I had the best time on Saturday at Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston, VA, taking two classes with Karen Lockhart of Lockhart Stamps!! She's a great artist and teacher. The first was a class in using colored pencils; the second was on etching or embossing with a stylus. First you stamp the image; after it dries you etch whatever design you want onto the image or background with a stylus (Karen recommends the stylus made by Royal & Langnickel [sp?]). Then you color over the image with Prismacolor pencils and the effect is beautiful. On my card for Sketch 89 above, I hope you can see a little wavy pattern I etched in the background, plus the little lines on the flowers. I love this Lockhart stamp, because it can be used year round in different color palettes! I had trouble with my ribbon fraying on the ends (any tips welcome!) so I added the little red and white star buttons to cover the fraying, hehe. It gives a more finished look and the little stars kinda look like the flowers!
Here's another card I made from Saturday's class using another Lockhart stamp; here I etched a checkerboard into the red apple before coloring. I need practice, but this is a really fun technique. Karen also taught us about Zentangle, which is a kind of very artful doodling; you can draw patterns with black pen and then color over with Prismacolors.
What a fun afternoon, and inspiring to learn something new! Thanks for stopping by.