As I write this a snow storm continues outside so there will be scenes like this one to enjoy in days to come. The whole scene is one of Penny Black’s beautiful scenic stamps; this one is called ‘streaming’. I worked on hot pressed watercolour paper in a stamp positioner and had splattered masking fluid over the panel before I began.

I used a few different inks so I could blend in some areas and get sharp images in others. The first thing I stamped was the top of the stamp including the horizon in uncharted mariner distress ink. Once I could see the horizon I painted more of the same ink to fill the sky adding a little black soot to the blending at the top to darken the sky. I let the panel dry before stamping the stream also in uncharted mariner ink. I took my time blending the stream because I wanted a bit of variety in the depth of colour. You can probably see a few areas that look quite dark where I added black ink to create the look of shadow at the water’s edge.

I inked the trees in black archival ink and black starless sky ink (from Ciao Bella) I also used black and blue markers here and there to add ink to fiddly places. I painted some of my own shadowy snow drifts to fill out the scene.

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8 Comments on “Streaming”

  1. Karen Ashbaugh says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  2. Once again, absolutely beautiful artwork, Heather. I had to smile though at the thought of you working away in a snow storm. Here in New Zealand we are expecting 30C today and I am wandering around in shorts & bare feet:)

  3. nancystiz says:

    WOW! I have this stamp and hope I can achieve something even half as good as this! Your colors and shadows are amazing and love the soft touches you added to the snow. Here in Ohio we are looking at snow too. LOVE this!

  4. Loll says:

    Beautiful, Heather. I could stare at your card for hours. Amazing work, my friend! xx

  5. Such a gorgeous scene!

  6. Kris Markham says:

    Heather, absolutely gorgeous.

  7. Pat says:

    What a beautiful scene Heather and love the variety of tones in the sky and water, and I do love the Uncharted Mariner ink, a really super blue. x

  8. Tish Rowe says:

    I gasped when I saw this card with the beautiful colors of the sky and water.
    Our skies have been incredibly, deep rich blue and this is what you, the white snow contrast and blue water is so realistic.
    This is one of ny favorite cards.
    Thank you for sharing.

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