Hello readers! This week we’re focusing on a few stamps in our July 2013 Catalog that were designed by Lisa Hindsley. You guys really embraced her Wizard of Oz stamps in our April catalog, and she drew some super fun Fall Designs for our holiday catalog. Our designers this week are focusing on their projects using these cool stamps. Today BlogStar Asia King has a great tutorial for you all the way from the UK! Be sure to check out the other designers posting this week at the end of her post!
Hello Stampendous friends, it’s Asia here with another autumnal make. I’ve always been fascinated by scarecrows. although when I was little I used be a little afraid of them, too. My grandparents once had a mahoosive scarecrow in their field and at the time it looked so real and magical to me. It had a proper coat, hat and trousers, it moved when the wind was blowing so there was nothing to tell me that it wasn’t real…. even the straw face didn’t alert me then :). Funny how differently things look when you are a kid!
In my project I was trying to capture exactly this – the magical look of a scarecrow in a middle of a field bursting with crops, flowers, butterflies and a riot of colour. I also wanted to try my hand at mixed media art in Finnabair’s style – which I thought would be the perfect way to recreate my idea of a countryside field full of colour and texture.
There will be quite a few steps here so grab yourself a cuppa, make yourself comfy and let’s begin!
1. You will need: Stampendous cling Friendly Scarecrow, white gesso, cheap wooden frame, small wooden shape for stamping, Jet Black StazOn ink, Fresco Vintage Lace paint (or matt emulsion paint), spatula and paintbrush, stencils.
5. Gather some lace and textured ribbons and apply to the recess and the outer frame. You can use a multimedium as an adhesive but using gesso as an adhesive works too. When it’s dry, all the fabric elements will be well cemented in.
6. Add more texture using the stencils and texture paste. If you don’t have texture paste, gesso will work for that too! Allow to dry.
7. Grab a handful of embellishments, off cuts and paper flowers, whatever you have to hand. Don’t worry about matching colours – we will paint everything over anyway! Start layering and embedding the elements with gesso. Allow it to dry.
10. Cover the top cluster with gesso. Sprinkle some crushed glass glitter over the wet gesso (I used Green Glass Glitter but any colour you have will be fine). Allow to dry.
11. Spray the cluster with inks and heat set with the heat tool. Once thoroughly dry, dry brush more gesso over the entire frame – this will bring up all the texture and soften the colour blend.
12. Embed the glazed Scarecrow element into the frame with generous dabs of texture paste. Allow to dry. When dry, spray with inks and heat set. Dry brush some black acrylic paint and then more gesso. You can keep spraying/gesso-ing until you are happy with the final result :).
I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and my first take on Finn’s mixed media style :). If you’d like to see additional close up photos please hop over to my blog here.
Thanks for popping in today and I look forward to seeing you next time! Big crafty hugs, Asia
Now check out what our other designers have done!