Penny Black has new stamps! And of course I am especially interested in new flowers and tree stamps. This rose, aptly named ‘prized’ is just one of the new stamps I will be sharing on the blog in the next few weeks.

My mother loved roses and she and my father grew them in every garden they made. My dad has several lovely ones out the front and the back of his retirement unit. I think he has one with peachy/yellow colouring a bit like this one.

To colour the ‘prized’ rose I worked on hot pressed watercolour paper and kept it in a stamp positioner. I inked the petals with both fossilized amber and abandoned coral distress inks. I spritzed the inked stamp before stamping which made the ink wetter and easier to blend into each petal shape. When using this technique I always smoosh the ink pad on my glass mat so I can pick up ink there as well.

While the petals dried I inked the leaves and stem with forest moss and a small amount of faded jeans distress inks then followed the same technique as above to paint the leaves. I went back to the petals and did a second round of stamping and blending adding candied apple ink to the centre of the rose to deepen the colour.

After I had completed the flower I used mix of diluted inks to paint around the rose. I added hickory smoke to the other four inks as I blended around the edges of the flower and feathered out to pale yellow or grey at the edges of the watercolour panel.

I chose the title sentiment from the PB set ‘delightful day’ and stamped it in peeled paint archival ink.

Hope you are having a delightful day!

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16 Comments on “Prized”

  1. Tish Rowe says:

    Your coloring makes this rose pop. You have brought it to life. As usual, I have to wait before I buy a stamp to see how it can be used.This is beautiful and definitely worthy of buying.
    Thank you.

  2. Donata says:

    Thank you again for so diligently posting your beautiful creations. I really appreciate your detailed descriptions along with the photos. This takes a lot of effort and I just wanted to give you a shout out THANKS!!

    Beautiful results again, my favorite technique, stamps, distress inks and paintbrush equals magic!

    • Heather says:

      Ahh thanks Donata, I am so happy the descriptions and projects are helpful. And I’m with you; this is a favourite technique of mine too!

  3. ellen quigley says:

    Beautiful as usual

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  5. Pat says:

    This is beautiful Heather and I love the mix of colours you have used, and the added soft grey mixed with the other colours works beautifully in the background. x

  6. Bonnie says:

    Your rose is so pretty! We used to have a rose this color and I loved it. Love the wash around it too!

  7. nancystiz says:

    Incredible painting! I love that you maintain definition at the same time you still achieve a beautiful watercolor look. That is quite a skill! This is gorgeous!

  8. Just fabulous- I love the colours on your rose!

  9. PaperMorePaper says:

    Simply gorgeous…..again!

  10. Lagene says:

    Gorgeous creation!

  11. Karen Jackson says:

    Beautiful card Heather. I especially like the soft blended colours around the rose.

  12. nise says:

    A prize indeed! Beautiful!

  13. Ellie Knol says:

    Perrrfect card! wow!

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