Northern winter sky

northern blessings Heather Telford

Some times watercolour paint does the work for you. I added a few stamped branches to turn this pretty sky into a scene but really, the blended colours were almost enough by themselves.

northern lights blessings Heather Telford

I did have a basic plan but the blending was magic that happened when I walked away. I positioned a frisket film mask in the top right then sprinkled four colours of brusho on the panel of watercolour paper. Using a wet brush I blended the colours creating a hard edge at the bottom and adding water to the upper part of the panel. Once I had wet the whole upper area I tilted the panel so the colour blended from yellow to pink to purple and blue. At this point I had to go and teach a mini class so I was gone for an hour.

northern blessing close up Heather Telford

When I returned my panel was dry and all blended in the pretty pattern you see above – magic! I added the berry branches here and there, an extra shadow for a snow bank and a sentiment.


Stamps: Woodland Beauty, Nature’s Gifts, Festive Cheer (PB)
Ink: Versafine onyx black ink (Tsukineko)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah epic black paper
Paint: Violet, ultramarine, crimson, yellow brusho powder

17 Comments on “Northern winter sky”

  1. Oh my goodness another stunning card. I do love your work. XxA

  2. Susie Williams says:

    I need to learn some words that mean stunning, wow, jaw dropping spectacular …. Heather your work is simply incredible and such a joy to look at.

  3. Those colours are stunning! What a glorious card! xxx

  4. Bonnie says:

    This is beautiful and you make it sound easy. I’ll give this a try. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. creatingincolors says:

    Oh so gorgeous! I need some of your “magic”!

  6. littledebbie4 says:

    wow stunning

  7. Carolyn L says:

    Spectacular! Blending Brushos is an art in and of itself….fabulous work!

  8. Chris R. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  9. Ellen Schmidt says:

    Very beautiful! How did you use the black paper listed in the supplies?

  10. Pat says:

    Wow Heather, these colours are gorgeous together and the way they have mixed together has worked wonderfully. I love your added branches and sentiment and the beautifully shaded snow bank. You do these sorts of cards so well! x

  11. Shauna says:

    The sky is incredible! Beautiful card.

  12. swanlady21 says:

    Oh Wow! Such a beauty!

  13. Ni Cky says:

    Superbe carte ! j’adore ces couleurs et je vais ressortir mes brushos.. quel beau “miracle” ♥

  14. Gery says:

    What a lovely way of creating this background.
    And you were so lucky that it turned out this way while you were not there.
    You created a beautiful card with it.

  15. Serendipity! Beautiful, regardless of what you had in mind, Heather. You do snowbanks so well! (and I know you only discovered them as an adult…)

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