Forest – Casology 231

forest Heather Telford

My subtle forest is an experiment in masking. I painted the panel a month back and it was sitting in the pile of possibilities. When I saw what the Casology challenge theme was this week I thought of this panel straight away. To paint this misty forest I use the PB ‘tall trees’ dies to cut masks from frisket film. Frisket film is a removable plastic film used for masking when painting and drawing. I positioned the two tree masks then painted a pale blue wash over the trees, let it dry then repositioned the masks. I repeated this process numerous times to create my forest. With each wash the panel became a darker shade of blue and the previously masked trees received some colour also. Having two different tree dies added a little bit of shape and height variety.

Forest Heather Telford

I’m sorry once again that I can’t remember which paint I used. I don’t think it matters too much; I would use any of my watercolour mediums and keep it fairly diluted so I could keep adding layers. I was careful to let it dry thoroughly between each addition of paint so there would be no blurry edges. I also pressed the frisket masks down very carefully so the paint wouldn’t creep under the edges. I finished the card simply by adding a black sentiment and a natural coloured card base.

forest closeup Heather Telford

It’s an interesting technique which I haven’t finished playing with…
My blue forest works for the City Crafter challenge this week too.


Stamps:  Happy Snippets (PB)
Dies: Tall Trees (PB)
Ink: Versafine onyx black ink (Tsukineko)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper
Paint: watercolour paint of some kind??
Also: grafix frisket film extra tac

29 Comments on “Forest – Casology 231”

  1. Shauna Todd says:

    Love this technique! Your card is beautiful… as always!!

  2. Liz in NH says:

    So dreamy.

  3. cmtaylor says:

    Stunning results thanks for sharing the method.

  4. Lieve says:

    This card is a beauty !!!

  5. Tiya-B says:

    what a beauty ,, don’t know if I’ve ever seen masking that is so different and so beautiful.

  6. Cheryl says:

    Your card/technique turned out beautiful!

  7. Pat says:

    I love your stylised forest Heather and moving the masks and painting around then until you have a mass of trees looks great and works beautifully for the Casology challenge, and then that pretty blue is perfect for the second challenge too. x

  8. Connie says:

    Beautiful card!

  9. ahappyscramper says:

    Ooooow that’s lovely….

  10. craftytreen says:

    WHOA!!! this one is fabulous. I don’t always have the time to be able to stop and leave you a comment (I look at so many creations a day) this one has such a cool ethereal look to it. I love it. You have inspired me so much over the years. thank you so much. hugs, treen

  11. Susie Williams says:

    Jaw dropping amazing Heather. Thank you so much for continuing to inspire us and sharing your talent.

  12. swanlady21 says:

    Serenely beautiful.

  13. Wonderful technique and a gorgeous, mystical card! xxx

  14. Stella says:

    Well your experiment turned out great! I love the shades of blue and the scene you created with the trees. CAS in a lovely way! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

  15. maureenchandler says:

    WOW! This is just fantastic – thank you so much!

  16. Michele F says:

    Magnificent, Heather!!!

  17. Ros Crawford says:

    Simply stunning! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!!

  18. Melissa says:

    So pretty, Heather! I love the monochromatic color scheme of this! So dreamy & beautiful!!!
    Thanks so much for joining us over at CASology this week! 🙂

  19. Lindsey says:

    A somewhat ghostly and very interesting effect! And beautiful.

  20. akbutte says:

    OMG where have you been? I can’t believe I have not seen your amazing work before. Your techniques are excactly what I am playing with. Thanks for the inspiration and new ideas. I had never heard of frisket film before…just the liquid. I well be checking in everyday to see what you are up to. Keep up the amazing work!

  21. Jacquie says:

    I love the misty feel of your card – very cool technique!

  22. Deidre says:

    This technique and your card are absolutely stunning! I love when I can reach into my stash and work something I left laying around 🙂 Thanks for sharing at CASology this week!

  23. Michele F says:

    I’m back for a second look … and to say congrats for the HM at CASology!

  24. ElizStewart says:

    This card is beyond brilliant..I would never have figured it out if you hadn’t explained it. SOOOO beautiful!

  25. […] This post was brought to you from my ‘pile of possibilities‘. […]

  26. Colleen Massey says:

    This is beautiful! Would you consider doing a video of the process?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Colleen,
      I will note it down as a request but not promise anything. It is a technique I want to try again so hopefully I can video it when I do.
      So glad you like it,

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