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Feb 23, 2016

Ink & Charcoal Cards

Hello Everyone,

I recently saw some cards on Pinterest, made with stamps and charcoal pencils. My mother, who was very creative, used to employ charcoal as a medium. She made up a picture of me wearing a ballet outfit (when I was 3) with a 2 x 2 photo as her guide. She also did some other canvases in charcoal, and also in oils, but I particularly loved to watch her working in charcoal. 

I thought it would be fun to try this, just because it reminds me of my mom. It's nowhere near the calibre she did, but I enjoyed the process.

I used a black charcoal pencil and a white charcoal pencil for this look.

Note how the white makes the images pop.

Background shading also makes the images pop.

These were fairly quick and easy to make, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with the charcoal. It's also nice to have some random cards made up for giving. 

That's all I have for you today! 

Have a good week! 


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