Pretty in Pink

Hand painted flowers Heather Telford

It is my hope to draw and paint more this year so I played around in my sketch book last night then painted these three toned pink flowers today. I couldn’t tell you what kind of flowers they are but I think the little purple ones look like violets. I painted the large oval of pale pink first with a water pen picking up colour from an Inktense pencil. I then painted a smaller oval in a slightly darker pink and finally a small darker centre. When the flowers had dried a little I added the centre dots and painted the little violets and leaves. I splattered a little ink here and there before adding the sentiment and removing the painter’s tape from the edges.


Stamps: From the Heart (PB)
Pencils: Derwent Inktense pencils 530, 410, 600, 1730, 1530, 760, 230
Inks: Versafine Imperial Purple (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Hand-drawn birthday cupcake

 hand drawn cupcake

Thanks for all your kind wishes for my birthday last week. My family spoiled me with wonderful food and gifts and I had a very enjoyable day. Most of the afternoon was spent with my husband setting up his gift for me: the laptop I am using to write this post. It has enabled me to get a few posts ready to publish sitting in the lodge at the ski hill while my son skis.

The card above was hand drawn by my younger daughter – pretty sweet looking cupcake isn’t it?

My older daughter gave me season three of Downton Abbey, which we are very keen to watch after really enjoying the first two seasons a friend loaned me over Christmas. I have been telling friends not to tell me anything about the current season, I don’t want to see any spoilers!

Hand drawn floral

I made this for my mother’s birthday last month. The fact that I have a postal disorder which prevents me from ever mailing anything promptly partly explains why it has taken me so long to post this card.  I also wanted to be sure that she had it in her hand before she saw it here on the blog.

I posted some similar cards recently where I painted a word with masking fluid and doodled all around the masking. To create this card I did the same with the masking fluid but drew all the flowers and foliage with watercolour pencils and fine liner and then added a little sponging at the end.

I hope your weekend is bright and sunny;  it was here today.


Markers & Pencils: Black Prismacolor Fine line markers, Faber Castell watercolour pencils
Inks: bashful blue, pretty in pink, certainly celery
Cardstock: MFP Watercolour cardstock
AlsoWinsor & Newton masking fluid

Masked and hand drawn

I was inspired by this lovely card by openseed  and created two cards that don’t involve any stamping but doodling instead.

I used masking fluid to paint the words  first then used fine felt tip pens to draw all manner of plant doodles around the masking so that when I removed it the words would be clear.  In the one below I masked one word and drew the other but I prefer the one above. I added a little green to both with markers but they are cool with just black and white as well. These are my first attempts at this technique, but as you can probably imagine the possibilities are endless!


Markers: Black Prismacolor Fine line markers, Stampin Up selection of green markers
Cardstock: MFP Watercolour cardstock
AlsoWinsor & Newton masking fluid

Cooking pot thank you

I have something a little different to show you today.  I was going to say “no stamping involved”  but I did stamp that wee “thank you” above the pot.  You only need to browse through my blog a little while to see that I don’t have many stamps that are not organic images of some kind.  Other than a few “boy” stamps they are all decorative elements or plants!  When I wanted a thank you card for a very generous friend who gave us a chili mix for Christmas I decided to draw my own image.  I was also motivated by the desire to use my Christmas present.

I used the Flourishes classic white card stock which is way too shiny and smooth for drawing on but it was fun anyway.


Stamps: Everyday Flexible Phrases
Inks:  Basic black
Cardstock: Flourishes classic white
Also: Faber-Castell Artist Color Pencils