Friday, May 7, 2010

Pointe Shoes painted for Tchaikovsky's birthday, Stampbord giveaway.

watercolour and ink on claybord
purchase or view at

Today would have been the 170th birthday of the Russian composer, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky who created several of classical music's most popular works, including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and the 1812 Overture.

To celebrate, I painted something simple yet dramatic.
Pointe Shoes sketched in ink on 2.5 x 3.5 inch Stampbord (claybord).
Bold washes of Daniel Smith watercolour dripping with indigo and crimson hues.
Expressive lighting.

The surface of Stampbord is very smooth (unlike the pebbly texture of aquabord) which lends itself to fluid movement. It's not unlike painting on Yupo - colours drip and run if they are very wet, or stay put when used in full concentration. For those of you who love to stamp, it is marketed as:
"an incredible art and craft surface, developed by Ampersand Art Supply, that allows clean, perfect rubber stamp impressions every time. The surface is correctable and erasable, great for jewelry, custom boxes, magnets, altered books, ornaments, embellishments, scrapbooking & more!"

More Gifting!!!

A little treat for you: the first 3 commenters who tell me they'd like to try Stampbord will receive one sample in the mail. Make sure you leave contact info (if it isn't in your blogger profile)


Another reason to celebrate today.... it's time to announce the winning commenter for April:

Jan Pope, come on down!

Jan has won a custom ACEO portrait of her choice, with a single subject. 

Each and every month I draw a name out of all the comments from the previous month. The winner receives a custom ACEO portrait (teeny tiny miniature painting). You can check out all the details here.


Pam of Always Artistic said...

And Congrats to Jan!

Christy DeKoning said...

Thanks Pam - hey, your number has GOT to come up soon lol!!!!

You didn't mention if you'd like to try Stampbord. I'm only sending a sample to the first 3 that tell me they want to try it, so if you do - speak up :-)

Pam of Always Artistic said...

LOL Christy! That sounds really bad, good thing I know what you meant! ha ha ha

No idea what stamp board is, gonna go look it up!

Pam of Always Artistic said...

Ah ha, I read it and it didn't sink in! Sure I wouldn't mind trying it!

I just started an art journal yesterday, as a few people I know have them and seem so fun! Now I am having a few ideas coming to mind! lol

Yesterday I did some stamp like images, drew 1 image, and stamped it on to the other! Not great but fun!

Forrest said...

Hmmm, I'll take you up on that offer! Will email you my contact info. Stampboard surface sounds interesting.