I am really enjoying painting the new Scenic Foundations stamps from Art Impressions! They are quick and easy to paint, as the layout and perspective are figured out for you. You don't need to see which size of house works, or how to balance your scene - you can just pick your colours and get down to business. Here is my card with 5747 - SF Wooden Cabin:
I inked up the entire stamp with Tombow #969/565 and stamped onto my Canson XL Watercolour Paper. After pulling out the colour with a damp brush, I painted my cabin in a mixture that I created myself! I wanted it to be a worn/faded reddish colour, but don't own a marker that works - so I mixed #856 and 969 on my palette, to create the look that I wanted. I painted a darker version on the front of the house that is shadowed, and lighter on the side. I decided on a yellow boat and front door, knowing that the rest of my scene would be mainly green & brown, so painted layers of #993 on both of them.
I started with #126, which is a lighter, yellow/green, painting the grassy areas in the foreground, then added #177 as the grass farther away. I coloured up the two trees from 5372 - WC Mini Foliage Set in #177, and masked off the hillside so they would appear farther away before I stamped them. The foliage stamp from the set was used to create the leaves on the tall tree. #992 was painted on the roof, porch and down the path, as it's a faded brown colour, and #969 was used to darken up the tree, stump, and wharf. I wanted more rocks down the path, so coloured part of one of the image from 5414 - WC Small Rocks Set. Shades of #N65 and 992 were painted on the rocks and the chimney in a mottled fashion, adding shading with #565 and layers of all the colours.
The water was painted with #493, and 565 toward the edges, and #565 was used for the sky, and to add shadows to the windows, boat and under the wharf. Using the twigs from 5196 - WC Desert Set, I stamped a couple of shrubs behind the rocks and stump using #969, and added leaves directly with my marker. The long grass was also drawn in. I used my brown Twintone marker to add the lines back into the bark of the tree.
Be sure to check out the Ai blog on Saturday for the Watercolour Weekend post to see what Diane and Tricia have created.