The Lily Pond by Fliss Goodwin


Hi there, I think my post today should actually be called the tale of how the lotus flower became a waterlily as that’s the stencil I used for my mixed media pond life scene.


That’s Crafty! Bits and Pieces Greyboard Sheets – Small Butterflies and Dragonflies
That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Lotus Flower, Dragonfly Flight
That’s Crafty! Shimmer Paints – Green, Dark Blue


I first spread a layer of modelling paste all over the MDF panel, it doesn’t need to be too thick, just enough to give a good texture to the surface. When the paste was dry, I painted on a coat of white gesso, following this up with a mix of blues and white for the sky element and a mix of greens for the pond surface. When it was dry, I added a little green shimmer paint to the water for some subtle highlights.

I then used the Lotus stencil to add my waterlilies with modelling paste. This took 2 goes as I had to stencil on 2 quite a distance apart and let them dry before adding the rest to avoid smudging the flowers. Once they were dry, I painted them with shades of pink, white and a touch of yellow. I used grey to add a shadow round them to make them pop.

I drew the lily pads on mixed media paper and cut them out. As I wanted to fit some round the flowers I placed the stencil over the flower, put the lily pad on top, lifted it up and flipped it over so that I could draw a pencil line in the sections that needed cutting out. I painted them with a mix of greens, adding copper highlights for some shimmer. I glued the leaves on with dimensional tape for a 3D look.

I painted some dragonflies with Green and Turquoise, adding Grey to the bodies and a touch of Copper. I added a pattern to the wings by inking up the dragonfly wings stamp with Copper paint and pressing the painted dragonflies onto the stamp. I added these to the panel with dimensional tape.

I stencilled on a few tiny dragonflies with the Dark Blue Shimmer paint to add interest to the sky to finish off.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

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  1. What a wonderful scene you've created Fliss. All the time you have taken to cut out those lily pads and they fit so cosy around your Water Lily's. Very clever use of the Lotus Flower Stencil and painted perfectly... Hugs Tracey xx

  2. Are so lovely and such inspired use of the flower stencil!Beautiful colouring too xx

  3. Love the shimmer of the dragonflies hovering over the lovely water lilies. As long as there are no mosquitoes, I'm happy enough!
    Alison x

  4. Gorgeous and delightful Summery creation, fab idea with the water lilies too ;)
    Donna xx

  5. Such a beautiful idea, dear Fliss, with the waterlilies , and they looks wonderful on top of your own created pads. I love the dragonflies with the stamped wings, it gives a fantastic texture, in shimmering copper .
    So much summer here, so lovely. :-) xx

  6. Genius! Love the water lilies a rival to Monet.
    Amanda x

  7. Gorgeous bright and summery piece, love it, and such a warm and summery colour combo!

  8. Lovely Fliss. Lilies look great. xxx


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