Hi! This is Marsha Valk from Nat Kalbach’s Creative Squad!
Vacation Mode to me means: Slowing down. Reading a lot. Perhaps doing some sketching (but only if I feel like it). Eating yummy food. Seeing the sights and visiting at least one museum. Enjoying the sun! It has been a while since my last vacation abroad.
Much like Nat does on her travels, when I’m on vacation I observe and photograph lots. And because many of Nat’s Art Foamies are inspired by her travels, I thought about my last vacation and had a look at the photos I took.
Among them I found three of my feet. I always take ‘fromwhereIstand’ / ‘Ihavethisthingwithfloors’ type photos wherever I go. In fact, I remember taking pictures of my feet in foreign places well before hashtags and even before digital photography!
Nat’s positive/negative Art Foamies always remind me of pavement and flooring, so that’s how I came up with the idea of recreating my #fwis pictures with collage.
I started creating the pavement with the Downtown Positive and Negative Foam Stamp and the Mini Chicago Positive and Negative Foam Stamp Set.
Because I’m not very fond of cleaning, I only used one Stamp Buddy and mixed my paint colours directly on there using an old plastic card.
For a lighter shade I added more white, and when I switched stamps, I added more grey. I stamped on regular printer paper because it’s nice and thin for collage.
I cleaned the Art Foamies with a baby wipe in between stamping, and I rinsed them with water once I was done stamping altogether.
Once the prints were dry, I cut them into the shapes of the pavement in the photos, using the pictures as my guide. I adhered the shapes to heavyweight cardstock cut to 4.1” x 5.8” (A6) sized pieces.
I traced my feet and any relevant details in the photographs onto tissue paper to transfer them onto the collaged pieces.
I placed the tissue paper pencil side down on top of the collage and then burnished the pencil lines with a bone folder.
Then I used acrylic paint and paint markers to colour inside of the pencil lines and pastel pencils, Stabilo All pencil and a brush pen to add some shadows and depth.
Downtown Positive and Negative Foam Stamp Set https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p500/N%2AStudio%3A_Downtown_Positive_%26_Negative.html
Mini Chicago Positive and Negative Foam Stamp Set https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p470/N%2AStudio_-_Chicago_SMALL.html
Cardstock (140 lb. 300 g/m2)
Ranger Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint Black, Elephant, Fuchsia, Gilt, Lemon, Marine, Medieval, Night, Sedona, White
Posca pen (black, blue, light blue glitter, white)
Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pen Warm Grey
Pentel water brush
Stabilo All pencil (black)
Pastel pencils (Bruynzeel Design and Conté à Paris)
Liquitex Matte Medium
Thanks for stopping by! – Marsha Valk