Friday, 16 August 2019

Free as a Bird stamp set and a watercolour pencil tip

The last of the three designs made at last week’s Bird Ballad Night, this time using Pool Party cardstock as the base, with Coastal Cabana ink sponged on top.

As colour families go, you have several generations of the same shade here; young Pool Party, with Coastal Cabana as the parent, Bermuda Bay as the grandparent (not used) and now we have the great-grandparent in Pretty Peacock, which makes its entrance in the lovely ribbon. I hope you know what I mean and don’t think I’ve completely lost the plot!

Colouring with watercolour pencils requires a light touch, and some of my ladies tend to go a bit overboard, so I made this colouring guide for last Friday’s class. 

I used just a hint of colour around the edges with the watercolour pencils, then blended them to get the results you see in the main image above, and the previous two projects. 


  1. This card is awesome. I like the colors you used the birds are so pretty. What color is the lighter part of the birds.

    I have not mastered the technique of my pencils at all. This makes me want to try again, perhaps I can find a SU video.

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. I can't fully remember now but I know I used both packs and think the brown was Early Espresso. The chests are Bermuda Bay I think.

  2. Thank you so much, this will give me an idea of the shades and where to start. One more question. Do you wet the CS and then color with the pencils?

    1. No, you put the pencil onto dry cardstock, then blend it using the blender pens. Hope that helps

    2. I had never thought of using the blender pen. I can't wait to try this. Thank you so much Helen for answering my questions.



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