Some kind of wonderful

First project back in the workroom after many weeks away! Turns out I haven’t completely forgotten how to stamp or watercolour. That’s a relief as I am teaching a class tomorrow!

This pretty flower is from ‘The Stamp Market’ and the set is called ‘some kind of wonderful’ which is the cute sentiment included in the set. I decided to do some no-line watercolour to get myself back in the zone. I used antique linen distress ink because it works well to provide a pale outline to paint over and blends fairly well with most colours I might choose to paint with. It disappears better when painted with some colours than others. I added green to the leaves and the stamping turned green; I added lilac to the petals and the stamping remained light brownish. So it’s not perfect but I’m happy with the results.

I painted the leaves first with diluted peeled paint distress ink. I just smoosh the inkpad on my glass mat, add a little water and there’s my ‘watercolour paint’. I can make it lighter by adding more water or darker but not diluting it at all. I painted over the stem with undiluted ink and a brush that came to a nice pointy tip. Don’t try this if your brush doesn’t come to a nice pointy tip, you won’t be happy. Alternatively you can go over the stems with a matching marker.

I kept the stamp and hot pressed watercolour panel in the misti as I worked so I was able to re-ink the middle of the flower with aged mahogany ink and stamp that for a dark centre. I blended the mahogany ink a bit with water but not too much because I wanted to keep some of the stamped detail.

I let the leaves and centre dry completely while I ate lunch then returned to work on the petals. I painted them all with shaded lilac, let them dry then added some depth with a mix of shaded lilac and wilted violet. When the petals were almost dry I drew little ‘carpels’ (maybe?) with a black soot distress marker. Drawing them in made it possible to neaten up the area between the flower centre and the petals which was a little scrappy and untidy.

I decided to use the sentiment included in the set and in doing so discovered something very nifty. The sentiment that I thought was all joined together is actually four different stamps! I know! How handy is that? I occasionally do stamp surgery or tricky masking to get the word ‘you’re’ to be part of a sentiment combo. Now I have a stamp that says YOU’RE! (and one that says SOME and one that says KIND OF and one that says WONDERFUL) Isn’t that wonderful? I am thinking of all possibilities…  Anyway I stamped the sentiment boldy in versafine onyx black and then added some black enamel dots to balance out that black boldness.



11 Comments on “Some kind of wonderful”

  1. macarisms says:

    Thanks for the birthday card. I’m seriously considering buying a Harley!


    Dave McDonald FIEC National Director Salt Community Church Pastor PO Box 21 Bonny Hills NSW 2445 0419 557 775


  2. Pat says:

    I love this big flower stamp and you have coloured it beautifully Heather, and the large black sentiment and gems finish it so prettily. I hope your class goes well tomorrow. x

  3. D. Wisnicki says:

    GOREGOUS card!

    hope all is well with you and your family Donna >

  4. Lagene says:

    WOWZERS! Gorgeous creation!

  5. Gorgeous, I will need to try the distress inks soon, thanks for sharing how you did it and the colors you used!

  6. Jan Castle says:

    Oh sooooooooo PRETTY Heather – great coloring!!!!! I like the brown edges of the flower…they look gold in the picture – a pleasing look!

  7. Bonnie says:

    This is gorgeous, Heather! Love the purple flower with the wonderful depth of the petals and beautiful center and leaves! Good to see you back home and creating.

  8. Jeanne Kent says:

    That is a work of art!

  9. Karen Jackson says:

    Just beautiful. I love the black dots.
    Like everyone else, I wish I could be at your class tomorrow. Have a good day.

  10. Clelie says:

    Oh, So Beautiful!…so crisp and the colors are wonderful! How interesting that the outline color blends OR stays put according to what is painted inside! I wondered how you made the flower center so perfect in detail! ♥♥♥

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