Friday, May 15, 2015

Friends Bloom with Tamiko

A lot of my artsy friends buy coloring books.  It  relaxes them and allows them to play with color.  As for me, I prefer my stamped images.  I pick the stamps I feel like playing with and I just sit down and go for it.  Sometimes I see stamps I want to color.. long before i know I need to use it for a project or card of some sort.  I opften have afternoons where I will play with images and color, fussycut and add to my little plastic photo holder. I was very anxious to just play with one of Terri Sproul's newest stamp sets called Just Us Girls  with Sin City Stamps.   And this is what I created.. :)

Supplies needed:
Sin City Stamps- Jus Us Girls by Terri Sproul
Colour Arte- Twinkling H2O (various colors)
Derwent Inktense Water Color Pencils
Water color paper (used 120lb- pad from Michaels)
Sakura Metallic Gel Pens
Koi Water Brush
Pipette-optional (for adding water to my pots)
Ranger Archival Ink Pad
Deco Art Paint Pen
Helmar's Craft & Hobby PVA 
Misc- Unibal Vicion, Water, Scissors, paper trimmer a few beads and sari yarn

First I sat down and stamped my images on he paper with archival ink because once it's dry it is permanent, Then I added water with my pipette to a few of my favorite Twink colors and let them sit a few moments.  So i started with my Derwent pencils and I hate lines from the pencils.  So I scribble al the colors on my paper I think i might try to use. it 's no big deal.  Whatever I don't use is avaible to continue coloring or my daughter can play with it, without touching my pencils.  ::laughs::

After color was placed. I went over areas with my twinks because they shimmer and who doesn't like shimmer?  Then I fussy cut them. Hmm cards? Art journal pages? Hmm how bout a combo of both and create a mini art journal.  I quickly grabbed another sheet of water color paper and began laying splotches of shimmering colorful goodness like I saw over at CeeCee's Creations I will be practicing this technique with water colors for a WHILE I am sure.  So I got my paper and brush nice and juicy played like this to create a background to my mini art journal.

then I began to fold up my paper to book shaping I needed to do.  I felt it would be easier to do my line work, once I knew what images would go where.  So I folded my paper in eights. and on the length of the paper I cut on the middle fold between the center rectangles.

Then I took my Helmar's Craft & Hobby PVA Glue and placed along the base's edges.  Then I did some individual line work on my water color splotches.  Glue my *girls* to the pages, inked my edges, added yarn and beads and the quote... A FLOWER does not THINK of COMPPETING with another FLOWER..  It just BLOOMS.  The quote is how I feel about friends.  My friends are like flowers.  No need to compete, each is beautiful in their own way, just for being themself.  ::smiles::

A few more photos of the other pages..

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial  as much as I did creating this project!!  Can't wait to dive back into my stamps you can find at Sin City Stamps and my products from Colour Arte!!  Thanks for stopping by!!  Have a great weekend!! :)


  1. I love this so much. Wow. Going to make my own for sure. Great explanations and great stamp and color choices. Love your work so much.

  2. Love those stamps and you did a wonderful job with putting them in their own little journal, Cute!

  3. Your little journal looks wonderful.. I love the quote it fits the project of all your wonderful girls so well.

  4. Your mini book is beautiful. Love the blooms and of course the girls. I also love the quote, it makes a lot of sense to me.


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