How many of you have bought Barbara Gray's beautiful calendar for this year, I wonder. Not only is it a lovely calendar in its own right, but it also contains step by step instructions on how to complete each piece of art. So Barbara has challenged us all to follow those instructions and recreate her masterpieces.
This is my entry for February. We started with four distress re-inkers and a tray of cheap shaving foam (the cheaper ones work better). A few drops of each colour into the foam and swirled around gives the printing surface. Dropping the card onto the inky surface and twisting a little gives a different result each time. I have a cheap child's plastic ruler with which to scrape off the excess foam to reveal the inky surface below.
I had about a dozen sheets of card when I had finished (I had run out of space round the kitchen to dry the cards), but only this one spoke to me for this project. The idea is to look at your background to see what you can see there. The stamp used is a favourite of Barbara's.
To me, this was inside a cave with rushing streams running through it and then out of the exit on the right on the card. I used Faber Castell polychromos and a black micron pen to enhance the background to try to bring out what I could see.
You will probably see something completely different to my ideas, but that is fine. We are all different.
Why don't you all have a go at this challenge? It is all good fun.