Thursday 14 September 2017

Landscape with Silhouette

Hi everybody.  I have a friend's birthday coming up and I usually end up doing a pretty flower or two, but this time I decided to use this silhouette stamp from Chocolate Baroque called Baroque Meadow.  I was going to do just a loose wash to roughly represent sky and greenery, but as quite often happens I get carried away and end up not knowing when to, and it turns into a full scale much more detailed background.

I started with a piece of white card about 6" square and stamped the Baroque Meadow silhouette using Versafine Majestic Blue ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I have some new Derwent Art Bars, just a small set of a dozen colours, which I got in a sale, and I am quite happy with them.  You can take them straight to the card like pencils and the more you apply the more vivid the colour when water is added, and you can move it around with a brush, but I nearly always use just a waterbrush.   You can also just take the colour straight on to the waterbrush from the bar and then you get a softer finish, and the same thing applies when mixing, I usually brush the colours on to my glass mat and then mix together.

I applied the main colours for sky and grass, i.e. a couple of blues and a yellow and green, by using like a pencil, and then I just washed  it across the card.  I then bleached bits of the sky with some water and lifted it with a piece of kitchen towel, and added some of the peachy shade taking the colour on to the waterbrush straight from the bar.  I then decided to have some distant foliage and trees for which I used some green mixed with brown and black, and then behind that I decided to add some hills and I introduced some more blue and pinky purple for them.  I then added some more darker tones in the foreground with green and brown and a little more of the peach in the middle distance.

I die cut the scene with a stitched square die using a set from The Works and then with the largest size die cut the dark green layer behind.

Finally I used some repositionable adhesive to place the topper before sticking it permanently, so I could stamp the sentiment in the right place.  This was stamped using the same Majestic Blue heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss EP.  I then mounted this on to an approximately 6" square white card.  I then decided to add the three little birds and debated whether to use a micron pen or the art bar and a little water.  I didn't want them to be too distinct as they are very distant but looking again they are rather smudgy, so perhaps the pen would have worked better.  I hope I haven't bored you all to tears by going into quite a lot of detail, but I understand if you felt you had to skip to the end, or cut to the chase, or 

Thank you for visiting today.  I have been blogging for four years now, in fact my first post was on the 11th September 2013, and I have just reach 50,000 page views which is very pleasing.  I appreciate every single person who takes the time to come and visit me and hopefully leave a comment if they have time.  I enjoy every minute of it and hope to be able to do this for a long time to come, and that we can continue to make the journey together.

I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Watercolour September Challenge - Silhouette. 
CAS Mix Up September Challenge - Watercolour Wash.  (As well as the stamping and watercolour wash I have used die cutting and heat embossing)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple.
Artistic Stamper September Creative Challenge - Take a little Colour.
Happy Little Stampers CAS September Challenge - Silhouette.
Addicted to Stamps and More - Clean and Simple.
The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge - run by Kathy Racoosin it aims to get people to colour something every day for the whole month, or as often as you can.  In my case I will probably not have time to do something every day, but hopefully a few times during the month.

I do find it hard sometimes, even when reading the rules, to know whether something is clean and simple enough for a particular challenge.  I have added a mat but apart from that there are no extra embellishments and there is some white space, so hope this is OK for those challenges.


TaeEun said...

I love that you stamped the silhouette in Majestic Blue instead of black! It is so elegant! And the scene you've created in the background is so artistic! Happy belated Blogiversary, Pat!!!

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous mountain, forest and meadow scene background for your beautiful heat embossed silhouette wild foliage. I enjoyed reading every step of your journey my friend. TFS and Congratulations on your 4 years of blogging. I have only been blogging for a year and a half and know what you mean about being a wonderfully creative journey sharing our craft and making new friends:-) So pleased you added your card to our CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour challenges. Hugs...

Flo Langley said...

Gorgeous card Pat. The hills in the background look fantastic and a perfect background for you flowers. Beautifully created. Congrats on your 50k views :)
Hugs Flo x

Sarn said...

Good morning Pat. I love this beautiful scenic card and was interested to read about the Derwent Art Sticks. Thanks for visiting me and I hope you do give that box card a go. It's relatively easy and ever so effective.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous landscape Pat, the silhouette image is perfect with it. I hope you are doing well, Shirleyxx

Jean said...

What a beautiful water coloured back ground scene you created Pat, a perfect setting for the lovely silhouette meadow flowers.
Jean x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Pat your card is stunning, beautiful colours and design, love how you've introduced the hills in the background, beautifully composed,Kate x

Mac Mable said...

Congratulations on your four years of blogging x The background on this fabulous card is amazing. So artsy and so beautiful. Love the blue silhouette flowers, what a delightful change for a silhouette colour. Gorgeous card x

Bonnie said...

Wow, Pat, this is a mini masterpiece! What a beautiful landscape to go with this lovely silhouette! You are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour!

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

This is stunning Pat. The hills in the background look so realistic and the colours are just perfect. I love the Chockolate Baroque stamp in the foreground and it looks great stamped in blue. This is a fabulous card and it was really interesting to read how it came together. Many congratulations on your four years of blogging. I have to say that I really enjoy it too. Keep up the good work. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

Loll said...

Such a gorgeous card for your dear friend. They will love it Pat! Great job with the washed background. Adding the details of clouds, mountains and meadow have created a beautiful landscape. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour!

Congrats on your four year blog-aversary!! I'm so happy I "met" you a few years ago and have enjoyed all your inspiring cards. xx

Julie B said...

What a fab scene you've created for the silhouetted flowers.
Thanks for joining us at ATSM. :)

Gayatri said...

Awesome background. The silhouette foliage is awesome. Thanks so much for playing along Simon Says Stamp CAS challenge. Gayatri xx

Barb said...

Wow you've made a beautiful watercoloured background for that lovely stamp Pat. It's a gorgeous card. Barbxx

Linda said...

This is stunning. You've created the perfect backdrop for those pretty silhouettes. Thank you for playing along with the Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge xx

Christine Alexander said...

what an amazing scene you created for your silhouette flowers. There is so much movement in the sky and grass. absolutely stunning :) Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour

Karen Dunbrook said...

beautiful card that stamp and your wonderfully done bkg.
xx Karen