Bright night

Would you believe some new tree stamps join my collection? You can never have too many! These two artistic silhouettes are not two halves of the same tree as you might first think but two separate stamps by Penny Black which come in a set of three, Snowy Village, including a little village stamp that would look cute in the distance between the two trees. My scene leans a little more to the whimsical side of things with a multicoloured starlit landscape.

I started by splattering masking fluid over a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper. When it was dry I used a stamp positioning tool to stamp the two large trees on either side of the panel. The stamp positioner made it possible to stamp several times with versafine onyx black ink so I had completely black images. Once the ink dried I began painting with a range of Ken Oliver’s colorburst powders. I tapped a tiny bit out of a bunch of bottles into a palette then added a drop of water when I was ready to use that colour. I began by painting a section of water in the middle of the panel which stayed fairly light as I added colour above and below. I used mainly blues and pinks above the horizon with a spot of yellow here and there. Below the horizon I added more green and painted some hard edges to suggest gullies and rises. I let the panel dry a bit but not completely before I stamped a strip of distant trees in memento northern pine ink. The strip of trees is from another new PB set, Peaceful winter. As the panel was still damp the background trees softened and bled into the surrounding area.

To finish the scene I splattered water then soaked it up again with a paper towel to get some ghostly dots then splattered a bit of black over the base area. It was tricky deciding whether to mat or not but I ended up popping it up over a white card base.

My inspiration for this bright scene was a painting I saw on Pinterest; you can see the artist’s work here.


Stamps:  Snowy Village, Peaceful winter (made by Penny Black)
Inks: versafine onyx black, memento northern pine (made by Tsukineko)
Paint: Colorburst ultramarine blue, indigo, cerulean blue, tangerine, terre verte, pthalo green, chartreuse, burnt sienna, fuchsia
Papers: Neenah solar white 110lb, Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper, white textured cardstock
Also: Pebeo drawing gum

11 Comments on “Bright night”

  1. Lynn leduc says:

    It is beautiful!

  2. Shauna Todd says:

    I don’t know how you do it but this is another gorgeous card!

  3. creatingincolors says:

    What a gorgeous card! It is amazing how you can get the all the right colors in all the right places. Still dreaming of a trip to Canada and taking your classes!

  4. Debrah Binard says:

    Unbelievable how time after time your creations are so beautiful!

  5. Rosie says:

    Really lovely again, Heather.

  6. Carolyn says:

    Gorgeous, as always!
    Thanks for taking the time to share the description 💜

  7. Wow!!! The bright, bold colors are really eye catching. Love it!!! ~Sophia

  8. Karen Jackson says:

    A wonderful piece of work Heather, quite stunning. I love it. Thank you for the link to your inspiration. I can see why you were inspired. That artist’s work is amazing.

  9. Pat says:

    This is so bright and pretty Heather using the Brushos to paint with, and like all your pieces so full of atmosphere. i can understand why you were inspired by the lovely paintings. x

  10. This is stunning! Such beautiful colours. xxx

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