Moonlit snowscape

Winter Moon Heather Telford

I have more winter scenery for you today because, let’s face it, a snowy landscape can be so very pretty. On the snow scapes I posted last week I let the sky and trees blend a little; today’s technique is a little different.  To create this one I masked the moon with frisket film and splattered masking fluid first then painted the sky with Dr Ph Martin’s Hydrus watercolours. One thing I am enjoying about these liquid watercolours is they are colourfast once dry. I painted the sky first, removed the moon mask, added the background trees to the wet sky but waited until everything dried before adding the foreground tree. That way I was able to add the foreground tree then blend colour and add water to the trunk without having it bleed into the sky. The whole tree stamp contains more twigs and some blossom; I just inked what I wanted with markers for the initial impression then switched to paint and a paintbrush to finish. Once the whole panel was dry I removed the masking fluid and added some more white snow with a white wink of stella pen.

Moonlit tree Heather Telford

I have quite the lovely array of  floral stamps at my finger tips now because the new Penny Black release is imminent but the scenery outside my window is still calling to be stamped and painted. Once the new release is available from PB you will definitely see some flowery goodness here to make you dream of spring.

Stamps:  Soft Whisper, Spread Cheer (PB)
Inks: Memento Paris dusk, Expresso truffle, Tuxedo black (Tsukineko)
Paint: Dr Ph Martin’s Hydrus watercolours
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, black cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, Grafix frisket film, White wink of stella

24 Comments on “Moonlit snowscape”

  1. Clelie says:

    They are beautiful! It almost seems you could reach out and touch the patches of icy snow tucked in the tree’s branches on the second card! I have always wondered about Hydrus watercolors…so if you let it dry, would you have a layering effect with the colors instead of “muddying” the composition?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Clelie,
      Yes the hydrus are perfect for layering but they are not forgiving when you want to change something like watercolours which continue to react with water. Glad you felt the chill in the scene; it’s pretty cold here!

  2. Ingrid says:

    Gorgeous scenes. I have that stamp….you’re making me want to create snowscapes…lol! Both are really beautiful. 🙂

    • Heather says:

      Thanks Ingrid; do it, create some snowscapes! I am still hunting for the best white to ‘paint over’ a scene and not have the dark colour show through.

  3. craftytreen says:

    Hi there Heather! i hope you are doing well. we are preparing for a blizzard on the east coast so soon we might look like your oh so wonderful watercolor card! you know how much i love your style. take care and talk to you soon, hugs, treen

  4. Janine B says:

    Beautiful snowy scenes – love the sky colours and the clarity of the tree.

  5. Carol / creatingincolors says:

    SO lovely!

  6. Marie Flayer says:

    Beautiful cards as usual! You are quite a master of watercolored cards! Thanks for inspiring me today!
    🙂 Marie

  7. Bonnie says:

    What lovely winter scenes! Thank you for describing how you create them. Stay warm!

  8. Micheline Jourdain says:

    Winter scènes are my favorites! And I love these 2 cards. So beautiful!

  9. susannev2014 says:

    Gorgeous, both of them!

  10. Liz in NH says:

    So beautiful.
    We got some snow recently here in New Hampshire, and when I looked out, and saw the snow on the boxwood, I said, “Oh! Heather painted that”!

  11. cherylquilts says:

    Oh, Heather, your artistry never fails to disappoint! I love the winter scenes that you create that look just like one is watching out one’s window on a snowy day! Amazing and such a delight, sweet friend! Hugs!

  12. Chrystal Lewis says:

    Heather thank you for the lovely card, I love the blue sweet peas and the lovely note. See you in February.


  13. Pat says:

    I love these intense blues and purple tones you have achieved here Heather and these two beautiful works of art really do bring the chill right in to my living room, just so atmospheric! x

  14. DeLayne says:

    GORGEOUS card! These are my favorite colors for a winter scene. You’re so talented and I always look forward to seeing your next work of beauty. This is definitely a favorite of mine.

    Blessings to you,

  15. Lindsey says:

    I like cold wintry scenes on cards and from my window. 😉 These are particularly beautiful with the big full moon.

  16. You leave me speechless, Heather! I hope these incredible snowscapes will be transferred to canvas! How fortunate you are to be able to have that scene IRL! I noticed what you said in another comment about finding a good white. When I went to check out what the heck Dr. Ph Martin’s were (first I’ve heard of them), I noticed good things were also being written about the opaque white. I’m thinking you already have tried it and it’s not that great? Hugs, Darnell (

    • Heather says:

      Hi Darnell,
      Thanks for the lovely comment and the reminder about the Dr Ph Martin’s opaque white. Dr Martin has made a great many products and I just bought one 12 bottle set of hydrus so I haven’t tried the opaque white-I guess I should.

  17. Sandy Dehon says:

    Oh, Oh, OH — See Sandy Gush!!!! You are so good – I love following you. This is beautiful!
    sandy xx

  18. Mac says:

    Stunning piece of art. Love how you explained the technique. Absolutely gorgeous and thank you for the inspiration x

  19. memalagene says:

    WOW! This is wonderful! I love seeing your work!

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