Watercolour pencil cacti

I’ve worked with this stamp before, last time with bister powder to colour it. It took longer with watercolour pencils but the process was quite relaxing. I used my tried and true Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils from Faber Castell and limited my choices to light green, dark green, light blue, purple and brown.

I stamped the image from the PB ‘happy together’ set in crushed olive distress ink then used a paint brush with my watercolour pencils to add colour. I painted shadows in a mix of brown and purple then matted with some purple cardstock.

Now, help me out here, what is the right occasion for sending a cacti card??


Stamps: happy together

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, neenah natural white, purple

Inks: crushed olive distress ink
Also: Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils

12 Comments on “Watercolour pencil cacti”

  1. ND says:

    In the middle of a drought, such as is being experienced here, when most other plants are succumbing to the heat and dry conditions.

  2. Kim Nelson says:

    Heard your stuck in a tough spot…

    Or a get well card for someone who’s been in the hospital getting “stuck” with needles?

  3. bonklassgmailcom says:

    I’m not usually drawn to cacti, but these are gorgeous! I love that touch of purple!

  4. memalagene says:

    Awesome cacti card! Awesome water coloring, (the watercolor medium for the arid cacti hit my funnybone)

  5. Pat says:

    These cacti and succulents are a sweet line up and beautifully coloured with your watercolour pencils Heather. These arid plants are very popular images at the moment. I have been using some lately too. x

  6. vicky says:

    Your card is beautiful. Your coloring & shading is perfect.

  7. Liz Chartrand says:

    Hi Heather

    I was at CAW on Tuesday and Tom showed me your sample cards for the mini class for their mega crop on Sept. 22. They are beautiful!!! I told Tom that you made mauve for me and blue for you. ha ha.



  8. Karen Jackson says:

    Hi Heather. I don’t know what the right occasion would be for a cacti card, but I have this stamp and both your treatments of it are superb. I guess it is for any occasion for people who love cacti.

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