"IDYLL" with Guest Artist Nancy Curry

I’ve used RubberMoon stamps for many moons (yes, pun intended) so I jumped at the chance to bring another bit of Curry Art to the blog.  I looked through my plethora of stamps and settled on quite a few and set out to bring my vision of an idyllic setting on steroids to life.  I love whimsy so RubberMoon’s catalog is like a candy store to me.  If you haven’t checked it out recently, you should.  There’s something for every type of project. 
Stamps used in this project are:  Moon Balloon, Hot Air Heart, Up and Away, Doodle House, Spiral Star, Sunny/ Cloudy, Sprinkle Moondust, Spread Magic, Zen Garden, Seven Daisies, and MoonMail special stamp, November 2015. 
CitraSolv art has been a constant in my studio for the last five or so years so I have quite a stash of papers in my pile.  It didn’t take me long to find two to choose from.  The brief backstory on these pages begins with CitraSolv squirted on photos in an intact magazine.  The CitraSolv acts as a solvent so gradually the pictures lose their clarity for a more organic look.  The ones below are the two I took out to audition for a piece in this project. 
At first look, the first choice on the left would be better suited to a landscape-themed piece.  Its green and blue color screams grass and sky, but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up so I chose the other one especially for the cattywampus splashes of color and text in what I assumed would be a sky area. To begin, I trimmed that piece down to a nice size and then set out to further manipulate the inks before starting the project. 
Although I wanted the text in the sky area, I didn’t want the audience to try to read it.  I used a stencil with organic shapes and Citrasolv on a paper towel to remove some more of the type where I wanted it to be pushed back or blurred entirely. 
I began stamping the images that were going in my scene in a freshly inked Moonlight White Brilliance Ink Pad. The Brilliance did a marvelous job, but I really wanted the white to stand out in high contrast so once dry, I used a Posca fine point marker to add depth to the white or widened some of the initial lines to emphasize the area.  The Posca coverage was effective and dried quickly. 
Details were really easy in this composition.  To add some pizzazz, I spot colored some areas in the balloons and flowers with Golden’s Iridescent Bronze.  Not quite satisfied yet, I set out to add some tactile texture. The Impress “doo dads” that were already on my desk were the perfect addition in the sky and as flowers.  It was easy to hand draw the stalks for the flowers. I love it when the details flow so easily.  As we all know, it isn’t always that way.  Below you see the finished work, Idyll.  This piece represents my point of view for the perfect place where I can rest, relax and renew.  Join me. 
You can find more of my art on nancycurry.com and can follow me on my social media accounts or shop on Etsy from there. Each of my social media accounts has a different vibe, platform, and purpose, but they are all totally who I am as an artist, a person, and one who seeks to inspire. 


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  • Tracey - July 29, 2017

    What a masterpiece, I love how you have used the Citrasolv, it really does give it a more natural vibe. Your attention to detail is fabulous, all tied down with your use of the trusty Posca pen. Thank you for sharing your inspirational piece!

  • Donna Gibson - July 29, 2017

    Gorgeous Nancy! Thanks for sharing the process.

  • Kathrine Guerrero - July 28, 2017

    Awesome & colorful. Love the use of white!

  • Carolyn - July 28, 2017

    Nancy, I absolutely love it, you are amazing in composing your wonderful creations..

  • Beckie Tilinski - July 28, 2017

    Whimsy and elegance…wonderful, as always, Nancy!

  • Dianne King - July 28, 2017

    I have always loved Nancy’s art and this is no exception. Beautiful work!

  • pam winslow - July 28, 2017

    absolutely lovely!!!

  • Patti Campbell - July 28, 2017

    What a beautifully fun piece!

  • Kae Pea - July 28, 2017

    This is such a lovely piece. So much delicious texture and color. Your process was detailed amd explainex so beautifully. Thank you for being our special guest! Love it and you!

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