Shining lights

light shine Heather Telford

I’m still having fun with the African stamps from Darkroom Door, this time combining a loose watercoloured background with a sharp silhouetted tree in the foreground. I stamped the ‘tribal’  background first on watercolour paper in several colours of distress ink. Once the whole pattern was stamped I painted over it with water and the colours blended from into each other.

light shine Heather Telford

I let the background dry completely before dropping some water strategically here and there. When water comes in contact with distress ink it reacts and dilutes the ink. By letting the water sit for a minute then dabbing it up with a paper towel I was able to create light patches which look a bit like lights in an already abstract sky.

light shine close up Heather Telford

I stamped the tree over the ‘sky’ once it dried then painted the ground with black soot distress stain. My sentiment, inspired by the ‘watermark lights’ was handwritten in McCaffery’s Penmans black ink.


Stamps: Tribal,  African Trees (Darkroom Door)
Inks:   Distress wild honey, spiced marmalade, fired brick inks, black soot distress stain (Ranger) versafine onyx black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: neenah natural white cardstock, neenah epic black cardstock, fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper 
Writing ink: Mc Caffery’s Penman’s ink black
Nib holder: Exclusive handmade from Foiled Fox

10 Comments on “Shining lights”

  1. Clelie says:

    Heather, this is absolutely amazing! I am certain you, too, struggle with creative dry spells once in awhile…but you never cease to amaze and excite me to the possibilities of ink on paper! You have expanded my creative ‘base’ and I have learned so much from you…thank you very much! Now, I cannot figure out how you got the ‘light element’ on the top of the tree canopy!?

  2. Marianne says:

    Oh my, this looks absolutely stunning. Love the black silhouette against that gorgeous background. I don’t own any of these stamps, but I would love to try and create a similar look using the supplies I do own. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Pat says:

    This is a brilliant use of the stamps Heather and I love way you have blended the beautiful fiery colours, and then what a contrast the black silhouette tree and foreground is. Fabulous! x

  4. cmtaylor says:

    Fabulous! Love the patterns and the tree makes it all just POP! TFS

  5. Pent says:

    Heather I love your ‘African’ series! I hope you will do many more. This is such a beautiful card, and beautiful handwriting to boot! Well done 🙂

  6. Lindsey says:

    A perfect background for this beautiful silhouette tree!

  7. kthaman says:

    This is gorgeous! And I love the idea of having a patterned watercolor background behind a silhouette image.

  8. Rufus says:

    Another stunner. You have gorgeous handwriting, I’d love to have a stamp of it! Mine used to be much better than it is….now, afraid it looks like a doctors handwriting, lol! Fantastic card!

  9. Rosie says:

    I just love this. The background is amazing – what a great idea.

  10. jmhave44 says:

    This is simply stunning use of the brusho-s over your initial stamping. In your case, the crystals blended to create such an unusually beautiful rose with such variegated petals. Your watercoloring is always wonderful, but think this might be one of your very best! TFS & Hugs

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