Thursday, September 1, 2016

New Watercolor Mini Sets at Ai!

I am up on the Art Impressions blog today with a watercolour tutorial:

It's time for some wonderful new Ai Watercolor Mini sets!  I was thrilled when I saw the Covered Bridge Mini set (Sku #4808) that I'm sharing today - it reminds me of New England... and there's no prettier time to drive around New England, than the fall.  So I decided to share a fall painting with you.
I started by stamping the covered bridge image, then stamped it again on a post-it note, and cut it out to create a mask that I placed on top of my artwork.  The set includes this wonderful group of Birch trees, that I coloured with a Sepia marker and stamped partially over the left edge of the bridge mask.  I inked up about 2/3 of the image again, and stamped it on the right edge.  Now when I remove the mask, the trees appear to be behind the bridge:
 With the tiny leaves image, I inked up two different warm yellows and stamped repeatedly to start the foliage, then filled in with two shades of green.  I used the small grass from the WC Foliage Set (Sku #4051) and the small daisies from the WC Flower Set (Sku #4052) in oranges to create some bright fall bushes.  I softened everything with a wet paintbrush to pull the colour out.
 I added some brown to the roof, gave the building some purplish shadows, then painted in the water, sky and the suggestion of mountains in the distance.  I added a few purplish shadows to the trees as well, especially up near the leaves.  And there's my fall scene!


Amy Moore said...

Simply gorgeous!

Brenda said...

Karen, I just looked back on your artwork. Oh my goodness! If I had half the coloring talent you have, I would be thrilled! You are a true artist!!

Allison Kostiuk said...

Great sticky note technique! Gorgeous scene that you have created :)

Casandra Bennett said...

This card is gorgeous. Wow!

Cheri Burry said...

Karen your watercoloring is stunning! This card is gorgeous!

Sharon Caudle said...

Beautiful card, Karen!!


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