Leaf negatives

Leaf negatives Heather Telford

I am enjoying my new watercolour paints and experimenting with different ways to use them. The panel above is part of a masking experiment. I used the ‘happy news’ die to cut a mask from frisket film. Frisket film is made of plastic so I ran the die back and forth through the machine a few times to make sure it cut well. I saved both the negative and the positive die cut image and worked on two panels at once so one could dry while I painted the other. For the one above I used just the positive leaf and branch portion of the die cut image.

I pressed the frisket film leaves firmly onto hotpressed watercolour paper and painted some greens and blues around the leaves. The shape of the leaves reminds me of gum leaves (eucalyptus leaves) so I stuck with the muted blues and greens I remember from the gum trees in Australia. Some paint did seep under the frisket film in places but I didn’t worry as I knew I was doing several layers anyway. When the first layer was dry I repositioned the mask and repeated the process. I think I repositioned the mask three times; I’m not sure. By the time I had painted several layers the first white masked leaves were almost completely covered in paint but the outlines were still distinct. I added some splatter, a sentiment then matted in a co-ordinating teal cardstock.

The other panel I was working on used the negative frisket film mask and will be on the blog next week. Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: Snippets (PB)
Creative Dies: Happy News (PB)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb cardstock, teal cardstock
Also:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, grafix extra tack frisket film


18 Comments on “Leaf negatives”

  1. Holly Saveur says:

    so gorgeous ..love the colors..would love to see a video about how to do this..never heard of Frisket film..have to look that up..

  2. Linda Keating says:

    Lovely! The green and blue hues are very calming. Would also love to see a video!

  3. Janine B says:

    So lovely – colours are great for those leaves

  4. marilyn says:

    So understatedly stunning.

  5. Liz Killian says:

    ohhhh so gorgeous! I want to try something like that and see if I can make something using your technique. Thank you so much for all the designs and instructions you give us. Your work and instructions are the most wonderful teaching experience I’ve seen.

  6. Joan B says:

    beautiful work here!! as usual!

  7. Connie Schulz says:

    Love it!!! Class with it???😊

  8. Shirley says:

    Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I love the muted colors. Thank you for sharing your talent and the instructions on how you did it.

  9. jmhave44 says:

    Oh I DO like this one. Those colors are so beautiful, and you’ve captured the silvery-green color of the eucalyptus perfectly. Well done! TFS

  10. Gay says:

    Beautiful, colours and composition, love this card 😀 x

  11. Lindsey says:

    Beautiful — love the subtle colours. Has a bit of an Asian feel to it.

  12. Pat says:

    I love the colours you have used Heather, and it shows that just some leaves and a sentiment can make a really beautiful card when water coloured so amazingly! x

  13. shirley-bee says:

    Absolutely fabulous!

  14. cath t says:

    Love this!!! Thanks for the how to.

  15. […] week I posted a card featuring negative painted leaves and mentioned a second card made at the same time. Both cards were inspired  by gum leaves. This […]

  16. trishreddick says:

    More, more, more! And thank you…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s