Trilling Duo

A couple of weeks back I created a card with the cardinal stamp from the PB set ‘trilling trio‘ and promised to be back with the other birds before too long. The set is called trilling trio because there are three bird stamps. I have paired up the other two for this panel and used brusho watercolour powder to add colour to the images. I love brusho powders but have not had them out much lately.

To stamp these two sweet birds I used neutral inks, water and the powders. I worked in a stamp positioner so I could stamp multiple times adding a little this or that each time. I used antique linen and hickory smoke inks for the first impression. Antique linen is pale and hickory smoke is grey so I put them where I wanted the light and dark areas to be but neither colour was so strong it couldn’t be diluted. The second time I stamped I spritzed the stamp with water so it was transferring ink and water. While the image was still wet I sprinkled some brusho very sparingly. If you haven’t used black brusho before you should; it is the absolute bomb because it is made up of other colours. The cute bird on the right is sprinkled with black brusho which resulted in spots of black, red, blue and grey. I also sprinkled some brown brusho.

On the left hand bird I used some black brusho as well as some sandstone on the lower front feathers. I blended the stamping a little with a paint brush but not much as I wanted to see the magic speckles where the brusho lands and dilutes. I drew and painted the little branch with watercolour pencils and some black soot ink then added the ‘thank you’ from PB ‘ever thanks’ set. I just realised as I stare at the bird on the left that it appears to have three legs! That’s a twig on the far left just in case you were wondering!!


7 Comments on “Trilling Duo”

  1. nancystiz says:

    I am amazed at the incredible painting on these birds. They look so natural! Love that you had drew the branch and painted it so perfectly. What a delightful card! You make me want to practice watercoloring to achieve results like this.

    • Heather says:

      Thanks so much Nancy, the nice thing about watercolouring with stamps is that they give me an outline and with these brushstroke stamps I can also see where I need more shadow and shading. My watercolouring has improved through watercolouring over and inside stamped images.

  2. Laura Kate says:

    beautiful work. I was not fooled by the little twig into thinking it was a bird leg.

  3. marilyn418 says:

    Stunning work! These birds never looked so beautiful!!

  4. Pat says:

    I love the look of these beautiful birds using the neutral DIs and the adding the Brusho powder and letting it do its thing Heather. You have ended up with such a natural look of fluffy feathers and the hand painted branch makes a perfect perch. x

  5. Patricia Rowe says:

    Your birds are wonderful. Love the different technique for coloring them.
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. wow that gave such a beautiful effect

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