Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Colourful Birthday Flowers

Hi everyone.  A reminder that we are already half way through the CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday.  There's still just over a week left to play before it closes.


I decided to try one of my favourite flower stamps, watercolouring in different colours.  The image is from Stampendous and these are actually Cosmos.  I doctored the stamp by cutting off a label that was near the top that said "cosmos".  I like the image much better with just the flowers and leaves. :)

I used distress inks to watercolour all four of the cards I'm sharing with you today. Wink of Stella was added to the center of the flowers for a little sparkle, but doesn't show in photos.

Here's close-ups of all four ... the first (same as above) is my favourite colour combination (abandoned coral topped with barn door).

Then I wanted to try purples (dusty concord topped with wilted violet).
Next up is the flowers in pinks (festive berries topped with picked raspberry).
And last, but not least, yellow and orange (squeezed lemonade, abandoned coral).

Please check out the challenge reminder post HERE to see more inspiration from our wonderful Design Team and Guest Designer, Birgit.







Stamps:  Cosmos (Stampendous); Happiest Birthday Wishes (SU! - retired)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet, Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemonade (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, clear Wink of Stella

Challenges:
CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday

22 comments:

Mac Mable said...

What a treat for us with the four wonderful and pretty cards. No favourites...of course.... but extra loving the first one x

Betty Keefe said...

such a wonderful set of birthday cards - my mother's favorite flower was the cosmos and i love them done in all the different colors.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

I can not say which color version I like more. They're all beautiful. However, I have the impression that I saw the pink really ... They are wonderful
Hugs,
BożenA

Nancy Stislow said...

Your painting just gets better and better, Loll! Love the beautiful colors on these and the perfect shading and blending. What a lovely reminder that spring may be just around the corner- or at least we can hope for that!

Karen Knott said...

Stunning cards...beautiful in all four colours but especially loving the pink one :)
Hugs Kaz xx

Susan said...

What a wonderful set of birthday cards - four fabulous colour combinations!! My favourites are the first and third - love the two variations on pink! It must have been fun deciding on all the colours!

Cath Wilson said...

Beautiful design and beautifully executed - that's a lovely floral stamp.

Cath x

Marcia HIll said...

All four of these are absolutely beautiful Loll, although I'm a little partial to the purple flowers! CAS and perfect design and what a great way to ramp up your stash of birthday cards...same thing I'm trying to do lately! I mean, where did they all go lately...surely I had a whole pile of them ready to go?! Oh well, definitely fun to create more!! :0)

Bonnie said...

Wow, it's impossible to pick a favorite, my friend! I love each color combination and how the black frames the flowers beautifully!

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous color combinations for all 4 of your beautiful floral birthday cards Loll. How fun to send a friend a Birthday card with their favorite colors:-) I love your shading and choice of flower stamp. TFS my friend. I am like Bonnie, I could not possibly pick a favorite card:-) Hugs.

Christine Alexander said...

I love all four colours of you cosmos, your watercolouring is amazing. Great way to add to your stash of cards :)

Trina P. said...

These are beautiful. Love all the different colour versions. The black frame is a great contrast.

Linda said...

What a gorgeous set of cards. Lovely stamp and beautifully coloured .... love them xx

Jeanne said...

Wow, Loll! This set of cards is just so lovely! I really like seeing the image in different colors. You are so talented and creative. I so appreciate your sharing all that you share! Have a happy day!

Daffodil Cards said...

These are GORGEOUS - Faith

Julia Aston said...

These are just beautiful Loll! So pretty in all the different colors! Julia xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

Beautiful and elegant collection of the birthday cards, Loll! I think you've made the right decision to cut off the "cosmos" label. The image looks much better and cleaner without the label. I love the way you layered the colors. Great shading! Thank you so much for listing the names of the layered colors! I want to try this someday! Hideko xx

Bobby said...

One thing I love about Cosmos is all the beautiful colors they come in and you've replicated them so well with your gorgeous watercoloring, Loll.

Anita in France said...

Simply lovely, Loll ... in every colour combo you've chosen ... a gorgeous watercoloured set! Hugs, Anita :)

AlisonC said...

Beautiful shading on your flowers.

Pat said...

These Cosmos flowers are so vibrant and pretty Loll and every colour combination works. Such glorious colour is right up my street..lol. In other words I love them! x

alex amarxon said...

I mixed some colors with water and applied it to the watercolor paper with a brush. 24hrscityflorist.com