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Watercolor Notecard and Envelope

Good Saturday morning.  It’s Watercolor Weekend at Ellen Hutson and featuring Sandy Allnock and some of her favorite things for watercoloring.  I decided to try my hand at painting a little tree scene using some of the Daniel Smith watercolors that I have collected.  First let me say without a doubt I am no Sandy Allnock.  I only wish I could watercolor like her.  I am not exactly thrilled with how my tree scene and pitiful matching envelope turned out but I  thought  I would blog it in hopes that it may give other’s the courage to try.  And since I am sharing my feeble attempt with you I hope none of you will let Sandy know how far off my tree is compared to the ones she is sharing in her video tutorial in the CLASSroom today.  Deal!!

KC Daniel Smith Watercolor 1 left

I signed up to take Sandy’s Exploring Watercolor class a while back and have all the lessons saved but haven’t been able to start them yet.  I think it’s about time that I do. I treated myself to a special Exploring Watercolor with Sandy Allnock Bundle being offered at Ellen Hutson.  It is a great savings compared to purchasing the items separately and you can get an additional 10% off this weekend.  If you have been thinking of trying to play with watercolors this is a great way to get started. 

Contents of the bundle:

  • DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors, Essentials 5ml Set of 6
  • Canson Arches French Bound Cold Press Watercolor Paper Pad 9x12
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 12
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Wide Wash Blender 1 in

I used  the Daniel Smith Extra Fine Primatek Set of Six and a Fabriano note card that I have had in my stash for years.  I started by applying a light wash of water to the corner of the card where I wanted to paint my scene.  I painted the trunk of the tree first, allowed it to dry some and then applied the green to the ground area and tree top.  Next I painted in the green sprigs and tiny pink flowers.  I didn’t have the courage to watercolor a blue sky around the scene so I lightly sponged Tumbled Glass distress ink with an ink blending tool and then lightly brushed it with my brush.  I have a problem getting too heavy handed with my paints and get the images too dark. I hope with practice I can get over that.  I wish that a tiny bit of Sandy’s talent would come my way.

KC Daniel Smith Watercolor 1 right

Sandy Favorite

Thanks for coming and I hope you have a great weekend.

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Art Impression Old Barn

Good Saturday morning.  I have been trying to get up the nerve to try and play with the Art Impressions Old Barn Mini Set and today’s Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to put my big girl panties on and take the leap.  The Moleskine Pinterest page provided so much inspiration with lots and lots of watercolor artwork.  I also used the Art Impressions Watercolor Flower Set and Watercolor Foliage Set.  You can watch a wonderful video tutorial by Bonnie Krebs to see the steps to create the barn scene.  I learned a couple things while trying to accomplish making this a pretty scene.  I got way to heavy handed with my colors and need to back off a little.  I also learned that I need toi stop myself much earlier in the completion of my scene. I kept adding touches here and there that weren’t really necessary and made my scene look to heavy.

KC Art Impression Old Barn Mini Set 1 left

I watched Bonnie’s video and then followed the step by step instructions provided on the back page of the packaging. 

 Old Barn Instructions

I used several Memento markers to apply ink directly on the stamps and also applied ink on an acrylic block and used it for my palette.  I used a tiny brush to work on the images to pull the color out into the open spaces of the images. I used a larger brush to fill in the sky area around the trees and along the ground area.

KC Art Impression Old Barn Mini Set 1 center

I used My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames and Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames for create a double matted frame for my scene.

KC Art Impression Old Barn Mini Set 1 right

On the whole I like how this turned out especially for my first attempt.  I will do it again soon and use lighter colors and a lighter touch to create my scene.

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you are enjoying your weekend. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Impression Obsession Design Team “Thanksgiving Wishes” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “Thanksgiving Wishes” Challenge.  My project today was made using the new Patchwork Leaves, Give Thanks and All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2. I have made several fall leaf cards this fall but this is the first time I have played with this new set.  I decided to try my hand at water coloring them with Distress reinkers. They are far prettier in person than in the photos.

