Tuesday, 8 June 2021

A Seascape Tutorial

Hello there my crafty Friends,

I recently posted my latest set of samples on the Crafty Individuals FB private group page.  When I posted the first of my seascapes, I was asked by Chris Frazer if I had a tutorial.  I didn't but I said that I would be happy enough to do one if enough people wanted me to.  Well, the response was overwhelming and so in response to that, here's the card that I've made and how I made

                                       

Using a 6x6 card, use an Ink Duster of any type of ink blending tool to add some sand to the right hand bottom corner.

Use a sheet of copy paper to mask off the sky.  

I used two different shades of blue to create the sea.  Again, I used an Ink Duster but any blending tool will do.

This is how it should look now.  Try to leave a little space between the sand and sea as the acrylic paint that we will be using shortly will pick up the colour.  It's not the end of the world if it does but easier to avoid if you leave a gap beforehand.  You may also notice that there are now tiny streaks in the water. That is achieved by spritzing water onto the Ink Duster with blue ink, then dragging it across the water to give it some movement.  


Next, I used a cloud stencil to add a few clouds.  If you don't have a stencil like this, then you can just use a piece of copy paper and cut it into a similar shape.  This will work just the same.  Try not to keep it too straight so that it will look more natural.


Now comes the bit that you've all been waiting for.  I use a small amount of white acrylic paint and very roughly paint in the first incoming wave.  This needs to be irregular in shape as this will look so much more natural keeping it straight. Bring this forward a little bit onto the sand.


Turn the card upside down and push the paint forward using your paint brush and this will start to give the look of a real wave.


You can see on this photo that I've started to add the second wave but I would probably recommend just doing one when you're first starting out.  Once you feel a little more confident, then have a go at the second wave.


This is where the magic starts to happen.  Use some Fluffy Puffy stuff.  I got mine from Inkylicious but I believe that Creative Expressions also sell something similar.  This needs to be squeezed gently out of the bottle and keep moving as you add it.  You will then need to use a heat gun which will cause the liquid to puff up and it will set it. 


Once your Fluffy stuff is set, turn your card upside down again and add more white acrylic paint behind each of the waves.  When you look at the sea, it's really white and frothy, so doing this will help to give a more realistic result.


Here is the next photo where I've added the paint and a little more fluffy stuff.  I've also added more blue to the sea as it was looking a little pale for my liking.


Again using the white paint, I then used a straight paint brush to add some streaks to the water.  Do this by just moving the brush, side to side but dont add too mush paint or it won't look natural.


Nearly there now.  I used a white Posca pen and drew squiggles behind the waves.  When you see the incoming tide, there are often many little irregular shapes, so don't be precise at this point.


So here's my finished card.  The stamps that I've used are all by Crafty Individuals and they are; CI-283 and CI-284.  I stamped the images, then fussy cut them out before adding them to my scene.  The girls certainly look like they're having fun and I've really enjoyed making this card.  I even managed to take some photos along the way :)

If you've enjoyed this tutorial, then please leave me a comment, especially if you have a go at something similar after being inspired by what I've made here.  I'd love to see your makes.

Take care of yourselves and stay happy xx
 

29 comments:

mamapez5 said...

That's really helpful. Thank you so much. Now I need some stamps that are all boys! Kate x

Anne said...

Not only does this look terrific but it also looks like good fun! It may just well start my creative juices flowing again! I will have to source some fluffy stuff or find an alternative. Great card, great technique! Merci bien mon amie!

Lynne K said...

Brilliant tutorial, Sandra! Very clear and easy to follow. Even so, I doubt my skills will be up to reproducing such a beautifully realistic cloudscape as yours. If my bottle of fluffy puffy stuff which has been lurking at the bottom of a drawer for several years now is still useable, i might be tempted to have a go at making some waves! Thanks for taking the time and trouble to do the tutorial for us. xx

Pearl said...

Brilliant step by step. Thank you.

Flo Langley said...

