Sunset Forest

Forest sunset Heather Telford

I completed this forest scene months ago but left it unposted. I showed it to a friend recently and she encouraged me to share it here. It is an example of a ‘no card left behind’ project. I was showing my friend how I did the lake on this card. It took us both a few attempts to get our backgrounds looking the way we wanted and the panel below was one of my cast-offs because of the water bloom under the shoreline trees. I pulled the panel out again at a later date and turned it on its side and made the shoreline trees one tall tree instead. I used both painting and stamping to fill the panel with trees. There was a bit of fiddling around with the tree stamp and the layers but I kept adding until it looked forest like! The little white flecks are of course, masking fluid.

So you see you should not throw things away immediately after you ‘mess them up’; set them aside perhaps and come back another day to take a second look. Flip it upside down or 90° just in case you have a lake you can turn into a forest!

Forest sunset before pic Heather Telford


Stamps:  Nature’s Friend (PB)
Inks: Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Dried Marigold, Broken China distress stains & Vintage Photo, Forest Moss distress ink (Ranger)
Cardstock:  Brown cardstock,  Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid

8 Comments on “Sunset Forest”

  1. Lindsey says:

    It’s great the way you saved and looked again — it’s a beautiful serene scene.

  2. Wanda says:

    Beautiful! I’m so glad you shared your card after all.

  3. Cath says:

    Amazing–great final results.

  4. Pat says:

    Thank you for showing this Heather as it just goes to show that there is always something you can do and you are so clever to be able to see something different in the original background to make a fresh fabulous creation. x

  5. Lynette Stewart says:

    Very clever to turn it on its side which made a gorgeous skyline of colors! Really enjoy your watercoloring projects!

  6. thepaperbaker says:

    STUNNING! Reminds me of the Northern Lights 🙂

  7. Jan Thomas says:

    Heather I love your work. Do you ever do videos? what color water brand is your favorite to use? I purchased the koi sketch but really do not know how to use them. Some like the new pens that came out just wondered what you prefer. Thank you for sharing what we think is a mistake can turn into something else and thank you for sharing your talent.

  8. Mary says:

    Thank you for this post = I love your advice to hang on to a piece as it may be an inspiration for later.

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