New Year Landscape

New Year landscape Heather Telford

The scene on today’s card is not unlike what I see around Ottawa. Sometimes the sky is bright blue; it usually means the temperature is very cold. The landscape is covered in white but the trees tend to be a mix of black, grey and sometimes brown, the deciduous ones that is. I splattered masking fluid over a piece of watercolour paper to create the look of falling snow; if the sky had been darker it could have looked like either snow or stars. I then used Peerless watercolours to add colour. I began by painting a line of water across my panel; that line became the edge of the background snowbank. I picked up grey paint and added it to the water then brown so the colours spread and feathered. I added more water above the grey and brown then started painting blue from the top of the panel slowly pulling it down and diluting it with water. I didn’t want the blue to mix with the grey and brown so I kept the edge of both colours diluted with water and tipped my panel towards the top so colour would move upward not down.

New Year landscape Heather Telford

I positioned a mask lowered down the panel then stamped the bare branches in versafine onyx black. Once the ink was dry I removed the mask and painted colour behind the stamping extending to the right hand edge to look like another snow bank. To finish I removed the masking fluid, added a sentiment, matted the panel and attached it to a card base.

I wish you all a happy new year and look forward to sharing with you here in 2017. Thank you so much for dropping in to see what I’ve been creating.


Stamps: Skyward, Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink: Versafine onyx black ink (Tsukineko)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, brown cardstock
Paint: cobalt blue, neutral tint, mahogany brown (Peerless watercolours)

15 Comments on “New Year Landscape”

  1. Chrissie says:

    What an amazing sky Heather, wonderful as ever!
    Happy New Year!
    Chrissie xxx

  2. creatingincolors says:

    Beautiful! I like the look you created with the water moving upwards!

  3. Christine says:

    Happy New Year to you and yours.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations with us all.

  4. Cheryl says:

    Happy New Year! Your cards are so beautiful. Do you paint watercolors for wall hanging? I would love to see them if you do. Best wishes for the new year😊

  5. ednamburgess says:

    It even looks cold. Very beautiful. Love your scenery cards. Edna B.

  6. Katherine Beinecke says:

    I’ve been following you for most of 2016, and I admire your skill with watercolors. Your cards are so attractive that I wish I had paint talent. You’ve given me interest in skies, and I’ve become an observer.

  7. Jacquelyn Harmon says:

    Love your watercolored scene. It looks like a serene snowy view from the warmth of home.

  8. This looks really dramatic and so stunning! Happy New Year and I look forward to what you are going to share with us in 2017! xxx

  9. maureenchandler says:

    Happy New Year! This is beautiful – thank you so much!

  10. Heidi says:

    Just gorgeous! Happy New Year!

  11. tish rowe says:

    The only words to say are incredible that this is a card and not a photograph.
    I love your details so thank you ever so much. This is such an incredible card. Love the feathering at the horizon. Aren’t watercolors special that they can do this?
    Thank you. Have a wonderful, happy new year.

  12. Pat says:

    I love this snowy landscape and the watery foliage in the background and then the sharpness of the foreground branches go beautifully. Happy New Year to you Heather. x

  13. Liz in NH says:

    So much movement and depth in this. Beautiful.

  14. wendy0322 says:

    This is gorgeous! Wow!

  15. Ni Cky says:

    Magnifique paysage ! merci pour les explications ! Meilleurs voeux pour une année 2017 excellente, pour vous et votre famille. Nicky France

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