Adorable Wee Geisha with a Bonsai

For my card this week I have taken a stamp that has nothing at all to do with Christmas, the Adorable Wee Geisha with a Bonsai, and given it something of a festive feel by using traditional Christmas colours and adding some little paper lanterns.

Adorable wee geisha with bonsai stamp from Art Neko in a festive setting with paper lanterns

Adorable Wee Geisha with Bonsai


She is adorable, isn’t she! I always think those traditional shoes (geta) don’t look very comfortable or practical, though. I can see the practicality of having your feet raised above wet or dirty ground, but I’m sure you couldn’t run in them.

I stamped my little geisha on Bristol Board with Versafine Onyx Black and coloured her with pencils. Then I decided I didn’t like the stark white background, so I masked her off and sponged lightly with Antique Linen distress ink, and then used a homemade circle stencil to add the round circles in light green. The floor is scored with a stylus after sponging.

My little lanterns were created by cutting a couple of circles and an oval from the Red Diamonds on Gold with Good Fortune Kanji paper and scoring it at 1/4″ intervals with a stylus. I used narrow strips of gold card for the top and bottom, and threaded a couple of strands of gold embroidery floss through each one so that I could hang them from a gold cord.
My “room” still looked quite bare, which I suppose would be in keeping with the Japanese aesthetic, but I decided to add a little punched pot and sprig of foliage, with some tiny shaped punched circles for flowers. I think this could be used for any celebration including Christmas and Chinese New Year.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the different creations from the team this week – make sure to check back again next week for more wonderful inspiration.


One Response to Adorable Wee Geisha with a Bonsai

  1. Holly Brown November 22, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    Oh Sabrina! I love this sweet little scene! That girl is adorable, and I love the plant and those hanging lanterns you’ve added. What an awesome idea to make the lanterns from the gorgeous washi papers in the Art Neko store! Your bokeh effect in the background is soft and subtle – just gorgeous!

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