Winter Song

Winter Song Heather Telford

It’s a winter watercolour week on the Penny Black blog and here is my contribution. This little scene works well as a watercolour with all that sky needing colour. I decided on a limited palette of blue, purple, black and grey with just a touch of mustard on the chickadee’s feet.

I started by stamping “Winter Song” on watercolour paper in versafine onyx black, a pigment ink which won’t bleed when I start adding water. Next I splattered some masking fluid on the paper and let it dry. Using an Indianthrene Blue #247 watercolour pencil colour I shaded all the sky area then blended the colour with a water brush. I tried to avoid colouring in the little white circles but some were too small. Next I started adding Delft Blue #141 by taking colour from the pencil tip with a waterbrush. Using the same colour and brush, I painted above the snow banks blending from dark to light up the panel. I also added both blues to the bottom of the panel with a brush. I painted the bird with colour from black #99, medium grey #97 and gold ochre #183 pencils. The trees on the left hand side looked too flat so I painted shading on one side of tree trunks with colour from medium grey # 97 pencil.

When all the watercolouring was dry I rubbed off the masking fluid and used a white gel pen to draw in any tiny branches or circles that were painted over. I matted with black, then periwinkle cardstock and attached it to a white card base to create a 5″x 5.5″ card. You can’t see in the photo but I did add a little shimmer to the snowflakes with a clear wink of stella pen.


Stamps: Winter Song  (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils Indianthrene Blue #247, Delft Blue #141, Black #99, Medium grey #97 , Gold ochre #183 (Faber Castell)
Cardstock: Penny Black Periwinkle mix & match paperFabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock, Black 
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, Signo white gel pen, clear Wink of Stella pen


10 Comments on “Winter Song”

  1. Gabby says:

    Wonderful winter scene. Great color palette. Sweet little bird, too. 🙂

  2. Pitchoune57 says:

    I like a lot,
    bye, Pitchoune

  3. Jaya says:

    wow.. this is gorgeous.
    You are one single reason why I got the Before the Snow stamp 🙂 lol.. 🙂

  4. swanlady21 says:

    Beautiful !

  5. Sonia says:

    Ohhhh so beautiful!! This card is absolutely gorgeous!

  6. ednamburgess says:

    Heather, this is so beautiful. Wish I could capture a scene like this. Guess it takes a lot of practice and you know just how to do it. Edna

  7. CC says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the depth you’ve created in this scene. I’m always afraid mine won’t turn out so I never try things like this. So many of these new Penny Black stamps are really perfect for making beautiful scenes. They are definitely on my wish list. I hope they become part of my stamp collection.

  8. CC says:

    Oops! I had not looked at this particular stamp until after I left my comment above. I didn’t realize this was actually one stamp. I thought you had created the scene with various stamps as you often do! This is still gorgeous, though. I could never watercolor and give the scene so much depth! If I could, I’d be watercoloring on my cards all the time! 🙂

  9. Lindsey says:

    I do like chickadees. What a sweet little scene!

  10. […] Song” scenic stamp. I was experimenting with ways to the colour the stamp back when I made this card. I wasn’t happy with the whole panel but cropping it gave me a smaller scene I could work […]

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