Winter Berry Beauty

A few weeks back I inked this stamp in autumn colours which reflected what I was seeing outside my window. I promised to do a more wintry version and here it is. Once again I worked on hot pressed watercolour paper with masking fluid splatters over it. I kept the panel in the stamp positioner so I could work on the red berries and green leaves separately avoiding too much bleeding of green into red and vice versa.

I used fired brick, barn door and aged mahogany to get variety in the berries. I inked, stamped then blended with a damp paintbrush. The leaves are a mix of forest moss and peeled paint. When I had finished stamping and painting the leaves and berries I noticed how much ‘masking fluid’ splatter was not covered in ink. If I don’t paint or stamp over it there is less of the falling snow effect on the finished panel. Rather than paint around the berries I used blending brushes to add shabby shutters distress ink on the left and broken china on the right. I also stamped a bit of music background in peeled paint.

The sentiment is from the PB Christmas feeling set and the finished card is a little larger than my usual at 6.25″ x 4.5″. I did a count of completed Christmas cards the other day and found I am further ahead than I thought. How are you progressing. What is your goal? Just curious…I’m aiming for around 100 and the Australia bound ones need to get in the mail soonish!

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10 Comments on “Winter Berry Beauty”

  1. PaperMorePaper says:

    Just so beautiful… the musical touch.

  2. Ellie Knol says:

    WOW.. I can look at it ALL day…

  3. nancystiz says:

    Fabulous! It’s not just about your gorgeous painting but it’s about your presentation too. Love that background! The way you finish off your artwork makes your work stand out from so many of us.

  4. Pat says:

    This foliage and berries image is really pretty and your watercolouring and choice of colours is perfect Heather and the berries look as though they could be picked off the page and I love the added music which works brilliantly. x

  5. Karen Jackson says:

    This is just so beautiful Heather. I love the hint of music and your perfect colour palette. I think there is enough splatter showing. It is just perfect.

  6. Beautiful, I love berries with branches

  7. Beautiful, I love berries with branches!

  8. nise says:

    Amazing! So pretty and your color palette brings out the very best in the stamp image. I really appreciate it when you tell the why behind the steps you take to get ARTWORK! i.e. added the blues and music because of masking fluid splattering.

    I have an idea for my Christmas cards (all the same) and haven’t dove in yet. I need about 30ish and none go international.

    I did take a lake & mountain scene stamp (wood mounted) and stamp it in gray archival ink on mixed media cardstock the other day. I painted it with a brush and distress inks. Not a total “Heatherizing”, but it was fun and I was pleased with the end result. Thank You for the inspiration and nudge into something different.

  9. Bonnie says:

    This is beautifully done, Heather! Such versatile use of this stamp for both seasons!

  10. Shaz in Oz says:

    Am behind, hope all Aussie ones are in mail by now Heather it’s very very slow Downunder or this year might prove me wrong perhaps.
    I’ve mailed furtherest ones and now starting on US and UK ones thiught US needs go first, I’ve done 80 but still working on three but almost done, I gave 10 away and so list is 69 or 70 not quite sure.

    Love this card very very much but am so disappointed in 2022 at how rarely Jesus is invited to His own party, so I’m putting Him on every single card.
    It’s become almost a crime to admit Him into the building .. praying much re our woke world, everything is upside down.

    Love your greeting though and the tones on your card, I like to do this sort too but not this year for Christmas…
    Thanks for detailing your how to as well, and pray your cards are in good times I like mine in first week of December so I can enjoy them.
    Thanks for Sharing, God bless and keep you safe, and all those you love, hugs Shaz in Oz.x

    {Wonderful Words of Life – Shaz in Oz}{Calligraphy Cards – Shaz in Oz}

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