Sunday, June 2, 2013

Deer in Birch Forest

Hello and welcome! A new month and a new challenge theme at Craft a Scene, 'Forest Animals'. So do a scene which includes any kind of forest animal, from your own area or elsewhere.

I use my small animal stamps a lot, but sometimes forget about the larges ones, so I challenged myself to use some of them this month.

For this week, I did a watercolour card featuring a cute Sutter deer stamp. I love seeing deer in the forest and I am also particularly fond of Birch trees. The trees and deer were stamped on watercolour paper with Archival Jet Black Ink. To make it easy to stamp the grass and paint the sky and grass, I painted the trees and deer with masking fluid. When it was dry, the grass texture was stamped. To paint the sky, I first painted it with clean water and then dropped blue watercolour paint into the sky. The grass was painted in a similar way, but I added some dry-brushing and painted extra grass and also shadows (once the first layer of paint was dry). By making the grass darker and warmer in the front of the scene you add a feeling of perspective.

Finally, I painted some highlights and flowers with white acrylic paint and stamped the leaves in the left hand corner.

Thank you for looking! I hope you will join us this month!


Stamps: Stampscapes: Ducks in Formation 027A, Sedge Filler 251C, Twisting Leaves Sm., Birch Tress 312I, Birch Trees Sm. 313G; Sutter: Fawn
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paint: Daler & Rowney watercolours; Adirondack Snow Cap
Surface: Daler & Rowney watercolour paper
Medium: Daler & Rowney masking fluid
Embellishments: twine


  1. I like your deer in the forest of birch trees card. Lovely.

  2. Such a beautiful scene, Anna-Karin. The birch trees are so beautiful

  3. Really great scene and water color Anna-Karin. NancyD

  4. Hi Anna-Karin
    what a lovely watercolour and that little deer is adorable, love the whole feel to this piece, really lovely

  5. Such a lovely, delicate watercolour scene - beautiful!
    Alison x

  6. Lovely Anna-Karin, the birch trees are very striking. Beautiful scenic piece. Tracy x

  7. beautiful scene. the deer is so lovely laying between the trees.
    beautiful done with the waterclouring.
    the sky looks so great and the shade what you have made in it!

  8. Beautiful scene, love the trees and the birds!

  9. A gorgeous scene Anna-Karin, I love the fawn stamp you've used, and the trees as well.

    Sue x


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