I bought a new stamp. Thinking the bird would work well cut out and placed on any variety of backgrounds. I didn't like him cut out. **sad face**. I was immediately sorry I bought the stamp. I have too many stamps that stare back at me with the look of 'why did you buy me?'
But I have been admiring lots of art made with blotches of watercolor with a stamp image over the top of the color. I love the ones I see. I don't yet understand watercolor and always end up with a brown mess. I decided to try the style/technique with Distress Inks.
There aren't process photos because I never think anything will get past the rubbish bin. What I did was use an orange Distress ink pounced in the center of the card where I thought the bird would land using a little dauber thingy. Then went around the orange with the lime color. Then I spritzed it with water. Dried it a bit with paper towel. That took off too much color so I just lightly daubered it again. No more water.
Then I stamped the image with Archival black ink. After that I added some touches of teal in small areas with a foam make up tool. I then used more foam make up tools to add deeper color to the bird. Splattering my art uncontrollably scares me, so I "dotted" the piece with a black maker and a white gel pen. In the end I added some wood and metal gears here and there.
The envelope was next. That chevron stamp is another one I love and can never figure out what to do with it. I think this worked pretty good.
Here's how I colored in the chevron with daubers.
I love this lettering guide. It requires the use of very fine pens. I use my Juice .38 gel pens. I love the very fine lettering I get.
Ready to mail.
I love how this Thank You card turned out. So much so that I couldn't part with it until I tried to reproduce it as an art postcard that I could use for my postcard swaps. No one could be more surprised then myself that I managed to be successful with this reproduction.
I'll definitely be trying this style again.
Happy Mail Day!