Use Your Wings! - Nicole Watson
- Candy Rosenberg | Butterfly Wings | Foam Stamps - Set of 2
- Nathalie Kalbach | Antique Tile | Foam Stamp
- Donna Downey | Polka Dot Bar | Foam Stamp
- Balzer Designs | Shadow Alphabet | Foam Stamps - Set of 26
- Donna Downey | Mixed Up Numbers | Foam Stamp
I used three different stamps to create the background and just happened to apply the paint to them three different ways!
After all my awesome texture from the ArtFoamies was dry, I added a little mark-making with my Stabilo-All pencils drawing lopsided circles around the polka dots and then activating them with water.
With the background finished, I began to work on my top layers. I knew I wanted to draw one of the leaf shapes that often find their way on my pages along with stamping a sentiment with the Shadow Alphabet, and of course, use those butterfly wings – which were my inspiration to begin with!
In order for all these elements to come together, I used the Shadow Alphabet stamps as a guide. I set them on my page (clean, not painted!) to sketch the leaf. After sketching the leaf, I colored it in.
While the leaf dried, I set my journal aside to work on the butterfly wings. I stamped several wings onto another piece of ledger paper with black gesso. WOW! I didn’t even think about it, but I loved how the writing from the ledger paper came through to look lacy and delicate on the wings.
For the final touch, I added the sentiment “use your wings” with the Shadow Alphabet. I used a gel plate as a stamp pad this time since I knew it would be a longer process and I wanted my gesso to stay wet longer and be easier to stamp.
I was so nervous to stamp this simple saying, but the ArtFoamies handled the job amazingly.
Check out the process video here. If the video doesn’t appear below, click here to watch it.
I hope this page inspires YOU to use your wings, too! Create, inspire, imagine, discover, dream…and even laugh along the way as you play and discover in your art journal this week. When you do, tag me on Instagram so I can see your amazing art (@nicolewatsonart).