Saturday, October 16, 2010

Just because...

Just to decompress yesterday, I sat down with this bicycle stamp from Flower Soft - this is a huge and gorgeous image (sort of ironic that it took me half an hour to find it...)! I've been challenging myself to use my pencils differently - using a lighter hand, layering colors, letting the pencils blend themselves instead of using a solvent... so this is one of 'those' cards. Turns out the cardstock I can get here, which surely isn't anything special, has a decent tooth on it for this kind of pencil work. Fun stuff.

I also wanted to color something RED and play with layering different colors of Flower Soft - I pulled the Flower Soft out first to determine my color palette, and went from there. These are the pencils that I used, plus a tawny brown from my watercolor pencils that matched better with the Toffee:

Here's a close-up on the front basket of the bicycle..... When you layer colors of Flower Soft you do have to think ahead... I started with the Christmas Green - not my typical green but I love the dark boldness of it here. Next I put in some Ultrafine Toffee (sort of in the background). Next I added the Autumn Mix followed by Russet Red. So far I've liked the Autumn Mix on everyone's cards but my own, but I love the subtle combination here with the deeper red. While my glue was still a little tacky I sprinkled Ultrafine Strawberry over both areas. After everything dried, I added a little more Autumn Mix in a few spots. It was really fun to experiment and mix - don't be afraid to do that!
If you have questions please feel free to ask! Enjoy your weekend....

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Absolutely beautiful Dina! You hve serctainly mastered the art with pencils and the flowersoft.

  2. Wow! This is Gorgeous! I love the colors. Spending the extra time to combine all the colors of flowersoft was SO worth's perfect! That close up is amazing...I wish I could see it in person!