Today’s jug of flowers is yet another lovely floral from the new Penny Black ‘Delight’ release. I went for something of a vintage effect with this one by painting the jug in muted brown and grey tones and adding some woodwork in the background.

To begin I stamped the whole image on hot pressed watercolour paper in papertrey soft stone ink. I chose mustard seed and abandoned coral distress inks to make colour blends to paint all the flowers and buds. I used a mix of pine needles and forest moss inks for the leaves and stems then stamped and painted the flower centres with gathered twigs ink. For the look of an old metal or ceramic jug I used pumice stone and gathered twigs inks doing some restamping and blending with both inks to define and fill the jug.

Once the jug and flowers were complete I painted a shadow underneath with pumice stone ink then dropped some of the flower and jug colours into the wet shadow. To ground the image I ruled both a base line then vertical ‘wood panel’ lines with a t-ruler in pumice stone ink. I used pumice stone ink to paint shadow and shading on the wood then realised I needed another colour to lift the whole vintage toned panel. I chose chipped sapphire ink to add some blue to the panels and the jug as it is the complement to yellow mustard seed ink used on the flowers. It definitely made a difference so I stayed with the blue in choosing a dark blue cardstock to frame the panel. (I demonstrate how I make colour choices for stamping and painting in my online class COLOUR CLUES) I finished the card with by adding splatter and a sentiment from the new PB ‘thinking of you’ set.


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6 Comments on “Companions”

  1. vicci Trueman says:

    That pitcher/jug! Amazing how she did that!

  2. Pat says:

    These colours are just beautiful together on this gorgeous jug of flowers Heather, and I love the panelled backgound and a lovely piece of grounding with the pumice stone, and finished with some pretty spattering too. x

  3. Just fabulous! such a gorgeous image

  4. nancystiz says:

    I am running out of adjectives to describe your outstanding painting! This is just so beautiful. Not only are the flowers painted perfectly but so is your wood background and that wonderful jug. This is so well done!

  5. Bonnie says:

    These bright flowers are extra beautiful with the vintage look of the background and pitcher! Beautiful card, Heather!

  6. Loll says:

    A beautiful work of art Heather. I LOVE the bright colours of your gorgeous flowers. They really make a statement next to the subtle tones of your wood and jug. LOVE the tones you’ve used for the background. I have signed up for your course, but haven’t had time to start it. Still need to finish the winter course. I wish I had more than 24 hours in a day! đŸ™‚ xx

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