Saturday, 17 May 2014

Watercolour for Card Makers - Days 4 and 8

Hello!

I am WAY behind in Watercolour for Card Makers Online Card Class! This class will keep me busy for months, I think! Today I am bringing you cards I made for Day 4 - Watercolour Stamping and for Day 8 - Faux Hand Painting.

First off is my faux handpainting card. I watched the video by Tasnim Ahmed and just loved the results of her technique. I did notice during her video there were numerous "pauses" for drying time. What I did not realise was that it would take me days to finish my own card, because I was crafting after the kids' bedtimes on work nights, so I only had time for one set of painting per night! This technique does not lend itself to being dried by my heat gun because I would have sprayed my watercolour everywhere! I love the results so much that I am going to try this again, only I'll be more strategic about how I colour and I'll probably run multiple projects at once. ;-)  Enough of the back story. Here is my card.
I used Jane's Doodles Pretty Peonies flower stamp. The sentiment is PTI Meadow Greens. I hand drew the leaves. I used Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolours and Derwent Inktense pencils.

The next card I have stared at for several days wondering if I would share it. It didn't turn out how I had planned and I can't decide if I like it or not. I used all sorts of techniques in building that image. One was that while my first stamping of colour was still wet, I lay the stamp back down to draw the colour back to the leaves. This left the leafy pattern more clearly than the first stamping had. This card took me a couple of days while I pondered and added bits here and there. It was definitely an interesting experiment where I learned quite a bit.
I used PTI Meadow Greens stamps. The colour is a mixture of Cotman watercolour, Inktense Pencils, Distress Inks, and Stampin' Up! dye inks.
Thank-you for visiting! I hope I'll get a bit more watercolour time this week-end in between a crazy kid activity schedule.

Michelle
xxx

14 comments:

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful Michelle! Hope you are doing well.

Laura Jane said...

I can appreciate your card so much more because I'm working on one as well ...it does take a lot of time! I really like the background you added to your flowers.

Barb said...

These are both just beautiful, Michelle! Awesome use of those techniques! Well done!

My Paper Epiphany said...

So beautifully done Michelle! Well worth the time I'd say! I just love the hi-lights and shading you've achieved! The second card is great too - I love the softness, grey and splatter! Btw there is a video tutorial by Heather Telford using this technique http://cards.heathertelford.com/2014/01/25/watercolour-butterfly-tutorial/
:)

Betty said...

both cards turned out so beautifully - i do agree with you about the length of drying time - i have yet to finish doing mine!

Susanne Vargas said...

These are both gorgeous pieces of art! Stunning!

Tasnim said...

Michelle, both of these cards are beautiful! I really like the depth and the color variation you achieved on the flowers. I feel so honored that you tried this technique! After I did this my first time, I loved the results too, and knew I would do it again :)
For the second card, I like how the sprig looks as though it is coming out of the paper! Brilliant dimension :)

Marion said...

Wow! Especially love the first one. Simply gorgeous.

Diane Jaquay said...

These are both exquisite, Michelle, and you're really making me want to sign up for that class!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Excellent job!! This class seems well worth the money -- I can't get over all the different techniques you all are learning -- and in your case, excelling at!

obee said...

Love your cards... checked out your "snaps" too... Now there is some inspiration for painting! You are so very talented!

Lyndal said...

Both gorgeous Michelle :)

Kim Heggins said...

Gorgeous...just gorgeous!

Sherrie M. said...

You are rocking the watercolors Michelle! Gorgeous!