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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Tries A Spot of Pointillism

Hi guys! I was looking at the different stamps in the current stamp club set, The Birds and The Blooms, and picked out the hummingbird. Now, we don't get hummingbirds in the UK, so I checked online for the colouring of their plumage, and it seems they come in every shade and colour! In some of the photos, you could see the individual feathers, so I thought I'd try a bit of pointillism to represent the feathers. See what you think.

I started off by stamping the image on a small piece of white card with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Then using a selection of Tombow pens, I started colouring the bird by dotting the colours onto the card with the thin nib. I thought it would be really tedious but to be honest, it didn't take much longer than careful colouring does. (I normally prefer to slosh colours on; that's a really quick way of colouring!)

I added grey around the outline of the bird for a bit of depth. Then I coloured in the flower and stem using the same method.

And trimmed the panel and mounted it onto turquoise card.

I did consider using patterned paper as a background - I even found some with hummingbirds on - but in the end decided to go with splattering, because it makes me happy :)

And here's a look at the finished card again.

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  1. this looks awesome Shirley!! love the technique.. very nice.

  2. Gorgeous! Love the colors and the overall look is just fabulous! ♥

  3. Lovely CAS card - love the spattering effect and the all the space around the central panel:)

  4. I've never tried this technique because, like you said, it seems like it would be time-consuming. Good to know you found it didn't take too long.

  5. LOVE the pointillism effect. Really looks like a work of art.

  6. LOVE the pointillism effect. Really looks like a work of art.

  7. Very unique way to color an image - and very pretty results, too!

  8. I love the coloring! Such an inspiration Shirley!

  9. What a wonderful technique! I have never tried this! Such a beautiful outcome! TFS!

  10. Super awesome card and I love the way you used Pointillism on this card - what an amazing effect it made and this card is really stunning and so very CAS!!

  11. We do have hummingbirds in Ontario, Canada. If you see them one year, they usually come back again and again. And yes they do have many colors. I Like the technique you used, must try it. Gorgeous CAS card!

  12. A different dotting technique, looking awesome, love the splatters at the BG, a wonderful card! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Awsome Shirley, cant wait for my bird to arrive and try this idea. So eye catching

  14. Very interesting technique ! Loved the outcome..wonderful card !

  15. Wonderful technique and you have created a beautiful card Shirley :-)

  16. Looks wonderful. Thanks for a new coloring idea.

  17. Love your dotty bird and lovely splatts. Must try both. Hugz

  18. I love the way your bird turned out, I've never tried coloring like this, but I will now :)

  19. I love the simplicity of your card. It is beautiful


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