Watercolour Snowstorm


Today’s card is the last day of Winter Wonderland cards on the Penny Black blog and I created it using one of my favourite techniques: wet into wet watercolouring. I hope you have enjoyed the wintry scenes I shared this week. I love creating stamped landscapes, especially snowy ones so don’t be surprised if you see a few more while I still have snowy inspiration outside.

Watercolour tannenbaum Heather Telford

This scene was stamped and painted on watercolour paper starting once again with a generous amount of flicked masking fluid. After letting the masking fluid dry for at least twenty minutes I painted water onto the top three quarters of the panel leaving the area which would become foreground snow dry. I stamped the Tannenbaum stamp twice in green dye ink on the right hand side of the panel. The colour bled into the water creating the “background forest”.This happened as the green ink separated into blue and a mustard green.  While the paper was still damp I stamped the tree again, this time on the left and then again on the right. These images have more definition. I added colour to the left hand tree with markers. Working with water colour techniques will never give you the same result twice, but that is part of the fun of it.
To create the snow banks I worked with blue ink and water, blending as I painted so that the blue became gradually lighter. When the whole panel was dry I sponged a little blue ink at the top and gently rubbed off all the masking fluid revealing “falling snow” over the scene. I added the sentiment before matting in green. This card is 4 1/2′ x 5 7/8′  to accommodate the scene created on a 5″x7″ watercolour block.

Stamps: Tannenbaum, Season’s Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Cottage Ivy, Northern Pine, Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Love Letter & Versafine Onyx Black  (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid

16 Comments on “Watercolour Snowstorm”

  1. Joan B says:

    gorgeous. thanks for the explanation

  2. Sandy M says:

    I love your watercolor techniques Heather. Each card is so beautiful and a work of art. I’d love to learn how to do it too, wish I could attend a class!

  3. trishreddick says:

    This card is gorgeous, Heather. Thank you so much for the detail explanation. I need help in creating these winter scenes- I just love them and want to try my hand. Thanks for giving me the confidence!

  4. Gabby says:

    Wonderful inking! Such nice snow and trees and thanks for the instructions. 🙂

  5. Doris Hubbard says:

    Love this!! Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:05:56 +0000 To: dohubbard13@hotmail.com

  6. Jan Castle says:

    Your work is so inspiring Heather….looks just like the storm we had last week!!!!

  7. sheryruss says:

    Love!!! I’m getting me some masking fluid! Thanks for the awesome inspiration, Heather!

  8. Lindsey says:

    Such an inspiring week , Heather… thanks for sharing your techniques and talent.

  9. Rufus says:

    Have really enjoyed the past week of snow scenes. Thank you for sharing how you created them. They are gorgeous. I’ll be giving it a try as soon as the watercolor paper I ordered gets here.

  10. Pam B says:

    Heather, I always love your cards and I’m always anxious to see what you’ll come up with next! Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Vicki B says:

    Absolutely gorgeous and needs to be framed!

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