When 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 this PB one before. As you know I tend to go for the blues and purples (like my mother before me) but I decided to go more for the pinky red you can find in some hydrangeas. As you can see I didn’t end up with pinky red; I have orangy red which I have never seen on a hydrangea! My mother always wanted her hydrangeas to be blue, purple or pink so she and my dad added something to the soil to make that happen.

Before I began stamping I scribbled rouge pink and punch pink Arteza real brush pens on my glass mat, spritzed it with water then swiped my hot pressed watercolour panel through it. I dried the panel before beginning the stamping. In the stamp positioner I inked the hydrangea first with Papertrey ‘pale peony’ ink then dabbed the arteza pens on the stamp as well to get a variegated print. I spritzed then stamped and repeated the process to get three hydrangeas. To colour inside the petals I used three arteza pens (rouge pink, punch pink, apricot) to dab a little colour then blended to fill the petals with a paintbrush and water.

I decided to try a fancy drop shadow greeting and it kind of worked; don’t look too closely. I stamped first in versafine clair tulip red, dried that, powdered it with the anti-static-thingy, dried it again and powdered it again and then moved the panel ever so slightly left before stamping with versamark and embossing with gold. Despite all my efforts gold powder still stuck to the supposedly dry tulip red ink. As a fix I used a red marker to make the shadow to the left a little more prominent. Then in another fit of fanciness I cut the panel with a dainty dashes die. I don’t know what came over me! Maybe it’s because it’s Friday or maybe it’s because I am getting increasingly excited about opening my online class on Monday.

Thank you to all of you who have signed up already; I am thrilled by the response so far. If you don’t know what I am talking about pop over here and find out!


10 Comments on “Hydrangeas”

  1. Anne says:

    I love the colours of your hydrangeas and I love hydrangeas! You can add iron nails in the soil to change their colour, that’s how my Gramps did it and he had colours ranging from pinks through purples to blues! I have just joined your colour class too! I am soooo excited!

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Anne, iron nails, I havent heard that before. I have one hydrangea in my garden which was a mother’s day gift in a pot a few years ago. It hasn’t died but it hasn’t grown or bloomed since I transferred it to the garden.

      I am thrilled you have joined the class.

  2. Jeanne Kent says:

    I love all your art and am so excited about your class! I never take online classes but I knew I had to take yours. I am so awed by your art and I am all about color so it was perfect. So excited!

  3. Pat says:

    This may not be the conventional colour for hydrangeas but I love the coral tones and yes, that touch of orange Heather, and the background with the swipe of pink and soft green, and the pretty ornate die cut mat is beautiful. Gorgeous flowers and a wonderful finished card! x

  4. Leslie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Your talent continues to amaze me… I know I’ve said that before but it’s so true! You make watercoloring look so easy! 🙂

  5. PaperKutzs says:

    I love this card

  6. Bonnie says:

    I have a pink hydrangea that was in a pot for Mother’s Day several years ago. It finally bloomed this year with lots of blooms. Sometimes it takes them awhile to acclimate I guess. A gorgeous card, Heather!

  7. Lagene says:

    Gorgeous creation!

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