Just looking

This sweet bird and branch come from the new PB set, ‘just looking’ and I’m happy to say the watercolour look I achieved for this card was pretty quick and easy. I used zig clean color real brush markers to ink the stamps. With the bird in the misti I inked a few sections with a brown and a grey, spritzed the stamp then stamped on hot pressed watercolour paper. I then inked a few more sections with black and a light brown to make sure the whole bird was stamped. I blended the stamping with a small watercolour brush and a light hand. I wanted the colours to run together a bit but not a lot so I barely worked on them.

I dried the bird completely before stamping the leaves so the wet ink would not run from bird to branch or vice versa. I didn’t feel like cutting a mask so I partially inked the branch then stamped it beside the bird. I added more ink on the branch little by little to avoid stamping over the bird; the stamp positioner makes this easy. I did the same to add two more bits of branch then blended them with a bit of water. I splattered a bit of the rusty brown ink over the panel, stamped the sentiment from ‘butterfly garden’ set in brown stazon, added some twine then matted with a piece of copper coloured cardstock.

The water I was dipping my paintbrush in was left over from another project and had gold shimmer in it. You can’t see it in these photos but the bird and branches ended up with a bit of shimmer themselves. See, it pays to not clean up after each project!


8 Comments on “Just looking”

  1. Nona says:

    My latest fave is the Altenew Wonderland poppies stamp & die set and you do it so proud, Heather !

  2. papermorepaper says:

    Penny Black designs the cutest birds! This chubby little guy is cute enough to turn into a Christmas chickadee, maybe perched on an evergreen bough. Need more practice on the stamp painting technique though you make it sound so easy!

  3. Pat says:

    This is such a pretty bird Heather, and love the colours on the bird and leaves and nicely loose without losing too much of the detail, and having it layered on to the copper card and with the twine wrapped round looks great. x

  4. jellybeanerz says:

    wow. This is some wicked beautiful card you crafted to share!

  5. Heidi says:

    Really pretty! I love this bird!

  6. Jan Pignanelli says:

    Perfect! You’ve got skills, lady!

  7. […] layered on color using distress markers, blending with a damp paintbrush between layers.  (See Heather Telford for a proper explanation of the actual technique.) The gesso keeps all the colors on the surface, […]

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