Wednesday, 7 March 2018

2018 #4 Whimsy: Still Life with EKC {by Debs Wainwright}

2018 Topic 4: Whimsy

Flowers in and on the vase from Debs tonight, with some useful tips throughout to help you layer up like a florist, and get that arrangement perfect! 

Hi everyone, Debs with you today to share a pretty whimsical card I made, showing how to create the look of a still life painting, using some of the gorgeous new stamps from Kay Carly. If you love to draw but also love to stamp, then this little technique is just for you. I kept the drawing very simple, after all I want to show Kay’s wonderful stamps but you can mix and match as much as you want.

The stamps I used were Eclectica³ Kay Carley Set 12 (EKC12)

and Eclectica³ Kay Carley Set 13 (EKC13)

To colour, I painted all my Paper first with Chalk Fresco Acrylic paint, then to add colour I used my big Brush Pens by Faber Castell and then gave all the stems a coat of Satin Gloss, for the sparkle I used Glitter Markers by Tonic.

I love Kay’s stamps, which are  perfect for creating anything with a whimsy feel, and these were perfect for this technique as she includes so many different sized stamps on one plate. I loved how I could use large flowers on the vase and fill the gaps with similar smaller flowers. You can see below how the different sizes filled the vase brilliantly.

To create a great bouquet of flowers it useful to have a mix of stems, and I found having full flowers which I could stamp and cut out as well as ones I could stamp straight onto the background so useful as it gave the variety I was hoping to achieve. A little tip!  when including both  draw a line on your background where the top of your vase is going to be to act as a marker for your stamped flowers.

I loved the variety of flowers I had in just two stamp plates, as it made it easy to layer my bouquet making it look more realistic. I actually used 6 cut out stems which is unusual for me as I usually stick to the rule of odd numbers as our brain finds odds more pleasing but with my stamped stems it looked balanced to me, so I omitted my last large stem. Don’t be afraid to go with your intuition, it is usually right.

To finish, I added sparkles to some of the flowers and lots of similar coloured dots around the flowers to add more interest to the background. I used a very plain card stock but you could have a more detailed one, by adding more colour and pattern. 

I was happy with the result, which was a colourful mix of contracts but I think it would look nice too with a monochromatic scheme. I chose to balance my flowers and vase but to give a different look you could draw a tall skinny vase and use the tiny flowers of how about wide and shallow and have the flowers growing in the pot. There are so many ways you can vary this idea. I hope you feel you could have a go.

Well that’s me for another day,
Take care and keep crafting 

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Helen said...

That's so pretty Debs

Miriam said...

Lovely project Debs - I do love Kay's stamps.

Kirsten said...

A lovely card, the vase looks great.

Connie said...


Etsuko Noguchi said...

Wonderful springish project Deborah. Kay's flowers are in full bloom and so beautiful. xx

Bryan Evans said...

Lovely vase Debs, the colours set of the flowers beautifully.

Craftychris said...

This is so gorgeous! xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

So fresh and bright! Xx

rachel said...

So beautiful Debs - I might try this on a real vase!!!! Gorgeous! Hugs rachel xx

WendyK said...

A lovely vibrant piece making great use of stamps and colour.

Lucy Edmondson said...

Ooh this is really clever, Debs,

Lucy x

Keren Baker said...

Gorgeous. Love the vase particularly! x

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