Purple Iris


This iris card is a project from last year; it features one of my favourite techniques for brush stroke stamps: inking with memento markers. You could use any water soluble markers I imagine, it is easy to apply colour to the stamp with them and their water solubility makes it possible to get nice colour blends. I stamped on a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper which I had splattered some masking fluid over.


I began with some drips of water on the watercolour paper panel. I inked the stamp with the markers listed below, spritzed the stamp and used the MISTI to stamp on the panel. Wherever the stamp hit the water droplets it bled into the surrounding area. I also blended the ink with a paint brush and water. When the panel was almost dry I stamped again in purple and green to get some extra definition on the leaves and petals. To frame the iris I painted some very diluted northern pine ink around the background then waited for it to dry again before adding some splatter.

I remember when I did made this panel I ended up stamping several at the same time; some ended up darker and more defined, others were pale and looser. It all depended on how much ink and water I applied to the stamp.

Thanks for dropping in; I’ll be back tomorrow with brand new stamps from Penny Black!

Stamps: Pure Iris(PB)
Inks:  Memento Cantaloupe, Grape Jelly, Sweet Plum, Olive Grove, Pistachio (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, Olive Green cardstock
Also: masking fluid

13 Comments on “Purple Iris”

  1. Beverly Railey Robinson says:

    You can do no wrong! Grateful that I took that class a few years ago in Reston, VA and have folkowed you since. Looking forward to the new Penny Blacks. Stay warm. Thanks for all of your efforts to teach us.

  2. Marliese Zimmerman says:

    Love at the iris stamp and your gorgeous coloring.

  3. Nadine says:

    Superbe, j’aime beaucoup!

  4. Pat says:

    A gorgeous watery technique as usual Heather and love the colours of this pretty Iris. x

  5. WOW! Love the definition of the gorgeous blossom! Your background is spectacular also! Thanks for describing your process! This is gorgeous, Heather!

  6. Deborah Kane says:

    another stunner, may have to break down and make one of these brush stroke stamps!!!

  7. Deb says:

    I love this card, so creative!

  8. creatingincolors says:

    I love your purple iris! This latest Penny Black release is blowing my mind!

  9. Susie Williams says:

    Heather this is breathtaking. It looks like a mini masterpiece that should be hanging in a gallery. Thank you for inspiring me with everything you create. I’m so glad my computer is fixed, I have missed your beautiful work.

  10. Bonnie says:

    This is gorgeous, Heather! Not only the flower is beautiful but also the background!

  11. Gorgeous, lovely colors!

  12. lollthompson says:

    This is really beautiful, Heather. I’m ashamed to say that I have had this iris stamp for a very long time and have not had it work out for me in the couple of times I have played with it. This makes me want to pull it out and try again. The image is so gorgeous with your talent. xx

  13. Lindsey says:

    Very pretty! The watercolour look is perfect for the iris.

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