Monday, 26 August 2013


Hi and welcome.
Watercolour has been the inspiration for this month's challenge at ARTastic:    This has been an interesting idea to play with. I have dabbled with watercolour paintings over the past years (self-taught) and decided to use one of my earlier attempts as part of my layout.
The background was an embossed cardstock, washed with a very wet wash of blues, reds and yellow watercolour paints. The watercolour painting looked too harsh against the background, so I tore the edges to soften the appearance.

 Aquarells were added to the background to extend both the  painting and the photograph, so that it melded together more. Some stamping ( Darkroom Door 'Foliage') completed the layout.

The photo is part of the beautiful Japanese Garden at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden in Hobart. This is a beautiful garden, a place of tranquil beauty. The ducks were cut from another photo taken in the  grounds of a motel on the Derwent River at Rosetta, near Hobart.  The white duck is a resident but is often joined by other ducks and seagulls. It was a very inquisitive duck and wandered around the property, popping its head through open doorways as if to say 'Hello. What are you up to?'  It gave us quite a laugh when we were photographing it, as it had the most pronounced waddle we'd ever seen. We are keen to go back to Tassie to  explore more.
Thank you for visiting and for leaving your comments. I look forward to reading them.
Cheers, Di


  1. Now this is certainly a piece of art - it looks so restful and your photo just melds in beautifully.

  2. Is there no end to your talent? This is so beautiful and how clever of you to match the colours so well. Love this! Hugs, Anne x

  3. A delightful page Di - you never disappoint with your work with us!
    Love your Jacaranda, duckies, well everything & lovely photo framed by your page.
    Thanks for joining us at ARTastic.

  4. OMGosh Di.... This is soooooo amazing... Never seen anything likt this beautiful LO.
    The watercolour background is a true work of art. Thank you for playing along with us at ARTastic :)

  5. WOW! This is amazing! A real piece of art =) Thannks for playing along with us at ARTastic this month.

  6. Great work, as always, Di. I love your use of the Aquarells in your background. They really softened the whole look of the layout. Thanks for sharing your talents with us at ARTastic.

  7. Wow, that is gorgeous! It all blends in well and creates an ambiance of peace and colour! Great layout!! Thanks for joining us at ARTastic this month!!

  8. Very nice Di, can see a lot of work has gone into this page! Thanks for joining in ARTastic!