Welcome to a new week, my friend! I hope that you had a good weekend. It was productive for me; I was able to get presents wrapped, the tree done, and planned my baking. I also got to use my new Penny Black stamp Quietude to create this winter scene.
QUIETUDE WINTER SCENE
This scenic stamp can of course be used for all seasons! But since it’s winter, that’s what I went with. I drew my inspiration from video done by the talented Jill of Penny Black. I changed just a few things, and used the colours I had on hand.
If you’ve followed my blog post for any time, you’ll know that Penny Black’s scenic stamps are some of my favourite! Staying with mostly monochromatic blues gives this the cold, frosty feeling I was trying to create.
Start by setting up a piece of Arches Cold Press watercolour paper and the stamp in your MISTI.. Next, ink up the trees on the left side with Ranger Archival ink in Faded Jeans. After stamping the trees, add some Cobalt Blue to the center of the trees and the ground, with a Zig Real Brush marker. Use a wet paint brush or aqua brush to blend the blues. Continue with stamping the foreground and background horizon line & trees with the Fade Jeans, and blending with the Cobalt Blue #031 and Blue #030. For the twigs on the left, colour directly onto the stamp with Dark Brown #062, then spritz with water before stamping. Use the Marker directly on the paper to add stronger colour, to bring these twigs closer to the eye.
For the moon, trace a circle die with pencil. Next, blend with Cobalt Blue, Blue and a Blue Gray #092. Create he sky and frozen lake & ground by applying the blues directly to the paper, and then blending them out with a wet paint brush. Add falling snow by flicking watered-down white gouache paint with a paintbrush. After the gouache is dry, blend Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink to the upper corners, and then flick on more gouache for snow. This gives you layers of snow, giving more depth & dimension.
After layering the finished piece onto a dark blue card base with a layer of fun foam sheet, add the sentiment. The sentiment is from the Poppystamps Christmas Fun stamp set.
I love the extra dimension from the gouache, and the layers of ink.
If you don’t have your holiday cards all done yet, this would be a great one to send! You can also send it any time over the winter, for any reason. Then come spring, switch up the colours for a whole new look!
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