Thursday, 2 June 2016

Summer Blooms !

We've whizzed through another month and here we are again at the first Thursday of a new one which means the start of a new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. The lovely Ruth is our host and has chosen Floral Frenzy as the new theme, here's what Ruth has to say:

Hopefully it's sizzling June....when beautiful blooms burst into life. Whether they're stamped, stencilled or handmade we want to see flowers as the main focus of your  mixed media project.

This journal page started with some dabbling with the Prima watercolour paints. I then did lots of masking and stamping to create the garden for the main blooms, which are from Darcy Wilkinson's EDY18 stamp set. The pape I'm using is a Prima watercolour pad so has some texture to it.

I carried on watercolouring and adding some depth to the main flowers.

Then colour to the rest of the flowers and the leaves and grasses.

I wanted to include Infusions on this page so I misted the page with water then carefully sprinkled the powders on the page. The colour leaked over the main flowers but I quite liked the watercolour effect.

To fill in the white areas around the flowers I used the Infusions as a watercolour. I also added more colour around the edges using the Infusions in this way too. The little white dots are done using the end of a paintbrush dipped in Snowflake Fresco Finish paint.

I still wanted the main flowers to pop a little more so I used a black Stabilo pencil and damp paintbrush to add a shadow.

A close up of the flowers, the centres were painted with black Infusion powder mixed with water.

Love how the walnut stain of the Infusions has come out in areas creating the variation of colour.

The sentiment is also from a Darcy Wilkinson stamp set, EDY12, one of my favourites !

This page turned our better than I thought, I really love the Infusions effect and watercolouring with them is fabulous too.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects. 


  1. How beautiful is this? The dreamy background, what a great effect and the flowers just pop.....gorgeous stamping and composition too. Beautiful work Sue. Ruth xx

  2. This is so beautiful Sue. Those gorgeous bright flowers really do jump off the subtle colours of your background.

  3. Stunning Sue - wonderful techniques and composition and colour and everything! xx

  4. Drop dead gorgeous, Sue! Love your fabulous masking and clever ideas for adding Infusions. Your color choices are perfect and you have so much dimension on a flat surface - impressive! Thanks for another awesome challenge this month. Hugs, Autumn

  5. Oh my, this is such a beautiful make, Sue! Your flowers are out of this world stunning! Fabulous colors and a fantastic watercolor effect! Love it! Big hugs! Branka xx

  6. absolutely gorgeous work Sue - love how you built this up and the infusions look amazing! Big hugs rachel x

  7. Gorgeous Sue, love your stamping and those flowers are so eye catching. Tracy x

  8. Wow, what a gorgeous page Sue, those flowers just leap off of the page! Deb xo

  9. Fabulous stamping and colouring Sue, this should be framed and displayed. Xxx


  10. This screams summer! Love,love, love your bold flower garden! superb masking and stamping there Sue, lovely work . Toni xx

  11. Totally love this page Sue! Such beautifully coloured flowers and fabulous Infusions background.

    Lesley Xx

  12. Stunning colouring on the flowers giving them such depth and a beautiful glow - just perfect for the Floral Frenzy!
    Alison x

  13. Stunning!! beautiful flowers colours and the composition. Great background by the infusions. xx