Have Courage

Susan Robinson
March 25, 2021

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It’s very cosy here in our comfort zone, but we won’t discover anything new, unless we have the courage to step outside it once in a while. They don’t have to be big steps, they can be little baby ones to start. The first one is always the hardest.

stamps: ‘En Bord de Mer’ by Carabelle Studio; ‘Discover Oceans’ by Stamp-it

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Harbour Boats

Susan Robinson
May 27, 2019

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I gave myself a stern talking to before going to the Perth Convention Craft Fair this week, that I would NOT buy anymore stamps! However I couldn’t resist this one by Carabelle studio as I have a particular weakness for boats (looking at them that is, not actually travelling in them). To get me warmed up I did my first sample (above) with watercolours similar to that suggested on the packaging.


“En bord de Mer” by Carabelle studio with Distress Oxide background

In an attempt to get a completely different look, I was going for grungy with my second sample, as I experimented with a Distress Oxide background (Faded Jeans, Shaded Lilac, Worn Lipstick, Carved Pumpkin and Squeezed Lemonade for the sky; Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio for the sea). I think I overworked the top of the sky area too much, but I am still playing and learning how to use my Oxide inks. It’s all a bit of a serendipitous journey.

With a sadly dried up white acrylic paint, I then went over the top to colour the boats, lighthouse and highlight waves. The stars were tiny splats of silver alcohol ink, and the moon was coloured with a combination of yellow acrylic ink and shimmer mist.

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Beautiful Boats

admin
August 15, 2015

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deep as the ocean discover new oceans   life is a journey   adventure on the seas

Just in time for Father’s Day – more cards with a nautical theme! I did say I love boats didn’t I? The first two beached boats I mainly used chalk pastels to colour with, a great medium for covering larger areas quickly and easily. I then put crackle accents over the boat with the anchor. The second two cards, I was playing with different ways of creating waves. Both were coloured with Distress Stains and Sprays. The paper for the sailboat card was then torn into wavy strips, with the core white card showing through for the tips of the waves. I used mulberry paper for the fishing boat card, that I glued down with a matt glue, wrinkling as I went to create a wavy effect. The definition of Adventure states “an outing full of surprises”. It’s a bit hard to see in the scan, but there is a very large shark lurking just beneath the surface:)

DEEP AS THE OCEAN: 2290F Abandoned Boat, 4880E Deep as the Ocean, 796B Seagulls

DISCOVER NEW OCEANS: 2724E Beached, 4881E Discover Oceans, 3601G Overlapping text

LIFE IS A JOURNEY: 4619E Wind & Sails, 1773D Life is a Journey

ADVENTURE ON THE SEAS: 4620E Ocean Fishing, 695D White Pointer Shark, siset048 Adventure Wording

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Sail Away

admin
August 13, 2015

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escape motor boat card  4619E Wind & Sails (2)

1073G Windwardyacht origami card

I love boats! And they are a great subject for male cards, which can sometimes be a struggle. I have chosen a line from Stamp-it’s 2911C Journey Words on each of these cards as the common thread to link them.

ESCAPE: 4620E Ocean Fishing; Dylusion Ink Sprays (Calypso Teal, London Blue & After Midnight)

SAIL AWAY: 4482G A Map, 4619E Wind & Sails; Distress Stain background (Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage)

VOYAGE: 1073G Windward, 3530E Vintage Compass, 4496E Voyage

JOURNEY: 3839E Go Confidently; paper sailboat made using origami folds

 

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