Sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. In my case, that means sitting down and finally practicing some more with my Inktense pencils. I had grabbed the entire large set of them a while ago on Amazon because they were really cheap. But I haven’t yet figured out how to use them really well. So what do I do? I grab one of the most challenging stamp sets that I own and get to work:
This is the super popular “Flora & Fauna 2” by Wplus9. I started by stamping the bird with a really light Distress Ink on watercolor cardstock so I would be able to cover up the lines. I didn’t even intentionally go for the no–lines technique, it just happens to work out this way.
I then used my well-sharpened pencils to add a little bit of color by tracing some of the lines of the image. I started with a light purple that I applied to the belly of the bird. With the regular brush and very little water, I activated the pencil color and then pulled the color inwards over the bird by simply moving my brush that way. That means that my first layer of color was very faint. But you have to remember: Inktense pencils become permanent once they drive. That means I can always add color but I can never take any of it away.
I repeated the process about 5 to 8 times until I had the intensity and the texture of the color that I want it. I did the same on the wings. In total, I used about four different shades of purple and four different shades of green.
For the background, I used both a yellow and blue color, and I tried to have each of the colors dry before applying to the other one so I wouldn’t end up with a green sky. I couldn’t completely avoided, but I still like how it turned out very much. I even used a darker shade of yellow and blue to trace around the bird to give the impression that the bird for somehow casting a shadow. The sentiment is from Altenew and it just seemed to fit perfectly for this card.
If I may say so, this little painting looks a little bit like a piece of art, so I put it on a black matte to have it contrasts perfectly against a white background. A few clear beads by Pretty Pink Posh are the finishing touch … can you spot them?
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