This has been a fun project from beginning to end. I’ve used many shiny elements in this scape and will share with you a few techniques that work well for me. It’s always an experiment!
This is a 3x6” piece of multifarious card that I used cling wrap to create the background. Using Distress Oxide ink: Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemon and Forest Moss. I smooshed colors on the clingwrap in a two-tone pattern with a touch of forest moss to one side of the middle of the wrap. After spritzing the card and the inks with water, I laid the wrap over the card and worked the ink with my fingernail til I liked the effect. I let this dry with the cling wrap over until the next day.
Stamping with Celestial Tree (small) and Versafine Clair’s Shady Lane and Blue Belle inks I created the background to add Dragonfly Keepers and Ferry Foragers in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.
Using a torn piece of paper I grounded the trees with Shady Lane and added Meadow Grass in first and second generation ink. To layer the background I added mountains and plains with Shady Lane. For further dimension I used Summertime and a smoothie to bring color to the scene, and added Seed Head images to make it appear that the Fairy Forager was further away with a line of trees behind her.
At this point it was important to add detail to the images. I’d learned from two other designers that using water with a Gelly Roll pen brought shimmery results to an image. I incorporated that new knowledge into the gossamer wings of our faeries and was pleased with the results. Mind you, the paper takes quite a bit of water so it’ll warp, but a little heat dry will bring that into line. I also added Gelly Roll Gold and white pens in and around the lanterns.
With a second layer of Gelly Roll Stardust Red and water on her wings I edged the card in Shady Lane and Blue Bell inks. The final shimmer to this scene came with using VersaMark ink and Mini Flutterby stamp with Ocean Pearl Mica Minerals and a bronzer brush that I’d washed up the night before. It’s always challenging to capture the image in film, so I hope you’re able to see it properly.
Hope that you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial and that it inspires you to create something beautiful!