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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Card size: 5.5" x 4.25"
Oh Kittie, this is a real piece of Art!!
WONDERFUL!! I love it!
Just as pretty as that plate. Love the watercolor background and nice coloring of the bird on the branch.
Wow! This is incredible, Kittie! I always love your scenes, but this one is somehow a bit different, maybe because of the watercolor look to it. Gorgeous!
All of your work is so beautiful and refreshing!
It makes me to “work out of the box” : )
Oops! My comment should have said, “It makes me WANT to …”
Very lovely scene for spring
I can almost hear the birds singing…..wonderful scene Kitty! TFS
good afternoon, Kittie. I love this bird, branches, and raindrops. The water color in the background is super, really accents the birds. They are colored perfect, I love the branch and leaves with raindrops. the leaves sparkle with the feel of rain. so refreshing…..have a good day.
Beautiful spring scene Kittie, your work is truly incredible & always appears totally lifelike. You always put so much time & attention to detail.
wow, this is gorgeous Kittie. Love the birds.
wonderful scene, just love the birds, the gel effects give it a nice rain look, it looks great all framed too!
This is a beautiful card! Love the background sky!
This is stunning! What a masterpiece!
Beautiful artwork piece, Kittie! Thank you for the watercolour tutorial with distress re-inkers, I will be using this technique in the future. This scene is saying spring to me. I can almost smell the scent after a spring rain and hear the robins chirping and imagine them hunting for worms. Very inspiring, beautiful, amazing art. Thank you for sharing today. Today I was able to play with my bigshot and my magnetic platform and dies. It was a really great Saturday for me.
Love the sky and the gel raindrops effect. Beautiful scene.
Oh my…I am certain I am hearing those birds chirping…stunning…love them…a lot went into this card…many re-inkers. And much prettier than the plate And I thought I didn’t need anymore birds…
Oh Kittie…. Another fabolous car of yours. Just crazy about your cards. You are such an amazing artist !!!!
Love the tutorial you gave about the rusted items from your last card yesterday. You achieve such realistic effects. You are truly an inspiration to me !!!! Thanks a lot for sharing !!
Hugs from SPAIN
You did it again, I dropped my jaw on the floor! This is a splendid card. The colors are wonderful and it does look like a rainy day. TFS.