Let the colouring begin

sweet perfume Heather Telford

Today is day 1 of Kathy Racoosin’s latest ‘30 Day Coloring Challenge‘. If you haven’t heard about it click on the link and read the details. It is a no pressure, loads of inspiration, tutorials and prizes type of challenge. Kathy is a colouring wizard and she shares her tips and tricks on her blog and in her very friendly conversational videos.

sweet perfume 30day1 Heather Telford

I had fun colouring this large scale floral design with brushos. I embossed the image on watercolour paper with silver pearl powder. I limited myself to four colours from the brusho range and I created different shades and values by mixing and diluting. The pink flowers are a mix of crimson and cobalt blue; some have little or no blue mixed in. The central flower is a mix of yellow and crimson. To make sure my greens blended in with the colours of the flowers I mixed some crimson with leaf green and created muted green-browns. In order not to loose too much of the panel behind a sentiment strip I embossed on vellum and added a half pearl over the adhesive. I didn’t have any black half pearls but a sharpie did the trick.

sweet perfume closeup Heather Telford

I have something quite new to share tomorrow. See you then.


Stamps: Sweet Perfume, Special Thoughts (PB)
Paints: leaf green, cobalt blue, crimson, yellow brusho
Ink: Versamark ink
Paper: hot pressed Canson Moulin du Roy watercolour paper, Neenah Epic black cardstock, vellum
Also: black & silver pearl embossing powders, half pearl

32 Comments on “Let the colouring begin”

  1. cherylquilts says:

    Oh, Heather this is gorgeous, and I LOVE your soft watercoloring…wonderful palette! And the sentiment on vellum with your half pearl is perfect! Beautifully done, sweet friend, and I look forward to tomorrow! Hugs!

  2. Cornelia (fun stamping) says:

    Oh, WOW – this is amazing – gorgeous coloring, swooon!!!!!

  3. Laura Jane says:

    STUNNING first 30 day coloring project Heather!!

  4. Jan Castle says:

    Absolutely STUNNING Heather!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  5. desperatehousewifecraft says:

    Thats truly beautiful! I’m going to join the challenge too, thanks for sharing.

  6. peachnlime says:

    Oh my God! this is sooo beautiful!!!…. im speechless!

  7. Clelie says:

    Oh, how beautiful!…the softness of the blended Brushos is so very different from how we typically see them used. I can’t wait to try something like this…absolutely gorgeous! My curiosity is peaked!…Joyfully awaiting tomorrow’s inspiration! 🙂

  8. dloates2005 says:

    This is one of most stunning cards I’ve seen in months! Absolutely gorgeous!

  9. bonnielynnh says:

    Beautiful card! How do you paint with brushos….tap the powder into a palette?

  10. creatingincolors says:

    Simply stunning! Such gorgeous coloring!

  11. WOW! I stared at this for such a long time and was even more amazed at your wonderful description! I would never have guessed you used cobalt at all! Impeccable painting and the effect, incredible! If I lived anywhere around there I’d be asking to watch this happen!

  12. Lynn Leduc says:

    So beautiful.

  13. suemcrae says:

    Amazing use of colour!

  14. maureenchandler says:

    This is just lovely – I want to keep looking at it!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. Annette Stefan says:

    Gorgeous! I skipped a breath!

  16. Janine B says:

    So beautiful – love the colours

  17. happycrafter says:

    I love all your cards but this is my favourite so far, the colouring is wonderful and love the colors you chose. I just get so frustrated that I can’t always buy the stamps you use as I am in France. Very inspiring though.

  18. Shirley N says:

    Breathtaking! Gorgeous coloring.

  19. Shaz in Oz.x says:

    The way you’ve coloured with those brushos Heather is truly breathtakingly beautiful !!!!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Shaz in Oz.x

  20. Em says:

    So beautiful. I will be checking out brushos though I guess I should be improving my skills with what I have……..

  21. Karen O'Byrne says:

    Incredibly breathtakingly beautiful. I so love your style.

  22. Beautiful coloring!!

  23. Doreen Lees says:

    Absolutely beautiful.

  24. Janett Ray says:

    Your card is beautiful, and you are a master with the water coloring.

  25. Swh2013 says:

    This card is gorgeous Heather! It looks like there is a light shinning through the flowers ! Gorgeous!

  26. Hello Heather, I’ve just started following you as I love your work and I think it will help me with my own blog. I really like this card and the colours and I’ve just ordered some Brushos but didn’t quite know what to do with them but thanks to you I do now.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.
    Love Alli Xx

  27. Denise Sullivan says:

    Your card is just lovely would you consider doing a video tutorial to show us amateurs how its done?

  28. Julie Milnes says:

    WOw, love your colours and the design. Stunning card.

  29. Daria says:

    So beautiful! Thank you for sharing this.

  30. Kris says:

    This is simply gorgeous, Heather! Love the colors, and the coloring 🙂 I’m definitely not adept at coloring, but am inspired by beautifully crafted cards. Thanks!

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