Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Angelic Miniatures!

Kate's Angel for Stampotique Original

I never get tired of making mini matchboxes with something cute inside. Never! And this time I've used my new Angel stamp for Stampotique. I coloured the angel with Polychromos and then added her to a painted (brayered) background. A bit of doodling with a white Signo Uniball pen, and a few scrapes of paint and it was good to go!

Inside I made a mini journal from vintage papers and text, and bound it with Duck tape.



In the USA you can order Stampotique stamps direct from Stampotique 

In the UK the stamps are available at:

Byeeee for now!



Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A royal message!

Queen of Everything - designed by me! 
Design Cube 2 by France Papillon

I've been having a lot of fun playing with my new stamps for Stampotique Originals :-) You may have seen this page as a work in progress on an earlier page but here it is finished!

I started by colouring my image with Polychromos pencils (Faber Castell). I don't always use pencils to colour images but they do allow you to build up different colours and to build up the shading. See how I shaded along the eyes to create more depth to the nose?


And I added lots of different colours within the body:


This is how the background began. I used a brayer to get a quick layer of paint down:


And then I just kept adding more .... and more ... ! I am loving the new Design Cube 2 by France - great for backgrounds.


 Of course I had to add a colour wheel! I stamped a bottle lid with white which then looked as if it needed colouring in, so I did! I turned it into a colour wheel using my Polychromos again.


And then I typed a quote. This is a quote by Oprah Winfrey ... so wise! I love it! I honestly think that the best thing you can do for your kids is allow them to fail. It's ok to get things wrong. And you must allow yourself to get things wrong occasionally too. It's OK.




In the USA you can order these stamps direct from Stampotique 

In the UK the stamps are available at:

Monday, 2 March 2015

Girls with attitude.


Penelope by Daniel Torrente 
Texture Cube by France Papillon
Quote from Carol's Collection

Ooh, I love a girl with attitude! And Daniel Torrente's new 'Penelope' stamp certainly has plenty of attitude. I used a large tag to make this hanging, and sprayed with Dylusions inks before adding touches of paint, gesso and stitching. I also added lots of texture with France Papillon's new Texture Cube. Love that stamp!
I coloured the gal with my Polychromos pencils. Her hair is actually quite blue ... it may look a little grey in the photo. I doodled some flowers along the border and she looks as if she is about to snip their heads off with those scissors in her hand LOL!




Sunday, 1 March 2015

A work in progress..

'The Queen of everything' by me! for Stampotique Originals

Just a very quick post today to share a work-in-progress. I'm really working on my colouring in skills .... which to be honest, have been a bit lacking! I can be a bit lazy when it comes to colouring in and usually reach for my Distress ink pads and a water brush. But with the arrival of my new stamps I'm trying different things. I coloured 'The Queen of Everything' with Polychromos pencils and I'm quite pleased with how she turned out! I'll be back when I have finished the page!

Byeeeeee - enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Friday, 27 February 2015

Introducing Boots the Bunny!

Boots by me! for Stampotique

Ooh, this page is one big hot mess isn't it?!! Ha! I think you can probably tell I had a lot of fun with this background :-) Some days I am really happy to just go with the flow and make a very messy background, it feels good. I think this page also shows that you can get away with a small image on a bigger journal page, especially if there is plenty of interest on the rest of the page.

I used my *new* stamp 'Boots' on this page. Don't you just love a bunny in boots LOL?! I coloured her with my Polychromos pencils because I wanted to create a multi-coloured effect on the dress and this was the easiest way for me to achieve this. (Look out for some tutorials on colouring images coming up soon!)


And then I scrawled with my scratchy old dip pen ...



This is how the bunny appeared originally in my journal. I drew her with a dip pen on a scrap of inky paper and then added her to a journal page. She actually appeared in a Stampington publication once!


Please note in the UK Stampotique Originals are available from:
Art from the Heart (Available for pre-order now - due next week)

Byee for now. Happy weekend everyone!