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Friday, February 19, 2016

Bożena's Sea Scene

Hello everyone!

Ryn here. I have another Guest Spot for Bożena today. She'll take you through her creative process using some of my Sea Creature stamps. The Polish version of this tutorial can be found on Bożena's blog HERE. Hope you enjoy!

And now in Bożena's words...  

I have recently received a package with the new stamps from Designs By Ryn and I just had to create something with them. I picked 3 stamps from the set Sea Creatures 1Kelp, Coral Set and School of Fish Set.
I stamped the image of Kelp on watercolour paper using Archival Inks in 3 colours – Sap Greek, Watering Can and Cobalt.
I applied the ink pads on the stamp randomly to create the shadowing effect on the leaves. I stamped the image twice, to make the pattern longer. Then I stamped the coral using Watering Can ink and School of Fish Set using black ink, adding them to the bottom of my panel. After that I added some more colour to the Kelp and to the Coral. I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi 24 colour set of watercolours. The numbers I used were 51, 58, 55 for the Kelp and 31, 43 for the Coral.
The next step was to add the background. For that I used the Sea Bubbles stamp set. I stamped it in various colours of Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Pine Needles and Salty Ocean. I used next generation stamping. Using a scrap piece of cardstock to stamp off my ink I then stamped the image onto my panel.
I used the same colours of DI to create my water world background. Among the Kelp leaves I added an air bubblearound the stamped fish. At first I coloured the bubble using multiple colours to make it look like a soap bubble, but later changed my mind.
I then added some shine to the fish. For this I used Inka Gold in  – Steel blue, Emerald  and Jade green. I also brightened the Coral adding white gel pen highlights.
Here you can see the colourful shine on the fish.
I did not stamp the Kelp using black Ink, so I used Fine Line Drawing Pen 0,1 by Letraset to make the outline sharper.
  I decided the seaweeds lacked colour
  and also in certain places they need brightening (here I used white Gelly Roll)
After making those changes, I used some watercolour pencils to add shading.
I then decided, that the bubble with the fish was too soapy and had no chance of surviving in the sea water. My decision was to use some DI Pumice Stone and sponge it on the edges, masking off the bubble.
This is how the final version of the bubble turned out. To finish up I also darkened the outside of the bubble to make it come forward a little more and I used some white Gelly Roll for the highlights.
I then used some Memento dye inks in Bahama Blue and Paris Dusk to darken the border around my panel. The bright center and darkened edges make the main piece pop more. 
At first I used some Inka Gold in Emerald, Steel blue and Turquise, but I was not entirely sattisfied  with the result. That is why I then used Memento Ink to minimalize the metallic effect. You can see the changes here:

I love my new stamps from Designs By Ryn! I already cannot wait to start working on another card. I have so many ideas and visions in my head, some perhaps hard to put on paper, but how inspiring!
I hope I managed to inspire you in some way and I hope we will see each other again soon. Whenever you are ready for some more inspiration! 
Thank you for your patience and your time, I am very glad you visited and I hope to see you again soon.
Have a nice day,


  1. This is very pretty Bozena and the extra shading you have added makes the kelp really stand out. I also love the sea bubbles in the background and the pretty fish has a wonderful iridescent sheen. x

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words. I am glad that my card liked you :-)

  2. You are so lucky to be working with these Fabulous stamps. Your colours, design, lay out and techniques are gorgeous and so very creative. The attention to detail is staggering. Thank you for the step by step and for the wonderful inspiration x

    1. Thank you very much for such great praise. You made me great joy. Thank you and I embrace,

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words.

  4. Hi Ryn,
    I am grateful for the confidence and opportunity to publish my cards on your wonderful blog. It is great honor for me. Thank you,

  5. Lovely work of art and yes, it is inspiring!!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Paper Hugs,


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