Poppies with lovePosted: September 14, 2015 Filed under: Efflorescence, Flourish, No Card Left Behind | Tags: Fabriano Watercolour Paper, Penny Black creative dies, Penny Black stamps, Ranger Distress stains, Tsukineko Memento inks 16 Comments
I have another card featuring one of my favourite techniques, ‘watercolouring with distress stains‘. I worked on a panel of watercolour paper taped to a board and splattered with masking fluid. The stamp is an outline stamp which I inked with festive berries and ripe persimmon stain on the petals and peeled paint on the stems. I painted colour into the petals straight away so the outlines would blend with the colour in the whole petal. I drew a bud and a few leaves with a marker to fill the space more evenly. Once the flowers were almost dry I painted the background with desert sand ink and added some text also. I added black to the flower centres with a marker and blended with water to soften the edges a little.
When I removed the tape and the masking fluid I wasn’t entirely happy with the finished panel. Instead of trying to alter any part of the watercolouring I decided to add another element, the die cut flourish over the top. I tied the flourish in with a swirly sentiment and attached all the elements to a natural card base.
Stamps: Efflorescence, Footnotes (PB)
Creative Dies: Flourish, For You (PB)
Inks: Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint Distress stains, Desert sand ink, Tuxedo Black, Northern Pine memento markers (Tsukineko)
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah natural white cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid
Another beauty, Heather! How do you get the different colors of stain on the stamp. I bought some stain and the applicator looks a little big to get it in little spaces.
I just swipe it across the stamp then do little spaces with a marker. It is not a precise technique!
Thank you Heather. I like it when it doesn’t need to be precise!
The watercoloring is beautiful as usual and I really like the flourish you added to the card.
The flourish adds a great touch! As you say, it complements the sentiment as well. And of course, the poppies are gorgeous.
Love the card and the colours are great x
Beautiful poppies Heather and enhanced so prettily with the white die cut flourish and sentiment. The perfect finishing touch.
Gorgeous! Love it and thanks for sharing.
ooooooooo I love the swirls. I have looked and looked and cant find anything wrong with it. lol I love your work. I would love a video on this one especially. but don’t get me wrong, i’ll take what I can get. I love looking at your work.
What is significance of number 9476?
That is the number assigned to the blog post automatically when I neglected to give it a name. Once I saw that I hadn’t named it I updated it to ‘Poppies with love’
It was my 947th post!
Oh, Heather, this is one of my favorites (recent ones anyway), because I love the roses and the beautiful layout with the flourish (that I recently purchased). What amazing watercoloring, and I love the background too. Stunning, my friend, and I have to try this one. Truly a work of art! Hugs!
What is not to love!!!! It’s gorgeous. The flourish is an added element and so elegantly. Love your work . So inspiring
This is lovely. I just bought some Arches Hot Press watercolor paper and wondered if you had some tips for painting since you used hot press with this card! I certainly love the way yours turned out!
Arches hot pressed is very good quality paper so I am sure you will enjoy painting on it a good way to get a feel for your paper would be to paint an abstract pattern of colours on a panel to see how the paints react with each other and more or less water. Try some salt on the painting too for fun effects. If you want to paint a stamped image you can either stamp with dye ink and watch it blend with your paint or with pigment ink which will give you an outline that won’t disappear.
Thanks. I will try some of these ideas! I love the look of watercolor and want to improve my skills.