I have adapted a very old painting technique to colour the stamped images . It is called Grisaille . Using neutral or grey shades the form of the image is created , sometimes the design is left just in shades of grey . However it is possible to add colour over the top of the grey so that the grey acts as shading under the colour l
I have painted on an MDF platter that I had , firstly with a coat of gesso . Sand the surfac after the gesso is dry ( When working on MDF don't sand until it has a coat of paint on it .) The blue colour is PaperArtsy paint Lake Wanaka and the yellow is Vanilla mixed with a touch of Caramel .
Once the paint is dry the images can be stamped. I used StazOn Timber Brown because I felt that it created a softer outline than a black ink .
I have used the floral stamps from both new sets to create the design. I stamped the central image and then masked it out as shown before stamping other images around the platter . This shows the centre of the platter and I then stamped the edges in the same way.
After stamping the design I painted the petals using Chalk White to create the highlights. I left the leaves yellow .
This is where the shading is added . I mixed French Roast with a little Lake Wanaka to create a soft grey and mixed it with Matt Glaze to make it transparent and washed this colour into any areas that should be shaded or darker. Don't worry about getting some of the glaze on the white because this helps blend the colours together.
To add the coloured glazes I mixed the colours with Matt Glaze and washed them onto the flowers . I used Pumpkin Soup mixed with Autumn Fire, then Autumn Fire and finally Claret . The colours are
deeper towards the centres of the flowers.
The other flowers were coloured in the same way using Beach Hut then Glass Blue and lastly Eggplant.
The leaves were painted the same way using Hey Pesto . To 'pull' the two sets of colours together I added glazes of Eggplant to the pink flowers and Pumpkin Soup to the blue flowers . I also added washes of Glass Blue and Autumn Fire to the background around the flowers . By adding these colours across the painting the picture comes together instead of looking like separate pictures on the
platter.. To finish the piece I rubbed While Fire Treasure Gold around the edges .
Here is the finished platter .
I enjoyed painting this because it combined my two loves of stamping and painting .l hope this
method of colouring has inspired you to try it out .
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