I always try to make handmade gifts for Christmas. My Gran has a lot of grandchildren and great-grandchildren so it can be difficult to find something to give her for Christmas. This year I decided to get a picture frame and make a piece of art to go inside. I love these flower stamps and the fact that they look like they are watercoloured! You can easily just stamp the solid layer and the other layers and get a great watercoloured effect but I wanted to use my Distress markers.
Watercoloured Art Frame
I roughly stamped onto a sheet of copier paper to figure out where I wanted all the flowers and leaves, then created two masks for the largest flower. If you are going to create a bunch or arrangement of flowers, you need to stamp the flower you want in the front first and mask it so you can stamp the background stamps over the mask.
Stamping With Markers
To ink up my stamps I coloured onto the stamp with the Distress markers, then sprayed a little bit of clear water onto the stamp so the colours would start to blend a little.
The colours I used are:
- Red flowers: Festive Berries is the outer colour, Ripe Persimmon is the middle colour and Squeezed Lemonade is the center colour.
- Yellow flowers: Ripe Persimmon is the center colour with Squeezed Lemonade outside.
- Purple flower: Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves.
- Leaves: Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers. I also used Pine Needles ink pad.
I let the red flowers dry before placing the mask on and stamping the other flowers and leaves. To blend the colour out I used my waterbrush (you could use water and a paintbrush). I scribbled some marker onto a plastic piece of packaging (from a stamp set) and used this as my palette to pick up some colour so I could add some shading and define the edges. And then added a little of Pine Needles onto the leaves to make the shadows and veins.
Finishing The Frame
To make the bunch of flowers stand out and to add some depth I added a border of Salty Ocean and blended this out from the flowers and stems. This whole piece took 2 hours to create.
As a finishing touch, I tied a bow in some twine and glued this onto the glass outside the picture frame, then signed my work of art.
Ranger Watercolour Card
Altenew Watercolour Wonders stamp set
Ink – Pine Needles
Twine – Mistletoe
Please comment and ask any questions if there is any step you are stuck on.