1 June 2015

June's Without Words Challenge

I decided to set myself a personal challenge whilst preparing my sample for you......

A while ago I was blown away by my dear friend Barbara, AKA Forgotten Scraps who has been creating some amazing pencil work on balsa wood and I thought it was high time I had a go myself!!

So here is my first ever balsa wood colouring
for our 
Summer Holidays challenge:

Whimsy Stamps/Wee Stamps - We love you bunches
Balsa Wood
Caran D'Ache Luminance and Pablos pencils
Winsor and Newton Professional Fixative
Chalk ink

If you wish to give this a go yourself here are a few hints....

Firstly, your inked image will bleed, don't panic - it is advisable however to use a lighter ink i.e. not black, that way your pencil stands a chance of covering the areas that bleed badly!

Secondly, it is recommended that you use pencils with softer leads such as Luminance, Pablos or Prismacolor - hard leads will dent the balsa wood and produce ruts on the surface.

Thirdly, seal your pencil work with fixative.

Our wonderful sponsor this month is
Crafters Companion

So for your chance to win a £10 voucher to spend in store please post your 
"Summer Holidays" images HERE

Bring on the summer sun!!!


Desire Fourie said...

Jane this is so pretty and I love the natural colours.
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Pssequimages said...

Oh This is absolutely stunning. What a fun medium to try. Thank you so much for the tips on using balsa.

Laine said...

Your work is an inspiration Jane. Love it.

Delphine said...

That is sooooooo gorgeous, my friend!!! I LOVE the look and your colouring is really the best! I can't wait to try balsa wood, I have to confess I bought some when Barbara shared her work but have not found the time to play with it!! BIG hugs Delphine xx

Squirrel x said...

Oh wowzers hun! I wasn't sure what to expect when you said you were trying this but what a result! Girl you have far too much talent for one person - simply mind blowingly brilliant! Hugs xx

Becky said...

It's absolutely stunning! I love how you've brought her to life, I'm going to have to give this a go, but it'll not be a patch on yours.
Becky xx

Curly said...

Hi Jane This is fantastic.... your colouring is always amazing!
I love how you bring every image to life,
Have a lovely week
Hugs Bridget :) xx

Sassy Raggedy said...

Beautiful coloring Jane and the image is just adorable. Great inspiration. Hugs, joann

Kim Bell said...

Jane!! Love your card your coloring is amazing. My goal is to work my pencils as well.

Tracy said...

Balsa wood? Seriously! How awesome is this. I would never have imagined it would color so cleanly, but then again the master colorer did this. :-) Crazy awesome Jane! Hugs!

Househund said...

Wow just look at that hair
Looking at the flowers... they really help me with shading. Its fantastic looking at your work Jane. I never never get tired of it