Friday, May 16, 2014

Freehand Watercolor Flowers

Hi again!

I'm back tonight with another card using a lesson from day #10 of Watercolor For Card Makers.

I chose to give Tasnim's technique a try. She created some fabulous firework flowers that were so cool looking! I decided to create mine a bit different by making them a little taller, less round, adding some leaves at the base of the flowers and also stems.

 I think they turned out fun and whimsical, don't you? I could definitely use more practice, especially on the leaves but I loved learning how to use the brush in a new way - turning it as I swiped the paint to create each flower petal. The sentiment is from the Hello Sunshine Daisies set by Hero Arts.

Short and sweet tonight - trying to get to bed earlier. We've got our good friend, Greg, coming to stay with us for a week or so starting tomorrow. It's always so fun to see him! He's my hubby's best buddy, he was in our wedding and he makes us all laugh! Can't wait!

Hope you all have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Freehand Watercoloring - EEK!


I'm here once again, very late at night, but I wanted to share my cards from days 8 and 9 for the Watercolor For Card Makers class.

On day 8, Tasnim shared a video using a technique where you stamp an image with a soft ink color, then add your watercoloring. Here's my take:

It's a tiny card measuring only 2 3/4 by 3 1/2 inches. I am loving these smaller sized cards, especially when using watercoloring - it's a lot less intimidating! I used a pretty stamp from a set called Night and Day Flowers by Hero Arts.

The lesson on day 9 was scary at first! It was Freehand Watercoloring! No stamping involved. Just the paints, a brush and my own hand. I didn't think I could do it but Jennifer Rzasa showed a technique with water and splattering to create a colorful tree, and after watching her video I thought maybe I could do it after all.

This was my second try. I went a bit too far on my first one, not knowing (or wanting) to stop the splatters. :) I really like the way this turned out and it was so fun! I thought the sentiment from the Color and Sunshine set by Simon Says Stamp was perfect for my tree.

That's it for me. As always, thanks for coming by - I really appreciate it! Night. . . . ♥

Monday, May 12, 2014

More Watercoloring

Hi there!

I hope all of you moms out there had a wonderful Mother's Day! My hubby had dinner all ready for me last night when I got home, along with pink roses and a lovely card. So sweet!

After a long weekend at work, I was there again today, having to fill up my empty bouquet case and all the empty shelves with more bouquets and plants. We sold so much over the weekend I had to order a ton more to get the department looking back to normal. Whew! So glad it's over!

I've got another card to share tonight. This one is for day #7 of Watercolor for Card Makers class. Today's lesson was called, Faux Hand-Painting.

I took out the Fresh Cut Florals set from WPlus9 again and used the same technique as my last card. This time I used a small rose stamp, one of the tiny floral stamps and some leaves, to create my watercolor "painting."

I used distress Inks and water. I also added some splatters for a bit more interest. The sentiment is from the same set. 

I'm really looking forward to having Tuesday off - yay! I may not get out of my jammies all day. 

Thanks for stopping by! ♥ 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Watercoloring With Fresh Cut Florals!

Hi everyone!

I'm up very late once again, trying to catch up with my homework for the Watercolor For Card Makers class. It's okay though - it's homework I WANT to do!

I had so much fun tonight creating this card! It's for the lesson from day 5, which was watercoloring stamped images. I was inspired by Swarup Murthy (Sanketi) who is an amazing watercolor artist! Before I started my card though, I also watched this video from Dawn over at the WPlus9 blog. She used their Fresh Cut Florals set to create a beautiful card! I wanted so bad to try it and never thought it would turn out but it did! I'm really excited about this one! Take a look.

The card measures only 3 x 41/2 inches. I selectively inked up each separate, little stamp with Distress Markers, then added a bit of water with a small paint brush. I was so surprised that it turned out the way I wanted it to - yay!

Both Dawn and Swarup have some wonderful tips for watercoloring stamped images and I have learned so much!

Okay, I'm off to bed - another long day at work tomorrow. My only worry, after today, is that I did not order enough plants or bouquets - I hate running out but it's a tough thing to predict.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope all you moms out there have a wonderful Mother's Day! Love and hugs to you each of you! ♥