Fall trees with bister

bister fall trees Heather Telford

Watercolour powders seem to be a perfect medium to use for fall scenes. The colours move and blend in similar ways to the colours on an autumn leaf. To create this scene I stamped the trunk and branches before I started on the leaves. I used two brown markers for the trunks and branches avoiding the circles on the stamp as much as possible. Next I cleaned the stamp and painted water onto the circles of the stamp and stamped again. It is not really necessary to use the stamp to apply water around the branches you could just add drops of water to your  panel with a paintbrush. With the water drops sitting on the panel I sprinkled yellow and red bister powder over the water and watched the colours activate. To achieve the amount of blended colour desired I added a little powder or water here and there until I was happy. I blended some areas with a brush and let other parts stay relatively sharp and unblended. To finish I painted the blue sky with tumbled glass distress stain then matted both the panel and a sentiment and attached to a natural coloured card base.

I have filmed a periscope of this technique. It is available here on replay.


Stamps:  Twinkling, Amazing (PB)
Inks: Distress gathered twig, ground espresso distress markers, tumbled glass distress stain (Ranger)
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton cold pressed watercolour paper, burgandy cardstock, Neenah natural white
Also: yellow & red Bister powder

8 Comments on “Fall trees with bister”

  1. Micheline Jourdain says:

    You are a Master Heather! I love that. I try to work with this stamp and… very difficult for me… but with you, it is a masterpiece!!!

  2. Cath says:

    Great card.

  3. shilpa says:

    Amazingly beautiful card, Heather

  4. craftytreen says:

    wow! I love it! I am powder challenged (to say the least) I got one thing of ken oliver and it sprayed out enough for about 10 projects. I have to try it again when i’m in my right mind. lol

  5. memalagene says:

    Gorgeous fall tree!

  6. AJ says:

    Fabulous fall thank you card. Love the colors.

  7. Carol says:

    This is a beautiful card! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to view your “live” Periscope, but I just finished watching the replay. I love the technique you used with the bister. I think I might find this method easier to work with the powders (versus covering everything in arm’s reach with powders as I usually do), and I can’t wait to try your technique. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Lindsey says:

    You are right, what a perfect way to use the powders. This is a gorgeous fall scene… although I am willing to wait a little while longer for the trees around us to look like this.

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