Stamping is for the birds part 4

My final ‘stamping is for the birds’ card is made with the Concord & 9th ‘songbird’ stamp set. I stamped on cold pressed watercolour paper in nocturne versafine clair ink then embossed in clear powder.

I’ve been colouring with my peerless watercolours quite a bit lately so I turned to my other love, ‘brusho’ and worked with a limited palette of leaf green, cobalt blue, yellow and brilliant red. Later in my process I added some black to my palette to save me from mixing all my other colours until I had a black.

I used leaf green to paint the leaves then added some cobalt blue to get a darker green for shadow and variation. I mixed red with green to make a brown for the branch, then painted the berries red with some touches of cobalt blue. I wanted the bird to be brown and grey but ended up with purple and grey which is possibly prettier but less realistic. I created the grey by mixing purple with green from the palette I was using. I mixed some black for the tail feathers and painted the beak and feet yellow.

Because the image is embossed it was not too hard to paint the sky around the image. I started by painting water around the edges of the embossing and then dropped in blue paint which I spread out and diluted with more water. Even after the sky was painted the panel seemed a little empty so I add pine branches to the lower left and right edges to frame the scene then embossed a sentiment from the C&9 ‘very merry sentiments’ set.

I am participating as often as possible in Kathy Raccoosin’s ‘ 30 Day Colouring Challenge this month and enjoying the colouring of others as well. Let me know if you are participating.


Stamps: songbird, very merry sentiments (Concord & 9th)

Inks: versafine clair nocturne, versafine crimson red

Paper: cold pressed watercolour, neenah natural white, red cardstock

Paints: brusho

Also: clear embossing powder, clear wink of stella

4 Comments on “Stamping is for the birds part 4”

  1. Pat says:

    This image is gorgeous Heather and the Brushos give a beautiful bright finish to the piece. The bits of pine branch you have added fill in the background perfectly too. Wonderfully done as always. x

  2. Karen Jackson says:

    HI Heather, I have waited until all the ‘Stamping is for the Birds’ series was complete before deciding upon my favourite. I love all the colouring that you have done – colouring is not my strongest ability – but it is yours and because of that all the images have their own personality. My favourite is the last one, Part 4,the C&9th one. It is a cheeky little bird and I love the flash of purple in the grey on his body. My second favourite would be the Part 2, with the branches reflected in the glass that the bird is looking at.
    As your previous commenter says, wonderfully done!

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Karen for taking the time to comment so regularly; I love hearing from you. The flash of purple that was not intended is my favourite part of this card. Glad you like it.

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