Monday, August 4, 2008

I love lighthouses

I grew up in New Jersey across the bay from a lighthouse, so I really enjoy creating lighthouse scenes. All the stamps in this scene are from Repeat Impressions. Because the lighthouse stamp is 5 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches it makes quite a large scene, but it is a wonderfully detailed stamp of Portland Head Light in Maine. The sky is an airbrushed combination of B21 Baby Blue and R81 Rose Pink. I used R39 Garnet for the building rooftops. The water is BG000 Pale Aqua, I just kept adding layers to get the different shades of blue. For the Blue Heron, I started out with BV20 Dull Lavendar for the heaviest feathered areas, then blended it with C1 Cool Gray. His legs are Cool Gray 1 and his beak is YR12 Loquat. The rocks are a mix of E70 Ash Rose, G82 Spring Dim Green and E11 Bareley Beige. For the sandy areas I used E50 Egg Shell, up around the buildings I added a layer of G20 Wax White for a touch of green. I used G82 Spring Dim Green for all the tufts of grass and BV13 Hydrangea Blue for the flowers. I again used G82 for the cattail leaves and E35 Chamois for the cattails. Last step was the pine branches to direct your eye into the scene, I colored the branches and the pine cones with E44 Clay. The finished size including mats is 9 x 7 3/4 inches. Reminds me of home.


Joyce said...

Beautifully done scene! So serene, great sky.
And, the cat and teddy bear is adorable!
Thanks for the tutoral on the spring-fold card.

Sandy Knecht said...

I love your lighthouse card. Everything flows together so well and the colors blend so smoothly. Great card.

Jamie Wilcox said...

Sandy, this is so, so pretty!! Everything to scale and colored so nicely. There's no place like the coast of Maine and you did it justice.

Doris said...

Just discovered your blog through SCS browsing, and I love your scenic cards! I'm from the NW corner of NJ where we enjoy beautiful scenery like this every day. I'll be back--meanwhile, I hope you'll stop by my blog when you get a chance!