I’ve been looking for one of these AECP classes to help me create a flower similar to the Lily in our front yard this summer. I was a bit scared and intimidated by this class as I watched Marika Rahtu draw in each of the six lessons she taught. Her finished products were absolutely gorgeous and seemed to show so much dimension in a flat surface. I had no idea what some colored pencils could do to inks. This was the perfect technique to try and create my lily.
I started with the Altenew Build-A- Flower Stargazer stamp set. This set has actually 6 stamps to build this flower but today I only used the two largest ones for both the flower and the leaves. Instead of stamping the multiple layers I used the pencils to add in the details. For the flower I started with the whole flower being Distress ink – squeezed lemonade. Then on the second layer of stamping, I went around the outside with Distress ink -festive berries, candied apple, and fired brick – going from the lightest to the deepest as I moved out on the flower. Each time I took a deeper red I stamped less and less of the lily but building the reds on top of each other. I then came back in with Distress ink – mustard seed to add a little deeper yellow to the center. When I laid out all the leaves and the flower on the card, I used liquid glue to place the leaves and some foam tape for the flower. I also added some shimmer, very lightly, to the flower with my almost dry Tonic Aqua Shimmer pen. I wanted some sparkle but didn’t want t o cover the details so this almost dry pen was just right.
Following Marika’s example of just letting the flower talk to you and draw in lines as feels right, I started in. She always starts with the lightest color and works to the darker colors adding more and more detail. I used Prismacolor Pencils, first the Canary Yellow PC916 to fill in some of the spots the ink didn’t fill with the stamps. Then I used PC 924 Crimson Red and PC 925 Crimson Lake. For the stamen of the flowers I used PC 947 Dark Omber. When I did the leaves I again, only stamped the first two layers (Altenew Frayed Leaves and Forest Glades), then drew in lines with PC911 Olive Green and PC 988 Marine Green. I was amazed as how much more depth the pencil lines give the flower and the leaves. The details were definitely coming out.
Notice the center left leaf has no pencil marks and how flat it looks compared to the others that have penciled details.
When all the leaves and the flower were done, I die cut them with the coordinating dies. Now, onto a layout. I tried several different colors behind the flower – reds, yellow, black, and then found two pieces of cardstock I had blended several months ago. I had blended Distress ink – squeezed lemonade and festive berries…trying to get something like a peace rose. This lent a nice soft tone to the background as well as made the flower stand out more. This, a strip of deep red and DCWV glitter cardstock seemed to make the best combination for the card front. I also had enough of the blended cardstock to cut out the ‘for you’ sentiment for the front. I was pleased with the overall outcome and loved the softness the blended paper added to the card. I added some Honeybee gems to give the last finishing touch.
How did I do in recreating Mother Nature’s beauty? The flowers are so stunning in real life it’s hard to duplicate.