I love watercoloring because is very relaxing and every time I have the chance I make a card that involves a little bit of extra water. Despite I enjoy watercoloring I need to admit that I'm not great at it but as always I do my best. 4 years in art classes (1992-1996) and I couldn't get well painted the light and shadows on any artwork. I'm a lost cause, master of the abstract art. lol
I have to speak up . I'm Latin ... Remember? So now that I got a bit old I want to learn to make the things right, I want to pay attention to the detail and I really learn about watercolour.
I hope this blog to be the memory of my progress or my failure from now on (both will be completely fine for me as far as I enjoy the process:) I will be making videos to show you my progress and trucks so do not forget to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Here!
Ok so I won't make a list of the things I can't get right as cutting the paper by hand or drawing . I do have stamps and dies to help me out whit those issues. I want to make a point because we don't need to be artist or experts to enjoy paper craft and card making. I believe that crafting is all about experimenting, a continuos and endless learning, enjoy creativity and transform a blank piece of paper in something precious not because it looks right or nice but because we made it and perhaps because a lot love has been put it on it.
So after vent out a little bit, this is my entry for Global Design Project Challenge today #70 - A super cool sketch Challenge. I hope you can join us this week HERE! with your amazing creations.
I used Crushed Curry ink and a darker yellow: Delightful Dijon ink. Pear Pizzazz ink and a darker green ink colour: Mossy Meadow and for shadows and contrast I applied Early Espresso ink.
To make this card I used watercolour paper 300 grams, cold pressed. I stamped a first flower with Crushed Curry ink.Then I stamped the flower on printer paper and hand cut it to make a mask. I placed the mask on the flower to stamp a second flower slightly on top. Then I made another mask and I masked both flowers to stamp the leaves with Pear Pizzazz Ink.
To apply colour I used a Sable Round watercolour brush size #4 ( I have a Daler Rowney brush). I got it wet with a bit of water and I simply applied clear water over each petal blending the ink already on the paper . That cold be enough to get the card done but I applied several washes of colour after.
Because the petals of this flower image are all separated from each other it was easy to apply the water just inside the outline of each petal and keep their shape.
When applying washes of colour is very important avoiding getting wet at the same time the edges of 2 consecutive petals because the ink will blend o bleed and they will become 1 single messy thing. (I hope you understand what I mean ;)). So while I was working in one area the ink were getting dry in some other areas and then I applied another wash of colour allowing the ink to dry between applications.
I also used a white ball pen to add some sparkles of light here and there.. on the leaves on the flower pistil ( center) and I embellish with some clear and gold sequins.