Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Watercolour Pine Tree

Tried another watercolor today.  This time I sponged the background first, then used a large brush with lots of water to "wash" the sponging.  My plan is to take lessons as I'd like to learn the proper way to watercolor, but for now, experimenting is fun :)  Hope you like. 

"Watercolor Pine Tree"
Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree (SU!)
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Autumn Traditions Designer Series paper, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss (SU!); watercolor paper
Ink:  Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Barely Banana, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist; Stampin' Write Markers:  Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Soft Suede (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Nestabilities Label Ten & Oval die-cuts, MS vine trim border punch, six small pewter brads, large paint brush, sponges, sticky strips, adhesives and dimensionals

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I sponged the background of the watercolor paper first: Kiwi Kiss at the top of the grass area, Old Olive below.  Baja Breeze for the sky with Marina Mist at the top of the sky.  Then sponged Barely Banana in-between the grass and sky areas (very subtle).  I took a 3/4" brush and wet it with water and "washed" the sponged areas, starting with the lightest color Barely Banana, then sky, and finally grass.

After the watercolor paper had dried, I used my Stampin' Write markers to ink the Pine Tree stamp (Early Espresso for the trunk, Soft Suede for branches and randomly inked Always Artichoke and Old Olive for the leaves).  I used my mini mister and spritzed the stamp with water two or three times and then stamped on top of my washed background.

I punched out vine trim in Always Artichoke, Kiwi Kiss and Old Olive cardstock and sponged each with the same ink colors to add some depth.

I mounted all the pieces as shown in the picture above, popping up the framed main image with dimensionals.

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