Under the same sky

After pairing the cool new ‘long distance’ sentiments from Darkroom Door with a map stamp I took another look at the strip of sentiments (there are eleven) and picked out a couple that would work with planes and a sunset sky. I must admit my matchy-matchy side was pretty happy these two sentiments are in the same font and the three on my map card were also in the same font.

I taped a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper to my glass mat and painted six colours from top to bottom of the panel with plenty of water to dilute and mix the colours as I went. I used the Dr Ph Martin’s Hydrus watercolours for the sky and the colours are linked below. I put only a drop of each in wells of the palette then added three or four drops of water. Considering the paint brush was also dipped in water before picking up paint you can see these liquid watercolours are highly pigmented. I painted the whole panel twice starting with the phthalo blue each time and finishing with the gamboge. While the panel was still wet I scrunched up a tissue and dabbed paint off. You can see the tissue takes out a lot of colour bringing the dabbed area almost back to white.

Once the panel was totally dry I trimmed it and stamped two planes from DD vintage planes and two sentiments in versafine clair nocturne before embossing over the black ink in clear powder.

I was thinking about a comment my dad left on the long distance + map card about the recipient being able to return the same message to the sender on receipt of the card and I wondered about a ‘send it on’ idea. It is a bit different to what my dad suggested but instead of writing in the card I will write on a piece of loose paper inside the card and suggest the recipient remove my note and add one of their own before sending the card on to another person. For fun the senders and recipients could note their names on the back of the card. Hmmmm, perhaps I should try it with the map card and maybe this one too.

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7 Comments on “Under the same sky”

  1. Patricia Rowe says:

    My..this is beautiful. I thought you did smooshing at first. Had no idea that painting this way gives such great blending.
    Then your clouds are perfect, too.
    Yes..we are all under the same sky.
    Good job.
    Tish

  2. Shaz in Oz.x says:

    Hi Heather, love this card, Iā€™m falling in love with watercolour backgrounds and love your take on this one and the dabbed away by tissue clouds are simply brilliant.
    BTW I put paper inserts in all my cards, like bought cards have actually m thiugh theirs are folded usually, amd write a poem or verse like a bought card.
    I encourage the recipients to left out the greeting and insert their own and send it on. This way a number of my cards I kniw have been used multiple times!
    Great for recycling. And makes lots of people happy.
    Iā€™m trying out a new web browser and will see if lose this comment .. hopefully not! šŸ™šŸ™
    Thanks for Sharing, God bless and keep you safe, and all those you love, hugs Shaz in Oz.x
    {Wonderful Words of Life – Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards – Shaz in Oz}

  3. Pat says:

    The bi-plane from DD is a beauty and your sky is brilliantly done Heather and a super sentiment too. I will certainly give this a try for a more natural looking cloudy sky and such bright and beautiful colours. A great idea to leave the card without a sentiment and just write on paper so the recipient can send it on. x

  4. nancystiz says:

    WOW! Talk about vibrant! Love that sky and wondered if I got these watercolors if I too could possibly create something like that. Better yet I love your theme and the sentiments you paired with those fabulous images! My gosh, you make me want to go shopping again. This is incredibly beautiful and how I’d love to try it!

  5. Cathy R says:

    Love the sky and clouds, amazing colours. I put a folded page in all of my cards too so they can be reused, at least then people that don’t want to keep them can send them on, Cathy x

  6. Bonnie says:

    This is a fantastic sky scene, Heather! Love the airplanes and sentiments!

  7. Loll says:

    Amazing colours of your evening sky Heather. What a great suggestion from your dad. Sending it on is a great way to share the love that went into making this beautiful card.


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