Initially, summer’s end always saddens me as I cut back flower stems and prepare the garden for the seasonal changes. However, I remember the first early frost, pumpkins, oversized baggy sweaters while curled up in a chair reading a book, maybe with a blanket over my legs, pumpkins, the fiery display of changing leaf colours and did I mention pumpkins?!
I have to admit that I don’t eat a lot of pumpkin, but I like to use them for autumnal displays more than anything and I love to paint them. Add a cute-as-can-be dragon, and I was so happy to get my paints out!
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STAMPtember, what is STAMPtember? Well, officially, it is a month-long industry-wide celebration of stamping hosted by Simon Says Stamp. But it is so much more than that for me! For a start, it’s not just about stamping but all creativity. Artists, creatives, companies, hobbyists, and professionals gather together, united by their love of what we do. It’s the community of it for me, the heart and each year, this is my favourite time of the creative calendar. Add in the changing season and looking ahead to all the holidays with lots of new products to inspire, and I love it!
autumn and all the pumpkins!
OK, let’s get to this wee guy. I wanted to keep things simple with all the focus on one spotlight area. I stamped one of the dragons from the Happy Haunting set in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink on a watercolour card. Often, I like to use a no-line technique for colouring, but I didn’t want to lose all the fine details on this image, so stamping an outline was the best way to go.
I used Daniel Smith watercolours and Faber Castell Polychromos to colour this cutie. As always, I started with light layers of watercolour and then slowly built up areas of differing colour and depth. I finished with touches of coloured pencil and a white gel pen for details. I don’t colour many cute images, but I had a ball with this guy!
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