Beautiful day here in the south!
What’s it like where you are?
And you should see our house!
It’s like walking into a florists!!
So many flowers everywhere!
I was certainly spoiled on my birthday yesterday.
Thank you so very much for all the birthday wishes,
the beautiful birthday cards, the presents and flowers.
Much too much for one person.
But I am very grateful xxxx
Monday’s blog is Flowers and Trees, which is perfect.
So I shall send you some sunshine methinks,
and a bunch of flowers too !
I think I’ll use Ken Oliver’s Bursts!
They will brighten up ANY artwork!
There are 2 different sets on our website:
Here’s a very nice flower set too:
positive and negative stamps.
The fills sit inside the line art perfectly.
These have been around for a while,
but I think they are soooo versatile!
We could go in so many directions with the flowers
and the Powder Bursts.
Here, I have stamped the Lineart onto Watercolour paper using a Black Archival (Permanent ink pad)
You can see how I have painted the flowers with water.
Then when you lightly puff the powder at the bouquet,
it will only catch the watery flowers.
I just moved the colour around with a paintbrush,
to fill the flowers.
Or we could try the background first….
available from our website:
Cut a piece down to about 4″ x 3″
Spritz the watercolour paper with water
and then lightly puff the powder at the paper.
Let it move and spread.
You pick which colours !
I went with orange and Phthalo Green.
I sat the paper on its end and lightly spritzed with water again.
Thought I’d let gravity help out…
…and it did.
If you are impatient like me,
you can speed dry the artwork with a heat gun.
Once the background is completely dry,
stamp the lineart flowers into place.
Use a good paintbrush and water to lift colour out of the leaves.
It can cope with washes, but can also be twizzled to a very fine point for tiny places.
Use the same paintbrush to add a little interest to the flowers.
Either by moving the colour around from petal to petal with a tiny amount of water, or adding a little zest
with red or orange powder+water.
Add water to a small amount of green powder to create a watery washy undercoat for the leaves.
While the undercoat is still wet,
go back in with a more concentrated amount
on the tip of the paintbrush.
Watch it dart when it hits the wet leaves!
Stop when you think you’ve done enough.
I flicked water at the work with a big stencil brush.
It gets you that grungy, distressed look very easily.
Let it just air dry.
The water colour paper buckles with all the moisture,
but a sheet of double-sided adhesive will straighten it out in a jiffy.
I added a little light and shade with some pencils too.
Now for the message and the mounting.
Very very simple greeting card.
Mounted on Kraft Card.
A bit tatty, a bit distressed.
But oh so addictive!!
Love and Hugs,