Friday 12 August 2016

2016 #15 Botanicals {by Katy Leitch}

2016 Topic 15: Patterns

Hi all – Katy here with my guest post on the theme ‘patterns’. One thing I love to do with stamps is to make them go further. When I buy a set of stamps I always try to think of at least 3-4 ways I can use them; this way I know I am getting value from my purchase. This theme was an ideal way for me to show you how to think outside the box when looking at your stamps. Using parts of stamps is a great way to get a lot more mileage from them – use them as random pattern or to create borders. Stamping tone-on-tone can create depth to your background, and because the image recedes it doesn’t really matter what stamp you use. Here I used a clock stamp for this technique – it doesn’t really go with my ‘botanical garden’ theme but in the final piece the eye doesn’t register the clock image, just the texture it creates.

Step One: For my background I used Fresco Finish Vanilla, Pumpkin Soup and Yellow Submarine paints, mixing them lightly while still wet.

Step Two: I stamped the clock (HP1509) all over with Pale Ochre Archival to give subtle texture in the background then add some stamped pot lids (HP1109) in Archival Tree Branch. This texture will recede into the background so it’s about looking at the shapes of the stamps rather than the images as such.


Step Three: Using just parts of images is a great way to add pattern or borders. Here I used the edge of the key stamp (HP1509) to make an ornate repeating border along the top and bottom edges.

Step Four: In a similar way I used the top edge of the door image (HP1509) to create a grungy border to frame my design.

Step Five: I stamped the flower (HP1109) at various angles to finish my layered background.

Step 6: I used coloured pencil to shade the flowers and leaves then added detail with black fineline and white gel pens.

Step 7: I again used the door stamp (HP1509) in an abstract way to add pattern to a die cut butterfly. The symmetry of the door stamp works perfectly on a similarly symmetrical image like a butterfly. I painted the die cut with Fresco Finish paints before stamping it with black Archival.

To finish the piece: 
Stamp moths onto card, colour with Fresco Finish Bora Bora and Pumpkin Soup and cut out. Stamp again onto the background and position the cut out moths on top. Stamp the pot lid (HP1109) in Tree Branch onto book paper painted with Vanilla Fresco Finish. Mat onto card to give it some depth then glue to the background.

 Add the butterfly on top and embellish it with a pen nib. Stamp ‘take flight’ (HP1005) onto a scrap of painted card and add behind a bookplate.


I really enjoyed challenging myself to use the stamp for this project in new ways and I love the botanical garden feel of the end result. I hope this project has encouraged you to look again at the stamps you have and consider how you might use them in different ways.

Thank you to PaperArtsy for having me today.
Katy x

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Thanks for joining us Katy and sharing your beautiful botanical project. The background layering works so well  to introduce both patterning and texture. Careful choice of colours really helps these melt into the background while still providing support and depth for your focal images. My favourite bit though has to be the patterned butterfly, using the door stamp for patterning was genius. ~Darcy

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Helen said...

Beautiful work Katy

Mac Mable said...

Fabulous layering and great use of the stamps. Thank you for the inspiration x

Unknown said...

Absolutly gorgeous! :)

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Lauren Hatwell said...

Gorgeous! Like Darcy, my favourite is the patterned butterfly; pure genius! Lx

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a great project, Katy! The layers of visual texture work really well and I love the use of the key as a pattern around the edge. The pattern on the butterflies is gorgeous too; so effective,

Lucy x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous combination of stamps and colours! Chrisx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous combination of stamps and colours! Chrisx

Unknown said...

Oh so lovely Katy - love every inch. Loved seeing the process. Xj.

Artmadnana said...

Oh Katie. I love the way you used the door stamp to create the symmetrical pattern on the butterfly. I really need to go and do that now!! Lol. A brilliant post. Love it.

PaperArtsy said...

Gorgeous Katy, really love how that doorway looks stamped over the butterfly! Pretty colours too! Thanks ~ Leandra

Keren Baker said...

Lovely stamping. Love all the texture you've created with overstamping.

Ruth said...

Beautiful project, love the combination of colours and images..just lovely! Ruth x

Julie Lee said...

What a great idea for getting the most out of your stamps, Katy. I love this project - so original! xx

craftimamma said...

Lovely innovative use of the stamps Katie and a beautiful project as a result!

Lesley Xx

Missy said...

I love this!! There are so many things in this post I never thought of. I never thought to use colored pencils on top of paint. And, I have quite a few stamps that could be used in different ways too. Thanks for the tips!