Loose winter watercolour

A few weeks back I posted a very neat and carefully painted card with this pretty ‘scarlet’ stamp from Penny Black. For that one I stamped in a pale ink so I could do some no-line watercolour. For this card I worked in a much looser style. Some have called in my wishy-washy style.

I enjoy working in this style because I can end up with some very organic and serendipitous blends. Sometimes I end up with muddy unappealing blends also but on a big enough design those sections can be cropped away.

To create this panel I splattere masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper. Once the masking fluid was dry I worked in a stamp positioner while applying distress inks to sections of the stamp. I did the red petals first, blended the stamping with a brush and water then once the petals were dry moved onto the leaves and berries. There is a little ink blending from the red into the green but not so much as to create brown areas.

I painted around the petals, leaves and berries with Payne’s grey watercolour paint then when it was almost dry stamped the pine needles in weathered wood distress ink. The sentiment in stamped in hickory smoke archival ink.

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6 Comments on “Loose winter watercolour”

  1. Tish Rowe says:

    I love this style, too. Thank you for the lovely, subtle and gentle colors.

    Can’t wait to try this. I thoroughly enjoy your tutorials.

  2. Loll says:

    WOW! Gorgeous card Heather. xx

  3. Jan Castle says:

    How very pretty Heather!!!!

  4. Pamela Geoghegan says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Heather.

  5. nancystiz says:

    Your loose watercolor cards are my favorites and this is no exception! This is outstanding with that ethereal background, one I wish I could create . Absolutely gorgeous card!

  6. Pat says:

    I love the loose look to the watercolour background to these beautiful poinsettias Heather and some masking fluid used to give that pretty snowy look too. x

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