The ‘flower garden’ stamp from Darkroom Door performed so well with the random application of colorburst paint I tried it with a more controlled colouring method. I embossed this panel in gold then used Koi colouring brush pens. I decided to colour only the leaves and flowers and leave the tiny circle pattern filler uncoloured. Adding colour to gold embossing like this reminds me very much of Cloisonné which I saw on little trinkets as well as substantial, beautiful vases in China. I used two greens, a pink and a red to colour the design and kept blending with water to create soft gradation of colour.
I matted the panel in pink and embossed a sentiment from the Darkroom Door ‘happy birthday’ set which includes sixteen ‘happy birthdays’ in different fonts and sizes! You might have noticed with both the flower garden cards I managed to add a stamped envelope too. I’m trying to get into the habit of creating a matching envelope while I have all the supplies out rather than thinking about it later but being too lazy to do it…
stamps: flower garden, happy birthday
Paper: hot pressed watercolour, neenah natural white, pink cardstock
Markers: Koi coloring brush pens yellowgreen, green, red, pink
Also: WOW metallic rich gold embossing powder
Today’s tulips wrap up my week of brushstroke projects using new stamps from Penny Black’s Bliss release. I have shared five different methods for adding colour, although I will admit the techniques using markers are quite similar. I have more projects with these stamps to share in the weeks to come and one more new brushstroke stamp yet to appear. I am also featuring a new set of markers today, new to me that is. I have been practising my brush lettering and modern calligraphy on and off for a while now and am always on the look out for brush pens. I purchased the Koi coloring brush pens for calligraphy but will probably end up using them for colouring and inking stamps as well. As you can see the colours are quite bright. I bought a set of 12 and found that it included mainly bright colours. The colour combination in the tulips is possibly not what I would have chosen if I’d had a few more pinks and oranges at my disposal.
I stamped several panels while testing out the markers. This one, despite it’s brightness, is a second generation impression and the only one so far to be made into a card. The markers are really juicy, the colours are bright and I was able to spritz after stamping three or four times and still get good images. I inked the stamp, ‘first waltz’ in pink orange, green and black, spritzed it, added a few water drops to the watercolour panel, stamped off on another piece of paper then stamped on this panel. (got all that!?) The colours blended enough on the stamp that I didn’t do more blending with a paintbrush.
I decided the colours were so bold they deserved an equally bold sentiment. I cut the sentiment from the centre of the panel and out of green fun foam then popped them back in the panel together. I offset the top sentiment just a little to create the drop shadow effect and matted the panel in the same colour as the foam layer.
To see the other brushstroke cards featured this week check out the posts below.