Hello stampers! A new month and a new challenge at Craft a Scene, Favourite Techniques. I am not good at picking favourites, usually having too many. One of my favourite scenic stamping techniques is to do black and white scenes.
I like black and white photos, which is perhaps also partly the reason for why I enjoy stamping and colouring black and white scenes. Colouring with just one shade is also a great exercise since it really makes you focus on value (the lightness or darkness of a colour). The importance of light, value and contrast becomes more apparent than when you work with a variety of colors. It is also fun to see how much you can achieve by using only shades of black ink. For other examples of black and white scene check these out: Night Sea, Evening in Central Park, and Neverland.
It is a good idea to plan where the light is coming from already on an early stage, so you know where to leave the white of the paper.
Water Pattern stamp for that. It was stamped first with Weather Vane, using both first, second and third generation impressions, and then with black ink, only on the really dark areas.
Add highlights with a white gel pen. Pick up white pigment ink with a Q-tip, dab off some of the ink on scrap paper and apply in very thin layers here and there on the scene to add shine and mist. Spray with a fixative and your scene is done.
Stamps: Stampscapes: Lakeside Cabin 147F, Migrating Birds 152D, Solo Canoeist 159A, Water Pattern Sm. 231C, Prickly Branches 272G, Beaver Sm 316A, Beaver Lodge 317C, Rocky Waterside (left) 324G, Rocky Waterside (right) 325G
Ink: Ranger Jenni Bowlin: Weather Vane; Adirondack Slate; Distress Ink Black Soot; Archival Ink Jet Black; Colorbox Frost White
Surface: Kromecote glossy cardstock