step by step – HMB #30

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Here’s a step by step for how i make my smaller swirl drawings – graphics heavy!


Starting with a distress ink base in my gold HandMadeBook:
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Next i rubber stamped some of my larger gear stamps in some gold speedball ink:
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Some under-journaling with a dip pen in a purpley-brown ink:
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Then large black swirls drawn on with the ink dropper:
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Drawing ink sketchy swirls with a dip pen and white ink:
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Finish off by filling in with smaller white swirls!
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specs with affiliate links (trying out some affiliate options, bear with me!):
pen and ink drawing on strathmore mixed media paper

using distress ink pads, speedball ink, rubber stamps, solvent ink pad, dr. martin’s bombay ink, liquitex black ink, dr. martin’s bleedproof white ink.

Honey Bee canvas collage

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Here’s another step-by-step!


Starting with a blank 5″ x 7″ canvas board:
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made a background with vintage security envelopes, correspondence and book text:
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added some acrylic paint with stencils:
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rubber stamping with a solvent ink pad:
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checking the placement of the book illustrations:
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then i glued down the pics with gel medium and splattered with acrylic inks:
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charcoal pencil around the pictures:
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and more charcoal around the edges, then sealed with gel medium!
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This item is available for purchase via my etsy shop

House Wren Canvas Collage

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step out time! i usually forget to take in process pics, not this time! So warning: post is all photos…


started off with a mini 2×4 canvas:
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layered some vintage ephemera – security envelopes, correspondence, book text:
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next came stenciling with acrylic paint daubers:
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and some rubber stamps with a solvent ink pad:
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check placement of antique book illustrations:
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ink splatters!
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then glue down the illustrations and add more ink drops:
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outline illustrations and frame with charcoal pencil, seal with gel medium and we’re done!
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This item is available for purchase via my etsy shop!