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Monday, 15 February 2016

Bus Books

School has recently started here in Western Australia and as we moved house last year my kids are going to a new school this year. To get to their new school they are traveling on the school bus for the first time. To make it all special for them I made them these "bus books" (with special bags to keep them safe/clean) that they can write and draw in during the trip. (Well it's really a decorated front of a bought spiral bound notepad.) They are enjoying the bus trips and are excited to look out the window as they go along but they both also love their books and I enjoy seeing what the write/draw :-)

Here are the books:
Elizabeth Whisson, Alshandra, Whimsy Stamps, Rowan Fairy, Copic markers, Copic, Sketch, clouds, stickles
The image is Rowan Fairy by Whimsy Stamps. It is printed on X-Press It blending card and  coloured with Copic markers.

Copic colours used:
Clouds: C00, C1, C2, C3, BG90, W1
Sky: BG000, BG0000, BG01
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Clothes: V01, V04, V06, V09 + E41, C1 and 0
Hair: YR21, E21, E25, E29
Berries: YR04, YR07, YR18, R17
Branch: E21, E23, E25
Leaves: YG21, YG23, FYG2
Wings: Y06, Y18, YR15
Cast shadow: C3

I've then added some Stickles for sparkle and inked the edge with Distress Ink.

Elizabeth Whisson, Alshandra, Bird Swing, Whimsy Stamps, Copic, Sketch, Copic bokeh background,
This one is Bird Swing by Whimsy Stamps. It is again printed on X-Press It blending card and coloured with Copics. 

I did the background first (just in case I messed it up)! I kind of (you don't need to be exact) blended YG0000, YG00, YG01, Y11, Y06, YG11, YG23, YG17, YG67 randomly over the background (but I concentrated the lighter colours in the top left) then used my colourless blender marker to soften some edges. I then dripped colouress blender various ink (straight from the various ink bottle) over the background randomly to create the large circles. You need to be a little careful where you drip it as you don't want the colour spreading too far into your image. However, I did get green all over my birds, but I let it dry and then used the colourless blender marker to push the colour back out to the background. I like this background as it kind of gives a bokeh-like background - like you were looking at the birds with a shrub blurred in the background :-)

Copic colours used:
Background: YG0000, YG00, YG01, Y11, Y06, YG11, YG23, YG17, YG67, 0 and 0 various ink
Flowers: RV21, RV23, RV25, RV29
Birds: B00, B21, B23, B26, B28 + Y06 and YR15
Wood: E70, E74, E77, E79
Leaves: G24 and G28

Once again I added some Stickles for sparkle and inked the edge with Distress Ink.

Thanks for looking!


  1. Oh, Elizabeth, it's so nice to get an email about a new post from you. What gorgeous images you've colored so exquisitely. And what a precious idea for the children as they ride the school bus for the first time. I especially love how you've done the background for the bird, and it's amazing sometimes how things work out so beautifully! Hugs, sweet friend! I miss you lots!

  2. These are absolutely gorgeous. I love whimsy stamps, but more than that, I love how you have used them and colored them. So amazing. Thank you for sharing your talent. 💗💗💗


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