We started off with the 10.00 am class. Everyone arrived early - and just as well, as Leandra had them all working by ten o'clock on two pieces of work, both inspired by 'Finnabair'. You could have heard a pin drop in the room, as everyone selected their pieces and carefully put them in place on a both a flat board and a small substrate. Lots of heavy gel medium and then the works were put to one side to dry, while the next activity was rolled out.
For this one, everyone got the chance to play with the new Ellen Vargo stamps along with lots of paint and some of the new Archival Ink colours from Ranger (created by Wendy Vechi) which are fabulous for creating awesome backgrounds that can be used for art journal pages, cards, scrapbooking or anything else your imagination might come up with !
Leandra demonstrated the techniques to pull together a painted backgound, which involved using paint and lots of brayering, colour washing and stamping with both ink and paint to create the background.
She cut up one of her pieces to show what could be done with the background pieces & demonstrated using a Lynne Perrella stamp which she painted with a couple of clever little tricks along the way to really make the face pop within the stamp she used - a great technique which can be used in the background of any stamp where you want to make the focal point stand out.
Then another background with different techniques, with cut and dry foam as the applicator.
Everyone then created their own backgrounds using the techniques, under the watchful eye of Leandra with some really good results and a lot of happy faces !
We'll be back tomorrow to show you how the canvas boards and substrates worked out !!