Good Saturday morning. My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge.  Our inspiration was a Pinterest site with a Rain Theme. We didn’t have to put rain or raindrops in our project but I found it to be a fun challenge.  I was inspired by the Birds in Rain Plate ~ Limoges Artist Hand Painted Gilt French Porcelain found here. My birds and branches don’t even come close to the beauty of the scene on the plate but I was inspired and had fun anyway.

KC Impression Obsession Large Bird on Branch 2 left

I started by cutting the Large Bird on Branch twice and one Bare Branch using watercolor paper. I watercolored the pieces using Distress Reinkers.  I place small drops of reinker in the lids of my ink pads and use them as my palettes. I add small amounts of water with the ink to get the color consistency I want.  I always have a little drop of pure reinker off to the side so I can pull in more color as I go.  I lightly apply a clear water base to the image before I start painting.  This steps allows the color to move freely when applying the the ink.

I watercolored the background sky by applying a fairly wet clear water base to my paper and then applied almost full strength reinker lightly with a large brush.  I swirled the brush around leaving spots with no coverage to create a cloudy sky affect.

KC Impression Obsession Large Bird on Branch 2 center

I cut the frame using a die from my Spellbinders Matting Basics B set, applied mounting tape and attached it over the sky base.  I attached the bare branch first using glossy accents.  I attached the front bird and branch with glossy accents and a mounting tape.  I tucked the second bird in behind the front branch and attached it with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Large Bird on Branch 2 close


I applied Viva Crystal Clear Glass Effect Gel to the leaves, flowers and branches with an old brush to give a wet appearance. It is hard to see the wet in the larger photos. Here’s a closer view.    


KC Impression Obsession Large Bird on Branch 2 right 

Thank you for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Card size:  5.5" x 4.25"