I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2017. I know 2016 was a difficult year for many, including my family and me and I hope that 2017 will see a better year for all. I also hope that the fighting around the world ceases and we can live together in peace.

Well it’s time for a new Claritystamp challenge and the first of 2017 has the theme of Animal Kingdom. Here’s my first sample for you:


I had planned to show you lots of pictures. Unfortunately I forgot to take a couple at the painting stage.

First I took one of Clarity’s 25 cm (10 inch) square canvas and placed the inner of the semi-circle shaped stencil where the setting sun would be placed.


I then used Paper Artsy paints – London Bus, Yellow Submarine, Tango and Autumn Fire to create the background. Once this was dry I removed the inner semi-circle shape and used the outer stencil to colour the sun. These are the photos I forgot to take! Hopefully you’ll get the idea from the other pictures.

Once the canvas was dry I positioned the Elephant stencil onto the canvas. As this has some fine stencil pieces I used Crafter’s Companion Stick and Spray to hold the stencil in place whilst spreading Dreamweaver Glossy Black Embossing Paste across it.


Remove the stencil and place into water immediately leaving the canvas to dry. I actually left mine overnight to ensure it was dry. Don’t worry if you have an uneven texture, Elephant hides are not smooth.


This is what you end up with. You can also see the colours of the background, although the sky is more red in real life!

I added two Acacia trees and giraffes to the background using Versafine Onyx black ink. I used the ones from the original African set of animals. The Wee African Animals and trees would work just as well.Leave to dry.


Leaves were added to the top left corner using the tree stamp from the Winds of Change stamp set. Use the stamp off of a mount, for a more even stamping.


Note: if you make a mistake with the stamping you can wipe the ink off with a baby wipe and repaint if necessary.

To finish the canvas I added shadow under the elephant, giraffes and trees using a Faber Castell Pitt Pastel pencil. A charcoal pencil would do just as well. The smaller canvas was then adhered, using double sided sticky sheets, to a 30cm (12 inch) square canvas, which I’d painted with Pebeo Black Gesso.

This photo shows the glossy embossing paste a little better.


I hope this has given you some inspiration for your own artwork. I’ll have another sample for you mid-month.

We love seeing your beautiful creations and you could win a £50 Clarity voucher. If you haven’t joined in with the challenge yet why not make 2017 the year to do so.


Stamps: Claritystamp African/Wee African, Winds of Change
Stencils: Elephant
Other: Claritystamp Canvases, Double Sided Sticky Sheets; Paper Artsy paints: London Bus, Yellow Submarine, Tango and Autumn Fire; Versafine Onyx Black; Dreamweaver Glossy Black Embossing Paste; Crafter’s Companion Stick and Spray; Pebeo   Black Gesso