Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Ellen Hutson Merry & Bright Mondo Holly

I am a big fan of Ellen Hutson's 'Mondo' line, and their latest Mondo Holly set is no exception.  

I love these images because I'm kind of lazy and I really like it when my product does all my work for me.  The size of these carries the card and there's not too much thinking you have to do in terms of framing, making a scene, achieve balance, etc.

For this card I simple stamped the image on some watercolor paper with Versafine, and then used my Kuretake watercolors to paint the image.

I kept my painting very loose - wetting the areas and then dabbing the color on, and going back one one layer was dry and adding additional 'dabs' of wet color.  I like the looseness and brightness you get this way.

Sometimes you might take a look and say, that's TOO bright, which is what happened to me.  Here's an easy fix:  white splatter.  I just used a white mist - I take the top off the bottle and use a pencil or something like that to hit the end of the mister and splatter the mist on my panel.  I did this multiple times until I was happy with the look.  It really softens things, or cuts the sharpness without detracting from the colors themselves if that makes any sense.

A simple sentiment, also from the Mondo Holly set, embossed in white on a black pennant completed the look.

I'm still in great need of Christmas cards, but I'm no longer in panic mode!

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