Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ask Not...

Give me a skull in a bell, and I'm off!
Stamped the skull (and a few other items) then covered in Masking Liquid before I continued.  I also did multiple offset stampings of the sides of the bell, so it looks like it is still swinging.  And after all the fun on the facebook fan page when the Vulture got blotto, he had to get re-inked too.  He's a bit "Bah Humbug Cynic" about it though.


The "moon" (which is actually a pocket watch!) leaves, and vulture also got stamped first then the masking liquid treatment.   I wanted the leaves to look as though they were piled up against the fence, and also stamped the brick part of the vulture upside down to extend the brick "wall" he sits on.   After that had dried I carried on... heat embossing the fence mesh - to discover embossing powder sticks to dry masking liquid.  So I scrubbed some of it off the "liquid" and heated up - fortunately when I peeled the "liquid" off afterwards, the excess ep on top of it also came away.  I clear-embossed the ghost-bat stamps, expecting the melt to keep future colourings off - another way to mask something for protection against later layers.
I had to stamp the tree silhouette several times to get the length, sometimes stamping only the bottom bit of the trunk, upside down, to extend it.  I had to use the owl - the mesh fence round him merges well with the other one, and there needs to be someone as audience.

For the sky I lightly coloured with overlapping several shades of blue Inktensse pencils, then with a damp sponge, blended the scribbles.  A Gabrielle Pollaco Tuscan Wall stencil  had just turned up on my doorstep (honest, I don't remember buying it!!!) and has a segment of brickwork that made a great extender to the Vulture's base.  It would also break up that expanse of blank mesh, as does the ivy from the same stencil.  Various other sprays, washes etc happened...

After fussy-cutting the skull/bell and fixing it with a brad so it can toll, the moon looked pretty flat, and the vulture had almost disappeared.  So they got re-done, fussycut and stuck over the originals with foam dots.  Then time to add the text on this journal page... and yet again, Seth Apter's Drip stencil to the rescue!!!

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