More butterflies

colour drop butterflies Heather Telford

I didn’t intend for this week to be all about butterflies but that’s the way it turned out. To create this panel I coloured the little butterflies on the butterfly charmer stamp using what I am calling the colour drop method. I don’t think it is anything new but I needed a name for this little technique. I stamped the large stamp with wild honey  distress ink then painted the butterflies with water one at a time. The water blended the wild honey ink to give each butterfly a warm yellow tone but it also gave me a pool to drop another colour into. I took colour from my water colour pencils and dropped it onto the wet wings and let it spread into the whole wet area. I moved from wing to wing so they could dry a little before adding a second colour to an adjacent area. I did video the process and have sped it up and posted it on my instagram

colour drop butterflies detail Heather Telford

When the wings were all dry I drew over the butterfly bodies, legs and antennae with either a dark brown watercolour pencil or a distress marker then blended the brown with a very small paintbrush and a wee bit of water. The finished panels remind me of botanical books.

The first one I did using this method is below. I added colour to the little butterflies also and filled in the background.

so very special butterflies Heather Telford

I used Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils over rusty hinge distress ink for this one

so very special butterflies side Heather Telford

You can see on the close up that you don’t lose all the definition of the stamped image when you paint over it; there are faint outlines of pattern underneath.

so very special butterflies closeup Heather Telford

Thanks for dropping in; have a great weekend.


Stamps: Butterfly charmer, Happy Snippets (PB)
Dies: Wishes
Inks:  wild honey distress ink, rusty hinge distress ink (Ranger) Versafine vintage sepia (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, brown cardstock, green cardstock
Also:  Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils (Faber-Castell)

17 Comments on “More butterflies”

  1. I love your work Heather; this is a cool technique I have to try. Thanks for making the video for those of us who need to see things in order to understand them.

  2. WOW!! Love this! I watched your video! Super awesome. Thank You for sharing it, Heather!

  3. cherylquilts says:

    Oh, Heather, these are both gorgeous, and I loved the video on Instagram! Stunning!! WOW!

  4. ednamburgess says:

    Beautiful. I’ve never seen it done that way and was interesting. Thanks. Edna

  5. Em says:

    Once again you are absolutely amazing. Anxious to try this technique myself but your work this week has just been spectacular.

  6. Heidi says:

    This looks really pretty and fun to do! I hope I have time to try it soon!

  7. Micheline Jourdain says:

    What a great technique!!! And the result is gorgeous! Love it!!

  8. Both these cards are wonderful! I enjoyed your Instagram video too, thank you! xxx

  9. Lavonne Sylvester says:

    I love how you did those cards! Is there any chance you could do a video of that and put it on youtube? For some reason I can’t watch videos on my phone and would like to be able to save it to pinterest. 🙂 Then maybe I can try this technique out for myself…maybe. Thanks Heather!

  10. Suzy says:

    Wow, all of these are so pretty! Sure wish the video was on YouTube. I don’t use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any of that stuff… just blogs and YouTube.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Suzy, I think you should be able to click on the link if you are using a computer and still view the video even if you are not an instagram user. I might do another video of the technique and just use a different stamp next time.

  11. Bonnie says:

    So soft and pretty! Different from the previous butterflies but equally as pleasing!

  12. Rufus says:

    Just wanted to drop in and say how much I’ve enjoyed Butterfly week! Even if that wasn’t the original plan, they’ve all been gorgeous. Thanks so much for the quick vid of the technique you used today. Will have to give that a try since I love the way that yours came out, so pretty! I’m not an instagramer so couldn’t leave you a comment there. But it did let me view it so that was a win for me!

  13. Pat says:

    These are gorgeous Heather and have had a look at yuour video of the technique and will give that a try in future and I love the blue you have added on the first one and the second has a more vintage feel with the yellow orangy brown tones and that soft blue background. x

  14. Carol H. says:

    Came over to say thank you for your sweet comment on my blog–thank you! I’m super WOW’ed by your card! This is an awesome technique that I need to try! Beautiful!

  15. I just love your designs and this is wonderful. Fabulous. Xx

  16. Vicki says:

    WOW! Love this technique and can’t wait to try it. I’m new to your blog but I’ll be back!

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