I haven't been blogging much lately. Life tends to get in the way of writing blog posts, I spend an awful lot of time in my car driving to and from various swimming pools.
But this week, I have some special stuff to share with you: This is my Growing In Unity week! The The Growing In Unity program, is sponsored and promoted by Unity Stamp Company. Each year, Unity randomly selects 52 "guest" designers from the pool of applicants to share projects Monday through Friday, each during an assigned week, and this week it's me! I have prepared lots to share with you this week, so I hope you will visit each day.
Unity Stamp Company wants to share with you as well. They have offered a prize pack of their fabulous, deeply etched stamps for me to give away to two lucky winners. If you have never tried one of their beautiful stamps, you could be in for a real treat. If you are already a loyal fan like I am, you know their dedication to making quality products. To enter this prize pack giveaway, simply add a comment on any or all of my Growing In Unity posts this week. The winners will be announced on this blog, and on the Unity Stamp Company Growing in Unity Facebook page after December 7th.
Unity Stamp Company is a family-owned red rubber stamp company based right here in Minnesota. They are located in New London, MN, about 75 minutes from my house, and the Magnuson family is about the sweetest family you could ever meet. They are an absolute joy to be around, and I sincerely love to support such a generous, hard-working, family-owned, "local" business. Their stamps are "cooked to order", so sometimes you won't receive your order Amazon Prime fast, because they are vulcanizing your specific stamps just for you, from their assortment of literally thousands of production plates. And they are definitely worth a few days wait! I once was able to see the process of them making their stamps, and it was fascinating to watch.
Today, I am sharing a series of watercolored cards using a few of the many Unity Stamp Company stamps that are designed by artist Phyllis Harris. Illustrator Phyllis Harris creates line image stamps, often featuring children, that are so simple and fun to color or paint. These happen to be some of my favorite images to pre-stamp and bring with me to color or paint when I'm away from home traveling, while a passenger on a flight or sometimes even in the car. The projects I'm sharing today, I actually watercolored while sitting in the bleachers at my son's all day club swim meet three weeks ago. I apologize for not having step photos to share with you on these cards, but I didn't take any photos at all until I had finished and assembled my cards at home. Actually that's not quite true. I did take ONE photo that day. It was so hazy and blurry, that I put my camera away in my bag and just painted and watched a few minutes of swimming.
My images I'm sharing today were all painted using Daniel Smith watercolors, and a simple waterbrush. I used Inkon3's ink to stamp my images on panels of Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper. The first three used Inkon3 Fine Detail Black ink; and for the last image, I used Inkon3's Fade Out ink for a no-line look. The Phyllis Harris images are very simple to paint, as they lend well to using light color washes, letting the layer dry, then adding another layer one at a time. I worked on the panels, start to finish. I was at the swim meet for 5 1/2 hours, so each of these watercolor panels took around an hour to paint, including the few minutes of drying time between each layer of paint.
My first card used the stamps from the Brandy & Emma Goodbye stamp kit.
I added texture to the dog's fur by adding paint in a bit of a splotchy manner, and even lifting a bit of color in small areas with a paper towel.
My next card uses the stamps from a kit called We Just Need Someone.
The following uses the sweet girls image included the set, A Sky With No Limit.
This last image using the images from Simple Places took me the longest to paint. I used the Fade Out ink for a no-line look, and the horse needed many layers to build up the levels of color I wanted. Each layer took a few minutes to dry, but when you sit at a swim meet for 5 1/2 hours to watch your child swim a total of less than five minutes, literally waiting for paint to dry sure helps pass the time!
That's all I have to share for today. I hope you will come back tomorrow for more of my Growing in Unity projects. Thanks for stopping by, and for your comments!
Enjoy your day!