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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Lighthouse Birthday Card and Lighthouse painting

Hi Folks!  This project was made for my big brother David who is 70 today.  He has spent a lifetime at sea and now lives looking out at the lighthouse at Newhaven Harbour in Edinburgh.  I decided to give him another lighthouse to look at by making him a card and also doing a painting for him to match. 

The card was made using Clarity Paper (coated) and Clarity Stamps for the trees and the detail in the foreground island. 

I made a mask out of post-it notes for the lighthouse and houses which I then put in place on my paper.

I used a makeup sponge to colour in the sky with Whispers Starry Starry Night ink. I then used torn copy paper to form hills with my sponges and whispers Savoy Green and Memento Olive Grove.

For the front island I partially removed the masks for the lighthouse and houses (I used the masks as I wanted them to stay mainly white except for the shading that I was going to do.) I then coloured in this island using the same colours as above making sure that they were a bit darker. I used a pointillism stamp from Clarity Stamp to give extra detail.

I used Starry Starry Night and Ranger Distress Faded Jeans to colour in the sea.

I stamped my trees with Memento Olive Grove and to add a bit of shading I used a mix of Lettuce and Pesto from my 'Big and Juicy' pad Spice.

I then removed the masks from the lighthouse and houses and using a Promarker (cool grey 1) I drew in the details.  (I also used warm grey 4, pastel beige and putty) I used my ultra fine nibs for the Promarkers (they are great for small details).
I drew in the two sets of birds with Promarkers (true blue and cool grey 1) .  Then using my Perfect Layers Rulers I did a bit of trimming and layering and mounted this all on to textured blue card.
I cut out an oval and stamped the sentiment (which is not a Clarity Stamp) and then distressed this a bit using the Distress ink Faded Jeans.  This was mounted onto the card at an angle using Foam Tape.

 Ink on Canvas
30 x 40 cm

I used the same techniques and inks etc for this canvas.  The colours are a bit darker as it is Canvas.  I just love how the sky and the lighthouse turned out.  Hope you all like it too.