Thursday, 7 January 2016

Capture the Magic of the New Year!!!

Happy New Year Friends...........


Hello there my lovely friends....  
Happy New Year to you all, and I hope that 2016 brings you everything that you each desire...!!

It's time for me to drop by with my newest monthly piece for Roc Nicholas Design Team. Yippppppeeeeeee!!!

It's a brand new year, with new beginnings, so it got me thinking about resolutions.

I have to admit that I'm not very good at sticking to any new year resolutions, but Roc's 'Capture the Magic' stamp inspired me to try and live by that motto this year and try and see the positive and best in any situation. 

I wanted to celebrate the New Year with a party theme, with lots of colour and fireworks and all friends together, and this is how this piece was started.

I applied Finnabair's Art Basics Black Gesso to a piece of card, and once dry I found some stencils which I could use as fireworks.  I used Ranger Texture paste which I coloured with some alcohol inks, then spread through the stencils creating the effect of fireworks.

Whilst the texture paste was drying, I choose which 'friends' I wanted to come to my New Year party.............. ;-)

It definitely wouldn't have been a party without Roc's 'Party Dog' stamp, he was just perfect, and I just couldn't resist 'Ellie, Dog, and Daisyhead' to complete the party crew -  I also gave Ellie some wings to help her fly ('Flying Heart' stamp).

I coloured in these fabulous images using Luminance and Pablo pencils by Caran D'ache. They are superb for blending colours together and getting the effects you want. I'm still learning though lol.......

 I wanted all of the images to be 'Captured' in a Polaroid style photograph which I heat embossed with silver powder to go with the background colours.
I had also embossed 'Capture the Magic' in white embossing powder onto a piece of Acetate, as I wanted this to hang over the top of the board, in front of the images so you didn't lose any of the details.

To finish off, I distressed the edges of the background and mounted it onto a piece of card.

A suitably celebratory scene to welcome in the New Year.  Full of bright colours, textures and fabulous stamps by Roc Nicholas and Stampotique.

 Thanks for coming over, I hope you like my piece this month. I wonder what I'll come up with next month...??

Please feel free to leave a message and say hi, I'd love to hear from you............xoxoxoxoxo


  1. This is FABULOUS, Gemma! I love how the colors pop on the black gesso'd background. And such a lovely cast of characters to help celebrate the New Year! Hope 2016 is good to you!

  2. Thank you, Gemma--enjoyed seeing what you have done for Roc on your latest blog .
    I liked your use of water colour pencils and interesting characters, particularly Dog, and your explanation , in full , of your approach and method , step by step , which I felt gave the reader the opportunity and back up to try it , or something similar for themselves.
    I will be signing in regularly to see what you come up with next and will look forward to following your techniques and comments on what your view of the actual piece means to you--so often artists don't attempt to explain their hopes for an individual piece of work and I believe you take your work, and what it may mean ,seriously.
    Very well done and a good example to followers.

  3. So awesome!! Happy New Year to you Gemma xoxo

  4. What a lovely colourful creation, it has definitely brightened up what otherwise would be a very start to the New Year xoxoxoxo

  5. Awesome Gemma ! Happy new Year to you too !
    Corrie x

  6. this is so wonderful! you did such a great job!