Monday, June 2, 2014

Watercoloring Techniques

Hi there!

I can't believe it's been over a week since my last post. I guess I've been a little too busy. But today I am in "total relax-mode." Taking time off from work will do that to ya!

So, this morning I grabbed some Distress Inks, stencils, water, paint brushes and stamps and got right down to playing - makes me so happy! :)

My first two cards use the same technique, which we learned in the online card class, Watercolor For Card Makers. You ink up your stencil, spritz it with water and press it onto your watercolor paper. The results are always so cool! Tim Holtz shared this technique the other day on his blog too. You can check out his tutorial here.


I used the Large Lotus Pattern Stencil by Hero Arts with Vintage Photo and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks. Love these colors together! I also stamped the Envelope Pattern in Antique Linen to add a soft texture to the flowers.

My next card uses the same technique but this time I used some brighter colors and the Dot Fade Stencil by Tim Holtz.


I love the bold look of the daises, stamped in black, against the fun background! They are from the Hello Sunshine Daisies clear set by Hero Arts and the sentiment is included in the set.

My last card uses the roses and leaves from a lovely set by Simon Says Stamp called, Best Mom Ever. It's an older set but I love it!


I had a ton of fun making this one! I love just playing with the water and inks! Have you seen Dawn's newest video? It's fabulous and she uses the same watercolor technique. Julie Ebersole also shares a wonderful video with the same technique here - LOVE her flowers! The key is to let the water do the work.

Okay, that's it for me today. I'm heading outside to get some much needed sun! We had a bunch of rain this weekend but today the sun is shining bright and I'm hoping it stays that way for my whole week off!

Thanks for the visit! Hope your week has started off well! ♥
 

31 comments:

joy said...

WOW! These cards are so gorgeous, Barb. The last one is my favorite; I loved the videos from Dawn and Julie and you have really done a great job with this technique!

Tracey McNeely said...

Barb all so gorgeous! You are so talented. No favourites but I do love the colours of the last one!

Sue McRae said...

What a great mix of cards Barb! I loooove your last card with all those fab colours and sprinkles of paint dots!

Trinh said...

Beautiful cards, Barb! You are on a roll with the watercolors. The last one is my fave!

Cindy C. said...

Barb these watercolour creations are really beautiful!! I think you're becoming a master!

Joan B said...

gorgeous work. you make it look so easy!

Donna B. said...

Very cool watercolor cards Barb. Love the different color combos. I love that tutorial on Tim's Blog. I want to try it like your first card and see what happens!

Lin said...

Your vacation is off to a wonderfully creative start, Barb! That last beauty is amazing! WOW!!

conil said...

Don't know how you got all this talent but I want some. Awesome cards.

Julie Ebersole said...

Oooooh, BARB!!! These turned out so SO lovely!!!

Martha said...

Barb...WOW...what beauties you've created! I love the pretty colors you used.

Yes, I really enjoyed Tim's technique. (I need to try it. Thanks for the inspiration.)

And, I also enjoyed the videos by Dawn & Julie! I love how you were inspired!

ENJOY your time off from work. ♥

Sarah Gray said...

Sunshine and playtime - a perfect combination :) Love your cards (as always!). The daisies are so striking against the dotty background and I love the soft colours of your last card. Great watercolour techniques - I will check out those videos!

donna mikasa said...

Love your watercolored wonders, Barb! Especially the last one. So ethereal!

Lynn said...

Yahoo for days off. Your cards are amazing. Love how you are showing off all the fabulous techniques Barb!

Dawn Turley said...

You certainly have had fun Barb. Your cards are simply stunning. I particularly love the last one. The soft colours are just so beautiful.

Linda said...

Love these cards, Barb! Water color is such a versatile technique. I especially love the way the colors mixed on your last card!

judkajudi said...

You are doing magic with water!! Gorgeous cards, Barb! So glad you have time to play!! big hugs!!

~amy~ said...

relax mode is the best!
Love all your gorgeous cards!

Greta said...

Amazing cards, Barb! I want to case all of them! I do have the bubble stencil--thanks for the inspiration!

sideoats + scribbles said...

Oh wow Barb! These are just gorgeous! Love them ALL!!!! xo

Virginia Lu said...

Wow, you are on a roll, Barb! These are all SO beautiful! I can't pick a favorite at all. The stenciled ones are amazing! You did a superb job! I adore the flower one, too! Way to rock your creativity!

LauraJane:) said...

Yes, I saw DAWN's latest jaw-drop gorgeous watercolor card video. You REALLY hit the mark as well with your last card! The colors are so pretty.

Kathy (krolski) said...

Wow!! Barb your cards are gorgeous!! Love the 2nd card, it's my fav! Just got this set so you've given me inspiration to use it right away.

Helen Gullett said...

Barb... they are gorgeous! My favorite is the 3rd one.

Barb Ghig said...

All three of your cards are really beautiful, Barb! I love the color combo on the first card, and your daisies are fabulous with the Dot Fade Stencil background...WOW! Both are so creative, and I love the artistic feel you achieved with this technique! If I had to pick a fave, it would be your last card...your background is so soft and airy, and the roses are STUNNING! You have done an awesome job with everything you learned in class...Bravo, Barb!!!

Karin Ã…kesdotter said...

Absolutely AMAZING card!

Robin K. said...

Wowzers! Gorgeous cards Barb! I especially love the last one!!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, these are all gorgeous!

Judy Tuck said...

Beautiful cards as always Barb! Enjoy your week off!

Joan Bardee said...

gorgeous

Donna said...

Gorgeous cards, found you on Pinterest and I am your newest follower.