Our graduate

 sunrise bird Heather Telford

A week ago we had the privilege of watching our older daughter graduate from university. She has worked very hard, achieved excellent results and is off to undertake a Master’s in September. I chose her card from a selection I made last year; it could be a sunset or sunrise and the bird is flying off into it. My first chick is leaving the nest! As you can imagine I am very proud of her but not looking forward to her being miles away. It will be a great excuse to travel and see her though.

sunrise bird side Heather Telford

The background sunrise was painted wet into wet so I could blend the pink and yellow.  I  lifted out some yellow in the centre to make it brighter to look like the sun.  As you lift the colour out it is important to rinse your brush and remove some of the water; you don’t want to return colour to your panel or create a watermark by dropping in extra water.  I waited for the background to dry before stamping grey and black foliage in the foreground and a bird in the sky.

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Supplies:
Stamps: Pastoral, Spread cheer (PB)
Inks:  Hydrus Watercolour (Dr Ph Martin)  I can’t remember which grey and black inks I used?!?
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, grey cardstock, Neenah solar white cardstock

 


Autumn Mist

Autumn mist Heather Telford

Don’t worry I am not switching over to fall cards. I just happen to have made a card in autumn colours with a misty look about it so the line from Puff the Magic Dragon sprang to mind. I created both of today’s cards with the ‘shade canopy’ stamp from Penny Black. The little scenes are framed with the white edge made when I tape the watercolour paper down with painter’s tape.

Autumn mist closeup Heather Telford

I used markers to ink the stamp and for the backgrounds on both cards. The autumn card is coloured with memento markers and the summer one with tombow dual brush pens.

summer field Heather Telford

It is possible to get quite a lot of definition in the foliage by inking the stamp and adding little or no water or, as I did, use more water on the stamp and achieve a looser more impressionistic look. On the summer card I coloured the sky and hill first then added the tree over the top. For the fall card I painted the sky last, adding it around the foliage.

summer field closeup Heather Telford

Supplies:

Stamps: Shade Canopy, Words of Kindess(PB)
Inks:   Tangelo, Potter’s Clay, Espresso Truffle, Northern Pine Memento markers Versafine Onyx black (Tsukineko), 173, 452, 126, 228 dual brush pens (Tombow)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper


Spring in the city

City in spring Heather Telford

I created this card way back in the dead of winter when I was using the ‘soft whisper’ tree stamp to create snowy scenes. I set it aside and it got buried under other projects. I need to post it now as Ottawa seems to have had its 15 minutes of spring and marched straight in to summer.

There is a lot going on in the scene so I had to think through my order of operations. I used the MISTI to stamp the tree several times adding black, grey and pink ink separately. When the tree was finished I stamped again with versamark then embossed in clear so I could easily paint a wash over the tree. I kept the variegated wash in the top half of the panel merging from blue to pink to apricot then stamped a skyline of grey buildings below it. I filled in the space around the buildings with pale grey ink then added black trees in the foreground.

City in spring closeup

I hope you are enjoying some pretty scenery where you are.

Stamps:  Soft Whisper, Skyline, Prancers (PB)
Inks: Memento Angel pink, London fog, Tuxedo black, Versamark (Tsukineko)
Paint: Dr Ph Martin’s Hydrus watercolours
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, black cardstock
Also: clear embossing powder


Shaded Canopy

Shade and green Heather Telford

‘Shaded Canopy’ is another lovely (and versatile) stamp from the new ‘A Little Bit of Sunshine’ release. My scene today could be spring or summer depending on where you live. When I first moved to Canada I could not believe how bright green the summers were. Where I lived in Australia I was used to pale muted colours in summer because everything became very dry.

I used distress stains and inks for stamping and for painting the background leaving a space around the scene to frame it then popping up the panel on the same colour card base.

I am teaching a class this month in Ottawa where we will use this stamp to create four cards, one for each season.

