Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Same stamp watercolored two ways

I've been neglecting my watercolor class, so I thought would try and squeeze in at least a few more cards before the gallery closes.

It's interesting because flowers seem to lend themselves best to watercoloring techniques, or at least that's what any of the examples are of, but I tend not to be a huge flower person, so I've got a limited number of stamps to choose from.

Today I decided to use this gorgeous bloom from a retired The Craft's Meow stamp set, and I ended up using it for both the techniques I tried.

The first card is a technique that Tasnim demonstrated for faux hand painting....I started out following her technique it's a very subtle coloring and you kind of pool the water/color and push it around to get the shading.

I think partly because I'm too impatient to let things dry and partly because I was looking for a bit more shading, once I did the initial layer of watercolor, I ended up going back in and adding more layers of color with a dryer brush to get more saturation.  I need to try the other technique again, the class technique is a bit more elegant and refined, but I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out.  I used Inktense pencils to color this one.

The second technique was one which Jennifer McGuire showed where she used a product that I don't own as the 'water' to add sparkle to the coloring/painting of an embossed image using markers as the medium.  I used perfect pearls in my water, as she suggested, to mimic that product, and I have to say that this was so quick and easy I ended up making ten panels that will be a set of cards for one of the girls' teachers at the end of this year.

That's all for now, come back tomorrow for the final day of the N&T release....where you get to see my second set!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  PTI - Kraft cardstock; Watercolor paper from Target
Stamps:  The Craft's Meow - not sure the name of the set, but it was by Nina B; Avery Elle - O Happy Day
Ink:  Versafine and Versamark
Other:  Ranger - Distress Markers and Perfect Pearls; Derwent - Inktense Pencils; Stampendous - White Embossing Powder; Tombow - Stamp Runner


  1. These are gorgeous...I hope to do major catch up on the class this weekend. That rose is so pretty!

  2. Both are really beautiful Miriam, the more I see the more I wished I had taken the class. Awesome that you have the better part of one teacher`s gift done!

  3. Gorgeous cards and awesome water coloring!! Love them both!!

  4. I know the waitng game of your first card. It did turn out very nicely. However,the ease and WOW. factor of the second card seals the deal. I need to try that technique.

  5. Wow...both of your cards are stunning! I love that big flower, just so bold and so gorgeous!

  6. Gorgeous cards, love the two different and unique looks from the same stamp !

  7. wow they are both gorgeous.. my favorite is the second one.. watercoloring is so cool.. i love it

  8. I'm SO behind in the classes, too, Mim, and cannot wait for the next two weeks of busyness and company to be over with/leave so I can get back to my homework. I am bookmarking this post as inspiration because I think you did an outstanding job on both of these techniques. I want to say I like the second one better, but then I go back and look and decide I love the first one just as much! Hugs, Darnell

  9. So very pretty - the 2nd one really pops out of the page.

  10. Wow, ten panels? That's awesome! What a great time playing you must have had! Love the different feelings each technique gives. Gorgeous cards!

  11. Gorgeous! Love how the techniques came out!