Tuesday 4 August 2020

2020 #13 Flower Lines with Elizabeth Borer Stamps {by Helen Chilton}

2020 Topic 13: Lines

I love how Helen has used the concept of repeat-stamping an image to create new patterns that catch your eye, in effect she creates new lines in an almost unexpected manner. Layer over that some translucent paint through stencils, and you get a pop of colour and more pattern.
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you my project on the theme of 'Lines'.
I have to be honest and say that this one stumped me a bit. I couldn't think what to make that would fit in with the topic until I looked at Elizabeth's flower drawings and realised that all stamp images are made up of lines, be they outlines, shading lines, pattern lines or whatever. I decided to go with outline images, lines of stamping and doodled lines of my own.

I first started by looking at different ways of stamping in lines. Straight lines:

Diagonal lines (interestingly with this one, you almost lose the original stamp image in the pattern):

And circular lines:

In the end though I went for a straight row design over stencilling. You can really do this with almost any stamp to build up a background. Just play around with the orientation of the stamp to see what fits.

Then, using translucent Frescos so the stencilling would show through...

...I painted in the flowers.

I stencilled and doodled on a central panel for my focal point.

And that's my 'Lines' project - you've got wavy lines, straight lines, hatching, outlining, framing. Quite often I also like to outline some of the stencilling but in this case I felt it wouldn't enhance the stamped images so managed to stop myself!

It certainly made me look at how stamps on a set can fit together and how they can be manipulated to create an overall pattern. I challenge you to pick any one PaperArtsy stamp set and build up a repeating pattern in this way! Enjoy!


Lucy Edmondson said...

Absolutely beautiful Helen! I hope you're keeping well x

Miriam said...

Wow...love this Helen. So much detail