Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Roc Extravaganza - New Look Blog, New Projects!!

Hello there my lovelies....

I couldn't think of a better way to launch my new blog other than spending several fun filled days playing with my Stampotique stamps by Roc Nicholas - I just love them!!

This is the first project i finished using Roc's new 'Camper and Ponytail'.

I painted the background using Chalk paint as I wanted a matt finish to it. 
I wanted to try and achieve a soft but vibrantly coloured page. To do this, I spent a lot of time layering colours and textures. To get the depth of colour I was looking for, i love to use colouring pencils, especially Faber Castell Polychromos and Caran D'ache Pablos. I then work with them to try and get good light and shading...

You can see a close up of the background textures and markings here, which add depth to the overall page.
I  thought that I'd try something slightly different for my second project (well different for me)!

I wanted to make something that had some movement to it, and when I found this wooden, springy, name plate holder in my craft room, I knew I had to make something with it. 

I cant get enough of Roc's stamps at the moment, you can do so much with them!!  
I clearly couldn't decide which stamp to use for this project, so i ended up using 4 in total..!

I used Scooter Girl, Flying Heart, Stand Tall and the Swirl stamp, to 'ground' her.
I stamped Scooter girl out twice because i needed to use one of the bodies as her 'arms'.  I  also needed two Flying hearts.
Instead of using colouring pencils, i used watersoluble oil and wax pastels as the base colour and then highlighted areas with pencils afterwards....

I just love the way she bounces about, without a care in the world hahaha

My third and final project is an ATC using Roc's Dog stamp. I am definitely a dog person and this stamp is so cute, i couldn't resist it.

This was a quick (compared to the other two) and fun project.  I really do enjoy working with Atcs, it was how my obsession with Stampotique began, many, many stamps ago!!

The backround was using Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads, and the gorgeous dog was again coloured with oil pastels and pencils - I think I see a theme forming haha!!
I cut some circles out of a book page for his balloons and used similar colours on them to blend them in.
 He is just sooooo adorable....!

I have really enjoyed these last few days playing with my Roc Nicholas stamps. They are so versatile, easy to use and highly addictive.  If you want to see more of Roc's stamps, please look here.
Please pop over to Roc's blog for oodles of inspiration and ideas.....


  1. Lovely choice of colours and really professional... Love it, Love it , Love it Keep up the good work xxxx

  2. It's all looking great, and so nice to see all your other pix are back where they belong. Do give details of which oil pastels you are using...enquiring minds....
    Hugs etc

  3. YeY!!!!
    Loooove your totally amazing art Gemma, beautiful textures and WoWzers colours, and all so different - your imagination has been in a magical place - mwah xoxoxo

  4. Awe loooove your art Gemma, all beauties, eenie meenie money mo which is my fav???
    Beautiful textures and WoWzer colours love 'em all :-))
    Kool new blog too - eeeek!
    Mwah xoxoxo