Monday 31 July 2017

2017#10 Dark to Light: Birthday card using ZinskiArt {by Wendy Mallas}

2017 Topic 10: Dark to Light: Contrasts & Layers {by Wendy Mallas}

There are so many great tips and ideas within this post from Wendy. She shares great ideas to show how you can add more personality and individuality to a stamp. Particularly if it is a person, colour and shading can quickly allow you to create bold differences with ease.

Hi everyone, it's Wendy with you today, and I'm super excited to share a fab birthday card with you.

I chose this technique because I needed to create a card in the dark style of Tim Burton and I thought that the Elena Zinski Art stamps would be absolutely perfect. I love black and white as a combination too. It's always so striking! So Zinski vs Tim Burton - who'd have thought it? 

I began with Fresco Acrylics in Snowflake and Little Black Dress. I just kept adding and blending the two from corner to corner until I had the desired mix. It's always so satisfying blending Frescos. However, it was quite a hot day and they needed a little encouragement with a touch of water.

I had decided to take one of the girl monsters from Elena's new (ZA13) stamp set (stockists list here)... 

 ...and give her a sassy new skirt with the flower from ZA08.

This took a bit of careful planning and the first ever use of my Stamp-a-ma-jig (which I've had forever!) A little bit of masking also did the trick...

...Some correction and alteration with Fresco Chalk Acrylic in Snowflake and some fussy cutting and she was ready to paint in glorious technicolour, namely Claret and London Bus for her clothes and Chalk and Slate for her skin tones. POP!

The top part of the flower looked like she had a bit of a tummy. Who said there are no surprises? I loved that! And instead of spotty leggings, I gave her over-the-knee stripy socks. How diverse are Elena's stamps? Wow! 

As it happened, if I turned the background around, it looked like she was looking at the moon or in the limelight. I love it when a plan comes together. Just double check the placement before it's all stuck down.

And, although the original image is so very, very cute, I was also really pleased with my 'Burton treatment' of her face. 

I loved making this card. The flower skirt was a little tricky to get right as it wasn't quite the same size, but it worked out fine with a little manipulation of the lines. Why not have a go at altering a stamp to match another artist's style? It turns out it was a lot of fun and I will certainly do this again. Although I think I will use some PaperArtsy Fresco Drying Retarder if the weather is warm again. I hope you have a go too. 

Wendy this makes my head hurt thinking about the planning to get the flower-skirt to work, but yay for the thingy-ma-jig so you could get everything lined up perfectly! you nailed it! I think she looks wonderful! I totally adore the colour combo with the moonlight background. What a fantastic result! ~ Leandra

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Helen said...

Wendy, I love how you've altered this girl - I really can't call her a monster!! she looks fabulous done out in her devil-red dress! The blended background is amazing.

Lauren Hatwell said...

Wowser! Fab-u-lous! Love it! Lx

Miriam said...

This is fabulous it!

Unknown said...

Love this Wendy! X

Hazel Agnew said...

Clever manipulation of the stamp Wendy. Great drama in the colours. Love it! Xx ❤️

Words and Pictures said...

Love your little red-devil and the blended sky is magical!
Alison x

Amanda said...

Stunning, love it
Amanda X

Wendy Bellino said...

You created the cutest scene! Your step by step instructions are so helpful. Thanks for sharing your creation, she's cute lil red devil!

Julie Lee said...

I love what you did with this, Wendy! You have created such a beautiful and dramatic image that is whimsical and fun at the same time. xx

Ruth said...

What a fabulous card, your shading is awesome and she is so cute! x

Corrie Herriman said...

So fabulous !

Etsuko said...

Lovely card!! How cute her skirt and stockings. xx