Saturday 2 May 2020

2020 #8 Popping Pink: A Pink Giraffe with HP {by Ellie Knol}

2020 Topic 8: Popping Pink

Ellie's pink giraffe looks so at ease with itself, it makes me wonder why we don't see them in the real world! Gorgeous sunset colours and lots of collaged stamping makes for a really tranquil page. ~ Keren

Hi everyone, it's Ellie Knol from PAPER-STAMPS-COLOR again with you today, and I'd like to share with you a pink giraffe journal spread. 

For me I wanted to try to make a collage of all the stamps in the stamp set HP2002.. and of course the color PINK.That's where I started, until I had a good (or not so good) idea; to google 'pink giraffe'..
I particularly like the insect stamps (LOVE to use them in collages) but the giraffe collage caught my eye too...
Giraffes are really very curious animals.. if you approach them in real life, they stand where they are and watch you closely. I've seen them that way in South Africa, in the field, with my daughter.. the dominant male is the last one to run ... the elegant way that they run, almost like slow-motion.. but nothing like that!

The finished spread .. a few hours / days later.

I used this new beautiful addition to the Hot Picks line, HP2002.

and the words from this ESC12 collage stamp.. 

This is where it all started.. collaging all the stamps in the set plus the following: HP1005, HP1010, HP1501.

This meant I could make a coloring page.. just to see how it would have to look, to learn from, and decide where my project would go.

Maybe add some pink elements and keep it 'simple'??

I already had this art journal spread prepped with gesso and fresco paints.. a sunset type of page.. using some colors that are only seen at sunset.. the deep yellow and pinkish colors! In the middle, I left some white to make the stamped images pop. At this stage I decided to go with collage stamping, but not in black: only in yellow and pink in the background to start with. 

At this stage I googled pink giraffe and saw this image, which made me look at the giraffe a different ..

I stamped and fussy-cut the giraffe in pink and black, on tissue paper and on cardstock and on thin white paper. Did some first and second generation stamping, and heat embossed it with clear.


I wanted to achieve one of the giraffes being pink, and the other one??  ...his dots fell off .. so here you are... 

... a close up of the spread.. I particularly love the collaging of the insects... 

Close-up of the collaged stamping.. and the black and white splatters. 

This is why I like to do these themes for Paper Artsy. I would never have thought of stamping a pink giraffe.. did you? I have to craftalong to see where it'll get me, and in the end I've learned a lot, and also know what to avoid next time, or change next time.. Do you also have this experience when creating? 

It's like a challenge.. and I love challenges.. I do things different .. all the time... that's part of the fun..


Miriam said...

This is fabulous Ellie

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Ellie, Love the collage of stamped images :)