Wonderful tutorial Sandra. Superb effect. You are very kind to do this. I love that stencil you used for the clouds as well. Gorgeous card. Hugs Flo xx

VivC said...

Thanks so much for this. Your art is lovely. Well worth framing!

VivC said...

Thanks so much for this. Your artwork is lovely & well worth framing!

crafty-stamper said...

Oh how I wish I was there right now! Fabulous card and grteat tutorial thank you
Carol x

Magic Maggie said...

Thank you - playtime!! I have some of the puffy stuff, but not used it, now I know how and where to put it. I especially like how to add 'movement' to the water with the ink blender. More please.. Hope you are well by the way.
Love
Maggie (Bendy Yorkite)

Unknown said...

Thank you Sandra, I really enjoyed your tutorial. I was wondering how you achieved your wonderful clouds and now I know! Two tutorials in one - brilliant! xx

Christine (All She Crafts) said...

Hooray! Did you see that the number of likes, etc, on my post about this in the Crafty Individuals Group got up to over a hundred? Wow! I think you could say that a lot of people wanted to see this! :) I hope you get lots of people showing you their work; it's a brilliant technique! THANK YOU, again, Sandra, for taking the time and trouble. xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow gorgeous Sandra fab tutorial

gr karin

Craftyfield said...

Thank you so much for your tutorial, Sandra. It's very detailed and very clear.
I will try this as soon as I get my hand on the new Seagull stamp!!!

Pat said...

Those waves are brilliant using the fluffy stuff and white acrylic paint Sandra, and love the added figures, sentiment and bunting and a lovely gull too, and thank you also about the tip for getting some movement in the water by spritzing the brush which has the blue ink on it with a little water and dragging it across...it all looks so realistic. Not sure I could get the same result and don't have the fluffy stuff but will try with the white acrylic paint first. Thank you also for this great step by step. x

Kathleen said...

This is stunning, how very talented you are.

Kath x

Mrs.B said...

It's a fabulous card Sandra, the waves look brilliant and your tutorial is very clear, thanks for taking the time
Avril xx

Jean Hardy said...

What a fabulous tutorial Sandma. Thank you very much xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial!!! Enjoyed reading and watching all the steps! Your sea with the weaves is really very beautiful, great tricks! The whole scene is just amazing!!!
Hugs

Liz said...

A stunning creation Sandra. Thanks for the tutorial. xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Wow Sandra what a fabulous card...the waves look so realistic...thank you also for the tutorial....the girls look like they are having so much fun..

Anne

Julie said...

Thanks for sharing your great tutorial. The waves look so authentic. Such a lovely, happy card. Just what we need!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A stunning card Sandra and a great tutorial on how you made the card too. Thank you so nuch for sharing this with us.

Sue xx

cuilliesocks said...

Wow it's a wonderful tutorial Sandra, and of course your card is stunning. Thank you so much, Kate x

Janine said...

Thanks for sharing. Want to give this a try but also want to visit the beach and paddle!

Babs said...

Absolutely stunning Sandra I love your seaside scene and how you have made the waves look real and wish it was me just about to jump in the sea well I don’t know about jumping in more like walking lol . But all the same wish I was there. Your tutorial is lovely and easy instructions.
Babs x

Leanne Harris said...

What a fabulous tutorial which would have obviously taken up so much of your time - thank you Sandra, a gorgeous make xxxx

Mac Mable said...

I so enjoyed reading this post Sandra. I learnt lots and what a fabulous and creative way to do the waves, the sky and the foam. Thank you so much for doing this and what a magical and fun seaside card x. I love it x.

Sally H said...

Absolutely brilliant tutorial! Thanks you for your time putting it together. I have fluffy puffy stuff somewhere too so I will definitely have a go x

Cath Wilson said...

Wow! Just what I was looking for...and you make it look so easy! Thank you so much for sharing this, Sandra - it really does look stunning and I'll definitely give it a go... Yay!
Cath x