Friday, July 11, 2014

Watercolored Roses



Hi everyone.  This card was all about experimenting.  I took an watercolor on-line class a while back and just couldn't seem to watercolor flowers without making a mess. Today I took some time and realized that a lot of the problem was me :)  Patience is a virtue ... definitely required for watercoloring ... and something I'm a little short on :)  In the end, I did manage to wait for the different layers to dry ... and I'm happy with the final result, although there is LOTS of room for improvement.

I used one of my newest purchases for this card ... a stamp set from Clearly Besotted called Bridal Bouquet.  I only used the outline stamp for the roses and then (as shirley bee would say) ... sloshed on some watercolors. :)  I stamped the leaves, watercolored over them, and then re-stamped to give them more color.

I used my re-inkers for this ... diluting them with water.  Some day I'll actually have to use watercolor paints ... but that's a whole new learning curve and it will have to wait.  I used the color challenge from SCS (Color Challenge #486 - Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight).  Love this combination.  I found that with using the re-inkers, the colors are strong and instead of a coral, I ended up with more of an orange ... still pretty!

Lots of experimenting over the past few days and I'm having some successes ... and some things end up in the garbarge ... but I'm learning, so it's all good! :)







Stamps:  Bridal Bouquet; A Little Sentimental (both Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  110 lb. white; watercolor (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight (SU!); Black (Staz-on and Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  paint brushes, post-it notes for masking




21 comments:

Lea Brawn said...

A gorgeous card Loll. Love the flowers x

Gramma Sarah said...

Proud of you, Loll. Love the card and softened colors.

Stamps and Paper said...

Very pretty card Loll lovely water colouring

Anne

Jacquie said...

These are beautiful Loll, love the colours.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie j xxx
http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

Looks fantastic I would love to have a go at water colouring...............On my to do list :)

Kylie said...

Just stunning, my friend!! xx

Lee-Anne said...

Wonderful job with the technique, Loll! Your patience paid off...it's a beauty!

Bonnie said...

Wow! I'd say you've got it, Loll! What a pretty piece. I've used the paints and I'm a little more comfortable with them, but still prefer the reinkers! I think it's because I know those colors. This makes me want to get the water and paints out!

Brenda said...

Your experimenting is looking mighty pretty to me Loll! I think you've got the hang of it!! I love the bold and vibrant colors in this card too, the flowers are so pretty in orange! Yes, you have made a wonderful card that is so beautiful. Hugs, Brenda

sandie said...

Well your patience is working! These are coloured beautifully. I am loving water colouring at the moment and the other day even painted my own scene...not too got though...but fun!!

Karen M said...

Your watercolouring looks amazing Loll and this card is so pretty:) Hugs xx

Ingrid Kristina V said...

You watercoloured image is beautiful, Loll! Ingrid x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

It's a fabulous card, the colouring is beautiful Loll!

Warm hugs
Maarit

shirley-bee said...

Yay, sloshing!! Love your watercolour panel - but you knew I would, didn't you?

Julia Aston said...

Beautiful water coloring Loll! Mixed Media does take patience - with the drying in between - a thing I'm short on myself!! I'm learning to do the first coat - and leave it over night and do the next layer the next day but it's hard to do! These roses are lovely!

MaryH said...

Thanks for your sweet anniversary wishes. I think your w/c technique is terrific. Don't see any room for improvement on this pretty card. The colors are softly shaded so nicely, and I'm loving that shadowy background. Well done! TFS & Hugs.

cm said...

Loll, your patience and perseverance have paid off, because this card is lovely!! Beautiful water-colouring, pretty flowers: I'd call this an A+++++ card in every way! Carry on with this technique, because I know you have plenty of 'marvelous' yet to share! I'm still pa-thet-ic with water-colouring, yet despite the epic fails, I continue to be drawn to it. And I agree: my issues are more "me" than the water-colouring itself. I shall continue to try (and I suspect Mr. Recycle will continue to enjoy snacks....many, many snacks)!
Hugs~c

Barb Ghig said...

Really gorgeous water coloring, Loll! I love your flowers...the colors are just so pretty, and they really pop off the background! I think I need to practice patience, too...I'm still making a mess.

Cathy said...

This is so pretty Loll. I've really not done proper watercoloring as I have no paints but am inspired by you using reinkers. I do have some of those, love the soft effect you created. Cathy x

Deepti said...

Gorgeous water coloring :)

Kripa Koushik said...

It's a pretty card. Ur inspiring me to try some water colouring now....... I'm like u no patience to let the paint dry. Will let u know if I do try :)