The Craft Barn's challenge this year is around Quotes and Lyrics, and the first one is 'Smile' and/or 'Up'.
One of my favourite bands is Squeeze - Difford and Tilbrook write the most amazing lyrics, and Up the Junction is brilliant, for so many reasons. It's all in the present tense, but tells a story over several years. And it is really poignant. I used to live around the corner from Clapham, and I used to catch one of the old routemasters (the ones you could hop on the back of, you didn't have to wait for the doors to open). I put all of this together, and came up with:
I found a fantastic artist's sketchbook, A3 size, so this is really going to give me space to play! I watered the page, and smooshed on quite well watered brusho pigments. They are still quite vibrant colours!
Then I did some stamping, using archival inks, and a little bit of stencilling - musical notes!
I stamped the words and the bus in Archival. I added a little more watered down brusho to the bus, and then some white enamel accents - the old no 11 was this cream and red livery, back in the day.
I doodled around the edge of the words (this is the last line of the song), added a little shading underneath and, hey presto!
It is amazing how much difference that little bit of shadow makes - this is the page BEFORE shading.
On the facing page, when it has dried a little, I am going to write out the full lyric. But it is still a little damp at the moment!!
Hope you like!
Paint and ink
Brusho pigments: Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue, Black, Sea Green, Leaf Green
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Watering Can, Red Geranium, Sap Green, Fern Green, Manganese Blue
Stampin' Up: Whisper White Pigment ink
Aquash watercolour crayons: Black
Stamps and Stencils
IndigoBlu: Square Peg Round Hole, Harlelquin
PaperArtsy: London Plate HP1208EZ
Artemio: capital letters
Hero Arts: Printers type lower case
Tando Creative: Music Mask
Bling and other stuff
Sakura Gelly roll stardust pens
Enamel Accents: White