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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 stamp 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.