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Flutterbye trio

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Another stamp rescued from the unused pile and another play with the Peerless watercolours. I am loving the colours and also the convenience of the Peerless — which reminds me, I really ought to do a quick blog post about how I organised them.

This has to be the simplest design I’ve done recently. I didn’t even have to arrange the stamps as this trio comes grouped together as a single image.

I stamped the butterflies in Versamark on watercolour paper using my Tim Holtz stamping platform — this has taken over from the MISTI as my go-to tool for stamping, I just like being able to flip the lid to switch between rubber and clear stamps.

Then I heat embossed them in white. Heat embossing makes watercolouring so simple; some of the areas are quite small, so you have to be careful, but at least you don’t have to worry about the colours running into each other if you don’t want them to.

It was quite a warm day when I did this so I had to work quickly on the background: laying down a coat of clear water and then dropping the blue in and pushing it up to the edges before the base water dried.

When everything was completely dry, I added a dark line around the lower part of the each of the butterflies using a charcoal pencil and blended it with a tiny cotton swab.

I trimmed the piece down to ATC size and mounted it on a greyboard ATC. It needed a bit of something extra though, so I raided my sequin stash and found these pale blue ones that fit perfectly with the background.

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2 thoughts on “Flutterbye trio”

    1. I love the look of watercolours but it’s not a medium that comes naturally to me, so controlling it with heat embossing is a great “cheat”. I have two watercolour paintings that I copied years and years ago that turned out really nicely and I’ve never been able to do anything close since 🙄

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