Thursday, 15 July 2010

OLW12 Using Watercolour

This week's OLW challenge was to use some form of watercolour on your card. I enjoy working with this medium very much and, prior to purchasing my Promarker collection, it was my favoured method of colouring images. I am able to get a subtlety of colour that I find difficult to achieve by any other method.

Susan used watercolour crayon applied directly on to the stamp before spritzing and stamping. I have never tried this before but I have added it to my list of things to do.

The stamp is a digi from Sketching Stamper, beautifully drawn, and is capable of being resized quite large without losing definition. I applied a very pale blue wash as a background which doesn't show up too well in the photo.

Now..... confession time. This card did start out as a 6" square card but, true to form, I managed to get a watermark stain in on it. So I just sliced off the top. Still works for me!!

Digi stamp - Poppies - Sketching Stamper
Watercolour pencils
Water brush
Sentiment -Hero Arts
Ink - Memento

Was slightly frustrated that I had to cut the card down because of my splodge so I have made another one. I have orange Oriental Poppies in my garden just like these. They don't last long and unfortunately, they invariably come into flower when we have rain and wind. So it is nice to be able to create a more permanent memory.

Updated 17th July

Thank you for the kind comments. It is encouraging to know that my work gives some pleasure. Keeps me motivated too.

Susan asked in her comment if I had any tips to share about blending colours. I find that the stamps usually have some indication of where deeper colours and shading are required. I apply small amount of crayon at the bottom of the petal ( always in the direction of growth) then use the water brush to blend. I continue to do this until I feel that I have got the right depth of colour. I tend to use one colour.

I viewed Harriet Skelly's beautiful embossed and watercoloured card (OLW12) and followed the link that she gave for her inspiration. Here it is. Amazing! It occurred to me that this was a lesson in itself on colouring and blending. Hope that this was useful.

I have also entered this card into the Stamp Something Challenge where the requirement was to use a digital image.


Bahb said...

LOVE those poppies. I've always been curious how artists decide where and how big to make shadows, and where to make the color the palest, and how to keep control of where the water goes down. Studying your great coloring job might answer all that for me.

Thanks for inspiration.

jimlynn said...

Simply a beautiful card!! Your coloring is wonderful.

Susie said...

Both cards are beautiful. Great coloring.

Carol said...

These cards are drop-dead gorgeous! Fabulous colors and coloring, I might add! Great job!

Violets Corner said...

Awesome colouring!
Love the soft subtle feeling.


Crafty Susy said...

Very pretty and simple. Love it.

Susan said...

Your coloring of the poppies is absolutely awesome!! Any secret tips on how to blend so beautifully?

Lisa said...

This is elegant and classy! Very well done! Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something this week!

Bonnie said...

I love both of these cards and really appreciate the tips on shading. Great job!

Susan Raihala said...

Masterful coloring on light and pretty and yet rich looking, too. Both are stunningly perfect!

Andrea said...

Gorgeous coloring!Thanks for joining the Stamp Something Challenge this week! Hugs~ Andrea

Annika said...

Wonderful card! Fabulous colouring and I love the minimalistic design. Thanks for playing at Stamp Something, hope to see you back next week!


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