Friday 11 August 2017


This page was made in reaction to the 'Hearts' prompt for week 32 in Art Journal Prompts.  All the stamps and stencils used for this are by Claritystamp.
I cut an A4 piece of Sheena's stamping card down to 19.5cm x 18.5cm and laid it portrait on my desk.  I decided, that instead of using the main stencils (American Love and NDC Heart Rose), to use the additional pop out pieces which came with them.  I attached them to the piece of card using a Stix2 Removable tape runner to hold them in place.
I then used Clarity stencil brushes and Artistry inks to blend a diagonal rainbow of ink over the entire card (Blaze, Fall Fiesta, Hay Stack, Green Garland, Blue Chase, Tenacious Teal and Indian Jamun).
I used a make up sponge to wipe the ink off each of the hearts (outward from the centre of each heart mask) before removing the stencil pieces.
The next job was to add stamping and water colouring to each heart in turn, stamping in Jet Black Archival ink each time.  I started with the solid heart at the bottom, creating a scene with the well from the Wee Village stamp set and the smaller row of houses from the Village Scene set.  The Mountains and Hills mask set helped with the background, although I eventually went over the top of the images and brushed ink background with a water brush and Kuretake Clean Color pens.  The well was masked off while the background was coloured.
Next came the heart on the right with the narrow white border.  Having masked off the outside of the larger heart, I simply stamped the foliage from the Journaling set twice following the contours of the heart.  I painted a little of the Deep Green Clean Color pen roughly onto the white border using my glass mat as a palette and a water brush.
The third heart to be decorated was the left hand one with the wider border.  For this I used the Claritystamp Round Tree (Back Issue 90).  I also used the Tim Holtz stamping platform with this  and all subsequent stamping to ensure a darker finish.  Once the tree had been stamped, I used the blue and Olive Green Clean Color Pens in the same manner as before to create a wash over the white heart border in the background.
The Flying Boy is from the Grove Trees outline stamp set and is one of the Teeny Weeny stamps which come with them.  I have this stamp in several sizes and use it quite frequently.  The background is water coloured with the Blue Clean Color pen.
The final scene was created with the couple on a bench stamp from Wee Folk set 1 and the smallest of the Hot Air Balloons which come in a set of three different sizes.  The balloon was water coloured using Blaze Artistry ink and the sky and hills using the Blue Clean Color pen and the Green Garland Artistry pad (glass mat and water brush).
Finally, I stamped the sentiment from the Garden Heart stamp set into the largest white area; this was deliberately not coloured, to draw the eye to the poem and allow it to stand out against the colourful background.

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