Monday, 22 August 2011

Brayer or dusters?

I know there are lots of  people who prefer either dusters or brayers, but I have to say I love both and have no particular preference. I love the way I can create shafts of light in woodland using a brayer, like these two examples a la Barbara Gray, but inspired by Crafty Linby's cards here.
For the first I used the Clarity silver birch and 2 sizes of Birch leaves with big and juicy waterfall. The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse.
For the second, I used the same stamps as above, but also added two Lavinia ferns. The ink was Adirondack Butterscotch, Lettuce, Meadow and Bottle. Both examples were done on Silk Art card.
However, I also love the versatility of Ink Dusters with which I find I can create softer landscapes and add patches of colour and shading. I've had another play with my ink dusters and 'flight of dreams' stamps from Inkylicious, using my Creole Spice Kaleidacolor ink pad.
I am entering this card into this week's Allsorts challenge where the theme is 'You've been Framed'.  
I've also had another go at a beach scene, this time trying for a more sunset/ evening feel - I don't know how successfully though!
 I used a mixture of Big and Juicy soothing sunset, Memento desert sand and rich cocoa, and a touch or two of walnut stain and dusty concord distress inks. I used the Seascape memories and essential grasses stamps (Inkylicious). I used white gel pen to add a few little highlights where the sun is catching the water. The lovely little shells on the base card are also from the seascape memories set, stamped in chalk ink and brilliance inks. I'm entering this card into the latest challenge at Stamping for the Weekend where the theme is holidays.
So, there is definitely room in my crafting world for both brayers and dusters. Thanks for looking!


Zoechaos said...

Beach scene brilliantly successful i love sun rise/set pictures the colours are so warm. 4 gorgeous cards not having any dusters (yet) cannot have a preference but you are a mistress of them both. XOXO Zoe

brenda said...

Well what can I say Sally and who am I to make that decision having seen some of them in the flesh.

I love the green one, but there again I loved the beach scene, then there's the reflection, so I will just say I adore them all.


Thank you so much for sharing your lovely work and joining in my "You have been framed" theme at Allsorts this week and good luck with the draw.

I am well into my Prickly Pear sample now, SA on the go and then...............Inkilicious !

B x

Valerie said...

OMG these are gorgeous Sally I particularly like the first 2 with the silver birch stamps:) I'm not very proficient with a brayer so I must have a go with the dusters!
Val x

Lisa Jane said...

well i have to say you are a genius with both.. cant choose between - they are all fabulous .. i love the reflection
Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Oh my word, these are fantastic!! The beach scene one is my favourite but they're all lovely! xx

Linby said...

Thanks for the mention! not my idea of course but all Barbara!
Love these two new ones you have done, they are both fab. I have the ink dusters but only used them for daubing so far.
Lynn x

Nikbee said...

Fantastic cards. I love the effects on them all, but I think the beach scene just has the edge for me. The colours are wonderful.
Nikki x

Jill said...

Gorgeous work :)
All your cards are very beautiful!

Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week. Good luck and I hope to se you again!
Hugs, Jill

Debbie said...

Gorgeous cards Sally...I think they are all beautiful. I love the reflection...
Debbie x

Jules said...

Hi Sal

With results like these you have to "have" to have room for both in your craft room!!!

The first one is my favourite.

Love Jules xx

Milena said...

Oh my goodness that silver birch stamp is stunning :)

Fliss said...

You have been busy Sally! All the cards look absolutely stunning and I really must get out my brayer and dusters.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Marion said...

Wow Sally,
These are all just fabulous. I keep meaning to get the silk card to try this technique out. Love all of them.

Michelle said...

Wonderful Cards Sally and thanks for your lovely comment x

Nicola said...

Stunning work Sally, I can't choose a favourite I love them all! The technique is so effective but one I have never tried yet, will pluck up the courage one day!
Love Nicola xxx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Sally the only duster I have is one for cleaning the furniture with so dont think somehow it would be useful here !! Never heard of a duster in crafting before but if it helps to get such a brilliant result I'm all for it ! These cards are just stunning so beautifully created , you are a real mater of these techniques. Especially love the sunset such fabulous tones and the amazing depth to the scene you have created, well done indeed.


Chris said...

I think your beach scene is gorgeous. the other cards are lovely too but I'm here on for the Stampin' for the Weekend challenge so the beach card is my focal point. You did a beautiful job creating the scene, it's a work of art. thanks for playing with us. I hope you'll come back again.

Kate's Makes said...

What clever and stunning cards - they are so beautiful. i've spent ages looking at them, would love to be able to do this technique! Thanks for taking part in our challenge over at SFTW! Kate x

Anonymous said...

Your silver birch cards are stunning. After you left a comment about my paintings I had to come and find the cards you mentioned. Now I am off to have a browse around the rest of your blog.
Heather T

Helen in the UK said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)