SOFT WATERCOLOUR SCENE
Welcome to April! Spring is in full bloom here, and much to the rest of my family’s dismay, so is allergy season! I’m the only one of the 4 of us who doesn’t suffer from seasonal allergies. Lucky me, but unlucky men in the house 🙁 So we’ll just enjoy the sunshine while we can – and stock up on the allergy medicine! Today I’m sharing a soft watercolour scene that I did over the weekend. I used one of my favourite stamp sets from Penny Black, called Season’s Marvel.
Other than the soft gray ink I initially stamped the image with, the rest is done completely with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and a water brush.
I was initially going to create this with an intricate window frame, but I liked the final result so much that I didn’t want to cover up most of it! So, I created a simple rectangle frame for the image from brown cardstock. I think it could be either a window frame or an actual picture frame – what do you think?
First cut a panel of watercolour paper. Stamp the image with regular dye-based ink, so that you can soften the lines with a water brush. This particular stamp gives you the mountain outlines, as well as the shading on them. I use the water brush to soften the mountain outlines, and then to soften the shading.
To add more shadows to the mountains, I scribbled with the Gray Zig marker onto a clear block, and then picked up the ink with my water brush. I did the same with the other colours for the grass and sky. I used a combination of greens and green/blue for the grass and shadows on the mountain. Two blues and some yellow were blended in for the sky. Each time, I scribbled onto my clear block, and then picked up the ink with a very wet water brush. When doing the sky, I initially wet the paper first, and then applied the wet ink. I did this because I wanted a soft sky, not harsh brush strokes.
I added the birds in the sky (I think they look like Canada geese) by colouring directly onto the stamp with my Zig marker in Light Gray, and the stamping onto the still damp watercolour paper. This gave a nice soft image of the birds.
After cutting the frame using my rectangle dies, I attached it over the panel with liquid glue. The front panel is then attached to the light green card base with foam tape.
I’ve had this Penny Black Season’s Marvel stamp set for almost a year now, I think. But it’s still a favourite and I’m happy that I changed up the colours, and created a spring scene, instead of winter. If you’re interested in trying this method of watercolouring – it’s really easy! – I’ve included links to supplies I used, below.
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