Painting atmosphere

I’ve done some more playing with watercolours and clingwrap. Quite a lot of playing actually; it’s addictive. I don’t even remember if the panel above was painted initially with brusho powders or pan watercolours or both. I do know I started with a large piece of cold pressed watercolour paper taped to a glass mat. I wet the panel then added the paint and let it move around and blend a little before I placed the cling wrap on top. I did remember to take a photo of the panel after it had dried and I’d removed the cling wrap. The card above which looks a bit like some hydrangea flowers was painted on the bottom right corner below.

The butterfly card below was made from the top left corner of the large panel and the flower card was made from the top right corner. I did work on the bottom left corner but didn’t end up liking what I’d made.

For the butterfly card I used a stamp from Darkroom Door ‘wings’ set and stamped it on the panel in blueprint sketch distress ink. After stamping I blended the ink plus some pearlescent paint from a finetec palette to fill the butterfly’s wings. It’s not obvious in the photo but the wings shimmer.

Once the butterfly was dry I did some water stamping using a fern stamp from the DD ‘leaves ‘ set.

The flowers are from the DD ‘tall flowers’ set and were stamped in festive berries, mowed lawn and wild honey distress inks. I also added gold paint to the flower centre. You can see some more water stamped ferns and some second generation stamping with the flowers also. The little circles on all three cards were made just by adding some droplets of water, letting them sit on the panel then dabbing them up with a paper towel.

The card above with the purple flowers doesn’t feature any stamping, the patterns made by the cling wrap made me think of a hydrangea flower head so I painted a bunch of little flowers using a purple watercolour pencil to draw centres then a paintbrush and water to blend the pencil into petals. While the petals were still wet I used the pencil again to add some darker areas in the centres.

The red shape on the left hand side looked a bit like a flower so again I used a watercolour pencil to add a bit more colour and followed the lines left by the cling wrap.

Whether painting or stamping over the panel, I love the patterns and play of light and dark in the background; I think it creates atmosphere. Have I finished with this technique now I hear you ask? No, definitely not. Have you tried it?


27 Comments on “Painting atmosphere”

  1. nancystiz says:

    WOW!!! I could never hope to do the painting that you do but this is so beautiful to see! You’ve achieved amazing results with this technique and I love that you have managed to do some separating of color in creating those magnificent backgrounds. These are incredible and thanks for sharing your talent.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Nancy, one thing I like about this technique is that I don’t have to come up with the whole layout myself. The random patterns of the background give me a starting point, often one which is full of beauty by itself.

  2. Anne says:

    Wow! I am just blown away! These cards are stunningly beautiful, what a way to showcase the Lord’s creation! We have just returned from a trip to a tropical butterfly house and I have been pottering in our garden watching all our native butterflies on all the flowers. Your cards capture that beauty! Bravo you!

  3. Elizabeth Jones says:

    This post is going straight into my Top Ten Heather’s! Beyond lovely!

  4. Dolores says:

    So calming and soft. I can’t wait to try this technique, thank you for sharing the how to’s!

  5. Robin Wilbur says:

    This is beyond gorgeous! Such a beautiful set of cards. Thank you for sharing such loveliness with us. 💕💕💕💕💕

  6. Donata says:

    Hi Heather,
    Your work (and play) is soooo inspiring! I love everything you do and these are exceptionally beautiful.Thank you so much for taking the time to photo and instruct us avid readers your thoughts and “lessons.” I continually learn from you each post and always admire your gorgeous and prolific postings. Thank you again for sharing so often with extremely helpful technique details!

  7. wacapp says:

    Love this technique and the results of your talent. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Patricia Rowe says:

    Thank you for showing the stages of the work. Definitely addictive with incredible results. Absolutely stunning.
    You are a joy.


    P.s. some friends of mine usually spend summer in their place in nova Scotia but can’t get in canada. Guess you all have restrictions too.

    Take care.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Tish, hope you try the technique some time.
      Yes we do have restrictions in place and the US-Canada border is still largely closed to non residents.

  9. Bonnie says:

    I can’t wait to see more, Heather! Each one of these is amazing!

  10. Clelie says:

    Oh, Heather…THANK YOU!…you just brought BEAUTY to my very challenging morning!!! ♥♥♥

  11. Joanne H says:

    Amazing stuff! I haven’t tried it yet as I haven’t been feeling up to any crafting for a little while now but I definitely hope to in the future.

  12. swanlady21 says:

    I love what you have done with the watercolour background – especially the hydrangea one.

  13. Pat says:

    Three gorgeous cards using this fun clingfilm technique Heather. I have had a go before but my results were nothing like this, and my background lacked the impact that your starting point has. I love the added butterfly and flowers on two and some pretty water bleaching with the fern which is beautiful, and then your more freestyle one with the hydrangea flowers and the larger pink flower, both amazing using watercolour pencils. You have inspired me to have another go. x

  14. bhholcombe says:

    These cards are so ethereal and beautiful!!

  15. ND says:

    Wow! That was my immediate response when I opened up this morning. I can only endorse all the many comments you have received. In my non-expert opinion – one of your very best! Except perhaps for some of the special originals that I treasure.

  16. Joanne H says:

    Amazing stuff! I haven’t tried it yet as I haven’t been feeling up to any crafting for a little while now but I definitely hope to in the future.

  17. Sue N says:

    Wow, Heather, these are some of the most dreamy looking cards!! I love all of them! You truly inspire so many!

  18. Jordyboy17 says:

    Magnificent Heather , just love them all so much, than Kyoto so much for all your sharing 💌

  19. […] I tried a bit of hydrangea painting the other day it got me thinking about hydrangea stamps and I’m not sure if I have ever inked […]

  20. […] just missed out on the top ten so I’m adding it here at the end because I think it might be my favourite of the year. It’s a brusho and cling wrap panels that made me think of hydrangeas so I turned the random […]

  21. Jan Castle says:

    Absolutely STUNNING cards Heather!!!! My favorite is, of course, your favorite as well. It is beyond words except to say it takes my breath away! So thankful for your posts – encourages me in my crafting. Will definitely have to try this technique. May the Lord bless you and your family in 2021.
    Paper Hugs,

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