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    I was inspired this morning to do a little experiment and printed an old ledger page image onto a sheet of beautiful handmade Twinrocker paper & then used tea to dye it before painting this bird with the flowers.
    I recently treated myself to a new watercolor set! I got a Schmincke Horadam Aquarell set with 48 half pans and I've been so inspired by my new color palette. I had been using the same Cotman tubes for 15 years and it was really great to make a change.
    Tea, watercolor & acrylic ink on paper. 6" x 8"

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    1. dsbrennan 59 months ago | reply

      pretty, pretty. The flowing script looks lovely with your new colors!

    2. Inky Petrel 59 months ago | reply

      This is beautiful! The ageing worked really well, when I first saw it I wondered if you had put the original ledger behind the bird digitally as a visual experiment, it looks so genuine :)

      What do you use for the very fine pale lines? I've always assumed you masked these areas and coloured them last, but that's clearly not the case here.

    3. dee at clothcompany 59 months ago | reply

      beautiful... tea-staining gives nice patina.

    4. verde cactus 59 months ago | reply

      Exelente! Muy hermoso!

    5. cacollieotr 59 months ago | reply

      Just beautiful!

    6. luckylife2008 59 months ago | reply

      SO absolutely beautiful.....
      xo
      Melis

    7. RuthArt 59 months ago | reply

      well done experiment....looks like the real deal. lovely drawing of course!!!

    8. Emma Dajska 59 months ago | reply

      you're a painted-birds goddess :)

    9. jizogarden 59 months ago | reply

      really lovely, like Schmincke too ;)

    10. Jathedar 59 months ago | reply

      beautiful! totally sings!

    11. Bella Luna Creative 59 months ago | reply

      Just incredible - You are so gifted and it gives me pure joy to look at your work!!!

    12. congalaconga 59 months ago | reply

      Wonderful! It's so nice to try new art materials, isn't it? :D I do like.

    13. angelafaye 49 months ago | reply

      your work is so inspiring!! :D
      I wish I could do the things you are doing.

    14. mary-bailey [deleted] 48 months ago | reply

      so very wonderful!

    15. Chantal 61 27 months ago | reply

      gorgeous, love birds !!!

    16. Charlotte Chang 23 months ago | reply

      how cute they are!

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