Thursday, September 18, 2008

Autumn in the moonlight

A friend of mine from my Stampscapes II Yahoo group sent me a link to an amazing blog What Michelle Zindorf does with a brayer is amazing.

So I was inspired to create something of my own. All stamps are from Stampscapes. I stamped the tree and bank on matte coated card stock and colored the tree with my Copics using Y38 Honey and R05 Salmon Red. For the trunk, I used E35 Chamois. Next, using a stamp positioner, I stamped over the tree again with Versamark, and then clear embossed it. This acts as a resist to the brayered ink. Using a piece of Eclipse tape, I punched out a circle for the moon and then a long piece to create a horizon line. I then brayered color into the sky using a Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink pad. I turned the horizon mask around and placed the mask from the moon into the water area. This time I used my Copic airbrush and markers, B00 Frost Blue and B02 Robin's Egg blue to color the water. After removing the masks, I took my B00 Frost Blue and streaked some color across the moon reflection. I discovered that the marker would lift the color off the paper in the airbrushed areas (because I was using matte paper). It gave it a very nice water pattern. Next step was to add color to the grass using YG63 Pea Green. Again because I used matte coated paper, you cannot blend Copics, they dry too fast and just streak. So I had to use long continuous strokes in the grass. I finished with E70 Ash Rose for the rocks. The last step was to add the foliage and the white dots in the sky as well as on the branches. I had to heat set the color a lot to get it to dry and still managed to smear it a little but I am thrilled with my first attempt and can't wait to try more.

Here is my second attempt, this time I used Curious Cryogen White paper. You can not brayer as smoothly on this paper but it still came out nicely. I airbrushed the water, the grass and the darker oval around the outer edge.

I think I prefer the first version myself.


Jan Scholl said...

I was just reading this morning of how to add texture to moon stamping with color and iridescent paints. Have yu ever tried to add craters and the normal "man in the moon" look for it before?

I found that blog you spoke of a few weeks ago (thanks to the Marco's newsletter) and added it to reader. I have a special folder for the cool tutorials I find. I wish she could do it in video for YouTube.

I wish the moon was always full like this card-all that rain and it was obscured this month from viewing. Still was nice last night in the cold.

Have a nice weekend Sandy--

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!!, your amazing.
I love this scene, I'm so glad you tried this out..

Elizabeth said...

You made two gorgeous scenes. I can't tell you which one I prefer, because I like both. The second one is only a little bit darker.
I look almost every day on the blog of Michelle, because I know this blog about a half year

Jenny Gropp said...

Yep-- I think Michelle can go by the title of Brayer Queen! She is amazing! I like the first better... The white light/resist around the tree is just great and the moon's reflection... fanatastic!

Sandy Knecht said...

Both are great Sandy. I love how you did the moon in the water as a reflection. Fabulous!

Sew This N That said...

oh no, another technique to put on the must try later pile ;0)
I love both of your pictures, but I think I like the 1st one that little bit more because it is lighter.
Thankyou for the blog link :0)
**Hugs** Heather x

Anonymous said...

Another awesome creations. You are having just too much fun. TFS