March 18, 2010

Detailing Silhouette Stamps ~ Video Tutorial

I've completed my new video tutorial today:  "Detailing Silhouette Stamps" using watercolor pencils.

This tutorial came to life after wanting to use my watercolor pencils that have been shelved for several weeks. The goal was to create something that resembled a true watercolor image, like the two shown below.

What you see is a basic form and outline.  Coloring book stamps were available, but not very appealing. Often the images are to small and contain to much detail.  There isn't much range to move when you have a detailed image. You're basically filling in. What I wanted was an image that offered a basic shape and was large enough to make a big impact.  I could have drawn something myself, but why not use rubberstamps since the image is already drawn?

Here's what I came up with:

Want to learn how to do this yourself?  Just check out my online video below:

Detailing Silhouette Stamps tutorial from Melanie Schulenberg on Vimeo.


Cindy Major said...

Wow, Melanie, this looks fantastic!!!! Love the whimsical, dimensional look you've given those flowers! I always love your work! :D


Katy said...

Funny you should post this now...I'm having a watercolor class on Monday and Tuesday. May have to teach this one too! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of stamping the image in a light color and using it as a guide. Fabulous!! TFS, sister.

Aimeslee Winans said...

Just brilliant, Melz! Leave it to you to come up with livening up something so boring as a sillouette stamp. And...dogs need their nails cut? I thought that was what concrete was for, lololol. Don't tell my dog anything diff, pls. xoxo

Teri C said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial. I got my laugh for the day too with "de plane" and the dog!

Lisa Bohler said...

Wonderful video and GREAT tech!

Michelle Gray said...

Terrific technique and tutorial. Really enjoyed your editorial about the background sounds. Our dogs do the same thing when they want our attention. TFS!