'Calling The Dragons Home' (Photo Tutorial)

'Calling The Dragons Home' (Photo Tutorial)

I started with a piece of smooth white card (6x7.5"). Using a Brayer, spread two shades of Distress Oxide Inks onto my card, Fossilized Amber on the top half & Twisted Citron on the bottom. Then using a size 3 Fan Brush, flicked Brushos, randomly over the Oxide background. Colours used were Violet, Alizarin Crimson & Turquoise.

Next, I created the landscape using Oxide Inks, blending brushes and torn paper. Once the mountains & hills were in place, I used a circle of acetate (2.5") & created the moon by pushing Oxide ink from the centre of the acetate outwards onto the background. Oxide Inks used were Vintage Photo for mountains, Peacock Feathers & Seedless Preserve for hills & Wilted Violet for the moon.

Next, I chose the stamps I wanted to use to create the scene. These were:

Skeleton Trees  LAV530

Fir Tree 2  LAV492

Finn  LAV603

Dragon Set  LAV552

Meadow Mushroom  LAV563

Three Woodland Mice  LAV402

I stamped  the Skeleton Trees first onto the hills at the top/back of the scene, then the Fir Trees onto the next set of hills down, creating the illusion of distance between them. I then stamped Finn, the Meadow Mushrooms & the Mouse onto the hill in the foreground & the Dragons right at the top in the sky....Inks used for stamping images were all Versafine Clair...Pinecone & Rain Forest for trees, Purple Delight for Mushrooms & Nocturne for Finn, Mouse & Dragons.


Next I added highlights using a Uni Ball Signo white gel pen to create the light of the moon shining on the figures. I used a black fine liner pen to scribble in some tufts of grass & I coloured Finns wings & hair using Gelly Roll Glitter pens, pink & blue for her wings & silver for her hair & red to colour the Mushrooms.

Then using Posca Paint Pens (PC-1M), Violet, Pink, Yellow & White, I dotted the paint onto the hills to create meadow flowers & put spots of the white paint on the Mushrooms.

The next step was to blend ink around all four edges of the picture, so did this using a blending tool  & Versafine Clair Nocturne. This pulls the whole picture together.


Last of all, I cut a piece of white card  (6.25 x 7.75") &  a piece of black card (6.5 x 8") & stuck them together in layers to form a nice border around my picture & then.....Voila!
Del Bello's Design Team


Del Bello's Design Team

Love the easy step-by-step directions. Lovely card!

Del Bello's Design Team

Beautiful work! Looks like something out of a beautiful fantasy movie!

Del Bello's Design Team

What a scene, and the colors! Gorgeous.

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