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Flowers from ink

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I was sorting through my box of backgrounds — more to remind myself what I had than to get rid of anything — and I came across this A6 piece of watercolour paper covered in smooshed ink and, unfortunately, some failed stamping. I put it to one side, thinking that it would probably end up in the bin.

The following morning I looked at it again and I had an idea.

I picked a stamp set with some big, not too fussy flowers and stamped a group of them on the panel, masking as needed, and then drew in some stems.

I added shading to the flowers with Copic marker, which works well over Distress ink, although the watercolour paper soaks up the ink quickly and makes it tricky to blend.

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The background was blocked out with white gesso. The gesso lifts some of the Distress colour so, as long as you don’t put a thick layer on, it creates an interesting mottled background.

Because of the randomness of the ink background I needed to create more definition in the flowers. This was my first test of the Stabilo All pencil — it’s a good soft black pencil that blends out well using a paper stump, even on watercolour paper, but add a wet brush to it and you’ve got a lovely rich black outline.

I found some suitable sparklies in my stash and added them to the centres of the flowers to finish it off.

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Supplies:

  • stamps:
    Create A Smile – in bloom
  • Inks:
    Hero Arts – intense black
  • Colour:
    white gesso
    Stabilo All pencil – black
  • Copic markers:
    large flower – V15, V17, V09
    medium flowers – Y15, YR27, E18
    small flowers – R32, RV14, RV69
  • Embellishments:
    resin jewels
  • miscellaneous:
    ink smooshed background from stash

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