Saturday 22 November 2014

Painted Bow {with Eclectica³ Ellen Vargo Stamps by Darcy UK}

Hi everyone, Darcy here. I recently demoed a painted bow at Doncaster, and a few of you asked to see the instructions in a video. This is a great way to coordinate your gift card,tag and bow, it really does look effective. 

Be warned this video is 30 minutes long, so make a cuppa and get comfy. 

If you prefer photos, then here are a few reminders of the steps. 

Take some regular printer paper, and scrape your first layer of paint across. I used Mermaid, Inky Pool and Cheesecake. Dry this side, then turn over your paper and colour the reverse in the same way. 

Next, using the scratchy rectangle stamp from EEV02 and blue archival ink, cover the whole of one side of the paper. Make sure to alternate the direction of the stamp. 


Now add a layer of random stamping using the gridded washer stamp from EEV06. I did this with watering can archival ink. 

This was followed by a layer of stamping using Orchid paint. Make sure the paint layer slightly overlaps the inked layer. 

Now for stencilling. I used PS001 and Sherbet paint. 

Once dry, I repositioned the stencil and using Spanish Mulberry I stamped again, this time through the holes of the stencil. I dried this layer, then added a thin wash of Metallic glaze. 

Cut your painted page into strips, see the video for how I did this. You will end up with 9 strips. Each will be approx 7/8 inch wide (23mm). You will need 3 at 10inches long( 254mm) another 3 at 9 inches long (228mm) and 3 at 8 inches long (202mm)

Fold each of these in half. Once of the offcuts will be approx 5.5 inches long, cut the ends of this to make ribbon tails. 

Bring the ends of each strip into the middle, securing them using a glue stick. 

Begin to build up the bow, starting with the 3 longest strips. 

Continue to build up the layers, and finish with the smallest offcut glued into the middle. 

These bows can be used for any occasion, use traditional reds and greens for a Christmas bow, or go wintery with blues and purples. 

I hope that was helpful, have fun creating lots of painty bows. 
Darcy x

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Helen said...

I'll watch the video after Strictly, lol!! but the bows look great and the photos make it look so easy.

jojo79 said...

Love these Darcy. As Helen said photos make them look achievable, will watch the video and have a go.

margaret said...

That looks really good, will have a go!! Margaret

Helen said...

great video Darcy, well done!

Deborah Wainwright said...

Could watch you all night long :) fab video Darcy. Love your paper and a great decoration xx

Craftyfield said...

Love the idea of a matching card, tag and bow, beautiful too! Enjoyed the video...

Cocofolies said...

Fabulous bows Darcy!!! Thanks for the video but 30 minutes haha, I prefer to look at it quietly tomorrow or asap cos it's a bit late and I'm cream crackered, I will take the risk to miss (or mix) the main steps!.. :D Thnaks so much, the photos also are great! Coco xx

Michelle said...

Super-Cute idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

Hazel Agnew said...

Enjoyed watching this at Donny. It's telly cute Darcy! X

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

Brilliant work Darcy! It's inspired!

Kirsten said...

The bows are gorgeous Darcy, thanks so much for doing the video.

craftytrog said...

Wonderful tutorial Darcy, you're such a clever lady! xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Brilliant video, Darcy, so clear and professional. Love the homemade paper, such a great paint technique and I love how you stamped through the stencil. Never seen how bows are made before but you explained it really clearly,

Lucy x

craftimamma said...

Smashing job Darcy! I really enjoyed watching you do this at Donny and great to have the video now as a reminder. Still have my Darcy original intact and unsquashed ;-)

Lesley Xx

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