Monday, March 16, 2015

Sponged Watercolouring


Hi everyone.  This is a reminder that we're into our third week of the Happy Little Stampers March CAS Challenge.  Lots of beautiful entries already in the gallery! :)





Today's card is sponged watercolouring.  Not sure if that's a good name for it, but it's something that I have done a few times before and it works beautifully.  I just sponged distress inks onto watercolour paper to create my background grass and sky.  Then I sprayed it with water until the inks started to flow.  Once dry, I used the Watercolour Spritz technique to add the flowers (ink stamp with markers, spritz with a little water and then stamp onto dry watercolour paper).  I love my spring garden with a mix of coloured tulips! :)  I used a water brush and some Pear Pizzazz ink to add the strokes of grass at the bottom, and added a soft gray stamped sentiment.  I like the subtle colour of the sentiment as it doesn't take away from the beautiful blue sky.

I experimented with the sponged watercolour background on three different types of watercolour paper and they all turned out differently.  I like this version the best, so would recommend Arches 140 lb. cold press w/c paper for this technique.  I know it's a little more expensive that other w/c papers, but so worth it, in my opinion. :) Dick Blick has a sale on right now, so I just stocked up (sale ends today). :)

I was inspired by the Happy Little Stampers March Sketch Challenge to make this card ...










Stamps:  Pocket Silhouettes (SU!); Sunny Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White (card base - Neenah); Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper
Ink:  Distress inks: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz); Pear Pizzazz, Summer Sun, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, water mister, water brush

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I'm again sharing a couple of cards I made while on the Design Team for the Dirty Dozen at Splitcoaststampers.  These cards have not been posted on my blog before, so thought I'd share a few more that use sponging.  Both cards have sponging around the outside edges of die-cuts to add interest and dimension.






Have a Sunny Day
Stamps:  Sweet Summer Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White (Neehan); Daffodil Delight (SU!)
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Large Stitched Sunshine die (Lil' Inkers), Puffy Clouds die (Memory Box), sponges

Birthday Wishes
Stamps:  Happiest Birthday Wishes (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride (SU!)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Regal Rose, Rose Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Breezy Wreath die (Poppy Stamps), Hydrangea punch (Martha Stewart), white gel pen, stylus and mat, sponges

Challenges:
HLS March CAS Challenge - Sponging
HLS March Sketch Challenge

20 comments:

  1. This is really pretty, Loll. So many great techniques to try and so little time...

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  2. Love how the colors meld with this technique! A real beauty, Loll!

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  3. I love your sponged watercolor card Loll, the sky and grass are just beautiful and I love, love the beautiful tulips. I've always been a sucker for flowers of all kinds, but once when I was in 5th grade my class went to DC in the spring. Oh my goodness, the tulips were so pretty, there were oodles of them and that is when I fell in love with tulips. Your tulip garden on this card makes me think of when I went to DC on that class trip. Just beautiful. I love your other two cards too, you are such a great card maker. Hugs, Brenda

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  4. I love your little spring garden Loll .... the background is sponged beautifully and those tiny blooms are just gorgeous! Linda xx

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  5. The Pocket Silhouettes is one of my all time favorite stamp sets and I LOVE what you did with it here. I have been enjoying the Arches watercolor paper. It doesn't seem to buckle as bad. I'm definitely going to try this sponging technique. It was fun seeing the 2 DD cards again.

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  6. Love the card.........paper is very expensive! Yikes! Makes a beautiful card though, for sure.

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  7. I love your bright and happy spring garden card!

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  8. The sponged background for your lovely flower garden is perfect - great blend of colours! Love the cheery flowers and the muted sentiment. And it's nice to see your two Dirty Dozen cards again - both are great examples of sponging around die cuts.

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  9. Fabulous cards as ever Loll . . . you never disappoint! I especially like the top one, terrific sponging technique! Hazel xx

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  10. Gorgeous sponged and spritzed watercolor scene Loll. So soft and pretty. Perfect for Kylie's Sketch and your CAS Sponging Challenges :-) TFS your DD cards too my friend. Hugs, Nancy

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  11. gorgeous cards as usual dear, i admire your works

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  12. Really pretty cards. I really love your tulip design, so pretty! Elaine x

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  13. Amazing cards Loll! I especially like the DD cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love how you sponged the background on your first card, and the blooms are so sweet! Thanks for sharing the cards you created from Dirty Dozen...both are really gorgeous!!!

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  15. Gorgeous sponged cards Loll, Cathy x

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  16. Beautiful cards, I so love the spring field on ur first card :)

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  17. These are all so pretty and show lots of different sponging techniques Loll. The first is such a gorgeous garden of flowers, and then the bright yellow stitched sun and I adore the blue sponging round the edge of the clouds, and then the beautiful ring of flowers is sponged perfectly so the there is shading in the petals, just adorable. x

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  18. Your lpretty garden, sunny sky and blossomed wreath: all capture the beauty of Spring in the most lovely ways. Gorgeous!!
    Hugs~c

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