Thursday 20 March 2014

Flowers, buds & colour - Spring has arrived!

Hi, Jo here with a project inspired by the arrival of Spring here in the UK.

I wanted to use JOFY stamps in a different way - usually I create a 'line' of the flower images or use as single stem, but for my project this month I have created a stamped masterboard.  I really enjoy creating these - I created one for a magazine article a while ago and have been itching to make a JOFY one... and here it is:

I looked through all the JOFY sets looking for images that would sit well together - looking for small, medium and large image - lots of variety...
When creating a masterboard like - that will (sadly) be cut up and used on cards etc its important the images don't have an obvious orientation & can be stamped in any direction (without a 'right' way up).. it makes the finished masterboard more versatile.
When I design the stamp plates I try to include images of different sizes & some images that are really quite small - great for 'space filling' on bigger designs such as a masterboard.

Here are the images I chose:

Left to right top:  small leaf JOFY15, large star flower head JOFY24, bud sprig JOFY14, pointed flower JOFY24, small seed head (in green) JM14,
Left to right bottom: leaf JM12, flower with dots (part of a border image) JOFY13, large square petal flower JOFY22,

Once the images are chosen I start thinking about colour - I like to colour in with pencils - I can get a nice sketched shading effect with them.

If you'd like to create a stamped masterboard coloured with inks, paints or pens then go ahead - work with what suits you.

Below is a test I created to see if a background stamp would help the masterboard - on left is the original board, on the right same board but with the mesh stamp: filling space but not distracting from the main images... I decided against the mesh & replaced it with the bud stems.

Colours are chosen, stamps are chosen - now to get started.  I stamp the biggest images first and then fit all other images in among them.

The masterboard is created on a sheet of A4 Smoothy Card, and all images are stamped in Black Archival.

Layer 1: large flower

Layer 2: Star-centre flower.  I trimmed the stem off this flower so I didn't need to keep masking it off (gave a cleaner image).  I rotated the stamp each time to avoid a repeat pattern appearing.  A few of the images overlap but this is intentional - if all the images are separate they won't 'tie' together - I want the images to be linked.

Layer 3: Bud stems.
(I'll show you each image used now as each new image will get trickier to see in amongst all the building images)

The stems are quite long so I only inked the stamp up 1/2 way down (rather than cut it off).  These long stems will help with bring the images together.

Layer 4: Pointed flowers:

Layer 5: Leaf 1

These flowers were also stamped on green spotted paper - I plan to match up the images later on.
I also stamped the star-centre flower onto book text with the same plan in mind.

Layer 6: Mini leaf, these are a great space filler.

Layer 7: Daisy & spots.. another great filler image - and ideal placement for bling if required!

Layer 8: Seed head - the only image not stamped in black.. at this point the masterboard was looking quite 'busy' (as it does when everything is stamped in black) so I didn't want to add any more black images but I did need to fill some spaces so I stamped the seed head in Olive Green Archival (stamped using 2 generation to make is slightly paler).

Phew that is a lot of stamping!... now for the fun part - the colouring in!  I use FaberCastell Water Colour pencils (but don't add water).  Each style of flower is painted in a given colour so that a printed effect is created - all square ended flowers are coloured purple, pointed flowers yellow, star-centre flowers are pink etc.

Where the images overlap - such as the 2 flowers in the top right hand corner of the photo below- I colour one and stop when it meets the other (as with purple flower below).. this will give the design depth.  I colour all the flowers first and embellish later on in the process.

 I coloured the small pointed leaves in pencil but really wasn't happy with the colour:
 ... so after a quick 'compare & contrast'  test (below) I decided to cover all the small leaves in leaves stamped onto book text coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

... which gave a much nicer overall look

 .. then the bud-heads were coloured/shaded in two colours.

Phew even more colouring than there was stamping - it takes a while to colour and shade everything but I love the overall effect of the masterboard.

Some added details:

I drew little circles in pen to fill very small places (coloured in purple to match the flowers), and used pink pencil to colour the centres of the small daisies. :

The centre of the star-centre flowers were embellished with lines of shading around the star (to lift them) and book text stars:

Here is the finished masterboard again:

I photocopy/scan the masterboards I make - to refer to at a later date and because they're so pretty I want a copy of it before I cut it up.... because yes, I'm going to cut it up and use it to decorate cards, tags... maybe even a scrapbook page... this will be my April's blog post.. so I hope I've inspired you to created a stamped masterboard and in April I'll show you what I made with mine and give some ideas to make with yours.

I look forward to seeing what you create.

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Helen said...

Stunning work Jo - what a fabulous masterboard!

Miriam said...

Fabulous masterboard Jo - I never would have thought to stamp so many images! Love it!

Karin said...

This is sooooo pretty Jo, love it!

Helen said...

I was looking on the phone before, so had to come back and see the picture big size - needless to say it looks much better here! Fantastic stamping/colouring, and I can't wait to see what you do with it from here!

massofhair said...

Wow Jo, loving your Masterboard. Thanks for the photo rich post, all the details really help.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with it:-) xxx

craftytrog said...

This is lovely Jo! xxx

sally said...

Fab master board, what a lot of stamping & colouring but looks well worth the effort :-)


Unknown said...

Love this Jo!!

Deborah Wainwright said...

Really stunning board Jo cannot wait to have a go xxx

Artmadnana said...

Ooh fabulous riot of colour and stamping! More inspiring ideas Jo. Like a sheet of 'Liberty' material.

Colleen said...

I love this idea, yours turned out wonderful! I hope I get a chance to play.

Fliss said...

This is amazing and so eye catching Jo. It looks just like a piece of floral fabric.
Fliss x

Craft-E-Place said...

WOW! Fantastic, inspiring and generally great.

Carol Q said...

so beautiful and what a lot of work!

rachel said...

amazing work - so very beautiful xx

Julie Lee said...

Wow! This is just gorgeous: such a wonderful riot of Spring colour!I love the intricate detail too. Julie Ann xxx

The Hardy Stamper said...

What a fabulous masterboard! You have certainly inspired me to have a go at this - thank you!

Kathi said...

Wow! That's a gorgeous masterboard.

Thanks so much for sharing how you created it. I might have to gather some courage and give this a go!

Anonymous said...

Jo, that is GORGEOUS, I love the colours you used. Thank you so much for all the photos, they're a great help. I can't imagine how long this took you to finish, but it was definitely worth it.

PetraB said...

This is a wonderful background, love the way you combined the stamps.

Sid said...

Great, wonder how long it took to make in it's entirety?

Etsuko said...

Stunning! Wonderful a complex mixed flowers and beautiful spring colours. xx

jenandtricks said...

Love this! Making a colourful pattern and using it for different projects! Thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Jo, and such fun to make xx

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow I really love this masterboard.And I am so pleased to see the step by step. I have the magazine you first did this technique so seeing it with your gorgeous stamps. Truly inspirational and amazing end result :-) Kezzy xxx

Ink Stained Roni said...

Beautiful Masterboard...the colors are beautiful and it all works so well together.

These are very can't just make one, you have to keep going :)

Thanks for sharing!

Daria said...

It is incredible to me how all of that came together to create this wonderful Masterboard. Thank you for showing the process.