Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Clarity Challenge 40 - Masculine (Mid-month Blog)

Hi there - well they say June is set to be the wettest in years, so no excuse not to stay in, keep dry, and CRAFT!
Here's my mid-month Masculine themed card to hopefully inspire and encourage you to join in the fun.......
7 x 4 ins piece of watercolour canvas (or for a different texture use watercolour paper)
8 x 6 ins blank greeting card & contrasting card to frame the artwork
Oriental Lattice Stencil
Clarity Stencil Brush
Paperartsy Acrylics - Zesty Zing, Beach Hut, Inky Pool
Pebeo Patinating Wax - Empire Gold
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Tropical Fish & Coral stamp set
Small fish from the Harbour Scene stamp set
Spectrum Noir Aqua Pens - Kingfisher, Bud Green, Sunflower & Meadow
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Aquamarine
Used lolly stick
Gathered Twigs & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
White Pen & Fine Black Sharpie Pen
Short length of garden twine & a brad
Start by sweeping the Paperartsy Acrylics randomly across the piece of canvas - small amounts at a time to give a watery effect.  I used my fingers for this - lovely & messy!
Next place the stencil where you want it and tape it down to the canvas.  Using the stencil brush and a small amount of paint at a time, brush through the Inky Pool acrylic paint sweeping it lightly round the outer edges.  I then used a light touch of dark blue Distress Crayon to add definition in small areas, worked in with my finger and did the same with the wax to give a luminescence.
Stamp the fish in Archival Ink, wait for the ink to dry fully before colouring in with the Spectrum Noir Aqua pens.  I also highlighted parts of the fish with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Snap the ends off the lolly stick and use the middle piece for your sign.  Wipe it onto the Distress Ink pad for a variegated colouring to the wood.  Once dry, write "Gone Fishing" with the white pen.
Tie a knot in each end of the twine and glue onto the sign.  Once the glue has dried, make a small hole in the canvas with a sharp point and use the brad to attach the sign in the corner.
After assembling the card, when I was drawing on the bubbles with the black sharpie, I scribbled on what I thought was the scrap paper underneath to check the pen, but it was the edge of the main card!
All was not lost - I guillotined the edge off the card and using Peacock Feathers Distress ink, used the fish stamp and added his tail down the inside edge of the card.  Works ok I think......?
Hope you like it and don't forget you have until the 30th June if you haven't already entered the competition to showcase your artwork and win yourself a £50 Claritystamp voucher.
If you're stuck for ideas, check out the other Design Team artwork for some inspiration.
Good luck xxx 


  1. Seeing the two little fish below reminds me of Springwatch and the little stickleback. Fab card and colouring, Carole. ;~}

  2. Fablous I love the fishes on this, the colours and backgrounds are stunning. Xx

  3. Love the effect you have got with your stencil work x

  4. What a great background Carole, really get the sense of being under water. Just love the little fishes too x