My favourite challenge to participate in is the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. Saturday never seems complete unless I make a card for this challenge.

Today we had a visit to Country Living, where inspiration abounds. When I saw these birdhouses I was in. For our watercolour class this week we are doing this in a large painting. I decided I would do it in a card too. 

I am using Arches 140lb cold press watercolour paper for my card, cutting it to 6.5 x 5.0″ (10″).  I started with the background, went on to the birdhouse, then the tree branches. 

 I used a mix of paints today, a bit of Schmincke, DaVinci, Daniel Smith and Winsor and Newton Professional.

The side and shadows of the birdhouse are done using Cobalt Blue Deep. For the roof and platform I used Quinacridone Coral. The trees are done first in Raw Sienna, then using Burnt Umber + Burnt Sienna, then Sepia. The leaves and negative leaves are done with a mix of Leaf Green + Hookers Green. The black is made by mixing together Payne’s Gray + Alizarin Crimson + Sepia.

I certainly enjoyed painting this card this morning. I hope you enjoy it as well, and I thank you for visiting my blog. 

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