Desert Sky

After creating some gel printed landscapes I was inspired to return to another technique I enjoy: creating landscapes with scenic stamps. Sometimes I combine scenes to create a new landscape or stamp additional elements, other times I stamp a single complete landscape as shown in this ‘desert dreams’ stamp. It was released a few years back but this is the first time I’ve inked it. Before getting to the stamping I created the painted background which included a two tone blue sky and two toned desert floor. I smooshed distress inks on my glass mat, spritzed water over the ink and swiped the watercolour panel through to pick up colour.

Once the panel dried I did the stamping in a stamp positioner so I could build up the colour and picture bit by bit. I started by inking the cacti with crushed olive and peeled paint markers, the distant foliage with rusty hinge and the foreground foliage with peeled paint and forest moss. I spritzed the stamp but also used a paint brush and occasional spritz on the panel.

You can see my finished design doesn’t contain fine details but the overall feeling is a hot day in the desert day among some bold contrasting scenery. I finished the card with a sentiment from the PB ‘Faith.Hope.Love’ set.

To see more scenic stamping take a look at these posts: Arbors, Pumpkins, Fields of gold and Beloved view.


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7 Comments on “Desert Sky”

  1. Clelie says:

    A wonderful composition!!!…love it!♥

  2. Karen Jackson says:

    Oh so very hot Heather. The desert around Arizona is just like that right now you really captured it. Thank you for the link to Beloved View. I missed that last year but it is so lovely and calming too after the heat in the desert sky. Both so evocative!

  3. Loll says:

    This is so beautiful! I love your dessert landscape Heather. Gorgeous work with your smooshed background. The colours are perfect for the desert! xx

  4. nancystiz says:

    I can feel the desert heat just seeing this magnificent card. What wonderful colors you chose for this effect! You achieved an incredible effect with that stamp!

  5. Pat says:

    You certainly get a sense of the desert heat and dusty sandy soil and I love the large cacti and the smaller brown tinged distant bushes Heather and the strong colours suit it perfectly. A wonderful atmospheric scene. x

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