Flowers on flowers

Flowers on flowers Heather Telford

The other day when I was happily stamping background stamps over papers sprinkled with bister powder I made this print with ‘floral tapestry’. I can’t remember exactly what I used to stamp. I think it was mainly water on the stamp and mahogany and yellow bister on the dry watercolour paper. I may have used a pale distress stain; I’m not sure. I was using the Misti so I did stamp multiple times in order to spread the water over the whole panel. Sadly you can’t see it in the photo but the water had some pearl-ex powder mixed in so the pattern has a pretty sheen to it. While trying not to make the panel too busy I did want to have something more defined in the foreground so I stamped several flowers with brown inks and coloured them with watercolour markers using pearl-ex water to blend so they too have a shimmery sheen.

Dina Kowal posted an informative video this week with so much inspiration for using different watercolour powders. She also has two posts on her blog, one about the powders and the other about papers to use with the powders. Dina is a fabulous artist and has compared, tested and created with the powders. Now we can all benefit from all her research. Thanks, Dina.


Stamps: Floral Tapestry, Snippets, Enamor (PB)
Inks: Versafine Crimson Red (Tsukineko) Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs  Distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth , Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Zig clean color real brush markers

13 Comments on “Flowers on flowers”

  1. You knocked this one out of the park! I always find myself saying – “I wonder what she did this time” ever time your emails come through – Always in awe. I love the impressionistic backgrounds with the details on top! I think that is your signature!

  2. This is wonderful! Such a textural, arty look! I have just started playing with my Brushos so am inspired. I checked out the fab video too – thank you for the link! xxx

  3. cherylquilts says:

    Oh, Heather, this is gorgeous! The colors are amazing, and what a beautiful “background.” I just looked at the stamps you used and “got it!” Wow! And the flower from Enamor is beautifully colored so it really pops off the card! Oh, Heather, this is stunning! You continue to inspire me with watercolor technique (and Dina too)! Hugs!

  4. Micheline Jourdain says:

    I agree Cheryl… because my English is so so… I use Cheryl’s words… just beautiful Heather!!!

  5. mich3ll3w says:

    Heather, this is stunning! I could look at this card all day, so much interest in that background! Beautiful work!

  6. Bonnie says:

    How beautiful, Heather! I love this background and your foreground flowers are the perfect blend! Thanks for sharing how you did this!

  7. Julie says:

    Hi I’m looking at this beautiful card on my phone, and it honestly looks 3d!the flowers are really standing out. Tfs. Julie

  8. marilyn says:

    This has to be one of my favorite pieces since I’ve been “following” you! So much happening on this card and it’s just simply stunning.

  9. Cath says:

    Love this card! Great idea, flowers on flowers. Thanks for all your tips. Kinda glad you were swept up in the creative flow rather than worrying about posting about all the step by step details. As it should be.

  10. Clelie says:

    This is gorgeous!…I would love to watch a video of you just “sitting and playing” and see the creative processes as they happen! 🙂 You are amazing…I love your work!

  11. Weim house says:

    Wow! Love your card! Thank you for inspiring!

  12. lindseymp says:

    This is a great combination of background and foreground. Beautiful colours and design.

  13. Pat says:

    This is very pretty Heather and I love the background and then the beautiful PB Enamore stamp in the foreground. Such pretty colours too. x

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