Monday, May 05, 2014

Watercolor Class - Day 1


Hi everyone.  Day 1 of the on-line watercolor class had three different watercolored background techniques for us to try.  I have to say that I failed miserably at all of them.  Everything from my first four hours went into the garbage and saying I was disappointed was an understatement.  I know that watercoloring is an extremely difficult art form.  I believe it takes a lot of practice to understand how the water and paints react to the watercolor paper.  I have only had limited interaction with this medium, and I have always used inks, not watercolor paints, so I decided that after many failures, I would try to replicate the techniques shown, but used inks and came up with my own procedure.  This is the first background, and I'm relatively happy with how it turned out once I switched to inks.  The colors are more vibrant ... but I couldn't get the stencil to show as much as I'd like - it's a work in progress.  I will keep experimenting.  And I will also try the technique as shown in class today - I'll keep practicing and hope that I get the hang of watercolor paints.

I'm entering this card into the Simon Says - Anything Goes challenge.







Stamps:  Happy (Simon Says)
Paper:  Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. Cold press Natural White)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz (SU!); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Paint brushes, lattice stencil, Happy die (Simon Says), Stamp-a-ma-jig, sequins

27 comments:

chera said...

This card is fantastic!! My hubby is a water colour painter, so he's given me some tips but it is a very hard medium to work with for sure!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Well, however, you made this, you did a terrific job of it, Lolly! I love the coloring and the stencil and the layout! My very first attempt went in the bin, too, and my second turned out very dark. Those teachers make it look so easy!! Hugs, Dolly

Lee-Anne said...

I LOVE how this turned out, Loll! All the work was well worth it! Beautiful color choices and I really like the subtle look of the stencil! And, of course...love those sequins :)

MaryH said...

Loll, I've only watched the preclass video, explaining supplies, etc. Haven't had time to see the class stuff just yet Maybe tomorrow. I struggle with all the different types of W/C I've ever tried. H2O's, DI, markers, Art Impression techniques with ink pads, you name it, I've failed at it! I love this card, and the subtle lattice of the stencil looks pretty good to me! I'd love to see what you threw in the trash too! Bet it's a lot better than you think. (at least you can show us what failed! I learn a lot from my own failure & hope others will too when I share it. I also learn a lot from what other crafters call 'failure', that looks pretty good to me! It's inspiring to know I'm not the only one who struggles!) This is really very pretty and I like that you put your own touches to it, so TFS & Hugs.

Mommie2Quads said...

Loll, you did a fantastic job and I bet the others you threw away were great also. I like the fact that you used SU inks and not the norm of the Distress Inks, pat on the back, job well done, thanks for having the guts to share your creation with the world, you've inspired me.

joyceglee said...

I love your card! I also had to modify the techniques they showed on the videos to get something I liked. Keep up the good work!

Nancy Seed said...

You may think that your first attempts were a disaster and you may think that you failed, but I personally would love to see them, since what you have come up with is fabulous! Love the colours and the effect of the template that you have used. Looking forward to seeing more.

Brenda said...

Wow, I think this looks amazing Loll! Maybe your attempts with water color paints didn't turn out, but your inks sure did!! I love the grid and think it shows up great! Love the colors and think this card is so cool looking. Hugs

Barb Ghig said...

I think you were smart to go with your inks on this card, Loll! I'm totally frustrated over here, and still haven't completed one project! Your lattice background and choice of inks really makes this card shine...I love it! And, I'll bet you'll be a pro at water coloring in no time, too!

Becky said...

Beautiful CAS card. Love the design and colors.

My Paper Epiphany said...

Beautiful! Your card stands out in the gallery!

Wanda Cullen said...

Loll, your comments made me feel a lot better after knowing I wasn't the only one struggling with the techniques! I agree...it will take lots of practice to learn how to "work" with water and paper! I need to retire so I have more time to play - lol! I think this stencil technique turned out beautifully! My pathetic stencil attempt is lying on my desk...probably will see its fate in the trash can. :-(

Stamps and Paper said...

Your card is beautiful Loll and your colours very striking

Anne

nwilliams6 said...

I really like how this came out! I need to take a watercolor class! What fun - I am so impressed you found a way to make it work (but knowing you, I am guessing most of us would have loved all your attempts). Fun!!!! Hugz!

Viv's Visuals said...

How cool is this?! A great card Loll - watercolours are very difficult to work with so I've stuck with my DI's!!

Brenda in IN said...

Thank you, Loll. I did the first card and couldn't get the stencil to come out. I did the second card 4 times before I got one I liked. So I threw away several cards and thought I just wasn't cut out for watercolor! I kept at it and finally produced two cards. Then - I couldn't upload them for some reason! Your inked card is really pretty, I think it came out great.

rcwidow (Linda) said...

I failed at this technique also! Yours turned out great gives me hope!

Betty said...

i only had some luck with this stencil technique when i used my distress inks - just using watercolors didn't work after several attempts - am glad it wasn't just me - anyway your card turned out very to be very pretty - i did mine in blues and greens too but have yet to finish it.

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Gorgeous card!! Such a beautiful design!! Love the background!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

hugs...
Melissa

Deepti said...

This is such a beauty :) I love the colors, water coloring indeed is difficult, I hardly try doing it, but I am pretty sure u will succeed.

Lisa H. said...

this turned out really pretty.

shirley-bee said...

I'm with you on the inks-v-paints issue, Loll. Never tried SU inks but I find Memento inks soak in too quickly which is why I prefer distress inks - they lie on the paper long enough for you to play around with them - and I also like that you can spritz them. This card is fabulous, by the way!

Anita in France said...

Way to go persevering, Loll ... this is beautiful, Loll ... the subtle pattern in the background wash is just lovely! I'm not in class this time, but am so enjoying seeing what everyone else is doing! Anita :)

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Love it!

Diana Nguyen said...

This is beautiful!

Diana Nguyen said...

I love everything about this card!

Diana Nguyen said...

This is beautiful!