Winter SolacePosted: August 22, 2018
My vintage snowy scenes continue with this new Penny Black stamp ‘winter solace’. I kept it simple once again with vintage photo ink plus some black for shadows and some blue for the sky. The technique is similar to the one I shared in my recent video but because this is a more solid stamp it is necessary to blend the ink more carefully so as not to obscure the details in the stamp. I stamped in vintage photo distress ink on cold pressed watercolour paper.
Rather than use watercolour pencils to add extra colour, I pressed black soot, vintage photo and broken china onto my glass mat to use as needed.
When blending the vintage photo ink I dabbed with a damp paintbrush instead of blending. I didn’t want the ink to cover the walls of the church uniformly, instead I left areas white and added black for shadows wherever I thought there would be some.
I added black under the eaves, under the windows and on the corners.
I used a pencil to lightly draw a roof line to give me a guide for painting blue sky. I painted right up to the pencil line and edges of building with water then added broken china ink to fill sky. I dabbed the blue ink around the edges of the trees with the point of the brush.
I blended water over the stamped sections of trees taking care to leave the white areas to look like snow.
To add some snowbanks to the foreground I painted a few lines of vintage photo ink with a fine tip brush then blended them with water.
To complete the card I added a sentiment from the new ‘Christmas sentiments’ set.
I’m looking forward to trying some other looks and colour schemes with this stamp.