Autumn lanternsPosted: October 14, 2020 Filed under: Flower lanterns, fragile branches, Penny Black, Script | Tags: Fabriano Watercolour Paper, Penny Black stamps, Tsukineko Memento inks, Wendy Vecchi 5 Comments
I have some dried Chinese lanterns in the corner of my workroom. They are lasting well, I’ve had them at least seven years, probably longer. A few have broken or fallen off the stems and the colour has faded so they are not the deep orange you see in the image on my card. I used Penny Black’s ‘flower lanterns’, ‘fragile beauty’ and ‘script background’ stamps to create this panel.
Just to mix things up a bit I pulled out memento inks for this project. There was a time when I used memento inks on every project and they are still within reach of my work table. The ‘Morocco’ browny orange is a beautiful colour so I started with that and used potter’s clay, olive grove, bamboo leaf and espresso truffle, some inkpads, some markers. I was very happy to see the ink pads are juicy as ever.
Memento inks don’t always blend once on the watercolour paper so I blend with a spritz of water to the stamp before stamping. I also smoosh some ink on my mat and pick it up with a brush if I want to add depth to a very specific area. I added some details with a gold gel pen after I had built up the lanterns and leaves with ink.
You can see some of my favourite ‘finishing touches’ on this panel: a script stamp, splatter and ink blended edges. I added two strips of co-ordinating cardstock as a half frame then balanced them with the sentiment from PB ‘banner sentiments’.
Your stamping is so BEAUTIFUL & ELEGANT! I enjoy looking at everything you make.
Thank you, Heather, for your comments on Memento inks. It is good to be reminded of supplies that have “sunk to the bottom” somehow. Today’s Chinese Lanterns is a bea
(silly computer) Today’s Chinese Lanterns is a beautiful, clever piece that proves anything not trendy is to be ignored. Count on this to be Cased.
This is a very pretty stamp and love the addition of the twiggy branches too Heather, and a very beautiful result using the inks straight to stamp and then adding some extra colour where necessary, and a good idea to get out your Memento inks for a change, and the colours you have used are lovely. x