Recently I purchased a Jane Davenport stencil at Michaels Craft store. I traced around the stencil with watercolor pencils and then watercolored the flowers.
I promised myself that this year (2017) I would concentrate on watercoloring. I had planned to do that all of 2016, but got a bit distracted due to some health issues. An art project for a family member kept me quite busy in the month of January, but I did finally find the time to get started in watercoloring.
One of my biggest fears is facing the blank sheet of paper. I decided it was time to conquer that fear. To get started I used student grade watercolors (because I had been using them on a current project) and pulled out an inexpensive pad of watercolor paper.
Watercolored flowers outlined in black ink have always appealed to me and I decided that would be my first try. I am sharing my first few attempts at watercoloring on a blank piece of paper with you. I’m OK with the results because (a) at least I started watercoloring and (b) I can only get better 🙂
Recently Rebekah R. Jones offered a traceable download for this lovely bunch of tulips on her blog. I downloaded the file and used my light-box to trace the image on to watercolor paper. The tulips were then watercolored with Distress Inks.
I thought I was all done making Christmas cards for the year, but as I was tidying up my craft room, I discovered some Distress Ink watercolored images that were begging to be used on cards. I managed to make four Christmas cards with the images. Now I have a good start on next year’s cards!!
- Strathmore 300 Series 140-pound cold press watercolor paper for the card panel
- Strathmore 300 series, 100 pound Bristol Vellum paper ink blended with Festive Berries Distress Ink
- Docrafts: First Noel (no longer available)
- Hampton Art: Stamp & Stencil (SC0709)
The background of this card was sponged with Distress Ink. The nontraditional shaped poinsettia flowers are peel-off stickers that were watercolored with Distress Ink.
- Strathmore 300 series, 100 pound Bristol Vellum paper
- Distress Ink used as watercolors
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Poinsettias Peel-Off Stickers (0380)
- Recollections: Sheet Music stamp in background
- Art-C: Joy to the World stamp set (no link available)
The poinsettia stamp was watercolored with Distress Ink. I wanted to make the poinsettia the focal point, so I placed it on top of a wood grain piece of scrapbook paper and added the heat embossed sentiment.
The Christmas Tree image is an Elizabeth Craft Peel-Off Sticker and was watercolored with Distress Inks.
The final two H.U.G. cards for this project have been handed out. I gave a H.U.G. card to neighbors in my apartment complex.
Working from a very short shopping list of items to purchase prior to Christmas, I encountered three fantastic people that I gave H.U.G. cards to this morning 🙂