Winter tree

This sweet scene is based on a real tree and a real bench. It’s another design by my daughter and available as a digital stamp in her etsy store, Echidna Studios. I printed it twice on hot pressed watercolour paper. One image almost fills a 4¼” x 5½” card and the other is smaller leaving room to be framed by the snowfall embossed panel.

One of the nice things about digital stamps is the way they can be printed any size you want. I used Sennelier watercolour paints to paint the blue sky across the panel working my way around the bench but painting over the top of the tree. Once the sky was dry I painted the bench with brown and grey paint then the tree with black. Some of the branches are quite thin especially on the smaller version so I used a fine tip Pitt pen to colour them.

When the painting was all dry I coloured over the lights with a gold gel pen. Now that I have tried the image a couple of times I want to go more slowly and see if I can get those lights to glow a bit more. It is a calm pretty image but if I was trying to reflect the last few days of weather here in Ottawa both tree and bench would be covered in snow!

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15 Comments on “Winter tree”

  1. Joan says:

    This picture is just lovely! How nice to have such a talented daughter! Merry Christmas and thank you for always sharing your wonderful talent.

  2. Tish Rowe says:

    My goodness. Your daughter has a lot of talent in her. Wonder why!!!
    Love the scene because I see these benches on all hikes around our lake and up the mountain. However, what is special about the scene is your watercolors. We all appreciate your tutorial. Thanks for info on your daughter’s esty’s site. Good thing is when I get stuck on painting or printing, I know who to call on…you.
    Looking to check it out after this last rush of final touches for Christmas.
    And, I have not forgotten your thoughtfulness for the beautiful card.
    Tish

  3. Pat says:

    I love this pretty winter scene Heather and a great digital image designed by your daughter. I am sad that my printer does not like thicker card/paper as it turns the paper and often gets jammed, and so consequently it limits the amount of water and can use on something. I did buy some mixed media paper but must try again and see if I can get this particular one to work. x

    • Heather says:

      Hi Pat, I used to have the same problem with my printer until someone told me to change the settings when I am choosing to print from my computer. Now I go to ‘preferences’ then ‘paper quality’ and choose heavy weight and manual feed. I now can print on my watercolour paper which has been great for working with my daughter’s designs.

      • Pat says:

        Thank you so much for explaining this to me but when hubby and I looked there does not seem to be any way of changing the weight and feed on this HP printer, which we have had for a good few years. I think when we have to change it we will try and find one which is more adjustable than this. The only thing we can do is change the size of the paper.

  4. so pretty, love the detail on the bench!

  5. nancystiz says:

    This is gorgeous and LOVE that digi stamp. Thanks for the link to her shop too. Did your printer ink smear when you painted over it? Mine bleeds like crazy so I’m impressed that you were able to do this. The sky on this is just gorgeous and the bench even appears to have a metal shine on it. Gorgeous card!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Nancy, thank you so much for your kind words. I have had many experiences of the printer ink smearing in the past but someone gave me a tip about printer settings and now I can print on watercolour paper without the smear. Read my reply to Pat on the blog post to see what I learnt.

      • nancystiz says:

        I just thought that was for printer jams. My printer will take any paper. Thanks! I didn’t think these settings applied to the ink too but I’ll give it a try!

    • Heather says:

      The thicker paper needs more heat to set the ink so that’s why I select heavyweight paper and the ink comes out dry not smearing! Yay, I only learnt this recently.

  6. Karen Jackson says:

    Heather this picture is so realistic that i feel I could just rest on it to enjoy the snowscape. Your colouring, as always, is excellent. Happy, happy Christmas.

  7. Loll says:

    Beautiful and peaceful play to be. I’d like to sit on that bench! xx

  8. That’s just gorgeous!

  9. Reblogged this on sketchuniverse and commented:
    🇨🇦 SO TRUE, SUGARS! THIS COLD BUT WONDERFUL BENCH IS A NICE WORK BY THE DAUGHTER OF HEATHER. CONGRATS!


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