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Hi there, everyone! Erum here with a new project and video for the Creative Coloring with Erum video series. Today, I am going to show you how to create a fantasy landscape inspired by a desktop wallpaper.

Fantasy Landscape

To make my fantasy landscape, I need an exceptional-looking sky. I started by applying water to A2 Watercolor Cardstock Loose Sheets and added a diluted pigment of Stary Night from Artists Watercolor 24 Pan Set diagonally from the top left, moving downwards. Gradually I build the layers by adding a more concentrated pigment. To this, I also add a bit of Cool Summer Night and Lapis Lazuli pigment to add various blue shades.

While the panel is still wet, I apply a diluted Cherry Blossom (slightly mixed with yellow to tone it down) starting from the bottom right to the middle of the panel.  Once I reach the middle, I start adding the pink pigment and broad strokes into the blue area, dragging the brush so the strokes are visible. I also add more blue strokes in a similar manner.  Once I am happy with the result, I dry the panel so I can add darker strokes.

Fantasy Landscape

Next, I start by using Coral Bliss Crisp Dye Ink and a Mini Blending Brush to build my fantasy mountain scene. For this, I use the Abstract Mountain Scene Stencil. I move the stencil down and reposition it, then apply the same ink again, and to it, adding the Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink. Again, I move the stencil down, reposition the mountains, and apply the same Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink, and to it, I add Cosmic Berry Crisp Dye Ink. Moving the stencil again downwards, next, I apply Lavender Fields Crisp Dye Ink. For the last layer of mountains, I use Cosmic Berry and Andromeda Crisp Dye Inks.

To show some faraway mountains, I will add a few more to the starting point with Coral Bliss and Lavender Feilds.

Fantasy Landscape

Next, I used the moon stencil to trace a “C” shape and draw a crescent. I colored this in with Sterling Silver from the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set. Then, I added some stars to my background. Next, I added splatters of the same Sterling Silver watercolor. Then I used a wet paintbrush and swiped over where the added the stars, which activated the pigment and gave the look of “shooting stars”, adding a streak across the background just as the initial blue and pink strokes.

Once done, leave the panel to dry. For the sentiment, die cut the “hello” from the Vertical Greeting Die Set out of Dazzling Diamond Glitter Cardstock and adhere it to a black cardstock tab cut to size, and pop it to the card front with liquid adhesive.

Video: Fantasy Landscape

You can watch the video below or on YouTube.

You can inspiration in the most unlikely places! For me, it is usually fantasy architecture, landscapes, and my desktop wallpapers! Where do you find yours? Thank you for stopping by!


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Michele F May 8, 2023 - 5:10 PM

Erum, you brought your favorite colors to the table again – this time in such a fabulous fantastical way!
Off to watch and be amazed!

Keesha Soldevilla May 9, 2023 - 11:26 AM

Thank you Michele

Erum Tasneem May 15, 2023 - 8:56 AM

Thanks Michele!

Pai C Meng May 9, 2023 - 12:53 PM


Keesha Soldevilla May 10, 2023 - 2:37 PM

Thanks Pai!

Erum Tasneem May 15, 2023 - 8:56 AM

Thanks, Pai!!


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