Friday 8 January 2021

January’s Elements

Happy New Year everyone, let’s hope that 2021 is a bit kinder to us all than 2020 turned out to be. 

Daring Cardmakers are back from a little festive break with the first elemental challenge of the year. As ever, just choose at least three elements from the inspiration picture (chosen by Dawn this time) to kick start your project. 

I chose a bird, bokeh background and colours. I could probably count squares too since I started with the intention of making this a standard A6 card but maybe looking at the inspiration pic cast a square spell since that’s what wanted to happen once the image was painted! Hubby got me some watercolours as a birthday gift and this is my first play with them. They do behave differently than the inks I’ve been using when I’ve done watercolour style projects and I need practise but it was fun to have a little try out with them. 

The bird was stamped with a light brown ink and used in much the way an artist might use a pencil sketch as a guide. The bokeh circles might be a bit subtle, I think I’d let the paint dry too much to have much success in lifting the colour with water so I used some white watercolour to add circles over the top of the base layer. I used Gansai Tambi White Gold (another birthday gift) for a few of them so they have a slight sheen.

The current Lost Coast Designs challenge is things that begin with B - I have a Brown Bird on a Bokeh background so I’m hooking up there. If you stamp a project featuring something that begins with B why not join in too, there are always prizes on offer!

Oh, Gundi (who often takes part in the Card Chain Challnge) just alerted me to a new-to-me challenge - thank you Gundi! The current theme at Day of the Month is National Bird Day so I’m entering this card there, too. I love bird images, I suspect they’re the second most common thing in my stamping stash (after florals). Our garden attracts a great variety of birds too - DH always jokes that the pheasants know they’re safe here as we’re vegetarian!

Here's this month's inspiration picture at DCM:

Perching Bird (Crafty Individuals)


Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Antique Linen)

Winsor and Newton watercolours
Stitched Square frames dies (Paper Rose)
Gansai Tambi Starry Colours set


Thanks for stopping by, stay safe!


papierelle said...

Your card is amazing !!! It looks like a perfect watercolor drawing. Would you like to show this wonderful work in the current DotMCC challenge? Our theme: National Bird Day.
Here is the link:

Dotty Jo said...

Beautiful! If this is your first attempt with your new paints - wow! Looks fabulous, Jo x

Laurie said...

your background is just wonderful and i love the little brown bird. sweet and simple. thanks for joining the lost coast design challenge.

Wavejumper said...

Congrats on the fun stuff for your bday. I think you will like the Gansai. They can be nicely subtle or bold.

I am not sure how you registered with day of the month but your name there is fishingorth or something like that under your card. You might want to fix that.

The card is very sweet and I love that you did a frame around it which does it justice!

Keep safe
hugs Margot

papierelle said...

Thank you so much for showing at DotMCC. Gundi

Sue said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, I always love a bokeh background. I have the Gansai Tambi watercolours too but I've never really got to grips with them. I treated myself to some decent watercolour card so will have to give them a proper go. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Lost Coast Designs, and have a very happy week, Sue xx

craftytrog said...

Beautiful!!! x

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous card Joanne. Love that beautiful blue bokeh background and your bird is so sweet. Thanks for joining the fun at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. Hugz

Miri said...

Beautiful! You're a very talented artist with these water colours, Joanne. I love your litle bird and the amazing background.

Chris said...

Gorgeous card- you've done an amazing job with your new watercolours.

Susan said...

Beautiful use of that Crafty Individuals bird - I have it but haven't yet inked it up. Wonderful colouring, background, and framing.

Anke said...

WOW WOW WOW absolutely stunning, I love your bird and the beautiful background.

Rosmarie said...

Awww, it looks so real and absolutely adorable!!! Really aweseome!! Thank you so much for joining our DotMCC challenge. LG, Rosi

Vicky Hayes said...

What a beautiful work of art! Vicky x