Red Blush

Red blush Heather Telford

I am participating in the CAS watercolour challenge again this month and as it turns out I have used exactly the same technique as last month. I really didn’t set out to do that but sometimes cards just emerge from experimentation more successful that expected! The theme of the challenge this month is ‘Love’ so a red rose fits in nicely along with a reminder to celebrate, perhaps Valentine’s day or an anniversary.

Red Blush Heather Telford

I used the water stamping technique to create this image and I almost didn’t continue with it after the initial application of brusho powder. I stamped the rose with water then sprinkled crimson brusho over the flower and bud area and emerald green over the leaves and stems. This technique can create a mess but it can also give you a loose watercolour representation of the stamp. Once the colours started reacting with the water I used a brush to move some colour into areas that needed more and a paper towel to remove colour where there was too much.

red blush close up

All that colour in the rose is from crimson brusho, which you can see is a mix of different colour crystals. The darkness of the bud is a mix of crimson and emerald green. Initially I thought it was going to be a dirty brown but it has enough red tones to resemble the way the colour of a bud is often darker than the full blown rose. Thanks for dropping by; make sure you check out all the ‘Lovely’ inspiration over at CAS Watercolour challenge


Stamps: Red blush, Heartfelt (PB)
Ink:  versafine onyx black ink (Tsukineko)
Paint: crimson & emerald green brusho (Colourcraft)
Paper: hotpressed 100% cotton watercolour paper, red cardstock

20 Comments on “Red Blush”

  1. Debrah I Binard says:

    So very beautiful! I always look forward to your posts. I do wish there was a video so we could see the process. Thanks for sharing your art!

  2. Clelie says:

    What beautiful colour depth you achieved! Just gorgeous!

  3. veecee says:

    WOW!! Have never seen powdered colours used to such fantastic effects. Just beautiful.

  4. Pat says:

    This is gorgeous Heather and the way the colours merge has worked out perfectly and just layered and with that lovely sentiment lets the beautiful rose take centre stage as it should. x

  5. Deborah Kane says:

    Stunning, I agree with Deborah (above) for this technique I would love a video, sprinkling brusho on the stamp…..never would have thought of that.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Deborah,
      I hope to do a video at some point but don’t hold your breathe. Glad you like the card; I stamp with water then sprinkle brusho on the water stamped image not on the stamp itself.

      • Deborah Kane says:

        Aaah thanks for clearing that up, I was still having my morning coffee, now the process makes more sense to me LOL, I’m very anxious to try this technique, just searching out the right image.

  6. Carole says:

    How do you keep from spilling powders AROUND the water-stamped image. Doesn’t the extra leave a smudge around the edges of the image??

    • Heather says:

      The powders do indeed spill around the water stamped image but I avoid them with the paint brush when I’m blending then, once the panel has air dried a little I can finish the drying with a heat tool which blows the excess crystals away.

  7. lollthompson says:

    This is so gorgeous Heather. The mix of reds and greens looks amazing. So tricky with them being opposites on the colour wheel, but they have turned out so wonderfully. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! I have yet to try your wonderful technique, but need to get on that! xx

  8. desperatehousewifecraft says:

    That is really a work of art! Thanks for the explanation in the comments, i was intrigued by this method too

  9. Bonnie says:

    You amaze me with this technique, Heather! What a beautiful watercolor image! This technique is on my list to try. Thanks for the inspiration! And thank you for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  10. harrietskelly says:

    What a fabulous loosely water colored flower Heather! Stamping with water and adding Brusho is a great technique! Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolor!

  11. Lindsey says:

    This *experiment* certainly worked, right down to the intense deep colour for the new bud. So pretty! But why don’t you get Brusho speckles around the image the way I would? 😛

  12. OMG Heather…I LOVE your loose brushos water color effect. A true beauty and show of love. TFS and joining us at CAS Watercolour. Hugs..

  13. What a cool technique! You got such a beautiful result!

  14. Mac Mable says:

    Unique, creative and so very beautiful x Thank you so much for sharing this beauty and for your constant inspiration x

  15. Lisa Lara says:

    Jaw dropping Heather!

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