Archive | Holly Brown

Art Neko designer and artist

Gansai Tambi Watercolored Mum

mustard mum hb

 

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I played with my Gansai Tambi watercolors this time.  I stamped this beautiful Framed Stained Glass Chrysanthemum with archival black ink onto some watercolor paper.  Then I used a paintbrush dipped in water to pick up colors from my palette of Gansai Tambi watercolors.  I wanted some autumn colors for my flower, so I colored it with some mustard and  hints of orange and red.  This piece was set aside to dry completely for several hours.

The background is a layer of mustard cardstock which has been embossed with a brick pattern.  It is adhered to a black card base.  I matted the watercolored flower piece with some black cardstock, and I added the persimmon orange ribbon underneath the image.

There are so many different colors you could use with this chyrsanthemum.  Imagine this in pinks or reds or purples or even white.  You could color this with anything.  Watercolors, colored pencils, Copic markers, or even crayons would be lovely with this image.  I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors because I wanted to see how they blended on a flower and leaves and ribbons.  These Gansai Tambi watercolors are very creamy and the pigments are very rich.  They work very well with floral images like this one from Art Neko.

Art Neko has hundreds of beautiful floral stamps.  Check out their catalog of floral images and have fun shopping!

 

 

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Medallion Framed Khalil Gibran

Life Without Love hb

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I created this very clean and simple card to share with you.  I was playing around with these medallion stamps from this gorgeous Japanese Floral 4 sheet, and I liked this unusual color combo of pumpkin orange, denim blue, and emerald green.  These may not be traditional Japanese colors, but I like how these colors hint at the coming fall season.

I punched these medallions out with different sizes of circle punches, and then adhered them to a stitched circle frame.  This Life Without Love sentiment was stamped with the same denim blue ink as one of the medallions.  I then adhered the circle frame with foam tape to frame the sentiment.  This card is a 4.25″ square.

You could create a card very similar to this using any of the medallions from Art Neko.  There are several different sheets with medallion stamps, and I’ve listed some of them below if you would like to check them out.  These are just a few examples.  You can type in “medallions” in the search box at Art Neko and you will see many more medallion images.   I hope you have a wonderful day!

Japanese Floral 4 sheet

Sheet with 34 Medallions

Japanese Family Crests, Medallions, Animals, and Birds sheet

Crane Medallions

Cranes and Waves Medallions

 

 

 

 

 

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Copper Tin Beauty

 

Good morning!  Are you ready for fall?  I know I am!  It’s Holly posting today, and I was thinking about fall colors when I created this card.  I made the three little rectangles (faux tin tiles) on the left side by adhering some foil onto some thin chipboard and then running it through an embossing folder.  I painted the panels with some lime green paint and let it dry.  Some liquid copper leafing finish was rubbed over the lime green paint and then I sanded and buffed the piece to get that variegated coloring.  I love how it turned out.

This sentiment, QUOT0002 – Text: Beauty awakens the soul to act, is the perfect accent for this card.  When I make a custom background like I did with the faux tin tiles, I don’t like to cover them up with a bunch of papers or stamped images.  A simple and beautiful sentiment like this one is the only thing I needed for this card.

Have you seen the cards that Sabrina and Leah have shared this past week?  I love their creativity, and I’m looking forward to seeing more.  You’ll be seeing cards from the rest of our design team throughout the month, so please come back and visit soon.

 

 

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Tea Time in the Orient with Art Neko

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the brand new Art Neko blog!  My name is Holly Brown and I am the Design Team Coordinator.  I’m thrilled to embark on this wonderful journey to share artwork created with Art Neko stamps.

Tea Time in the Orient card by Holly Brown

Tea Time in the Orient, Art Neko stamps.

For today’s project, I used the beautiful pagoda in the gardens image from the Tea Time in the Orient sheet.  I stamped it with Versamark onto some chocolate brown cardstock, and then covered it with a green verdigris embossing powder.  After I heated up the powder and let it melt, all the gorgeous colors started popping out.  You can see the jade green color, but there is also some darker green and some copper colors mixed in there.  

For my background, I experimented with some different inks to get the same coloring as you see with the verdigris embossing powder.  I started by spraying some white cardstock with Cracked Pistachio distress spray stain, and then I did a rough sponge with some Gathered Twigs distress ink and some emerald green ink.  It coordinates beautifully with the pagoda image.

I wanted to highlight the copper coloring in the embossing powder, so I cut a larger rectangle of cardstock and covered it with copper embossing powder.  I did the same with a couple of small strips and used them for the horizontal strips behind the pagoda image.

I found a medallion stamp from the 34 Medallions sheet and embossed it with the same verdigris embossing powder onto chocolate brown cardstock.  Instead of a circle punch, I decided to echo the shapes of the pagoda by punching the embossed medallion out with a hexagon punch.  I adhered it to the side of the pagoda scene with a little bit of foam tape.  I love how this jade and copper card turned out!

Tea Time in the Orient card by Holly Brown

Be sure to come back and check out what the rest of the Design Team Artists have been creating.  You’re going to love their wonderful artwork!  🙂

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