Sea Turtle

I’ve never been one to stamp or paint many animals so when I saw this stamp by Pink Ink Designs I surprised myself and the owner at Crop A While by snapping it up. I have to admit I’ve been intrigued by sea turtles over the last little while. There is a youtuber we watch pretty regularly who lives on the West Australian coast who often shares footage of sea turtles. They’re graceful in the water but pretty challenged when they make their way onto land to nest. And the baby turtles who have to fight their way to the ocean to survive, that is fascinating and nerve wracking to watch.

You will probably notice this sea turtle is rather unique with a patchwork shell. I have another one painted ready for a journal page where I ignored all the patchwork and tried to paint it more realistically. This one was fun however as I chose colours to fill all those little patterns.

The turtle is embossed in black on hot pressed watercolour paper. I added the background first by wetting the panel then sprinkling brusho over it. I can’t remember which brusho powder it was, maybe a blue and a green. I kept the strongest colour away from the turtle as much as I could with water and a paper towel but I didn’t need the turtle to be white; it was fine to paint over the brusho colour.

I used pearlescent paints to paint most of the turtle but there are areas just painted with brusho also. To co-ordinate with the pearlescent paint I matted with antique gold shimmer cardstock.

Hope your day is going swimmingly!


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9 Comments on “Sea Turtle”

  1. Rosemary Tate says:

    That’s lovely, Heather – a real inspiration as usual!

  2. Jane Beasley says:

    I love the turtle. I have it. I did it as a 3-d project so he is in relief. It is a great stamp.

  3. Leslie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love sea turtles!

  4. Linda Rodgers says:

    Hi Heather, I always enjoy your emails. Love what you do with Penny Black stamps! Your message about the baby turtles being vulnerable reminded me of a memorable experience I had scuba diving off the coast of Borneo some years ago. I saw a full size turtle below me with a large scalloped bite taken out of its shell by its right hind leg. I assume it happened when it was a baby. Thanks for the great memory, Linda Rodgers, Winnipeg

  5. Pat says:

    This a stunning turtle image which I do have, and you have certainly made it even more so with your Brusho background and the metallic and Brusho watercolouring Heather which looks fantastic, and love the weed on the seabed. I love the gold echoed in the matted layer too. x

  6. Bonnie says:

    Sea turtles are amazing and fascinating and this one is so unique and beautiful! I love the whimsy and wonderful vivid colors!

  7. Loll says:

    WOW! AMAZING card Heather. That sea turtle is an incredible image and you have made it even more special with your artistry. xx

  8. […] turtle has also been on the blog before, in watercolour and pearlescent paint. As with the other animals she looks good in pencil on kraft. […]

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