Gilded Wheat

This beautiful wheat stalk, ‘gilded wheat’ is new from Penny Black. You know that feeling when you think maybe a project is complete but you’re not sure so you keep going? I had that feeling after I had finished stamping, painting and highlighting the wheat stalks. I just wasn’t sure whether to add a background or not.

I stamped the wheat in scattered straw and wild honey distress inks then blended with a paint brush. To add shadow to the sides of the leaves and the base of the wheat berries I used iced spruce ink. After painting I switched to watercolour pencils and added more shadow with a similar grey-green spruce colour.

I could have stopped there and not added the background painting which is kind of patchy but I liked the contrast of the gold colours and the grey so I kept going. Before putting the card together I stamped a sentiment from the PB ‘choose happy’ set and ran the panel through the die cutting machine in the SU ‘subtle’ embossing folder. Sometimes people ask me how I settle on my colour combos; this one was inspired by the small leaves at the top of the previous card. Who knew grey and gold would be so happy together?


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14 Comments on “Gilded Wheat”

  1. Lois Hand says:

    Beautiful and very “autumn”. Brings back memories of wheat harvest on the family farm. Please mention what type of paper you use for each of your creations. Did you use watercolor paper for this one?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Lois, thanks so much for your kind words. I did use hot pressed watercolour paper for this panel. If I forget to mention it in the post just check down the bottom to the supply list; it should be listed there.

  2. patricia rowe says:

    This is remarkable. Your coloring makes this wheat totally realistic. We are all in awe, for sure.
    I am fascinated by background coloring. I wish I could get mine to come out so perfectly.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Heather says:

      Thanks, Tish you are such an encourager. I’m not so sure this background is perfect but it is covering a mistake that happened when the panel was almost complete 😉

  3. Pat says:

    I love the look of the golden wheat against the more neutral toned background Heather, and the stamp is beautifully detailed and perfect for autumnal cards. x

  4. nancystiz says:

    Gorgeous job on the wheat and the gray background is fantastic! Love the way the wheat really pops on it. Thanks too for describing your process and giving us links to supplies too!

  5. Loll says:

    This is so beautiful, Heather. The wheat looks like the sun is shining on it. Amazing shading and highlighting. I agree about gray and gold looking fabulous together. Gray goes with any colour! xx

  6. Bonnie says:

    This golden wheat looks like the sun is fully shining on it, Heather! Wonderful job of coloring and the background! I really like the color of the wash and think it makes the wheat shine even more!

  7. wow, stunning, not only did you do the coloring of the wheat fantastic, but I love the background too!

  8. Clelie says:

    Your detail on the wheat is extraordinary…I, too, am in awe! I am always afraid to add a background wash around my subject and it never seems to come out ‘right’. But this background is perfect and I would not have thought of the gray but it is STUNNING!♥

  9. paprpass says:

    Gorgeous! Reminds me of the sky over central Iowa yesterday and the cornfields were glistening just like this wheat even though the sun was hidden behind the gray sky. Amazing! You nailed it girl!!

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