Where flowers bloom

The appearance of sunny skies and warmer temperatures over the weekend have been a pleasant change; maybe spring has sprung. Life seems to have changed a little since I was posting on Friday! Events have been cancelled, churches, schools, libraries and recreation centres have closed for the next three weeks at least and store shelves have some significant gaps.  Here in Ottawa the number of people infected with the virus is still low but growing each day.

This simple card is stamped with a new brushstroke stamp from Penny Black called ‘Exhilaration’. It is a spray of flowers which curves in a ‘s’ shape. I stamped it once from the top left corner then just a partial image crossing the bottom left corner.

You probably won’t be surprised by any of the process today as I used the same technique I often for brushstroke stamps. I did the stamping on hot pressed watercolour paper in the stamp positioner using distress markers to ink the stamp. I was pleasantly surprised how well the colours worked and how nice the blends were after minimal inking and spritzing.

The colours I used were festive berries and dusty concord on the flowers and  peeled paint, crushed olive and forest moss on the leaves and stems. I did spritz the stamps a little before stamping so the inks would blend. Using three greens worked well giving the simple leaf shapes more interest. The criss-crossing of stems gave me an indent which worked perfectly for a sentiment. I stamped the sentiment from the ‘blooming sentiments’ set in Spanish moss versafine ink.

Take care, I’ll be back with more in a few days.


6 Comments on “Where flowers bloom”

  1. Renee Walker says:

    Thankful for talented artists as yourself during these unsettling times. Keeping us inspired.

  2. Liane Desmarais-Cavanagh says:

    A particularly appropriate message in these challenging times. Your uplifting message and imagery inspires me to be happily artistic today. Thank you.

  3. Lagene says:

    Beautiful creation. We all need to be kind and diligent and cautious. Praying for protection for all of us in this pandemic.

  4. PaperMorePaper says:

    What a beautifully done card, Heather! Thank you also for sharing your artistic process with those of us who appreciate a little hand/brush holding. All in all, a lovely bright spot in our Monday!
    Be well.

  5. Pat says:

    I love these beautiful watercoloured flowers Heather, and the sentiment is just perfect. Take care. x

  6. jillianfoster82 says:

    Love seeing this card filled with hope and beauty, Heather! Hope you and your family are staying safe and well during these unsettling times. HUGS!

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