to make a huge dent in our shipments by the beginning of the coming week!!!! Some of the Nestabilities are on the road heading our direction as I type this. Hopefully by mid-week next week you will all have had your orders shipped and we will be able to take that large PREORDER category down and add the nestabilities as a regular feature in our store. I thank you so much for your excitement today and once again for your patience. I promise you that you will have GREAT fun exploring the limitless possibilities these will bring forth in your creations!
I can also tell you that the magnetic plates and tan mats will be on their way here shortly as well. I have not yet put them up in my store being I have no pictures and not enough information regarding weight, etc. Please hang in there with me as we await the last details and I will upload that information promptly.
Don't forget - you have a little less than two hours to join the fun in sharing your quotes or wisdom to be part of the drawing for the awesome Cargo alphabet :D