Supplies:

Stamps: Shade Canopy, Words of Kindess(PB)
Inks:   Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo distress stains (Ranger)Versafine Onyx black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

 


Terraced Lane

Terraced Lane Heather Telford

If you enjoy scenery stamps like I do there are a couple of beautiful designs in the new ‘A Little Bit of Sunshine’ release. This one, ‘Terraced Lane’ is a detailed stamp depicting both trees and steps. I will be trying this one in a range of colour schemes.

These two cards display two ways to approach such a detailed stamp. On the panel above I stamped first in vintage photo distress ink then added colour with a mowed lawn distress marker, the black elegant writer pen and a tiny bit of blue marker in the sky. I blended the green and black with water and a paintbrush to fill the scene with some colour then framed the top left corner free hand with vintage photo ink and some diluted black ink.

Sunset terraced lane Heather Telford

To create this sunset version I worked in the opposite order creating the background sunset with tombow dual brush pens first then once it was totally dry, I stamped the image in brown over the top. I finished the scene off by blending a few areas around the steps but left most of the stamping sharp.

Supplies:

Stamps: Terraced Lane (PB)
Inks:   Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo distress stains (Ranger) Elegant writer pen (Speedball) dark plum 679, rhodamine red 725, pink rose 703, light ochre 991 dual brush pens(Tombow)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, brown cardstock, Neenah natural white cardstock


Moonlit snowscape

Winter Moon Heather Telford

I have more winter scenery for you today because, let’s face it, a snowy landscape can be so very pretty. On the snow scapes I posted last week I let the sky and trees blend a little; today’s technique is a little different.  To create this one I masked the moon with frisket film and splattered masking fluid first then painted the sky with Dr Ph Martin’s Hydrus watercolours. One thing I am enjoying about these liquid watercolours is they are colourfast once dry. I painted the sky first, removed the moon mask, added the background trees to the wet sky but waited until everything dried before adding the foreground tree. That way I was able to add the foreground tree then blend colour and add water to the trunk without having it bleed into the sky. The whole tree stamp contains more twigs and some blossom; I just inked what I wanted with markers for the initial impression then switched to paint and a paintbrush to finish. Once the whole panel was dry I removed the masking fluid and added some more white snow with a white wink of stella pen.

Moonlit tree Heather Telford

I have quite the lovely array of  floral stamps at my finger tips now because the new Penny Black release is imminent but the scenery outside my window is still calling to be stamped and painted. Once the new release is available from PB you will definitely see some flowery goodness here to make you dream of spring.

Stamps:  Soft Whisper, Spread Cheer (PB)
Inks: Memento Paris dusk, Expresso truffle, Tuxedo black (Tsukineko)
Paint: Dr Ph Martin’s Hydrus watercolours
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, black cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, Grafix frisket film, White wink of stella


Winter Weather

Winter Weather 1 Heather Telford

Remember back in December when I kept mentioning the lack of snow around here? There wasn’t just a lack of snow there  was really no winter weather at all. Well, that is over; we have snow, ice and it’s cold outside! The winter weather has inspired me to create some snowy scenes.

Winter Weather 2 Heather Telford

I stamped and painted these two winter scenes beginning both times with a splatter of masking fluid to create the look of falling snow. Once the masking fluid was dry I stamped the large tree trunk stamp, ‘Soft Whisper’ in brown and then added some more masking fluid on the top of the branches (on the snowier card) and added extra definition to the branches and trunk with light brown, dark brown and black paint.

 Winter weather detail Heather Telford

On one card I stamped the trees in green distress stain on the other I painted trees in brown brusho. It was interesting to limit my colour palette to brown and  blue for one card and the additional green on the other card. I added the sky and snow banks after the branches so there is some bleeding of brown into blue here and there.

Winter Weather detail Heather Telford

I was interested to read the comments on my recent gelli plate post; I will be trying the different techniques described when I get a chance. I am also hoping to share more art journal pages this year including the one I started yesterday.

Stamps:  Soft Whisper, Nature’s friend (PB)
Inks: Black Soot, Gathered Twigs, Forest Moss, Broken China distress inks and stains (Ranger)
Paint: Colourcraft Brusho
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid


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