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Monday, March 23, 2015

Guest Spotlight with Ellie Knol: A Photo Tutorial

Hello everyone! 

It's been a pleasure to connect with other artists and to showcase their art using my stamps and stencils. Last week I showed you Tammy Baker's mixed media light switches and this week I'm happy to feature Ellie Knol

Ellie's shared a full start to finish photo tutorial on how she made this piece using my Maidenhair Fern stencil and Honey Locust stamp. Love the layering in this! It's really neat to read Ellie's thought process along the way too... Hope you enjoy!

Ellie's Photo Tutorial


Her creation process in her own words...

Finished page !
Enjoy the process!
 Start by adhering music paper to your page. Tear the edges to make it fit, leave out some space on the edges.. add torn pieces to fill it up. 
Apply structure paste to the page with this gorgeous Maidenhair stencil from Designs by Ryn. 
Leave to dry. 

Spray custom made sprayinks over it.  Oops, I lost the light in the ferns...

From here you will see:  if you just play  .. the next steps just happen.. 

... scratch the top layer off the structure paste to reveal the white .. still not happy? !

... add darker lines around the maidenhair's leaves to get it back in balance.Also add some light color to the leaves. 

..add some journaling to the page, 
(I even wrote ... Grrrrr...  somewhere, also about the layering...and enjoy playing .. )   .. still not happy ....

... add some lighter black stamped and some darker black stamped images around the fern ...  highlight the edges of these stamped edges with a white acrylic marker. I used the Honey Locust Leaf stamp here.. never thought I would use it this way, LOVE the effect!
 I am happy now!!!

A bit about the Artist

"I was born in Brazil and lived there for 9 years after which my dad and mom immigrated to South Africa. At age 23 I moved to the Netherlands where I got married (we have 4 children and one son in law). I started stamping at the end of 2009 after watercoloring for about 12 years. I LOVE to play with paper, stamps and colour (hence the name of my blog) and everything else of course: all sorts of media from gesso to watercolor pencils. From inks to acrylic paints! I hope I inspire you to have some stamping fun!"

Ellie's blog: http://elliecreahoekje.blogspot.nl


Thank You


 A BIG thank you to Ellie for creating this beautiful page and tutorial! It's been great "working" with you so far!

Many thanks to you for stopping by my blog and for reading my post. Ellie has made a few more great projects which I'll share soon. More to come!

Hugs from Canada!


  1. Encouraging post Ryn, good to read Ellie's journey and how she achieved a happy outcome:-) xxx

  2. Nice tuto Ellie, it's great to see your process work! Love your style of artworks you make so many beautiful thing and have a cute sense of humour. Love Ryn products they're gorgeous!

  3. A lovely creative creation Ellie!
    greetings, Alie

  4. thanks for having me Ryn! I'm honoured being here!

  5. Great tutorial Ellie and the artwork is lovely as always! Miranda

  6. Gorgeous page and fantastic tutorial Ellie. Shirleyxx

  7. This is so lovely Ellie and thank you for the step by step. x

  8. Wowww, wonderful! Thank you for the Photo Tutorial.
    Greetings Carola

  9. WOWZERS! LOVE it! Thanks for the progress px!


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