Brushstroke Bonanza: Scarlet Majesty with Elizabeth

It's a brushstroke bonanza here in the STUDIO as we share cards and techniques featuring Penny Black's newest brushstroke stamps.

Ready, stamp, watercolor!  
Penny Black's brushstroke stamps make it that easy!

Penny Black: Scarlet Majesty 40-494, Festive Cheer 30-381, Geometric Borders 51-196
For my watercoloring platform, I used a 4-inch Inchie Arts Art Square.  I knew I would be working with many watery layers and Art Squares are ideal for this process.

To begin, Scarlet Majesty was stamped with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  To watercolor the image, Distress Inks in hues of red, green, yellow and orange were applied to an acrylic block and then lifted off with a paintbrush.  Methods of wet-to-wet and wet-to-dry painting were used to achieve shading and highlighting.  The sky background is Weathered Wood Distress Ink.

My favorite product for adding white highlights to images is Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White.  The consistency is very thick which allows the artist to dilute it as desired.

After the painting was dry, the sentiment (Festive Cheer) was stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine.  

The Art Square was matted in red and then attached over top a die cut Geometric Border on a square card blank. 

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