Monday, 3 August 2020

Picture-esque Port

I am back for a second inspiration make for our Country View Challenge, which I am hosting this month.
The theme I chose is "I like to be beside the Seaside".
Far away from the crowded beaches of the South of England, here's a picturesque port that is as empty as a Covid19 afflicted area... OK too soon to joke about? Personally I feel the need as there are no signs of a return to normal anytime soon....

My make is a watercolour, A4 in size (8" by 11" 1/2) and, apart from the buoys and ropes, everything has been stamped not drawn.

The houses are a stamp by Picture This (Fisherman's wharf). I first printed the "mirror image" seen on the right of the picture by using my Gelli plate and Versafine ink (this gave better results than any other of my inks) and then aligned the actual stamp to the left leaving just a small gap to allow sufficient distance between the windows of the central house.

To colour, I used mainly tube watercolours and pencils for small details.

If like me you are lacking in drawing skills, the Picture This collection provides both large images (houses and buildings of different styles and eras, trees)  and accessories (cars, people, windows and doors, street lamps, beach huts etc...) to build your own scene in the countryside, seaside or town. If you aren't familiar with these designs I thoroughly recommend you have a look.

Here's the full picture:

I hope you will enjoy my chosen theme for the Country View Challenge blog and will link up many  projects. And if you do, you could be in with a chance to win a £20 voucher for the Country View Craft shop.

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the The Artistic Stamper challenge.


  1. This is so beautiful Christine and it captures the feel of the seaside perfectly. I love the colours that you've used and I'd be really happy to be there right now x

  2. You share my thoughts Christine. It's a beautiful seaside scene and I can imagine the picturesque village.

    B x

  3. Beautifully made. I love the way you made this and the effect of the mirror image. It reminds me of some older stamps I have that I used to use a lot... Gorgeous.
    Cath x

  4. This is wonderful Christine, beautifully done! Take care x

  5. Wow, this is stunning! I love how you captured the port on your page, the way you have painted and blended the colours is amazing 😁. It's a lovely place to relax, very picturesque! Thanks for having me as Guest Designer this month at CVC and wishing you a Happy August! Take care! Hugs, Jo x

  6. Gorgeous Christine , love it. Angela xXx

  7. What a charming seaside village, Christine!!! I would like to be there too!!! xx

  8. Absolutely stunning scene! I have just been transported to the seafront!!

  9. Absolument génial !!!!!!
    J'adore... belle utilisation de ces superbes tampons de maisons que je ne connaissais pas (je les ai découverts trÚs récemment, mon amie Sylvie m'en a parlé il y a seulement quelques jours car ils sont passés sur Hochanda), associés à ta gel Plate en image inversée.
    Ta colorisation et ta scĂšne sont tout simplement splendides !
    Et tu vas ĂȘtre contente sinon, je viens de participer Ă  ton challenge :))
    Dommage pour tes vacances en France, grr...
    je pars demain pour ma part, mais en restant en France effectivement aussi du coup.
    Bises, Coco

  10. Completely charming - the image is delightful and you've coloured it just perfectly. I agree we need to have a sense of humour about the way things are, because I don't think it's going to get better for quite some time.
    Alison x

  11. Vu le commentaire de ma cop's Coco, il semble que tu parles français !! J'aime beaucoup le style carnet de voyage de ta page, trop la classe !! et merci de participer à notre challenge mensuel sur The Artistic Stamper, je croise les doigts pour toi !

  12. Oh, how beautiful is this! It really looks hand drawn and you colored it so wonderfully! I´d like to be there!
    I also hope, things will soon return to something normal, we all want it - and a little joke we all need ;-)
    Evelyn xxx

  13. What a fabulous work of art your watercoloring is wonderful. x

  14. Brilliant idea to use the gelli plate for the mirror image and the positioning of the boats breaks up the symmetry xx

  15. Your watercoloring is fabulous, and I love this page and the sense of serenity it instills. Brings back fond memories of a summer vacation.