Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A bear family at the water

Today I have a piece of scenic stamping to share that I made for a Sutter Waterlife swap. I wanted lots of water on this scene and I did quite a few drafts on scrap papers before deciding on the final placement of everything.

The scene (21.5x14 cm, half sheet) is done on glossy cardstock and coloured with dye inks. Most of the stamping was done with Ranger Archival Jet Black, except for some of the trees and the grass texture whish was done with green ink, and the birds and water pattern were stamped with different blue inks. The colouring was done with a Colorbox Stylus tool, leaving areas of the water and sky the white of the paper. I used a craft nib to colour the bears and the waterfalls, since more precision was needed for those areas.

As usual I started with the lighter shades of inks and gradually built up colour. You can find my tutorial for this colouring technique here. Highlights were added with a white gel pen. Finally, I added quite a bit of mist at the waterfalls and in the water by dry-brushing white pigment ink on the scene. The mist at the waterfall furthest away, also pushes the falls back in the scene, creating perspective.

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Supplies: Sutter Stamps: River Falls, Broad Waterfalls, River, Griz Waterhole, Drinking Griz, Fir medium; Stampscapes: Tree Duo Lg. 086B, Migrating Birds 152D, Water Pattern 231D, Sedge Filler 251C, Loon with Reflection 262A, Prickly Branches 272G; Adirondack: Willow, Pesto, Aqua, Stonewashed, Denim, Espresso, Slate; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint; Jenni Bowlin: Chewing Gum, Weather Wane; Archival Ink Jet Black and Olive; Memento Bamboo Leaves; Colorbox Frost White; Kromekote glossy cardstock.


  1. Wow, this scene is gorgeous and excellent, love it.

    Greetings from Germany

  2. What a great scenery! Amazing how you create those sceneries and bring them to live with by coloring them in!

  3. Anna-Karin, this is just stunning. You are a master at perspective. Everything about the scene is just right! NancyD


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