Thursday, 5 July 2018

Ombré at Stamps and Stencils..

Hi everyone, it's been a while but I'm back after a short but necessary break and it's my choice of topic for this months challenge at Stamps and Stencils. I've chosen to play with colour this month and it's all about Ombré!

Ombré has been in fashion for a while now and not just in art...or even hair! It's a french word meaning 'a colour that is shaded or graduated in tone'...so for this challenge we want to see projects or part of your project that has one (or more) colour that graduates from it's lightest pastel tint to its darkest shade...with a little stamping or stenciling of course! 

It's double Ombré from me as I've used the technique on both the background and flowers.


To start with I reused a canvas and just added to the texture with some grunge paste.


Next the paint colours in lovely shades of blue and hints of green.


Starting with strips of colour and leaving a small gap between each band, use 2 colours on the brush and blend the paints....don't forget the edges of the box canvas.


A little stamping in archival inks and I'm using one of the new JOFY sets. A little gold already creeping in...and some gesso to highlight the raised areas.


I painted fading stripes of orange and coral for the flowers and added some bling with WOW tinsel embossing powder, love the stuff! It's really easy to create shaded areas with fresco paints


 Stamping the compass flowers and cutting out


A little white pen doodling and wooden beads from my stash.....


...before arranging the flowers, I decided the flowers should drift across the canvas at a slight angle.


A fairly simple canvas and fun to try something different. Hope you'll have a dabble at Ombré and join in with our challenge. Remember you don't have to make a whole project in this style just a part could show this magical shaded effect...have fun! Hugs Ruth x

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Inspiration Post at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, I have an inspiration post over on the Stamps and Stencils blog this morning, all about making foam stamps and using your Gelli plate, hop across for all the details Ruth x




Thursday, 5 April 2018

In the Meadow at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, time for our next challenge at Stamps and Stencils and this month the lovely Rachel has chosen the theme which is all about meadows...

'Meadows are such amazing places - lots of different grasses, wild flowers and wonderful wildlife. Let your imagination run wild ...and use stamps or stencils too! Enjoy!'


What a lovely topic, time for fresh spring colours and I created some journal pages which is something I've not done for a while.


I like working on Kraft card and scraped gesso and some of the new blue paints from Seth Apters winter set, think Venice Blue, Steel Grey and Double Denim are making an appearance today. Floral and square stencils used on the first layers.


I've used one of my own hand carved stamps here as it matched in quite well with the geometric  elements.


More layering and stamping with a  little Toffee and Caramel paint.


Glass Bead gel, Treasure Gold and Decoart White Crackle paste.


Sleight Blue and In the Navy infusions on glossy card stock before die cutting with Tim's Wildflower dies.


Isn't the effect pretty?


I used the waste as a stencil  too.


White textured 'earth' for the flowers to grow out of.


I do like texture..


Love the contrast of the glossy flowers against the background.




Hope you're inspired to join in, hop across here for more inspiration from the design team and as always thanks for stopping by. Ruth xx