Friday, May 20, 2016

TJ Inkspirations - A Glut of Gerbera Daisies

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TJ Inkspirations
Techniques, Tips and Creative Ideas to Inspire your Muse
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Dear Patricia, 
Did you ever buy a stamp because you loved it, then you couldn't quite figure out what to do with it? I think it happens to all of us.  I recently received an email from a customer who had purchased the Gerbera Daisy at a rubber stamp convention and asked for some help with ideas.

This issue uses the stamp in several ways; hopefully one will inspire her - and you - to use this stamp (or one similar).

Gerbera Daisy
Twinkling Gerberas...
This style of stamp is interesting. As a manipulation of a photograph, the highlights on the image are light, so it is important to make sure that they are colored, or at least to lead the eye to finish the image for you.


In the first example, I used shimmering watercolors with a waterbrush to paint the Daisies. If you look closely at the image, you will note that I used the color to complete the petals where they fade off as highlights. This gives the finished image a more completed look.

I tried to tilt the piece a bit so to show the shimmer in this piece.

Distress Ink Gerberas
This is a very different way to color the stamp. All it took was two Distress Ink colors and one matching marker.
Select 2 complementary colors of Distress Inks - one that can be layered over another successfully. I used Fossilized Amber and Barn Door. 
The Amber was applied direct-to-stamp over the entire stamp. Then the Barn Door color was appliedto the large sunflowers. Because they are so large, it was easy to apply the ink to the flowers.

 To make the petal edges really stand out, use the matching Barn Door Distress Marker along the top petals. Spritz very lightly with water before stamping on watercolor paper.
Pastel Gerberas...
This one was probably the easiest to make.  Just chalks and my finger tips...
 I simply picked up chalk/pastel color with my finger tips and rub onto the stamped areas. I added several colors to add highlights and shadows, but the entire coloring process took me just a few moments to color!
Copic Gerberas...
The final piece was colored with Copic Markers, and has Flower Soft in the center.  

In this example, use a gray ink. The gray will be used as a guide for color placement. This technique is called ,well, Gray Guiding.
When applying marker color, use the darker marker over the darker gray areas, then use the lighter marker over the dark (to blend) and on the rest of the petals.
Use the colorless blending pen to remove some of the lighter colors to add highlights and to make the petals "pop" a bit.

I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 
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