WooHoo it's "Tickle a Teapotter" time and Shelly aka mcschmidty has us having a lovely teaparty in Asia.
I didn't have a thing to wear (aka, no appropriate stamp), so a quick visit to Vera Lane Studio fixed that. This digi set comes with five of the cutest Kokeshi Dolls ever.
Kokeshi dolls are simple Japanese wooden dolls with no arms or legs that have been crafted for more than 150 years as toys for children.
I coloured 2 dolls very, very gently with many layers of green pencils (the trick is to have a super light grip on the pencil or place your hand further up the pencil), in traditional colours. The other little doll was coloured with a much heavier hand and fun colours.
My plan was to have them all on the same card, along with this fun sentiment "I have absolutely no desire to fit in". Even I know when it is time to rein it in, so here we have 2 very different cards, instead of all of them on one card. I promise to send the proper Kokeshi dolls to my Teapot tickle.
The Japanese garden background is from my stash. I think this one was el cheapo water colour paper dunked in a puddle of green Dylusions ink spray and lots of water. White paint and a ton of sparkly stickles were added to the bottom of the card to resemble snow and lots of liquid pearls on the tree in the hope it looked like a cherry blossom tree.
Their black hair looks better in real life, it was hard to photograph. I started with a black Prismacolour pencil, followed by 90% cool grey pencil, followed by a black Copic, then black Spectrum Noir, black Aldi marker, Vellum writer, then finished with a fine micron pen. None of the black pens were the same shade, so in real life there is more definition.
The little rebel Kokeshi was coloured with Prismacolour pencils, zest-it pencil blend and a colourless blending pencil and a very heavy hand.
The background is from my gelli plate stash. When I use the gelli plate, I have a piece of A4 paper that I use to get the last of the colour off and also to clean stencils. This piece of paper has a terrific grainy texture to it due to the many, many layers of paint and ink.
I get much better results with copy paper than I do with cardstock. You just need to work quickly and don't be quite so firm when running your hand over the paper. Because the paper is so cheap, I tend to be more adventurous.
All the girls are adhered to the backgrounds using a glue stick. The little Kokeshi in front of the tree was adhered to a scrap of cardstock then fussy cut again, then restuck. The liquid pearls made her face look like she had Chicken Pox. That is another thing I like about glue sticks, you get a few seconds to remove something.
Thank you for looking, I hope you get a chance to join in our Teaparty.
Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 GMT Views: 309
Registered: January 8, 2011 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 32538
Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 5:20 PM
Wow, two beautiful Asian style cards, Susie! I am drawn to the green card, probably because green is my favourite colour, but I do love the soft colouring of the dolls and the blossom tree with all the liquid pearls! Their hair looks amazing and just shines! The rebel doll is also coloured wonderfully on the other card and the gelli print bg looks fabulous! I might get lucky & be the recipient, who knows~
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Registered: May 26, 2015 Location: Oregon Posts: 3895
Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 7:08 PM
My mouth dropped open at these gals and all the reflection you you manage to capture. This hair looks better in person??? Be still my heart. And those shadows in the sunglasses are just beyond beyond. Your cherry blossoms look just like a sprig of it I have as a 3 D embellishment. Amazing that I picked it up just today. Nice connection.
Registered: October 23, 2011 Location: NY Posts: 3029
Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 10:15 PM
Wow, these cuties are fantastic! Love them both, but admit to loving the one that "doesn't fit in!" BG on both are amazingly detailed and perfect. I've ever seen these wonderful Asian image stamps. You truly did them justice.
Registered: April 11, 2016 Location: Fairyland Posts: 15980
Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 10:26 PM
Susie, your Kokeshi dolls are so cute and I love that you did one that dares to be different. Fabulous work and I always love reading your process. Thank you for that and the tips. I have a Kokeshi doll sitting on my bookcase but she’s not as fabulous as yours.
Enjoy your birthday week my mate over East and keep safe and well. It’s a worry over your way and am thinking of you. Big hugs jx
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 111031
Wed, Jul 01, 2020 @ 1:51 AM
My bet is that your recipient would prefer the individual doll! She's delightful, and the background is amazing. I do admit that personally I prefer the one on the left. The snowy effect in the background, the soft colours, the tree. There are painting genes somewhere in the family, my grandmother was quite good and my cousin is a fellow of the Royal Hibernian Academy. They certainly skipped me, but I do have a small oil painting by my grandmother of a little Oriental doll or girl sitting against a bowl. It hung in my bedroom when I was little, and when we cleared Dad's house it, it was one of the things I recovered.