KC Impression Obsession Patchwork Leaves 1 right

I used cold pressed watercolor paper to cut the leaves and sentiment.  I started by wetting the surface of each leaf using water and a large brush and then followed with a light coat of Wild Honey reinker mixed with water.  Next I dipped the tip of the brush in pure reinker and lightly touched the surface of the wet leaf in a few spots and allowed the darker ink to spread out but not cover the whole leaf. Next I dipped the tip of my brush in Fired Brick reinker and touched the leaf in a few areas and blended the ink in with the darker orange to create a variegated appearance.  I finished each leaf by adding a couple tiny dots of Black Soot to the stem area and close to the center vein and lightly washed them with water so the spots wouldn’t be too dark. Hint:  I use the lid of my Distress Ink pads as a palette for my reinker.  Whatever is left over with be there the next time I use it and there is no waste.  I watercolored the sentiment using the same reinkers as the leaves.

KC Impression Obsession Patchwork Leaves 1 center

I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and sentiment and attached them to the card base.  I arranged and attached the leaves to the frame and card base using glossy accents. When I was finished I decided to add clear Wink of Stella to the sentiment and leaves to add a touch of sparkle.

KC Impression Obsession Patchwork Leaves 1 left

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge go to the Impression Obsession Blog (all the details are there!). A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog and you can enter to win a $25 gift certificate to IO just by playing! I hope you will go check out what the other IO teams members created for the challenge.

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Watercolor Arbor

Good Tuesday morning.  I have another watercolor project to share with you today that had so many boo boos I almost didn’t finish it.  I have tried making the Art Impressions Watercolor Series Set 7 Arbor scene three or four times in the past and end up tossing in my circular file.  I had so much fun working on the bucket of flowers project that I wanted to give the arbor another try.  I followed the step by step tutorial that comes with the set but had a couple mishaps that totally destroyed the scene.  My grapes got washed a little too much with my waterbrush and spread out all across the arbor.  I used the masking fluid to mask off where the pink flowers were to go but ended up messing those up as well.  It kills me to get as far into a project as I did with this one and to toss it.  I decided to see if I could cover up my mistakes again with die cut and punched images.  Here’s what I came up with.

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Arbor 1 right

I stamped the arbor using Hickory Smoke ink and lightly washed the lines to soften.  I used masking fluid to mask off lots of round flower spots that were to appear growing up the right side of the arbor.  While that dried I applied the light wash of green around the side and top of the arbor.  I painted in the water and sky area using Broken China reinker.  I stamped all the foliage around the arbor with Peeled Paint reinker and then used my brush to soften the images.  I removed all the masking off the spots for the flowers and drew them in using my Worn Lipstick marker.  I stamped the small flowers Wilted Violets and grassy section Peeled Paint around the foot of the arbor and lightly softened them with my damp brush. The grapes were stamped using Wilted Violet and this is where everything started going down hill.  LOL!  I didn’t get enough of the water off my brush and when I began touching the grapes to soften and the violet ink spread over the arbor in a very ugly way.  Shoot!  I had the paper in my hand to throw in the trash but I just couldn’t do it.  I decided to try salvaging the project by covering up the grape mess with 1/8’ punched circles that were rounded with my tiny stylus and molding pad.  Each little grape was attached with rolled up mini glue dots.  Yes!  It felt like there were millions of grapes as I painstakingly rolled up each glue dot.  LOL!  

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Arbor 1 center

As I looked at the whole scene it looked strange to have the dimensional grapes and everything else on the scene flat.  I decided to add die cut and punched flowers over top of the stamped flowers.  I formed them using my stylus and molding pad and attached with glossy accents. I added tiny white centers to the flowers using a tiny brush and white gesso.  When I had all the flowers attached I knew I was going to have to add some die cut vines to the scene.  I attached the frame over the scene using mounting tape.  I added die cut foliage by tucking it under the frame and attaching with glossy accents. I added a few more pink flowers to the foliage to carry them across the top of the scene.

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Arbor 1 left

I certainly don’t think this is what Bonnie Krebs of Art Impressions was thinking when she created this wonderful set.  I am bound and determined to complete this whole scene using watercolor techniques only.  I will have to set it aside for a couple of weeks and get over the stress of messing this one up so bad.  LOL! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size”  5.50” x 4.25”