Fall trees with bister

bister fall trees Heather Telford

Watercolour powders seem to be a perfect medium to use for fall scenes. The colours move and blend in similar ways to the colours on an autumn leaf. To create this scene I stamped the trunk and branches before I started on the leaves. I used two brown markers for the trunks and branches avoiding the circles on the stamp as much as possible. Next I cleaned the stamp and painted water onto the circles of the stamp and stamped again. It is not really necessary to use the stamp to apply water around the branches you could just add drops of water to your  panel with a paintbrush. With the water drops sitting on the panel I sprinkled yellow and red bister powder over the water and watched the colours activate. To achieve the amount of blended colour desired I added a little powder or water here and there until I was happy. I blended some areas with a brush and let other parts stay relatively sharp and unblended. To finish I painted the blue sky with tumbled glass distress stain then matted both the panel and a sentiment and attached to a natural coloured card base.

I have filmed a periscope of this technique. It is available here on replay.


Stamps:  Twinkling, Amazing (PB)
Inks: Distress gathered twig, ground espresso distress markers, tumbled glass distress stain (Ranger)
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton cold pressed watercolour paper, burgandy cardstock, Neenah natural white
Also: yellow & red Bister powder

Northern Lights

Penny Black has entered the world of Pinterest as have so many of us. To celebrate the PB designers have gathered inspiration from the Penny Black board Winter Wonderland and created a bunch of projects. I chose this little decorated tree as my starting point.


I stamped the tree in black, embossed in clear and coloured a random selection of circles with Sharpie fineliners. After that I decided that the tree needed a background sky which started as a little subtle sponging along the horizon but ended as the Northern lights! I have lived in Canada for twelve years now but I still haven’t seen the northern lights. One day…

I am planning to mass produce this one but with different colour schemes. When I say mass produce what I imagine will happen is that I will get to four or five and stop because I’ll be ready to move on!

Thanks for visiting today, please drop by the Penny Black blog and check out the wonderful variety of projects posted today.


Stamps:  Twinkling, Christmas Fashion (PB)
Inks: Memento Teal Zeal, Grape Jelly, Versafine Onyx Black(Tsukineko)
Also: Clear e.p., Sharpie fineliners