Winter Days

It doesn’t look quite like this yet but we have snow and it is staying on the ground… for now. I stamped this pretty scene from Penny Black’s ‘winter days’ transparent set in black versafine clair ink on hot pressed watercolour paper then coloured with watercolour pencils.

I limited my pencil choices to two dark blues, a black, a green, a red and a brown. There are dots of snow in the stamp so after painting the sky I dotted over the stamped snow with a white gel pen and added some over the rest of the scene also. I used Kathy Racoosin’s shadow trick of adding some black pen here and there where there would be shadows. (eg. the edges of the river, under the eaves on the buildings and the trees on the horizon). I am still enjoying colouring as often as possible for The Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge.

My panel wasn’t a square nor was it my usual 4¼ “x 5½ ” size but I wanted the usual A2 size I matted it with a wide red mat which left room for some organza ribbon. I stamped a partial sentiment from the ‘hometown Christmas’ set and tucked in under the bow.

If you’d like to see a beautiful and quite different take on this stamp pop on over to Susie Lessard’s blog here.


Stamps: winter days, hometown Christmas (PB)

Inks: nocturne, chianti versafine clair

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, deep red cardstock

Pencils: Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils
Pens: white gel pen, black micron pen

Also: white organza ribbon with shimmery edges

4 Comments on “Winter Days”

  1. creatingincolors says:

    That’s such a pretty and peaceful scene. That stamp is in the mail heading my way, so thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Pat says:

    There is a cute and slightly vintage look to this PB scenic stamp and love the beautiful watercolour pencil colouring together with some bold black micron pen shading and white gel pen falling snow…so pretty Heather, and the beautiful bright red background and shimmery white sheer ribbon to finish. x

  3. Karen Jackson says:

    Once again your colouring is superb Heather on this clear, cold, and calm scene. It is so realistic that I want to cross the bridge, knock on the door and go inside for coffee, with friends in a cosy room with carols playing gently. Such inspiration Heather.

  4. Lovely card, Heather! While traveling through the Berkshires of Massachusetts this week we saw this scene many times. You did a wonderful job with the coloring. And thank you so much for sharing my blog link!

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