Wow February already!

How did that happen? time moves so fast. I hope you are all well and staying safe. The end of this months sees the End of my studies. Many of you know I've been studying a Masters Degree in Illustration at Falmouth University. It's been a long two years of extremely hard work, but worth it in so many ways. Much of it feels like a blur, as it acted as a great distraction, and helped me cope at a very difficult time. I'm pleased to be finished, and now its time to put all I've learnt into practice.

My February's projects for the Country View Blog Challenge here start with a fabulous theme given to us by the lovely Miriam, First Signs of Spring. I was thrilled about this as I love spring. It's my favourite season, for all the cliche reasons, of freshness and newness, but also for the colours which ignite my creativity.

So here is my first of two projects.

How I made this:

Using the Spellbinders Hot Foil System and Foil Stamp plates Autumn Leaf Border (I know right!) Sometimes it's only the colour which determines the season. The sentiment is called Believe. I foiled these first and allowed to cool. I then gave the a very light wash of watercolour to the background which with hindsight, I wished I had either made darker, or left off all together, as when photographed makes the background look dingy.


Checkout untested ideas before committing to your project, so as not to be disappointed in the outcome.

Once the background was dry using my Tombow brush pens I coloured the leaves in Analogous hues of greens.

I then added some gold splashes using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours, which are so creamy and very pigmented. I mounted onto green card and then onto an A5 card.

Some more images

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I'll get back to you.

Take care


Debs xx