Wednesday 1 May 2019

2019 #6 Fish: KIDS collage {by Ellie Knol}

2019 Topic 6: Fish

A stunning frame from Ellie today, she is rocking our older stamp sets from both 'Ink and the Dog' and the 'Hot Picks' Collections. I love how she has made each image pop off the background so effectively. It is fabulous how these stamps date back to 2003 and 2010, yet they do not lose their appeal, as is the anture of any 'vintage' imagery. They still have great appeal, and they are still available to buy - we do not discontinue any rubber stamps from our collections. ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Ellie from PAPER-STAMPS-COLOR with you today, and I'd like to share with you the making of this FISH themed frame. 

I knew I wanted to work with Kraft paper and a blue color... doing cards? No, not this time.. I found a frame.. used the backside of it, and finishing it went in stages.
You'll read more about it as you go along down to the pictures and my comments with them. 

The frame was black.. I altered it by 'painting' it with a semi dried out 'grunge' paste.. a sturdy brush and on it went. A layer of gesso and white paint was painted on after it had dried. O no.. same problem now: the stamped images of the boy and lighthouse did not show up well.. so I added a black paint to the outside of the frame, then brown to the outer edges and watered the paint down more and more. Good to go now!

Heat embossing on the frame was on my list as well, in blue! As the frame was from plastic, the underlying paste and paints went all bubbly, but I like the effect of it.

The first part of this project I finished off quite quickly, was the stamping and coloring on the Kraft paper. Adding Pan Pastel blue and white was easy.. some white acrylic marker to emphasize some parts gave it the final touch. The script in the background was stamped with Versamark ink and then filled in with Pan Pastel too.

After the above step I started getting the collages ready on the edge of the frame for both sides.

First the left hand side: it was not easy.
It didn't have to look real, but the boy's feet were not intended to look as if he was standing on the fish net. Adding some fussy cut stamped images with a white border, helped me solve this.

To balance the right side with the left side of the frame, I needed to lower the lighthouse.  

I think it has a good balance now. I first wanted to place the lighthouse more to the left, but I did not like that idea in the end. It looked as if it was floating in the water... 

I chose to heat emboss some script in blue as part of this collage as well. The fussy cut anchor is a part of the ship collage stamp.

The lighthouse from set HP1202 is one of my favourite stamps in the set.

Just so you can see the beauty of the ship collage stamp as well! 

I think the boy sells his fish to the restaurant. This stamp is from the set from Ink and the Dog Collection: Kids Plate 2 (K2)

I also love and use a lot this stamp from the set from Ink and the Dog Collection: Kids Plate 2 (K2) is such a beauty.

This set, also from the Ink and the Dog Collection has been on my wish list for a while...At Home Plate 1 (AH1) I'm so happy to have it in my growing Paper Artsy collection now! It's a classic stamp! A golden oldie! The script I've been stamping 'everywhere' is also from this set! LOVE it!

I particularly like this part of the creation.. the boy with the very interesting building as a backdrop!
      .. it has a story.. I am sure!

I personally don't know the story, but I can imagine he will be able to tell you lots of stories! Maybe the song in this set was what he sang when fishing... 

The image of the boy and starfish are from set Kids 2 (see image above)

You could easily use all these stamps on cards as well.. each using a part of what I used to create this bigger project! 

Making this gave me another chance to just play with my stamps, and other product..
....even a partly dried out grungy paste can have a part in creating one-of-a-kind creations! Don't throw them out!

What I also enjoy is trying different techniques and colors, different types of paper, and just enjoy the creative part of it!! 

And Leandra, (hehe)   ... I do like monopinting on my gelliplate, but I certainly like doing way more things with my beautiful stamps, stencils and all the other crafty products.

Are you joining us in the FISH theme? Don't wait! Get creative...  and tag us on social media: instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or FB


Miriam said...

Fabulous project Ellie

Enny said...

Wow, this is absolutely stunning ! Love the frame and all the stamps used. Beautiful background with the script ! Enny

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Ellie, blue and kraft such a fantastic colour combo for a sea theme :)

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is a wonderful project, Ellie, so imaginative, and you have not played safe, you have given yourself lots of challenges and then overcome them brilliantly,

Lucy x

Etsuko said...

This is superb project Ellie, the composition in the interior and the frame is wonderful. I love the scenery of this fishing port. xx

Corrie Herriman said...

love !