i really wanted to bring a new line of stamps to the market that allowed the user to create faces without the labor of having to draw the proportions on their own...myself included! over the past year i have fallen in love with learning more about drawing faces...the shading the shaping the coloring, etc, but the part that i have always found a bit labor intensive was the proportioning. i pretty much understand the "full frontal" if you will, but for the profile and 3/4 views i wanted to draw, i needed some help. that's when it hit me, STEPHEN!!
so i enlisted the technical skills of Stephen Lursen for developing the profiles and side views i wanted. for those of you that have visited the STUDIO you may have met Stephen in person, but if you haven't, he is our education coordinator at the STUDIO and resident artist extraordinaire.
WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS SOONER, lol!!!
Stephen has his masters in fine art and when it comes to learning the details of drawing faces/figures etc he has the patience of a saint and has taught me so much. so i want to introduce you to our first collaborative release of faces stamps in two sizes that we hope will take the stress out of drawing faces for EVERYONE!!
Hey everyone! Melissa here hacking Donna's blog while she is in Germany. Do you love Fridays as much as I do?!? To celebrate the end of the week I am having a SALE on rubber stamps and paper packs. Check out the sale category and stock up for yourself or gifts for the Holidays.
While you are browsing the sale check out all of the NEW stuff we got in this week. Mindy Lacefield stamps, more clothes, Tim Holtz stencils, pigment sticks, & Donna's new Itty Bitty stamps to name a few.
it is absolutely the coolest thing to see one of your designs in a stamp...add to that the fact that i can try new things each time i stamp her and i am in love. she is one of my favorites simply because i see myself in her. sometimes i see her drowning (metaphorically), sometimes floating and sometimes her hair blowing up un the wind.
today i tried some fun stuff, made mistakes, corrected mistakes and had fun. enjoyed the process.
the stamp was made from this original painting entitled, "falling deeper"
. it is painted on a large gallery wrapped canvas (36 x 18") and it one of my favorite faces thus far.
man did today take some twists and turns! i started with a plan to use up some more of my rub-ons and then got a call from melissa at the studio that my new stamps arrived. ran downn and grabbed them real quick and then the plan changed!! it was rough making it work but i love the end result!
Hi, it’s Maria and today I have an easel card for you showcasing some of Donna’s new products from Prima and Unity along with some PanPastel work.
Using PanPastel, I blended colors together to fill a 12” x 12” piece of Bazzill Smoothie cardstock. Colors listed below.
I love Donna’s new 2-step Unity stamps, but today I just used one part—the outline. I randomly stamped over the background I had just made with PanPastel until the page was filled.
After I was done I sprayed the card with Krylon Matte Finish to seal the PanPastel. You will need (1) 4.75” x 6.75” piece and (1) 4.75 “ x 3.5” piece of the paper for your project. Save the rest! It makes beautiful backgrounds in your Art Journal or to add to other projects. You will also need a 10” x 5” piece of black cardstock for the base scored at 2.5” and 5”.
I roughed up the edges of the paper and also added some texture stitching with the sewing machine around the edges of the PanPastel pieces. I stamped the sentiment on the smaller piece.
Using Donna’s new ATC Canvas pieces I used a masking technique using the same stamp that I used on the small piece of paper. This time I only wanted the word Inspire so I masked over the rest of the sentiment and the “d” in Inspired. This was stamped onto the canvas. I also edged the canvas with PanPastel.
One of Donna’s new Sculpture Poppies was added to the canvas with a ribbon behind it. I used Helmar 3D Zap Dots to attach the bottom piece with the sentiment to the card. It needs to be elevated to enable the card to become a easel.
Stickles were added to the centers of the flowers for a little extra bling.
Side view of the card
PanPastels colors: Permanent Red, Orange, Yellow Ochre and Diarylide Yellow