Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #643 October 31st 2018
Geometric Wreath  
New guest tutorial author Ardyth Percy-Robb shares how to use shaped dies and masking to create a modern inked wreath.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Masking paper
  • Small shaped dies
  • Inks and applicators
  • Embellishments
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Mel wants to know: "I have seen a lot of highlighting done with white, hair and cheeks especially. Should I be highlighting with white ink, or is using pencils and blending better on its own?"
    A: There are no rules, and lots of options! Do you have a white gel pen or paint pen? Try it and see if you like the effect. Pencils can sometimes be used to add highlights, if your base coloring is something that has soaked into the paper, like markers or watercolor. If you're coloring with pencils, it's best to add white highlights before adding other colors to the paper - white doesn't usually stand out when layered over other colors. Another option for pencil coloring is to indent highlights into the paper before coloring - you can find a tutorial on that technique HERE. For a real standout highlight, I use white acrylic paint or gesso, and dot it on with a stylus.
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Kathryn has a tip for the Dahlia Fold tutorial: "I have found the first folds near the edge of the circle to be the hardest, especially if I'm folding a small circle, but here's a trick. Put the circle on top of a large stamp, rubber side down, and line up the two endpoints of your guide folds right at the sharp edge of the stamp. Push your paper down over the edge and you'll get the fold started in a nice straight line that you can then finish with a bone folder. Of course, you can use any block of wood or table with a nice sharp edge, but my stamps are usually handy!"

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