Snowy Birches

Snowy birches Heather Telford

Do you recognise these trees? They are part of a larger stamp, ‘Winter Song’ and even though the whole stamp is beautiful I often just want to use that stand of trees on one side. I began by painting a sky over a moon mask using brusho blues. Once it was dry I decided to add these trees and the snow banks. Because the sky was already painted I had to paint the trees in white paint to block out the blue on the trunks. I used the Gansai Tambi white paint and kept it quite thick and opaque. Once I had white trunks to work with I painted some grey shadows on the trunks and added some black spots and twigs with a marker. I used the ‘to the world’ from Holiday Snippets and then hand lettered some joy.

I have lights and greenery around the window now and one ornament on the tree! Little by little…


Stamps: Winter SongHoliday Snippets (PB)
Paints: Brusho, Gansai Tambi
Inks: Tuxedo Black (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko) Micron fine tip black marker
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Strathmore cold pressed watercolour paper, burgandy cardstock

13 Comments on “Snowy Birches”

  1. Bonnie says:

    What a beautiful, peaceful scene, Heather! Growing up among the white birches, they always hold a special place in my heart.

  2. carol / creatingincolors says:

    Beautiful. I like how you used part of the stamp to make this scene. The coloring, as always, is so pretty.

  3. Bev James says:

    Love the way you used part of the stamp. I looked that stamp up and it said Slapstick/Cling. Is that a polymer stamp or rubber? Thanks, I enjoy your posts.

  4. CC says:

    Thanks for waking me up… I have that stamp and don’t always take the time to even think about using part of a stamp… silly me!!! This is such a beautiful card. I always love your snow scenes!!! What kind of pen did you use for your hand lettering? This one and the ones you did the other day are wonderful.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you for your kind words. I used a micron pen to write joy and thicken the down strokes. The day I did the hand lettering with a dip pen and black ink. Thanks for the encouragement I am practicing so I can get it more uniform.

      • CC says:

        Hi Heather,

        Thanks so much for the info. Just my opinion, but your lettering is so pretty, you don’t need any practice! 🙂 🙂 I’ve been practicing a bit with some calligraphy markers in hopes of being able to do some sentiments on my cards, but have not been really happy with them. My eyesight is not good so I don’t think I could do it with a pointed pen and widen the lines myself. Maybe I’ll try it and see, though. Sometimes when I try to do detailed work I use a couple of magnifiers, so I may just have to set that up for my lettering practice! 🙂 🙂

  5. Jan Castle says:

    Truly a lovely scene Heather!!!

  6. Pat says:

    I just adore the colours of the Gansai Tambi paints Heather, they are definitely on my wish list! What a beautiful scene you have made and the trees work fabulously and love the word you have added in such a pretty way. x

  7. memalagene says:

    Awesome winter scene!

  8. AJ says:

    Beautifully finished. Love the scene and simple sentiment.

  9. glow:) says:

    Thanks Heather for taking time out of your busy life to share your art.. it is so inspiring and i love to hear how you build your cards:) thanks and i wish you a lovely day…

  10. One ornament on the tree! I love it! You’re ahead of me!

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