Happy Birthday (Penny Black)
Sorry for the long blog absence. Lots of things going on…except creating.
When my family got together the other day for my birthday my niece and one of my nephews wanted to see what I had been making. I really didn’t have much to show them as I hadn’t been creating. They both asked if they could play so I set them up with the necessary equipment. They picked out stamps and off they went. Love creating with children as they are so creative. They really experiment with colours and design. At one stage, however, my nephew said to me, “Auntie Kylie, would you please colour my owl as I can’t do it?” I said, “No, buddy, you can do it”. He said, “I can’t do it right though.” I said to him, “There is no right. Play, experiment and see what happens”. He did but he wasn’t happy with his efforts. I pointed out to him that he was using markers he was unfamiliar with, he hadn’t coloured in a long time, and that not every attempt would be a work of art. We need to practice and learn how to use the mediums. At that point, I thought…someone should be listening to her own advice. lol So, I sat down and played. Some of the cards are okay, some are in need of improvement BUT I had fun. I’m out of practice. I’ve forgotten colour combos which I used to use all the time so never thought to write down. It doesn’t matter though. It was wonderful to dip my feet back into the water.
So without further babble, here is what I came up with. For card one, I decided to stamp directly onto patterned paper. I think it is my favourite out of all the cards I made.
Next up, I wanted to try putting a country scene…had trouble with my greens so it is quite bright. lol
For card three, I decided to stick with the country theme. In order to soften the brightness of the greens, in particular, I went with distress inks for the background. The colours are a bit weird though. lol
I decided to make one more card to try and nail the green. It kind of missed the mark again but it isn’t too bad.
And just like that the drought is broken. 🙂 Lots of practice still to do but it is great to be back at my craft desk creating again.
I hope you are all happy and well…and creating up a storm.