Here's a blurb from the Dolls' site: "And now, on with the show. For this week's challenge we are taking a stroll around Sleepy Hollow! Your Burtonesque mission is to create a card or project with Sleepy Hollow-ish scenery.. think funky trees, pumpkins, and elements from these photos and put your hero/heroine in that scene."
Here is my take on Challenge #5. I didn't get as dark as "Sleepy Hollow", but I did use trees and a twilight sky for inspiration. My scanner didn't pick-up the colors accurately. The sky has more purple and looks duskier IRL, but I still like the way it looks. The trees were made using Smeared Ink's "Shadow Thingies" rubber stamp set as were the flowers and swirling leaves. I think they go perfectly with my illustration! The focal image is a new one for me. Say hello to "Pinky". She is a digital stamp from Tiddly Inks and is oh so cute and fun to color. Cute and Goth! I totally love this image!
My background sky is my version of watercolor. I spritzed 140# watercolor paper with water, smeared various distress inks randomly, pad directly to paper, and then spritzed again with water to let the flowing ink work its magic. I did slight blending with a blending stick, however I would recommend a brush as the swab stick is a little too abrasive for the wet paper. Being impatient, I dried the ink with a heat tool. I used the same technique for the foreground. A friend, Black Dragon, informed me that Distress reinkers can be drizzled into a palette and used like watercolors. Of course I don't have reinkers, but when I get some you can be assured that I will give it a try! The shadowing and details, as well as "Pinky" were colored with my ever-so-dry copic markers. I must, MUST, get refills STAT! What's up with me having absolutely NO refills on anything?! Naturally, I'm waiting on a sale so if anyone can recommend a good place to buy I'd appreciate it!
Whew! Sorry to talk your ears off, but I was so excited about my new inky technique and my new stamped images! I just couldn't wait to share. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome, even though I tend to be my own worst critic. I hope you enjoy what you see. Hopefully, I've inspired any lurkers to get involved, get creative, and get crafty.