Oh What Fun!

I was surprised how much fun I had colouring this stocking stamp. I worked on it on Saturday afternoon when it was wet and dreary outside; I lit a fire in my fireplace and brought colouring supplies up from my workroom so I could have a comfy cosy afternoon of colouring inspired by Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day colouring challenge.

Before colouring I’d used a stamp positioner to stamp the holly sprig stamp first in pine needles, mowed lawn and festive berries distress ink. I blended the leaves with a wet brush and let them dry. I cut a mask to cover the holly branch then stamped the stocking over the top in worn lipstick distress ink. Other than painting the leaves straight after they were stamped, all the other stamping was a base for watercolour pencil colouring.

Because my base stamping was pink I decided to stay with a red and white colour scheme. I used a couple of red watercolour pencils and a paint brush to do half the stripes and the decorative top of the stocking. Rather than colour with the pencils straight on the watercolour panel, I picked up pigment from the pencils with a wet brush and painted over the stamping. I toyed with the idea of red and purple stripes but I’m glad I chose a very pale earth green which blended with the pink ink to look pale pink. I messed up a stripe at the top but I’m hoping the recipient won’t notice that!

For the berries I used darker red pencils and the bells a mustard and a rusty brown pencil. I added a background by ruling a few lines in medium grey watercolour pencil then blending and painting more grey below each line. I painted a grey shadow to the left of the stocking and leaves.

As usual I gave no thought to a sentiment until all my painting was completed and then of course I wasn’t sure where to put a sentiment or whether to have one at all. I hadn’t really paid attention to the size of my panel either so I had to do some creative matting to turn it into a card that would fit into the size of envelope I had. So as you can see, no, I don’t plan all the details of my cards in advance!


Stamps: elf stocking, Christmas sentiments

Paper: Neenah cream, hot pressed watercolour, red, Alexandra Renke mud

Inks: pine needles, mowed lawn, worn lipstick distress inks, festive berries distress marker & smokey gray versafine ink

Pencils: Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils

Tools: MISTI, T-ruler, masking paper

11 Comments on “Oh What Fun!”

  1. Shauna Todd says:

    I love this card design! The colors and composition are awesome!

  2. bonklassgmailcom says:

    What fun indeed! I love this sweet stocking and I didn’t notice a stripe messed up! I really love how you’ve paired the holly with the stocking!

  3. creatingincolors says:

    What beautiful watercoloring! I love the colors, and it’s interesting to follow the steps you took using distress inks and pencils to get such a great result. P.S. Sounds like a wonderful afternoon to sit by a cozy fire to color.

  4. memalagene says:

    AWESOME card, lovely coloring!

  5. Christine says:

    Beautiful card! The stripes look lovely to me. Great volours

  6. Pat says:

    This is a beautiful image Heather and really is a lot of fun, so the perfect sentiment too. The holly leaves to decorate the top of the stocking is a great design idea, and love the colour of the stripes, and the grey stripes in the background look like wonderful wood panelling. x

    • Heather says:

      Thank you, Pat. ‘Oh, What Fun’ did work out to be the perfect sentiment, then yesterday I couldn’t find it anywhere. I’m happy to say it turned up today stuck to my pencil case!

  7. Karen Jackson says:

    Planned in advance or not Heather this card is a joy. The grey shadows and stripes echo the creative layering top and bottom perfectly. No one will notice the ‘messed up’ stripe unless you point it out – it looks artistically intentional to me..

  8. Debbie J. says:

    Loving this! I need to try out no line coloring and practice more with watercolor. You did an awesome job! Thank you so much for sharing!

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