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Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge August ~ Take A Technique : Pens & Pencils

Hello Friends

Can you believe it is August already? The months are flying by!  It is the first Friday of a new month you know what that means? We have a new Challenge over at the Craft Stamper Blog. This month our challenge is Take A Technique - Pens & Pencils. We want to see you using your pens and pencils on your project. I used water coloured pencils on my project.

I made this wee decorative pillow it is my first time making one. I don't own a sewing machine so I had to  sew it by hand. I forgot how tedious it is to sew by hand and stabbing your fingers with the needle is not fun ha!   I bought this fabric on clearance a few months ago I think it was like a $1. I am not sure what kind it is as there was no label on it but if feels like a very light canvas. I was not sure how the ink and pencils would react to it so I used some clear gesso over the top of it to give it a base to work on. I dried it with my heat gun before I stamped my image on to it.  I used archival ink and one of my favourite Unity Stamps called She Was A Daughter.

I used my watercolour pencils to colour it. I like the control they give you on the fabric. I used a mixture of Derwent Water Colour & Inktense pencils. I mixed the colours on the fabric then used a water brush to blend the colours. It came out so much better than I expected and managed to stay pretty much in the lines with the colour.  I think the gesso really helped as it made the fabric less porous. Next I stamped the sentiment out with my Curliecue Alphabet stamps from CTMH.  I dried it all with my heat gun to make sure it was completely dry. Then I sewed some buttons on to her dress. Finally I hand sewed the whole pillow with some turquoise thread and stuffed it with some pillow stuffing.

So now it is your turn to use your pens and pencils on your project. You can use anything you want from a fine liner pen to underline words to pencils for colouring.  Remember you must also have some stamping on your project since it is a stamping challenge after all.

Our sponsor this month is Chocolate Baroque who are giving away this lovely Artistic Affirmations Stamp plate to a lucky winner.

This is such a great prize don't you think?  So come and join in grab your pens and pencils and get crafty :) You can head  over to the Craft Stamper Blog  for all of the details.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Mandi xox

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  1. Amazing and absolutely beautiful! I would have never thought of stamping and coloring on material! Fabulous!

  2. Unbelievably cool project!!! I will just have to make me one of these pillows! WOW!!!

  3. Love your pillow,what a fab

  4. Adorable card, Mandi! Love the pretty color palette!

  5. This is fabulous, Mandi! Great idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. LOVE this project Mandi. You did an amazing job with the sewing. Great idea. Thanks

  7. Very pretty project. Love the pretty colors.

  8. I love making pillows! Yours is awesome (I have never stamped on one - I better give it a try).

  9. What a perfect little pillow for the hollow of a tired back. She is so pretty.

  10. Gorgeous pillow,it's amazing,fabulous and very creative!

  11. Love your is so pretty!

  12. WOW! You are a trooper.....hand stitching a pillow! Absolutely an ADORABLE labor of love! Fabulous project ♥

  13. Oh she is so beautiful, well done with all of the hand sewing! I had not heard of clear gesso I will have to investigate...


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