HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Ingredients

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