Friday, August 16

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #100 ~ Theme ~ GOLD

Hello, hope you're enjoying a typically wet summer hols like we are lol...
if you're having an indoor kinda day what a perfect time to get all your gold crafting materials out and join in our current challenge on the paperbabe stamps blog...
I treated my self to this fabulous journal cover die and had to try it out, obviously...
I've die cut the cover in watercolour paper, hot press so the smooth version.
The background was created with a few distress oxides through the pebble rows stencil. The colour was a bit darker than I had planned so I brayered some white gesso all over to soften and knock back the colour.
When the gesso layer was dry I used the dotty stencil with transparent embossing paste which I then covered with gold embossing powder as I didn't have the gold embossing paste I thought I had... and heat set until all the powder had melted.
So, I had drawn and stamped the front with the dinky female face and long loose wave hair, but when I went to add copic to her face it did not take well, the gesso was coming off on my pen nib and so I had to ditch that idea and move to recreating her onto a sticker sheet, which worked out alright although the sticker paper doesn't hold copic ink as well as bristol, well we have to try don't we? I painted her hair with deco art black acrylic paint.
 I finished off my cover with gold embossed roses and leaves. I used some tissue paper I had lying around but it didn't disappear as much as I had hoped... Keeping with the 'gold' theme I have covered the inside with gold glitter paper.
I added a layer of matt medium over the front cover to help seal everything and give the whole thing a uniform finish. I haven't come up with a closure yet, I'm tempted to use a hidden magnet so that the front stays as it is.

I also want to enter this into a few other challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by it's so wonderful to think we've reached our hundredth challenge, couldn't have done it with out you all ♥

Friday, August 2

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #99 ~ Picture Inspiration

This Fortnight's challenge is a summery picture inspiration...

Don't you just love the summery colours? I trimmed my cardstock to a DL size inspired by the stick of rocks in the picture.
First I created an ombre background using some yummy distress oxides.
I then stamped the girl's face and drew in her hair, I went for a sketchy look with her bunches quite low down on her head. I've coloured her in copics to add to the sugary sweet colour palette.
The sentiment was double stamped with grey ink too, to add a shadow, not sure how well this worked though? I finished off the card with a few decorative elements like the hearts and dots, just to give it a cute 'summer fun' cartoon(ish) vibe.

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Thank you so much for visiting,
Enjoy a wonderfully creative weekend!
HuGs Kim x

Friday, July 19

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #98 ~ Illustrative with Stamps!!!

This Fortnight's challenge is a simple Anything Goes.
A real favourite unless you have too many ideas you want to try out lol...
I had treated myself a new copic pen colour E70, so yum, I loved the muted tone and it led me to try it on a black a white pen drawing...
Often I want to add all the many hair lines to my templates but feel it would be too busy on the mylar and it would possibly interfere with all the creative experimenting too, which totally defeats the object.
I used the Wavy central parting template and added all the hair detail, firstly I very lightly drew in a few in pencil and then bravely went in with my copic multiliner as I knew I wanted this to use my copic pens.
Her clothing was a simple design using the polka dot stencil and the stripe stencil. I coloured in one go and added another layer just in the dots to make them darker, it's like creating with limited supplies.
This could be nearly fairytale-like with her flowing hair, I used the daisy template on her top, which I drew with my multiliner through the holes, the centre dots are separate and very easy to line up.
I used my torso template to position my neck stamps so they would match up.
Then I thought I would try the same illustrative style with the profile version. I so enjoyed drawing such flowy hair. Her clothing I added a simple leaf design, which I drew freehand.
Each girl I've added rosy cheeks, and kept the skin the paper colour. They also wear a crown which I drew using just the first step to keep the drawing simple. I hope it's inspired you to try other styles with the same stamps, it was so fun to create and I could see myself creating a whole sketchbook of these.

These would be great framed for a gift, or trimmed down on a card.

I thought I would also enter my project to these fabulous challenges...
A bit more time to craft ~ Anything Goes

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Thank you so much for visiting,
Enjoy a wonderfully creative weekend!
HuGs Kim x

Friday, July 5

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #97 ~ Sketch!!!

ThiFortnight's challenge is a simple little sketch,
I used it as the cover to my mini little journal, I use the term 'journal' very loosely as really it's twelve pieces of watercolour paper washi taped together. I wanted to have a little space that I could try out some of my many ideas without getting my larger art journal out. 
I replicated my experiment that I created on my Hochanda show, for the main cover(when you have an idea you might as well run with it lol...) and the floral edge I inked, masked, stamped and fussy cut out. 
And it's worked as I managed to keep going and have two of the pages with some arty stuff on already, yay! The left is a very illustrative graphic look using pen, and copic markers.
The right I went straight in with watercolours, painty flowy with just an impression of the hair.
I used a resist technique with some microglaze, on her top which worked out beautifully, and below you might just see a hint of sparkle that's in the metallic watercolour.

Maybe you'll get a chance to join in the fun!

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Thank you so much for visiting,
Enjoy a wonderfully creative weekend!
HuGs Kim x

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