Impression Obsession Design Team “In My Garden” Challenge
Easter Basket and Bunnies

Birds, Branches and Raindrops

Good Saturday morning. My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge.  Our inspiration was a Pinterest site with a Rain Theme. We didn’t have to put rain or raindrops in our project but I found it to be a fun challenge.  I was inspired by the Birds in Rain Plate ~ Limoges Artist Hand Painted Gilt French Porcelain found here. My birds and branches don’t even come close to the beauty of the scene on the plate but I was inspired and had fun anyway.

KC Impression Obsession Large Bird on Branch 2 left

I started by cutting the Large Bird on Branch twice and one Bare Branch using watercolor paper. I watercolored the pieces using Distress Reinkers.  I place small drops of reinker in the lids of my ink pads and use them as my palettes. I add small amounts of water with the ink to get the color consistency I want.  I always have a little drop of pure reinker off to the side so I can pull in more color as I go.  I lightly apply a clear water base to the image before I start painting.  This steps allows the color to move freely when applying the the ink.

I watercolored the background sky by applying a fairly wet clear water base to my paper and then applied almost full strength reinker lightly with a large brush.  I swirled the brush around leaving spots with no coverage to create a cloudy sky affect.

KC Impression Obsession Large Bird on Branch 2 center

I cut the frame using a die from my Spellbinders Matting Basics B set, applied mounting tape and attached it over the sky base.  I attached the bare branch first using glossy accents.  I attached the front bird and branch with glossy accents and a mounting tape.  I tucked the second bird in behind the front branch and attached it with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Large Bird on Branch 2 close


I applied Viva Crystal Clear Glass Effect Gel to the leaves, flowers and branches with an old brush to give a wet appearance. It is hard to see the wet in the larger photos. Here’s a closer view.    


KC Impression Obsession Large Bird on Branch 2 right 

Thank you for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Card size:  5.5" x 4.25"