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The Druid’s Inn

I promised our Facebook group that I would do a tutorial for this picture. It features some of the New release stamps from the Lavinia stamps October release. I have to say that I’m blown away by the new fabulous designs! They of course mix and match beautifully with stamps from the whole range (as I have done here) allowing us to build endless combinations of magical scenes!

I used the following stamps:

Druid’s inn

Berry leaves

Meadow mushroom and Miniature

Forest mushroom and Miniature

Sebastian and Jasmine’s house

The steps:

I’ve used again one of my favourite background techniques. Like in the previous posts I began by creating an ink spray print. This was done by spraying a selection of ink sprays ( some with mica) on to good quality stamping or mixed media white card. Spray with water, then press a blank piece of dry card on top and pull apart. The ink will leave two prints which when dry I cut down and use as a background. I use the random pattern to build a scene.

Using torn copy paper and ink I created a bank in the foreground.

I then began to roughly build a scene using grey ink and paper masks for some of the mushrooms. I didn’t want the images too dark. It was just outlines that I needed as I was going to mainly paint over them later.

Once I had a rough design I painted the main images with gesso. This helps with the colouring process later. If you want bolder brighter colour unaffected by the background this is a good way of providing a neutral colouring base. Then I carefully lined up my stamps again and stamped over the top in a dark blue ink. ( sorry forgot to photograph this step- got distracted!)

I extended the tree top using the same line work and layered down colour firstly using zig clean colour markers and then for a little more opacity posca paint pens and white gel pen on some parts.

I did the same to the foreground images. I also used more distress oxide ink to shade the bank and my Stabilo all charcoal pencil to darken the shadow in front of the foreground mushroom. I added yellow dots to the smaller mushrooms and for lighter colour I used my red and yellow Stabilo pastel pencils.

I added leaves in both sizes to the top of the tree in several different colours of ink. I also highlighted the leaves down the left side in paler colours of pastel pencil as the light was coming from that direction.

I stamped some additional mushrooms in both the background and the foreground. For a misty affect I stamped using purple distress oxide ink. I also used paint pens to enhance the colours on various sections of the picture.

Finally when the picture was mounted I added the obligatory glitter!

The close ups:

I have to say that I think the Druid’s Inn stamp is one of my favourite stamps so far and I really enjoyed building a mushroom village as a setting for it.

Don’t forget to check out the fabulous samples from the rest of the team for more inspiration and of course our friendly Facebook group

Till next time…

Lisa xx

18 thoughts on “The Druid’s Inn

  1. Hi Lisa,
    I LOVE the atmosphere and your fabulous design and coloring as always, just amazing once again, wow! Thank you for the detailed step-out photos and clear tutorial, that’s so kind.
    I love your makes and blog. You are a great artist in my opinion.
    Crafty hugs from France,
    Corinne X

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