Tuesday 12 July 2011

Congratulations Claire!

Hello everyone, I'm here today with some fabulous news as my elder daughter Claire has gained her degree in Japanese Studies and we're all so proud of her. We'll be off to Sheffield next week for the graduation and will get to see her in robes and a mortar board - a very strange feeling as sometimes it only seems like yesterday that she was a toddler. We'll be taking lots of photos so I should be able to share some with you soon.
In the meantime, I have the card I made for her to show you which is my first attempt at pointillism. Kim Costello did a lovely article about this for Craft Stamper in the latest issue. I was very taken with the effect and decided to have a go. I don't think it's as good as Kim's but I do like the effect and you'll have to let me know what you think.

I chose to use this lovely dragon which is called Tamed Dragon and is by the very clever Teri of Delicious Doodles. Claire has always loved dragons and has some posters of them in her bedroom so this is an ideal image to use on a card for her. I've kept the card very simple as I feel the clean and simple look shows off the image better.
I printed it out and then used the pointillism technique with lots of toning shades of Promarkers. I did deviate slightly from the shading technique of sections of the wings as I wanted a very scaly effect. I think it adds loads of texture to the colouring even though it does take quite a while to do if your image is quite large. I do think the time it takes is worth it though.

Hope you like it and thanks for looking,
Fliss xx


Irene said...

Fliss, this is absolutely brilliant, you've mastered this technique without a doubt.Congrats to your daughter.Hope you enjoy the graduation, I'm sure there will be a few tears.
Have a good day
Irene x

Cath said...

This is a great effect, haven't got my craft stamper yet but look forward to reading the article. Congratulations to your daughter, enjoy the day.


Vintage Milly said...

Ooh, it is lovely, well done to your daughter too, I bet you are so proud,

andrea said...

Congrats to your daughter,look forward to seeing the pics we will be going to Sophies in November,hoping for lovely weather as they have theirs in Salisbury cathedral so should be great for the photos,Gorgeous card love the scaley effect

Esther said...

Oh my goodness Fliss - you must have so much patience..this is amazing! Congrats to your daughter and thanks for your visits and comments, always appreciated! Esther xx

Jacqueline said...

Well done your daughter - and well done you too - that dragon is stunning - Jacqueline xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Congrats to your daughter and all the family! Very well done indeed. Love your card, but be careful, this technique makes you addicted. Hugs, Valerie

Dolly Daydreams said...

Firstly congratulations for your daughter, Japanese wow ! You must be so proud of her. Your card is amazing never heard of this technique before but the outcome is stunning, must check it out, does look a bit tricky though. Have fun next week.


Miria said...

Hi, Fliss. Congrats on your daughter's graduation! I think you couldn't get her a better card thank this, I love the great job on colouring the dragon! Hugs, Miria
p.s. I couldn't watch the show as I wasn't at home, I just saw an abstract and I appreciated all DT fab creations. Do you how I could watch the full version, thank you xx

Fiona said...

Wow this is fabulous Fliss, can't believe it's yor first attempt, you've done an amazing job. You must be very proud of your daughter.

Aquarius said...

Amazing - lovely technique which I've yet to try.

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous pointillism Fliss - it's a great technique isn't it? Congratulations to Claire and enjoy the graduation.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox