Sunset memories

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When I was little I had a fabulous book called Anthony Art Master. It was all about a rabbit (or it may have been a hare?) who was responsible for painting the colours of everything. It was a book I loved and I remember being fascinated by the fact that he painted the shadows of the trees in the snow. The final reveal of Anthony’s art work was the most fabulous technicolour sunset. I can’t be sure, but I have a feeling that he might have gone to a studio in the sky after this and handed his brush down to younger rabbits/hares. I still have the book and need to find it to check this fact and also to see if the pictures are as vivid as they are in my memory.

Why am I telling you this you wonder? Well, the theme for this week’s Sunday Stampers challenge is to use sunset/sunrise colours. I had several false starts with this and as I was playing with colour I was reminded of the story of Anthony and wondered if I had out technicoloured him! I wasn’t happy with my first attempts using proper canvas and Dylusions (nice colours but I ruined them with what I did next!!) I decided to go for a chipboard canvas and distress inks.


I started with manila card and then used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Seedless Preserves. Once done, I gave the whole thing a spritz of water. This allows different colours to show through and covers up any uneven blending.


I used a Lavinia stamp and black ink to create some shadowy undergrowth. You’ll recognise the toadstool stamp by Dylusions. I stamped this on to card and then used Promarkers to colour it in. I also decoupaged some bits to give the piece a bit of dimension.


The dragonfly stampย is by Hero Arts and after colouring the images with more distress inks I added a coat of crystal glitter glue.


I haven’t quite decided whether to add words to this yet, I quite like it that the colour is the star of the show. Just as Anthony Art Master would have wanted!


Thanks for buzzing by.



Sunset memories — 14 Comments

  1. I LOVE the colors of the background – what a great job you did with all those different inks! I really like how you placed those mushrooms slightly over the edge of the card base too. Beautiful card!

  2. I need to see this book, sounds marvellous! As is your lovely creation… those colours are stunning… sorry I am so late visiting… am a crap host!!! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

    • Hello, I too had this book and absolutely loved it, though I have been looking for it for years, but can’t find it. Do you know if I can still get a copy ( I can’t find it anywhere) or a big ask would you be willing to take photos of each page and send them to me? ( email) or even scan and email which would be more amazing. Thank you, warm regards, Gyl

      • Oh wow that’s amazing. I am just in the process of decluttering and am so hoping that this book is going to surface. I shall make it a priority.I would love to send you pages. It may be awhile but, trust me, I won’t forget!

  3. I would so love to see this book again. One of our childhood favourites read to us by mum. Sadly mum died last night and this morning there was an amazing Anthony Artmaster sunrise! Any ideas please?

    • So sorry to hear of your loss. I keep checking Ebay and Amazon to see if a copy becomes available but so far no luck. I know I still have my copy but as yet it hasn’t surfaced. When I do find it (and I will!) I am more than happy to send a photocopy to you. In the meantime, here’s to many more special sunrises ๐Ÿ™‚

      • You are so,so kind. I would dearly love to see this again, as I am sure you would too! I will keep hunting in the meantime.

  4. Oh my goodness! I can’t believe I’ve found someone else who knows about Anthony Art Master and loves the book! It is my eternal favourite. You remember the details so clearly, it’s remarkable. I would be so grateful if you could scan the pages and post them here. Books like this one need to be perpetuated!

I really appreciate it when people take time to leave a comment, thank you so much for doing so :)