Snowy Perch

This little bird and its snowy perch are all part of one stamp. It took me a bit of playing to work out how I wanted to colour the stamped image. I have another card to share where I took a slightly different approach. I started by stamping the whole stamp with antique linen distress ink. Using a pale ink with a detailed stamp helps me see the whole image so I can add colours one by one using a stamp positioning tool. I coloured with both a mix of inks added to the stamp and watercolour pencils added to the stamped image. I inked the branch and twig sections of the stamp with several brown inks (listed below) and blended the stamping with water.

I used a wet paintbrush to pick up colour from watercolour pencils to apply colour to the bird, berries and leaves. By working wet into wet I was able to paint a lighter colour first then add either a darker colour or more of the same colour to darken a shadowed area. You can see I added a lot more water to the leaves on the right hand side so they appeared less prominent and more suitable as a background for the sentiment.  Once all the colouring was finished I used a fine tip black pen to make sure the eye stood out. I trimmed the panel then popped it up on craft foam.

Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: snowy perch, sweetest moments 

Inks: antique linenvintage photo  distress inks (Ranger), versafine vintage sepia, espresso truffle memento marker (Tsukineko), black micron pen (Pigma)
Paper: 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper (Fabriano)
Pencils: juniper green, sap green, dark carmine, light orange, black & cold greyIV Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils

14 Comments on “Snowy Perch”

  1. Chris says:

    That’s very pretty!

  2. djkardkreations says:

    Oh, my little birdie-loving heart just melted at the sight of this gorgeous painting, Heather! Thank you for this delight for my eyes!! Hugs, Darnell

  3. judi44 says:

    HEATHER, this card is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. The Birdie looks so comfy, and relaxed. I love the way you put the pale pink color throughout. This card makes me feel good. TFS.

  4. Earline says:

    How talent you are. What a beautiful card you have made.

  5. Susie Williams says:

    Oh wow Heather this is so beautiful. I have had a terrific afternoon wandering through all of YOUR cards in my Favourites gallery at SCS and trying to decide which one of your mini masterpieces I can choose for Best of 2017. It is frowned upon to put 20 from one artiste!!!

  6. Karen Jackson says:

    This is another beautiful card Heather. I love your sensitive treatment of the robin and indeed the whole stamped image which, just in black & white on the package, looked a bit confused to me. You have captured the whole beauty of winter in this one card. You’re so talented.

  7. Laurie says:

    So very lovely, having a bit of trouble in understanding how you captured the background holly and berries for the right side under the sentiment. It is truly wonderful, thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Marie-Lison says:

    It’s really beautiful I love and I would like to be able to do the same because I have not taken for the moment watercolor classes.

    Once again, congratulations.

  9. Pat says:

    This is just fabulous Heather and robins are my favourite winter image and your water colouring of him and the scene is magical. I love the way the leaves and berries to the right are just a blur so that your eyes go straight to the main part of the scene. x

  10. Kim Jolley says:

    Another stunner! I always love your work.

  11. Stunning, stunning, stunning! xxxx

  12. Lynne says:

    soft colors, a beautiful card !

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