I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like to try drawing and painting (freehand) more. It’s not something I’m very confident in, but I love the idea of it. I started by trying to paint some lemons and it was a complete disaster… As tempted.as I was to give up I instead flipped the paper and put the other side to use. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen the resulting rose I painted in my stories. It was very simple and I definitely have a long way to go, but a vast improvement on the lemons! The rose I painted reminded me of a stencil I have, and thus this card was born.
I started by positioning the STAMPlorations Build Me A Rose stencil onto my A2 110lb Neenah Solar White card base and ink blending through it with Altenew Frayed Leaf ink. Once I was happy with the coverage I blended again, this time with Forest Glades to add some shadows areas.to the blending. As I hadn’t masked off around the area I was stenciling I ended up with some ink where I didn’t want it, but I was able to use my sand eraser to fix the issue.
Repositioning the stencil, and taking care to add masking this time, I worked on adding the bud if the flower. I used three shades for my ink blending this time. I started with Frosty Pink, then used Coral Berry for my mid-tone, and finished with Ruby Red to add more depth to the image.
With the ink blending completed I took some coloured pencils and used them to add some very simple detail to the image just to add interest to the design. I first outlined selected areas of the image to crisp up the line. I added veins into the leaves for a touch of realism, and finally used darker and lighter shades to amp up the shadows and highlights in the flower.
Next I moved on to adding my sentiment. I picked out one from Altenew’s Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom and stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink. The stamping was not as clean as I would have liked as I discovered there was lint of some sort on the stamp. Luckily I was able to use a white gel pen to tidy up the little bits of black ink that got where I didn’t want them.
As a final touch I added a trio of Nuvo Drops in Bottle Green around the stem of my flower.
This card is very clean and simple. The stenciling is lovely just as is, but adding depth to it – first with the multiple shades of ink in the blending, and then with the pencil additions – really helps to add interest to the design.
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