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Monday 3 October 2016

A hook at one end, an optimist at the other...............

Good morning!

Something rather more tranquil this morning.  I was inspired to make this card for the Try it on Tuesday current challenge of "Sun, Moon, Stars.....".

I really like this fisherman stamp from Inkylicious and popping him under a lovely full moon, fishing at night just seemed absolutely ideal (where I'd like to be sometimes, on my own and away from the usual chaos - yes, I could sit in that boat there in that picture!!!!!).

OK, didn't take photo's as I went along this time but I can talk you through it just the same so lets take our journey.

Started with a piece of watercolour card stock (you can just about see the texture on there) and made a start with the sky.  I simply dragged distress ink across the page VERY LIGHTLY avoiding the central area where I was to work on my moon.  I didn't actually use a stencil of any type for the moon, I simply painted the moon on with very watered down gesso, then, using a charcoal pencil enhanced the underneath of the moon to give is a bit of shadow under there. Then, as I had the gesso squirted on my mat already, I decided to use that thinned down again to wipe some clouds in the sky (this left some of the nice darkness behind which looked quite effective) and went over the top two corners again as I felt these were a bit too dark at this point too.

So, next I had to work on the lower half of the artwork.  For the effect of the water I used an Inkylicious ink duster with black soot distress ink again and I spritzed the ink duster very lightly with water and swept that across the page avoiding the very front of the picture - I wanted this to "feel still - almost pond like" - it is after all, night time.

So, I had a horizon line which was good, so I stamped the trees and bank on it (again from Inkylicious) and added my fisherman.

The reeds were stamped, the pond birds and the sentiment "A fishing line has a hook at one end and an optimist at the other" by Inkylicious - but I felt something was missing?

The light from that moon! So out came a lovely Imagination crafts starlight paint and I highlighted that water up quite heavily to bring light to the whole picture.

You can see from this photograph just how reflective starlight paints are when light hits them!

Matted and Layered and "extended" the artwork by stamping more reeds and pond birds on to the actual white card outside the matting and layering.

There, happy with that, a bit on the dark and spooky side but how tranquil and peaceful does that look!

I would like to enter this in to the Try it on Tuesday challenge - Sun, Moon, Stars....

Hope you liked the journey, have a good week, 

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx


  1. A beautiful scene! Thank you very much for joining Moo Mania & More!
    oxo Susi

  2. A wonderful scene and interesting techniques

    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. A stunning peaceful, yet moody scene. The colours you used are fantastic. Thank you for joining us at TioT's this time.

  4. This is so beautiful - I love how you extended the scene! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  5. Hi Leanne, Congratulations on your Top 5 pick at Try it on Tuesday with this wonderful card.
    I am on the Admin there and wondered if you could contact me at:
    Thanks Avril