Watercolour Flowers in Yuliana's memory #niunamenos

August 12, 2017

I'm sharing 3 related blog posts today . All the projects in these posts were created using the same stamping tools and I also want to share a bit of the struggle behind the  creative process.

In this first post  you will find pictures of  a first project I made while I was trying  old watercolour techniques with  Brusho Crystal Colour Pigments and Simon Says Stamps Supplies.

It was late at night - about 11:30pm and  that day I was feeling particularly emotional because I   heard something in the news that really made me think. I was a bit sad and angry and  that completely affected  my work.

As you can see this composition  is not  bright or  happy . I found it  chaotic and perhaps a bit ugly.

This scene was made thinking of Yuliana Samboni.   She was a  little  girl who died last year in terrible circumstances in my country  and   I have been making little compositions to honour  her memory.  It seems to be a bit crazy as I didn't know Yuliana or her family but her death have really touched me.

If you want to see other projects inspired by Yuliana click here herehereherehere, here, and here! a new window will open and you won't lose this tread .

So Yuliana and her parents have been present in my prayers for many moons and this piece is an expression of that.

 How I did it? 

  • I stamped Yuliana's name using Versamak Black ink and I applied masking fluid on the letters as I knew I was going to stamp and applied colours over it.
  • I stamped some flowers and leaves randomly around the fonts using Distress Antique linen ink. I wasn't really thinking  but when I finished I noticed the images give the impression of being a flower or  a crown of thorns.
  • I used water brushes to apply pigment powders mixed with water.  The powders produce a translucent watercolour so I applied several layers of colour.
  • I used red, yellow, orange and brown powders to colour the roses.  Green and yellow added colour to the leaves and a wrong combination of black, purple and ultramarine for the background.
  •  As I had  the idea to create the flowers as if they are crying  real tears I used a straw to blow the ink in different directions to try to give shape to the tears. I think this effect would look better if  the images were stamped in a different orientation.
  • When I finished I removed the masking fluid and I applied a gold marker on the founts but I think I also chose the wrong colour to do this. I applied Nuvo glaze on the letters which is fantastic to add dimension... it is very similar to glossy accents but it is a bit more soft and creamy. It takes longer to dry as well so I messed up with it too.
  •  Then  I used  a craft knife to cut out the center of the piece, around the letters. This took me ages and when I finished  I thought   I wasn't doing any favours to  the composition.
 I made many wrong choices when creating this piece but I still love so many of its elements!

The next day  I sat to craft again .. I tried to develop the same idea  click on next to see how the concept was taking another shape...

That's all!

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I really hope you can get something positive from this post.  Please do not hesitate to ask any questions or leave a comment I would love to hear from you.

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