Some of you will be familiar with the flower featured on this card. It’s the Australian waratah, state flower of New South Wales. When I was in NSW recently I visited ‘Alice in Paperland‘ in Port Macquarie and picked up this beauty. Due to my recent class I’m still on a no-line watercolour kick so that’s the method I chose for the stamp’s first inking. The set is called ‘Thanks a bunch’ and includes this large stamp, the sentiment I used and some little ones. I stamped in antique linen distress ink, kept the stamp and hot pressed watercolour panel in my stamp positioner then searched the interwebs for photos of waratahs. Even though I found plenty of bold red ones I chose a slightly more muted colour scheme and painted it with diluted aged mahogany ink. As usual I smooshed the aged mahogany ink pad on my glass mat so I could dilute the ink easily and pick it up with a paint brush. I worked petal by petal which took a while but I mixed up the process by switching to leaves while petals dried and also taking snack breaks.

I wanted the bluey greens of eucalyptus leaves so I used shabby shutters ink mixed with evergreen bough for one branch of leaves then bundled sage plus evergreen bough for the others. The remaining flower I painted in antique linen. For the stems I used the same greens and added some tea dye ink for a brown tinge. I used markers to ink the tiny gum blossoms and gumnuts, gathered twigs, festive berries and wild honey. Because I kept the stamp and panel in the positioner I was able to ink the centre of the waratahs with an aged mahogany marker which helped retain the fine detail. I think I accidentally inked the centre with gathered twigs once also, oops!

For the sentiment I used stazon claret because it matched the flowers so well. You might be able to see the texture on the finished panel; I achieved that look with the clever ‘subtle’ embossing folder by sizzix for Stampin’ Up.

This is the first card I’ve made with Paper Rose stamps but  I do have a couple more of their stamps waiting in the wings.


15 Comments on “Waratahs”

  1. It’s beautiful Heather! So… the rugby team were called after this beautiful flower ! Never too old to learn! It reminds me of the Protea which is the national flower of South-Africa!
    Have a great week!

    • Heather says:

      Yes, that’s where the rugby team gets its name. I did look up the protea because I wondered if they were the same plant with different names but no, they have distinct differences. I guess they might be cousins. It is always interesting to me when you mention I have landed on an Australia/ South Africa connection. I guess it’s a southern hemisphere thing.
      Thank you for your kind comments; I love hearing from you.

  2. Dotty C. says:

    An absolute stunner! Gorgeous work 😊 Cheers, Dotty

  3. Good Afternoon dear Heather,

    Very beautiful and thanks a bunch.

    Regards and blessings

  4. Norman McDonald says:

    I like it, but I think the leaves are a bit too blue

    Love to all


  5. creatingincolors says:

    Never heard of a Waratah until today. What a beautiful flower. I love the colors you mixed, and painting one petal at a time made for great results. Now I need to go check out that stamp!

  6. Bonnie says:

    What wonderful depth of colors on these pretty flowers, Heather! I sure wish I could go to one of your watercolour classes!

  7. tish rowe says:

    Love your commentary because since I have never been to Australia, I have no idea what this flower is. I bet it is beautiful, just as your painting of it is.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Donna says:

    oh my gosh this card is stunning! love it! would be nice to purchase this stamp.

  9. Karen Jackson says:

    I love the clarity of your colouring on this card Heather. The colour combination is just wonderful, the contrast between the flowers and the blue/green leaves is so complementary. I wonder what the other Paper Rose images will be; this is refreshingly different.

  10. Pat says:

    These wararahs are really beautiful Heather and the slightly less bright colours work brilliantly here. I must say I haven’t heard of them before but they remind me a bit of South African Protea flowers. Looking forward to seeing the other stamps you bought. x

  11. Pauline says:

    Absolutely beautiful, l really wish l could do these Heather, well done x

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