Wednesday, January 27, 2016

More homework ...


Hi everyone.  Yesterday I posted two cards with a watercolour wash sunrise in the background.  That wash was done wet paint on dry paper (wet on dry).  Today's wash is wet on wet ... just like it sounds, wet paint on wet paper.  I love how the colours of the paint flow when they hit the wet paper.  I did a random design with just adding squiggles of colour and letting the water do most of the work.  I also tilted my panel when it was really wet to allow the colours to run.

I started out by doing this wash on the horizontal.  But when I made my card, I loved the look with the panel being vertical.  It reminds me of the look of Northern Lights behind the snowy scene.  I'm really happy with how this turned out.  Of course, you can't go wrong with using green and turquoise together ... awesome colour combo! :)

I added two ripped white snowbanks at the bottom and a die-cut three which I embossed with flourishes.  I swiped my Versamark across the top of the embossing and then heat embossed with iridescent powder.  Just adds a bit of sparkle.  The sentiment is stamped with silver ink and doesn't show up well in the photo, but is pretty in real life.

Edited to add:  The technique I used for this background was one that I saw on YouTube (not the watercolour class that I'm taking right now).  The video is by Gina Kim and it's excellent.  Here's the link.







Stamps:  Red Star (sentiment) Penny Black
Paper:  White card base (Neehan); Watercolour Paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Phthalo Turquoise Watercolour (Winsor & Newton), Hookers Green Watercolour (Opus Essentials); Silver (Delicata)
Accessories & Tools:  1" flat brush, 5 Part Pine Die (Elizabeth Craft Designs), Musical Flourish embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Iridescent Embossing powder (Ice by Stampin' Up!), heat tool

26 comments:

TK said...

Loll, this is bee-you-tea-ful! Love that you turned the horizontal but it really does make an impressive show!

Bożena Adamusińska said...

The first thought when I saw your card was just about the aurora borealis. Excellent, a real dawn. You are amazing, I love your card and I'm so glad that I found you on the net. You are my great inspirer
hugs,
BozenA

Betty Keefe said...

your sky looks so storming - wonderful look! and gorgeous tree!

Anita in France said...

Yep, Northern Lights is exactly what came to mind as soon as I saw your stunning background, Loll ... what a gorgeous card! Hugs, Anita :)

Linda said...

Ooooh ..... loving this. A+ and top of the class my friend!! xx

Sue D. said...

I immediately thought of the northern lights when I saw your card. Lovely colors you picked for the sky and I like the embossed tree.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

You're really coming up with some beautiful wok on that course of yours Loll! Another stunning background, and yes, I too thought, Northern Lights! Have a lovely evening! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Brenda said...

Oh yes, it really does look like Northern Lights! I love your watercolored sky Loll, it came out so well. Hard to mimic the Northern Lights, but I think you have captured it well with these colors. Not that I ever seen them in person or anything. lol I love that beautiful tree and the snow banks. The little bit of shimmer is perfect. Love your sentiment in the silver too, so pretty. Hugs, Brenda

Marie B. said...

One word--gorgeous! :)

Chris Alexander said...

so pretty, you'll have to let us know how the arches water colour paper differs from the regular water colour paper.
Christine

Susan said...

Perfection!! Such gorgeous colours and a great background for your frosty tree!

Nancy Stislow said...

WOW! This did remind me of the northern lights! I hope my first wash looks this great! Love that you used the panel vertically, such a fresh and different idea! Love the iridescent ice on the embossed tree too! Just gorgeous and one I hope to case!

Maura R said...

Beautiful sky, beautiful tree!

Karen B said...

Northern lights was the first thing that sprung to mind when I saw your lovely card Loll. That background is wonderful. Love wet into wet technique, so random and very difficult to replicate.

Hugs.

Karen xxx

Gail Townsend said...

Wow..... Love the background, the snowy scene really shows it off. Xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Oh my gosh, this totally looks like the Aurora Borealis! Wowzers!! I suddenly find, I wish I was just a couple inches tall so I could jump into this wintery scene and watch as the sky swirls above me, glistening off the snow! LOVE! hugs :)

Bonnie said...

I love how you've tipped the washed piece! It does look like Northern Lights and so perfect with that "snow" embossed tree! Excellent job, my friend!

Stacy Sheldon said...

The swirly texture to the tree is a cool contrast to that sky Loll, the painting looks fabulous :)

Julia Aston said...

Your background does look like northern lights Loll - what a lovely sky for your pretty embossed tree! Julia xx

Valerie Nolan said...

Your sky is beautiful Loll, definitely looks like the northern lights!
Val x

Barb Ghig said...

Oh, what a BEAUTY this is, Loll! I agree that it looks a bit like a Northern Lights sky...or maybe a waterfall with colorful lights behind it! Either way, it's so pretty, and perfect with your sparkly tree and snow banks!
Thanks for the link to the video :)

MaryH said...

It does indeed look like pictures of the Northern Lights that I've seen (having never seen it for real). Love the atmosphere the blue & turquoise create for this pretty tree. Also like the texture of embossing on the branches, and of course the snowdrifts. TFS the link...will check that out, when I get a chance. Always enjoy seeing the videos. Hugs

Donna said...

Such a lovely background, Loll. X
Really effective :)

The Introvert said...

This is a LOVELY take on this lesson! Really beautiful!

Bobby said...

Way to build a scene from the wet wash background, Loll. If nothing else we learned how to do lovely backgrounds without smooshing. ;)

Jolie Samuel said...

oh my! just gorgeous!