Well....I was beginning to think I wasn't going to be able to say that today as there was a bit of a hiccup this morning with all my Virgin internet, tv and phone connection down (a localised fault) which they did not anticipate fixing until much later today...So I really thought my website and blog work plans for today were all down the spout....but the guys at V have sorted it out pretty darn quick and were all now back on track...whooohooo.
So that means I can now.....
Welcome you to the first of my Tatty Tuesday posts!
I've decided to dedicate this day of the week to showing you a piece of work or craft tutorial using one of The World of Tatty Button products I have helped design with Creative Expressions . It won't be every week...but it will always be on a Tuesday....so I hope you log in and find it of interest! Check out the listings and fast direct links to each Tatty Tuesday post in the right hand sidebar...saves you scrolling through loads of older posts if you're trying to find a specific one or revisiting a previous tutorial.
....so to kick start off the first Tatty Tuesday this will be the first tutorial. You will be surprised how simple it is to do and I think it's a nice aid to those who believe that they cannot draw (although I believe EVERYONE can draw) and will help boost confidence for those who struggle to draw images from scratch as it gives a starting point outline and hints for shaded areas....and the tools needed couldn't be more simple....just paper, stamp image, ink and a pencil. With practice you'll get the hang of it and you'll be drawing and shading with ease and putting your own unique drawing style to images. Then you can start incorporating these stamped and drawn in images into your cards and craft projects.
TUTORIAL No1 - The stamp and hand drawn image.
- Tatty Button rubber stamp image (I am using the Tatty Button stamp product TB1), plus acrylic block.
- A pale grey coloured ink pad (I am using Tsukineko VersaColor in Chateau Grey No.83)
- Good quality white paper/card stock
- Soft Graphite drawing pencil, ideally a 2 or 3B. Minimum HB will do initially...but no harder....with a decent, but not too sharp point.
- Rubber/Eraser to correct any mistakes.
A NOTE ABOUT INK -
There's no right or wrong type of ink to use for this project so it can be dye based, pigment ink, alcohol based etc etc. The only stipulation is that it needs to be a very light shade of grey....and one that is lighter than the pencil lead. You are using the stamped image as a guide outline only to which you draw on top of so it shouldn't be so dark that it overpowers the pencil and impeeds you in creating the shading. You also need to make sure the ink has completely dried before you apply the pencil or else the sketch lines will smudge so allow it to dry naturally, or if you have a heat tool, then heat set it.
A NOTE ABOUT PAPER -
Ideally you should be using a good quality drawing paper but it's worth experimenting with the different papers and cards that you have to see what effect and results you achieve with laying down of the graphite (ie the paper needs a good 'key' to enable the graphite to stick to it). Too textured a paper and not only will this be difficult to stamp the initial image on, but the graphite lead will lay down unevenly....and too shiny and smooth a card and you'll find the graphite will slide and not find a good key to enable shading.
A NOTE ABOUT COPYRIGHT - IMPORTANT!
Please refer to and follow the Angel policy set out by Creative Expressions, when using The World of Tatty Button craft products for cardmaking, craft purposes that you intend to sell and/or make profit from. Please note Tatty Button character and the images/characters from The World of Tatty Button, plus all photos and content included in this Blog and tutorial are copyright of the artist Ange J Lee and should not be copied or reproduced in any way unless authorised by the appropriate persons. This tutorial is meant as a guide for a stamping and drawing technique and for personal use only. It should not be used on items using the Tatty Button images for sale and profit...and must not ever be passed off as original Tatty Button/The World of Tatty Button artwork. The photocopying of stamped hand drawn in Tatty Button images is prohibited - many thanks for your understanding!
Ink up the stamp and apply to your paper. The colour should be pale enough not to overpower the pencil colour.....and don't worry if you haven't achieved a perfect stamped image either. You only need an impression to use as a guide. Any missing bits will be drawn in, in the next stages.
And that's all there is too it! I'd love to know what you think, if you try this technique and how you get on.
THE NEXT STAGE -
At the moment, mono colour, especially grey scale is quite 'en vogue' in the craft world so I decided to create a card with the Tatty Button image, playing on and extending on the greyscale of the grahite using just white, black and grey colour scheme.
Floral Fancies website in the near future (so please keep an eye out for that).
Hope you find this of interest....
Tatty Ta Ta for now!