Thanks for joining us on our Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop where we create something based on a theme one Friday night per month. This month’s theme is Pointillism and if you are anything like me, you would be thinking Point-till-what?? Up until a week or so ago, I had never even heard of this technique! Once I looked at some videos, I was surprised that the technique was a fancy name for dot colouring. I decided to join and give it a go as it looked like fun! Our Guest Designer this month is Kayla McCreddie, thanks for joining us tonight, I can’t wait to see everyone’s creations!
I decided I wanted something colourful and bright so I grabbed my Hooray to You stamp set as I love the big balloon stamp. The dot effect looked a bit like confetti to me so I used some rainbow colours to go around my balloon stamp. Every party needs confetti right?
I would recommend using the Stamparatus with big stamps like this just so you get a great stamped image and if you don’t the first time, it makes it super easy to stamp again being in the exact same position. I stamped firstly with memento black ink then afterwards I stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I love heat embossing over stamped images, it really makes your image pop with a glossy finish.
My dot colouring was done with Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue, Rich Razzleberry and Highland Heather light and dark blends. All the colours of the rainbow!
I cut this out using my stitched rectangle framelits and mounted on another piece of whisper white cardstock that was decorated striped lines using blends. I stole this little idea of Kelly Kent after making a card with a background like this at a social stamping event last term. Thanks for this tip Kelly, it works a treat for a bright and colourful background! If you would like to view Kelly’s card using this background idea please click here.
You might have noticed some stamping on the inside of my card too. I have stamped some mini flowers from the set and decorated with some colours using the dots. Pretty right?
So I had some bright coloured fun with this technique but then I wanted to try a more subtle option. So I grabbed one of my fav stamp sets, Free as a Bird. I love this stamp set, perfect for spring time too with all the little birds dancing around in the garden.
I stamped my bird image on a piece of whisper white card stock then used my light and dark balmy blue blends to add colouring using the pointillism technique. I don’t get fussy here, I just add dots and lots of them! Then I added some colouring to the birds and the flowers. I didn’t want too much colouring so I left the branch and the leaves. I am in two minds if I will decided to colour them in or not.
I cut the birds out with one of the stitched nested dies. Some background stamping of leaves in Sahara Sand and a white embossed fussy cut out sentiment. I also added a little flower coloured with Calypso Coral. You might notice my colouring is a bit on the messy side or rustic I like to call it. Well that is exactly what I was going for. A little bit messy. I love it! What do you think?
Sometimes I like to leave some parts uncoloured so that your eye really focuses on the star of the show, in this case the birds with that lovely soft dotty background.
So that is me done and I am happy to be able to say I have ticked pointillism off my list. I would love to see if you decide to give this a go. Not as easy as it seems but just try not to overthink it.
Next up on the blog hop is my lovely friend Narelle. Make sure you click the next button below to see what amazing creation she has to show us.
I do hope you will give this technique a try and get dotty!
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