Thursday, February 21, 2013


I used watercolouring pencils to colour this gorgeous stamp from Elisabeth Bell called STARR. For this stamp or any of the other Elisabeth Bell collections click here.

I coloured this some time ago and then decided I didn't like my colouring  - but having not seen it for some time I've quite forgotten why I didn't like it!  Maybe it's just a case of stepping back sometimes, working close up and personal you just start seeing mistakes and problems!

I do definitely remember having one disaster after another which probably added to my growing disatisfaction.   Having coloured the tail I decided I didn't like the effect so I covering with stickles glitter glue thinking that would add texture and subtly cover the colouring/colour!  Not so, once the image had dried I hated the stickles - it had dried flat and lifeless - so I scraped it all off.  

In removing the stickles with a knife the tail got damaged but I really like the distressed look - adding texture to the fin.  I had seen a Watercolour painter distressing his painting with a knife to achieve the surf on the water and also distressing rocks in the same way to add aging and texture - so idea was not completely my own!

I used liquid chalk for the sky and was unsure about the result achieved.  The fantasy hair colour was a new one for me and definitely took me out of my comfort zone.

I hope I have encouraged those of us out there who are very critical to go back and take another look at your projects - you may be surprised by want you see!

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Best wishes,


  1. Gorgeous Sharon! She is lovely in purple and glad to see you back!

  2. beautiful, I love purple and this is perfect

  3. Love that shimmer, the sparkly purple is wonderful. I love all the surrounding shades of purple as well.

  4. It's very beautiful. Love the swirly leaf and papers and everything! Hugs Milo <3

  5. so precious Sharon, love her sparkly tail! The colors are gorgeous, as well as your coloring

  6. Oh wow, this is stunning! I love the purple and lilac colour scheme and wow, your colouring on the image is amazing! Can't imagine how you weren't happy with it! :lol:

    Her purple hair is gorgeous and her tail is incredible - it looks like it's made out of crystals! I love it!

    And so many pretty details on this card with those gorgeous papers and the die cut hearts and flourishes. Just beautiful - am so glad you went back to this! :)


  7. WOW Sharon! This is fantastic!
    I just loooove the sparkling on the mermaid tail. And all those great lilacs/purples you've added to the card!

    Hugs, Randi

  8. She looks great, Sharon. Love the sparkling tail and the colour choice of your card. Great embellishing too.
    Hugs, Karina