Posts Tagged ‘Watercolor’

Tuesday with Tara {take 316} Whoopsie

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card is another featuring the gorgeous floral outline stamp set by Tim Holtz.  As I mentioned earlier, I played around with it and made a bunch of backgrounds.   This card features one of my favorites.  It really reminded me of fabric, which is why today’s challenge word is CHINTZ.

For this card, I once again used the new Prize Ribbon Distress Ink.  I inked my stamp & misted it with water before stamping and repeated with a second stamp (there are three in this set) to create a pattern across my white card stock.  I then took a water brush and rubbed some Scattered Straw Distress Ink on my craft sheet as a palette and added some loose color to the roses.  I then took a bit of the blue and mixed it with the yellow that was left to blend a pretty pale green for the leaves.  Once it was dry, I used a blending brush to add more Scattered Straw to the edges and splattered over the surface with some Prize Ribbon Distress Spray Stain.

You can sort of see in the close up photo that I did a bit of ‘flicking’ color off my brush after painting the leaves, but it’s very a very fine splatter which adds to the texture but didn’t do anything for the design 🙂

I finished the card by mounting on some dark blue Cardstock and adding a sentiment by Heffy Doodle.  A bit of yellow twine and some bling finish it off!  I think this is my favorite sentiment (and will probably be the most used) sentiment from this stamp set.  I’m really the worst at making cards and not sending them… it’s forever a goal of mine to improve on that!

I hope you like my ‘chintz’ inspired card… can’t wait to see what others come up with!

Inky hugs,



Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Hi Everyone! It’s Susan and today I thought we’d play with watercolor pencils. I loved to color as a kid and that hasn’t changed and probably never will. I find it very relaxing and nowadays there’s so much more than my crayola pencils and wax crayons to play with that I had when I was a kid. I remember the first time I used watercolor pencils I was really intimidated but actually it’s not that hard. Now, let me be clear, I am NOT an expert but I am learning and thought I would share what I’ve learned with you. The card I’m sharing today was quite simple to make.

I started by stamping the floral image onto some watercolor paper. I recommend using a stamp positioning tool for this because you’ll probably need to stamp the image a few times as the watercolor paper is not smooth.  Plus it’s great for re-stamping your image after you’re done coloring which helps to crisp up the lines after you’ve colored.

Add a light layer of color with your pencil crayon to start. I used Prismacolor pencils and I love them. I know there are others on the market but this is what I have.

Use a paint brush or water brush to pull the color out to the rest of the petal. I used a water brush – it’s a paint brush with a barrel that you fill with water and squeeze gently while painting. I find them very easy to control, great for taking projects on the go and with out a container of water on my desk I’m less likely to knock it over.

Here’s a look at a few of the petals with only one layer of color. After it dries I like to go back and add more layers – darkening it at the base of each petal for some dimension. I also leave a little white space at the tip of the petals for some highlights.

Next I added some color to the leaves in the same manner using a couple shades of green and one blue. I decided on purple for the other large flower and yellow for the bud.

One way I like to finish off the coloring is to grab some color by taking the water brush directly to the pencil crayon. I do this to add in some darker shadows. For the purple flower I used some blue to add some depth and for the yellow bud I used an orange pencil.

I used a grey pencil crayon to add most of the shadow around the flower. I got in close in a few spots with a black pencil crayon to add some more depth.

I finished the card with a sentiment, again using the stamp positioning tool so I could stamp it a few times and get solid coverage. I added a little strip of patterned paper for some fun and then added it to a card base with some craft foam.

If you’re new to water coloring I highly recommend florals. You can work on each petal individually which makes it less intimidating. I used the You Are Here stamp set from Concord & 9th but check your stash you may have a floral stamp set that will work.


Happy Stampin’
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Simple Water Coloring With Zig Markers

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Hi Everyone, it’s Susan with a quick tutorial showing how easy water coloring can be with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. These are a great marker set. They have a lot of fun colors, they have a brush tip and they are really easy to use!  This is a set of 60 but you don’t have to dive in to the big pack to start because they come in 4, 6, 12, and 24 packs – lots of choices to start you off.

I did promise you that these markers were easy to use and I’m going to show you how I made this card. I’ve even got a video tutorial showing the process.

The best tip I can give you, and this tip is good for any medium that you’re working with, is to make color swatches. This is a great way to see the full potential of the inks you’re working with and actually they’re fun to make too.

Now, some of you may think that choosing brown for the flower is a little odd, but another tip I want to give you is to not think about that. Think about what you like and go with it.

Start by adding the ink to the where you want it to be the darkest. Then, using your water brush blend the ink out to the outer edges of the petals. When this layer dried I went in with a darker gray color and adding some shading into the center of the flower.

I like to finish off the water coloring by adding a wash of color around the edges of the image. To do this spread some ink onto a stamping block or a sheet of acetate, add some water and then apply it loosely around the edges.

I told you this was easy. I highly recommend these pens no matter what your skill level may be.

I did mention earlier that I made a video showing the whole process. Here it is – if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

Happy Stampin’

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